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The Lowdown:  Lines concedes, Riley fumes

The Lowdown: Lines concedes, Riley fumes

Dan Lauletta July 29, 2014 32

It was a rough week for the 2013 finalists.  The Flash’s home loss to the Breakers on Friday night led their coach, Aaran Lines, to raise the verbal white flag and start talking about

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Reign crush Thorns, 5-0, move in on title

Reign crush Thorns, 5-0, move in on title

Dan Lauletta July 27, 2014 330

Seattle Reign FC returned to the win column in a big way with a 5-0 smashing of Portland Thorns FC that keeps them 9 points clear of FC Kansas City at the top of

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Blues beat Sky Blue, close in on playoffs

Blues beat Sky Blue, close in on playoffs

Dan Lauletta July 27, 2014 33

FC Kansas City closed in on another playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC on Sunday night at Durwood Stadium.  The win snapped a brief, two-match winless streak and gives them

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Red Stars held by Dash, remain 5th

Red Stars held by Dash, remain 5th

Dan Lauletta July 26, 2014 212

The Red Stars are still chasing the playoff pack after being held to a scoreless draw by the Houston Dash on Saturday afternoon in Benedictine University Sports Complex.  The point moved the Red Stars

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NWSL Week 16 preview:  Cascadia rivalry returns

NWSL Week 16 preview: Cascadia rivalry returns

Dan Lauletta July 26, 2014 18

Houston Dash (5-10-2) at Chicago Red Stars (7-6-6) Benedictine University Sports Complex Saturday, 2 pm EDT Series:  Red Stars lead, 2-0-0 The teams above them keep giving away points so the Red Stars have

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Lines concedes Flash’s playoff hopes over after loss

Lines concedes Flash’s playoff hopes over after loss

Jeff Kassouf July 26, 2014 11

The struggles of Western New York Flash’s inconsistent and underwhelming season continued on Friday with a 4-2 loss to the last-place Boston Breakers. And after the match, Flash coach Aaran Lines, who has guided

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Sorting it out: NWSL as it approaches year three

Sorting it out: NWSL as it approaches year three

Jeff Kassouf July 25, 2014 73

Three is an ominous number in women’s soccer. Twice since the turn of the millennium, a women’s soccer league has folded after three seasons. This time around, the prevailing wisdom among those involved in

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Breakers put dent in Flash’s playoff hopes with win

Breakers put dent in Flash’s playoff hopes with win

Megan Manzari July 25, 2014 52

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Heather O’Reilly scored a brace on Friday night as the Boston Breakers defeated the Western New York Flash at Sahlen’s Stadium, 4-2. Western New York remains in sixth place with the

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Morgan, Taylor score as Thorns, Spirit finish level

Morgan, Taylor score as Thorns, Spirit finish level

Jennifer Gordon July 23, 2014 190

BOYDS, Md. — With both teams locked in the tight race for the final two playoff spots, Wednesday’s much-anticipated match between the Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns ended 1-1 after a nearly two-hour weather

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NWSL mid-week 16 preview:  the tension rises

NWSL mid-week 16 preview: the tension rises

Dan Lauletta July 23, 2014 12

Portland Thorns FC (8-6-5) at Washington Spirit (8-8-3) Maryland SoccerPlex Wednesday, 7 pm EDT Series: Thorns lead, 4-0-0 (2-0-0 in 2014) Big one here. The Spirit exit a tough week when consecutive road trips

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