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Football: Syria’s Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country’s attempt to make the World Cup.

The award, at a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, goes some way to compensate for the disappointment endured by the 23-year-old over the weekend when his Al Hilal side narrowly lost 1-2 on aggregate to Japan’s Uwara Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League final.

Football: Syria’s Khrbin wins AFC Player of the Year award

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Bangkok (AFP) – Syrian striker Omar Khrbin was awarded the Asian Football Confederation’s 2017 Player of the Year Wednesday, after starring both for his club and for his war-ravaged country’s attempt to make the World Cup.

The award, at a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, goes some way to compensate for the disappointment endured by the 23-year-old over the weekend when his Al Hilal side narrowly lost 1-2 on aggregate to Japan’s Uwara Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League final.

Washington Spirit

Denise Reddy leaves Washington Spirit to become Sky Blue FC’s head coach

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The Spirit assistant coach and Maryland DA director is taking over New Jersey's NWSL club

Washington Spirit assistant coach Denise Reddy will leave the Spirit to become head coach at Sky Blue FC. Reddy joined the Spirit alongside current head coach Jim Gabarra in 2016 after coaching for several years in Europe and as an assistant coach for the WPS-era Chicago Red Stars.

Alex Morgan and Marta both score as the Orlando Pride trounce the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit saw a four-game road trek end with a resounding defeat

The inconsistency that has dogged the Washington Spirit all season came back again tonight, as they followed Friday's 4-1 road win with a 3-0 road loss to the Orlando Pride. Marta, Camila, and Alex Morgan scored three goals in a twelve minute span during the second half, as Washington saw an even game slowly drift out of their grasp from the 40th minute onward.

Arielle Ship leads Washington Spirit to comeback win over Sky Blue FC

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A breakout from the rookie attacker sparked a halftime turnaround for Washington

At the halftime whistle tonight, the Washington Spirit trudged off the field extremely fortunate to only be down 1-0 against Sky Blue FC. However, the Spirit - sparked by a breakout performance from rookie Arielle Ship - transformed during the break, storming their way to a 4-1 win.

Chapman and Leon called up for Canada

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More international players are getting called away as teams take advantage of the FIFA window.

Allysha Chapman and Adriana Leon have both been called up to Canada's 19-player roster for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica. Canada will play Costa Rica on June 8 and June 11 in Winnipeg and Toronto respectively.

NWSL home openers announced: Breakers will play Sky Blue FC April 23

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NWSL has finally released home opener information and Boston will start off away.

NWSL has finally released home opener information and the Boston Breakers are scheduled to play FC Kansas City away on April 16, then will return the following weekend to open at home against Sky Blue FC on April 23.

Homegrown – May 2016

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On this month's Homegrown: Jason goes to the Sky Blue FC home opener against the Washington Spirit where he gets sounds of the match and several interviews. In this episode Jason talks to members of the Spirits Squadron and Cloud 9, the supporters groups of the NWSL Spirit and Sky Blue, respectively.

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Whitney Church named NWSL Player of the Week

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Spirit goalkeeper DiDi Haracic finished third after Washington's 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit center back Whitney Church was named NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for her performance in the Spirit's 2-1 comeback win against Sky Blue FC this weekend. Church scored her first-ever professional goal and also contributed to a excellent defensive performance against a club featuring the league's leading goal scorer.

Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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An injury-plagued Spirit side faces a Sky Blue side on the brink of elimination

With the season winding to a close, the Washington Spirit face Sky Blue FC tonight, a team fighting to stay in playoff contention. Playoffs aren't a possibility for the Spirit and Washington, hard-hit by injuries, only has 15 players available this evening.

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.

Seattle Reign v. Sky Blue: Preview, how to watch

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With six games remaining, Seattle continues its push for a playoff spot.

On Saturday, August 19, Seattle Reign FC (7-5-6) closes out its two-game road stretch with a match against Sky Blue FC (7-9-2) in Piscataway, New Jersey (say that five times fast). The game kicks off at 4 p.m. PT and will stream on the go90 and NWSL websites.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Sky Blue FC: player ratings

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Megan Rapinoe saves the day again in a wild 9-goal game.

On Saturday evening, Seattle Reign FC met Sky Blue FC at Memorial Stadium for the second time this season, and once again the game was a nail-biter, with Seattle holding on to win 5-4 after giving up four straight goals to let Sky Blue back into what was shaping up to be another Seattle rout.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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Portland starts back up after the international break with a rematch at home against Sky Blue this Saturday. After shutting them out on the road two weeks ago, the Thorns look to have the upper hand coming home, much like they did against Boston in the last away-home series.

