Plenty of highlights to kick around!
Close games highlight opening week in the NWSL
North Carolina Courage 1 | Chicago Red Stars 1
Red Stars forward Sam Kerr scored the first goal of the 2019 NWSL season in the 26th minute. The 2017 and 2018 Golden Boot winner wasted little time jumping into the lead in goals scored. The tally is the 60th of her NWSL career. Yuki Nagasato, who assisted on seven of Kerr’s goals in 2018, picked up the assist on Saturday’s tally. Crystal Dunn tied the match for the Courage in the 66th minute on a Jessica McDonald long throw in. Alyssa Naeher made five saves in the match. Kerr had a shot go off the crossbar and nearly cross the line in the game’s final moments.
Washington Spirit 1 | Sky Blue FC 0
Spirit rookie defender Sam Staab scored on a corner kick in the 59th minute for her first professional goal in her NWSL debut. Washington’s Megan Crosson scored her first NWSL goal to seal the win in the second minute of second half stoppage time. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe picked up three saves to earn the clean sheet.
Which game was the most exciting in the opening week of NWSL?
NWSL Goal of the week: Cast your vote
The NWSL kicked off with some exciting action on the pitch including some fantastic goals. Here are nominees for the Week 1 Goals of the Week.
Visit @NWSL on Twitter to vote for the best goal from Week 1.
- North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn
- Washington Spirit defender Megan Crosson
- Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath
- Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince
Which goal in the opening weekend gets your vote?
MLS News & Notes from around the league
LA Galaxy 2, Philadelphia Union 0: In a matchup of streaking teams, this was one-way traffic. The Galaxy won their fourth in a row and fifth in their first six games and secured a second straight clean sheet, while the Union had a three-match winning streak, and four-match unbeaten streak, snapped in Carson. – Dylan Butler
Seattle Sounders 3, Toronto FC 2: This was a well-played match on both sides of the ball between two teams that have the early look of contenders. There was little between these two teams and the Sounders simply made one more play. – Simon Borg
Sporting KC 2, NY Red Bulls 2: Given where we are in the season — and the circumstances leading up to this game — it’s hard to say either team is going to be too disappointed by this result. Sporting will probably be the unhappier of the two after dropping points at home against an out-of-form team, but after their dismantling by Monterrey in the Champions League, they bounced back with plenty of determination and attacking endeavor. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, got a credible result in a very tough road game, but are still looking up at the Eastern Conference playoff places. – Nick Rosano
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