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NWSL Energy Rankings: KC Present go high, Braveness in free fall

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It is Monday, and one other week of NWSL motion is within the books, which suggests it is time for ESPN’s Energy Rankings.

Our rankings are derived from a mixture of key season statistics (factors per recreation, purpose differential, anticipated purpose differential), current efficiency, the Opta pc scores and the observations of our writers.

Who’s climbing the desk? Who’s in free-fall? Our writers and statistical fashions have ranked all 14 golf equipment within the league after matchday 12. Let’s dive in.

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Earlier rating: 2

Subsequent match: Friday vs. Chicago Purple Stars, 8 p.m. ET

No person has scored extra objectives than Kansas Metropolis Present this season. Sunday towards Seattle Reign they added 5 to their season tally of 31, marking 23 objectives scored of their first six residence video games at CPKC Stadium. That is probably the most objectives scored in a six-match residence stretch in NWSL historical past. Exhausting to argue with that offensive energy, and residential subject momentum, for a aspect that took the highest spot again from Orlando Pleasure Sunday night time.

Earlier rating: 1

Subsequent match: Saturday at North Carolina Braveness, 7:30 p.m. ET

Orlando’s eight-game successful streak got here to an finish in San Diego this weekend. That mentioned, after a 1-1 battle at Snapdragon, they’re nonetheless unbeaten in 2024. Zambian surprise Barbra Banda did not rating this time (Julie Doyle did — her second of the 12 months). However Banda did arrange Doyle for the counterattack purpose, marking her third help of the season. Banda’s 11 purpose involvements in eight matches are probably the most per 90 (1.77) in NWSL.

Earlier rating: 3

Subsequent match: Saturday vs. San Diego Wave FC, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Washington Spirit collected their fourth straight win of the 12 months Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Utah Royals. Highlights embody Kate Wiesner scoring her first NWSL purpose days after coming back from her first senior USWNT coaching camp, and Trinity Rodman reside streaming their go to to In-n-Out Burger afterward. The weekend’s 1-0 victory is the Spirit’s ninth of the season; that is extra wins than some other workforce within the league, and units a membership file for wins and factors of their first 12 video games.

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Kate Wiesner’s intelligent end makes it 1-0 Spirit

Kate Wiesner’s intelligent end makes it 1-0 Spirit

Earlier rating: 4

Subsequent match: Sunday at Seattle Reign FC, 4 p.m. ET

Photographs of Sophia Smith getting carded from the bench for time losing will reside lengthy in meme-world. NWSL’s golden boot chief tried to cover the ball beneath the Thorns bench in stoppage time of a 1-0 win over North Carolina and was disciplined for time-wasting. Within the 79th minute, Smith supplied the day’s decisive purpose from the penalty spot as reclaimed the lead in her golden boot race with Banda. However she’ll miss Portland’s rivalry match in Seattle subsequent weekend.

Earlier rating: 5

Subsequent match: Saturday at Racing Louisville, 12 p.m. ET, reside on ESPN+

Gotham began sluggish in ’24 however after 11 video games performed, they’re fifth within the Supporters Defend race and fourth in factors per match. Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Angel Metropolis marks their fifth win in six video games for a workforce now unbeaten since April 20. Fittingly, gamers that began the 12 months injured made the distinction: Crystal Dunn opened up Gotham’s objectives and Rose Lavelle slotted residence the decisive issue.

