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Seattle Reign FC and Chicago Red Stars play to a scoreless draw

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Defense and goalkeepers take the spotlight in Memorial Stadium.

On a rainy and muggy Saturday night, Seattle Reign FC hosted the Chicago Red Stars, and while both sides featured some of the most dangerous scorers in the world, defense and unshakable goalkeeping took the spotlight as the encounter ended in a scoreless draw.

Know Your Dash - Haley Hanson

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Dash draft Nebraska Cornhuskers product seventh overall

After sending the sixth and twenty-fourth overall selections and two players to be named later to Chicago at the 2018 NWSL draft — a reported blockbuster three-team deal that included Sky Blue FC and saw Christen Press, Sam Kerr, Carli Lloyd and Janine Beckie swap destinations — the Houston Dash selected Nebraska midfielder Haley Hanson with the seventh overall pick.

News Roundup: David Accam!, MLS SuperDraft, and classy Middlesbrough fans

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Plus- Big moves in the NWSL, roster moves from around MLS, and bonus FIFA corruption

Boston Breakers drop 1-0 on road to Sky Blue

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Boston's defense looked stronger but the offensive problems remain.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Tiffany Weimer, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Ifeoma Onumonu

Things got off to a start with a bang as the Boston Breakers took on Sky Blue FC away.

Match Thread: Thorns vs. Sky Blue FC [4:00]

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The Portland Thorns (3-1-3) head east to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey, where they face off with Sky Blue FC (4-3-1) for the first of two meetings in June. Sky Blue is currently sitting a point ahead of the Thorns in the standings and features NWSL leading scorer Sarah Killion, who has score 5 of their 12 goals on the young.

The Good and the Bad in the Houston Dash’s Loss to Sky Blue FC

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Sam Kerr was unstoppable pitted against Houston's backline.

Every week, Dynamo Theory will discuss three of the best moments/characteristics from the past week's Dash game and three aspects of their play that can be highlighted as areas the team needs to improve in and even the random moments that worked against the club—regardless if Houston's result is a win, loss, or draw.

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Dash’s Chapman key against Red Stars

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Houston Dash earn second straight draw

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr nearly prevented the Houston Dash from earning its second draw in less than a week. With the score level at 2-2, Alyssa Mautz delivered a cross to Kerr near the penalty spot. Dash defender Allysha Chapman challenged the Australian international and Kerr launched her strike well over the crossbar.

Thorns to Host Preseason Tournament at University of Portland

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The Portland Thorns will be hosting a preseason tournament this year, per a team press release—except, due to ongoing construction at Providence Park it will be held at the University of Portland's Merlo Field.

The same four teams that came to Portland for last year's Spring Invitational—Houston, Chicago, and the USWNT U-23s—will be in the Rose City again.

The Rest

Reign Report: Silencing the Windy City

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Important game plan: Don't let Sam Kerr get the ball.

What You'll Watch

For the first time this season, Seattle Reign FC will host back-to-back home games. This time around, they will host the Chicago Red Stars. This will be the first of three meetings this season between the two clubs. Reign FC are riding a three-game winning streak and will look to remain unbeaten at home (2-0-0).

Thorns Down Under: Just Another Normal Week

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The second-to-last week of the regular season in the W-League was a perfect summation of how wild a league it is: 22 goals were scored across four games, every single home team lost, and Sam Kerr scored two goals, but her team lost anyway (though that particular stat might be familiar to NWSL fans).

Thorns Down Under: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Wild W-League

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Halfway through the season, two points separate first and fourth.

If the W-League left us a bit wanting last week, it certainly made up for it this week. Two high quality games on television both featuring Thorns, and an even better one they had to release highlights of because it featured Sam Kerr scoring a hat trick.

Timbers and Thorns nominated for CONCACAF honors

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Several Portland players are in contention for the Fifth Annual CONCACAF honors, including Player of the Year and Best XI selections, and the CONCACAF website is open for Timbers and Thorns fans to vote for their choices.

From the Timbers, Diego Valeri and David Guzman have been nominated for inclusion in the Best XI.