More likely than not, the Thorns will start almost the same lineup as they did in New Jersey: AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Emily Sonnett, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Amandine Henry, Allie Long, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim up top—with the only change being Hayley Raso instead of Mallory Weber as the third forward.

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.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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The Thorns travel to Piscataway, New Jersey this Saturday to face Sky Blue FC. It's the first of another two-game away/home series, with the Thorns again getting the privilege of

Portland will start what's become their usual XI: Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Allie Long, Amandine Henry, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Hayley Raso, Christine Sinclair, and Nadia Nadim at forward.

Washington Spirit pick up first win, beat Sky Blue 4-3

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Ordega dominates as the Spirit get their first win of the season in a wild game

The Washington Spirit earned their first win of the 2017 NWSL season with a 4-3 win against Sky Blue FC. Francisca Ordega posted a dominant game for the Spirit, scoring two goals, forcing an own goal, and setting up the Spirit's third goal.

Seattle Reign kicks off season against Sky Blue

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It's a new, different Reign FC team with lots of potential.

On Saturday, April 15, Seattle Reign FC kicks off the 2017 NWSL season with a home match against Sky Blue FC. Under the lights of Memorial Stadium, Laura Harvey and crew will be looking for some redemption after falling to Sky Blue in the club's opening match of the 2016 season.

Seattle Reign will kick off 2017 season against Sky Blue FC

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Mark your calendars: The home opener is April 15.

On the heels of an historic broadcast deal with A+E Networks, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday the 2017 home openers for all 10 teams. Seattle Reign FC will, for the second year in a row, face off against Sky Blue FC in its first home match of the season.

Houston Dash vs Sky Blue FC Match Recap: Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley denies Houston their second victory of 2016

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Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley dominated the match with seven saves to deny Houston their second victory of the season.

The Houston Dash tied Sky Blue FC 0-0 in front of 5,081 supporters at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston TX.

Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley led the match with a spectacular seven save performance to blank the Dash.

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Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Schedule, lineups, how to watch

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Sunday. June 4. 12 PM PT. Watch with us.

It's Seattle Reign FC matchday! On Sunday, June 4, at 12 PM PT, Seattle kicks off against the Chicago Red Stars. The game will be played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and can be streamed on the go90 platform. It is the second of three matches on the road for Reign FC, and the second straight home match for the Red Stars.

Seattle Reign v. Sky Blue FC: News, updates, and analysis

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Seattle looks for redemption after falling 2-1 to Sky Blue in the home opener.

Today at 3:00 p.m. PT, Seattle Reign FC (3-3-2) face off against Sky Blue FC (2-3-3), a team that foiled their record-setting home undefeated streak to kick off the 2016 season.

After a somewhat rocky start to the season, which has Seattle currently in sixth place, the Reign come into the match on the rise.

Seattle Reign v. Sky Blue FC: Gamethread and how to watch

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Seattle looks for redemption after falling 2-1 to Sky Blue in the home opener.

Today at 3:00 p.m. PT, Seattle Reign FC (3-3-2) face off against Sky Blue FC (2-3-3), a team that foiled their record-setting home undefeated streak to kick off the 2016 season.

After a somewhat rocky start to the year, which has Seattle currently in sixth place, the Reign come into the match on the rise.

Houston Dash

Smith and Lavelle called up for USA friendlies in Europe

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Will Abby Smith get her first international cap?

Jill Ellis has named her 21-player USWNT roster for their upcoming June friendlies against Sweden and Norway.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

Rose Lavelle is in the lineup; given her most recent performances with the WNT and her current form in NWSL, it was almost a given she would be called in.

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.

Know thine enemy: Boston Breakers vs Seattle Reign

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Our friends at Sounder at Heart help us preview Boston vs Seattle.

The Boston Breakers host Seattle at Jordan Field this Saturday, fresh off a 1-0 win against Sky Blue FC. What they're looking for now is a second win in a row to really cement the feeling of turning over a new leaf. For that, they'll need to contend with the Reign, who had a victory of their own last weekend: stomping the Houston Dash 5-1.

Seattle Reign FC put five on it against the Houston Dash

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A Goal of the Week nominee and two rookies highlight Seattle's onslaught.

What a difference a week makes. After opening the season to a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC, Seattle Reign FC put on an old fashioned hammering on the Houston Dash, winning 5-1 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

You'd think five goals in general is a rarity, but for the Reign FC, it marks the 4th straight year in which they've had a game claiming 5 goals.

