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10. Kansas City —
Kansas City now has two wins under their belt and are as close as they’ve ever been to escaping the bottom of the table. Kristen Hamilton has been a fantastic addition and has completely energized this team.
9. Racing Louisville —
Every week it feels like there’s a new NWSL controversy and this week, Louisville is providing the drama. Christy Holly is out as coach, and the momentum the team had after winning the Women’s Cup feels all but gone. How they will respond is anyone’s guess.
8. Gotham FC (-4)
Four losses and a tie in their last five matches. Add that to the premature departure of head coach Freya Coombe, and this team will have to hope a new staff and fresh energy will reignite a squad that for a while looked like a playoff lock.
7. Houston Dash (+1)
The Dash look great one game and then falter the next. Their inconsistency is keeping them just outside the playoff picture, but with a few tweaks, and they’ll be back in the conversation. Kristie Mewis, Rachel Daly and Shea Groom are still looking for that steady spark they had in last year’s Challenge Cup.
6. Chicago Red Stars —
The Red Stars are settling in to a comfortable role in the middle of the table. They aren’t the best team in the league, but they also aren’t the worst. “Own Goal” hasn’t gotten on the scoresheet in a few games, so the team will hope that Kealia Watt and Mallory Pugh can continue to find the back of the net.
5. Washington Spirit —
The Spirit have two tough games coming up against OL Reign and the Thorns. If they can get results in either of those, they’ll move up this list. The defense and goalkeeping has been fairly sound, and Ashley Sanchez has had an impressive run. She still needs some production help up top, however.
4. Orlando Pride (-1)
The Pride seem to be back on the up under Becky Burleigh. They’re finding goals from lots of different players and the Jodie Taylor signing has paid off quickly. Ashlyn Harris also broke the NWSL save record on a 3-point preserving block on Carli Lloyd, continuing her fantastic form on the season.
3. NC Courage (-1)
A-ROD seems to have finally settled in, and the defense has cleaned up its act. They’ll no doubt miss Sam Mewis as she recovers from surgery, especially as the midfield still feels a bit shaky, but the team is in good form heading into their game against KC WoSo.
2. Portland Thorns (-1)
A bit harsh to drop the Thorns down a notch considering they still top the table and have only lost one match in their last five. And they won the ICC Cup. But they’ve now lost twice to OL Reign this season. And they can’t afford to let their latest stepback derail them.
1. OL Reign (+6)
These are power rankings for a reason, and no team is hotter right now than OL Reign. They set the NWSL attendance record all while beating their rivals at home. Then they went on the road three days later and beat the Dash. Could all that star power finally be clicking? And more importantly, can it last?