Earlier rating: 7

Subsequent match: Saturday at Washington Spirit, 7:30 p.m. ET

Casey Stoney’s Wave put an finish to Orlando’s historic eight-game successful streak with a 1-1 draw at Snapdragon this Friday. San Diego has let within the second fewest objectives of any workforce within the league (10), and Kailen Sheridan‘s 5 saves did their half to maintain Marta, Banda and firm at bay. Makenzy Doniak‘s purpose from the bench introduced the Wave degree within the 62nd minute, which marks her eighth purpose instead in NWSL

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Earlier rating: 8

Subsequent match: Saturday vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC, 12 p.m. ET, reside on ESPN+

Louisville began sluggish internet hosting the Sprint on Saturday, however grew into the second half and claimed two objectives en path to their third win of the season and their second consecutive clear sheet. They are not the flashiest workforce, however they will grind out outcomes (they’ve nicked extra attracts than anybody else within the league), they usually have some actual high quality of their ranks. Savannah DeMelo is the aspect’s high scorer, as she collected her fifth purpose of the 12 months in a decisive efficiency that additionally marks three objectives in three residence video games.

Earlier rating: 6

Subsequent match: Saturday vs. Orlando Pleasure, 7:30 p.m. ET

North Carolina are in a little bit of free fall, as they can not seem to get well outcomes from their current run of video games. They adopted final week’s 3-0 drubbing by the hands of Houston Sprint with a extra respectable 1-0 defeat to Portland Thorns this weekend (Casey Murphy‘s 4 saves have been key), however the Braveness are in dire want of a confidence enhance. They’ve now misplaced 5 of their final six video games, with the one win coming towards backside of the league Utah Royals. Subsequent up: the unbeaten Orlando Pleasure.

Earlier rating: 9

Subsequent match: Friday at Kansas Metropolis Present, 8 p.m. ET

Chicago set the NWSL attendance file Saturday night as 35,038 followers crowded Wrigley Subject to see the Purple Stars play Bay FC. With poetic flourish, Penelope Hocking‘s fourth purpose of the 12 months makes her the second member of her household to attain at Wrigley Subject, after her father Denny hit residence runs there in Main League baseball. Regardless of the fanfare, guests Bay FC took all three factors in a 2-1 victory.

Earlier rating: 13

Subsequent match: Sunday vs. Utah Royals, 10 p.m. ET

Bay FC have been so near their second clear sheet of the 12 months. Although Penelope Hocking’s stoppage time purpose was a becoming second for the historic event. The two-1 victory is Bay’s fourth of the season, marking extra wins than some other workforce sitting exterior the playoff positions. With no attracts and eight losses, although, the growth aspect must deal with their defending and consistency as they head residence for a surmountable run of video games within the Bay Space (Utah Royals first, Angel Metropolis second).

Earlier rating: 10

Subsequent match: Saturday vs. Angel Metropolis FC, 9:30 p.m. ET

Sprint appeared like the higher workforce for flashes within the first half, however appeared to tire as time went on in Louisville. They will rue the late collapse in a winnable recreation, however head residence for a span of video games the place they may get well some type in Houston.

Earlier rating: 12

Subsequent match: Saturday at Houston Sprint, 9:30 p.m. ET

Angel Metropolis hasn’t received a recreation since Could third, and head to Houston subsequent the place they will must shift their destiny in excessive humidity. French midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan supplied the lone purpose in a 2-1 loss at residence towards Gotham. The purpose marks her first for Angel Metropolis, and makes her simply the fourth participant to attain for the SoCal aspect this season. There’s star energy on this workforce, however counting on two gamers (Clare Emslie and Sydney Leroux) for 3 quarters of your objectives will not suffice.

Earlier rating: 11

Subsequent match: Sunday vs. Portland Thorns, 4 p.m. ET

They have been degree on the half in Kansas Metropolis, however there’s one thing magical afoot at CPKC Stadium this season. With a 5-2 finish outcome, Seattle turned the newest to fall earlier than a Kansas Metropolis goal-fest Sunday night. With 9 losses this season, time is operating out to show this ship round.

Earlier rating: 14

Subsequent match: Sunday at Bay FC, 10 p.m. ET

Utah’s bottom-dwelling growth aspect are constructing into themselves and taking their struggles on the chin. They misplaced 1-0 at residence to Washington Spirit, a decent outcome towards a dominant membership all issues thought of. Amanda McGlynn’s six saves have been important to the scoreline.

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