Seattle Reign v. Houston Dash: 3 Questions

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Our friends at Dynamo Theory help preview Saturday's matchup.

Seattle Reign FC (0-0-1) kick off their second match of the 2017 NWSL season on Saturday, April 22. The Reign FC squad again plays at home, this time meeting the Houston Dash (1-0-0) in an evening game.

While Seattle was lucky to earn a draw against Sky Blue FC, Houston came out of the gates strong and defeated the Chicago Red Stars team 2-0 in its home opener.

Oyster and Lavelle called up to USWNT before Russia friendlies

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Lavelle returns and Oyster gets her first callup.

Rose Lavelle and Megan Oyster have been called up to the latest USWNT camp ahead of their two friendlies against Russia.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

This is Oyster's first callup to national team.

Houston Dash 2017 Schedule Released

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The NWSL has released the 2017 schedule.

At last the (very) long wait for the 2017 Houston Dash schedule is over. The Dasd kick the season off at home against the Chicago Red Stars and end the season on the road against Kansas City FC. The season opener will be a double header with the Houston Dynamo who will play Minnesota United FC after the Dash game ends.

Houston Dash host Kansas City Sunday

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Houston look to break losing streak

Currently eighth in the NWSL standings, the Houston Dash will attempt to break their three-game losing streak Sunday night at home against FC Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Heading into this match up, history is not on Houston's side. In the four games the Dash have taken on FCKC at home, Kansas City have walked away with a 3-1-0 record.

Houston Dash ready to face FC Kansas City

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Heading to Kansas this week, the Dash are ready to take on FC Kansas City who hasn't been doing so hot for being back-to-back NWSL champions.

The Houston Dash are headed to Swope Soccer Village in Missouri where they will take on reigning NWSL Champions FC Kansas City this Friday. After a tough draw at home against Sky Blue FC last Friday, the Dash hope their preparation this week is enough to add another win to their record.

Houston Dash vs Sky Blue FC: Watch Live

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Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC
BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT

Boston

Seattle Reign at Boston Breakers: Three Questions

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Can Boston break its streak at the bottom of the league table?

For the last two seasons, the Boston Breakers have sat at the bottom of the NWSL table. If early results in 2017 are any indication, this might be the year the Breakers break that pattern. Last week, the New England side played to a 1-0 win against Sky Blue FC, the same team that dominated Seattle Reign FC the opening weekend.

Actually, it might be bad luck: Boston loses 1-0 to Sky Blue FC

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Between an own goal and goal line clearance, Boston was desperately unlucky tonight.

The temptation was strong to simply leave a depressing gif in place of a recap tonight. Boston are scoreless in five games now, unless you count the one goal scored by Kassey Kallman on her own goalkeeper. So perhaps it would have been justified if tonight's recap was simply this gif and nothing else.

Match preview: Breakers still searching for elusive goal against Sky Blue FC

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The Breakers are goalless in four games. How about it, Sky Blue?

So no one told you the season's gonna be this way. Your team can't score, what's more, your GK's out the door. It's like you're always stuck in tenth place when it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even playoff race.

FC Kansas City

Breakers get it right with 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC

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Matt Beard wanted to set the tone - consider it set.

STARTING XI: Abby Smith, Allysha Chapman, Megan Oyster, Christen Westphal, Julie King, Angela Salem, Rosie White, Rose Lavelle, Tiffany Weimer, Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie

The Boston Breakers opened at home today against Sky Blue FC after a 2-0 road loss against FC Kansas City.

Match Preview: Boston Breakers vs WNY Flash

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They broke the scoreless streak - can they keep up the momentum?

You might have heard that the Boston Breakers finally broke their scoreless streak by beating FC Kansas City 1-0 last weekend. It's a stat that a lot of people, including myself, have been focused on for almost the entirety of the season so far.

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Breaking Bad: Boston’s Winless Ways Continue

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The winless ways of the Breakers were alive and well in the Garden State on Saturday after they fell 1-0 to Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

Sam Kerr scored inside of five minutes and Sky Blue never looked back to send the ninth-place Breakers to their eighth straight game without a win (0-4-4)

"It's frustrating," Breakers coach Matt Beard told the media after the match.

5 things we learned in Seattle Reign’s opening match

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With such a short preseason, the first round of NWSL matches are usually riddled with small moments of brilliance and a lot of mistakes. This opening weekend was no different, with teams attempting to integrate new players in just three short weeks while dealing with a number of player absences due to international call-ups.