Fuel Soccer Talk: Purce earns NWSL honors; Building the perfect USMNT roster; Ohai’s amazing strike

Portland Thorns FC’s Midge Purce wins Player of the Week

Midge Purce of Portland Thorns FC has been voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 19 of the 2019 season by the NWSL Media Association. This is the first time in her career that Purce has been selected as Player of the Week.

During Thorns FC’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars, Purce scored the second and third goals of the contest.

After Christine Sinclair opened the scoring in the 12th minute, Purce tacked on the team’s second of the game 12 minutes later. Hayley Raso’s cross came off the hands of Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and Purce nodded the ball home from close range. She once again pounced on a loose ball in the box when she finished off the rebound after a Sinclair shot came off the crossbar in the 56th minute.

Purce now has eight goals on the season, as Portland increased its lead at the top of the standings to five points over second-place North Carolina Courage. Thorns FC have now won three games in a row.

Predicting Berhalter’s USMNT roster for September friendlies

MLS contributor Tom Bogert breaks down the current USMNT’s roster and maps out what coach Gregg Berhalter might be thinking – and even what he should be thinking.

Bogert writes: “It comes down to form, fitness and opportunity when selecting the squad. The FIFA international window comes as MLS clubs are fighting to get/stay above the playoff line as well as seeding. It’s a slow MLS match week, but you’d figure Berhalter — the former Columbus Crew head coach and understanding international manager intent on forming relationships with clubs, not just in MLS but all over the world — will show leniency. The cool dad. These are friendlies, after all.”

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Back to the NWSL for the Goal of the Week

Houston Dash midfielder Kealia Ohai’s strike against Sky Blue FC has been voted the Week 19 NWSL Goal of the Week. Subscribe to our channel for more NWSL videos, including game highlights and more.

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