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2015 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2015 National Women's Soccer League season was the third season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the ninth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

National Women's Soccer League
Season2015
ChampionsFC Kansas City
NWSL ShieldSeattle Reign FC
Matches played90
Goals scored251 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerCrystal Dunn (WAS), 15 goals
Biggest home winSEA 5–1 WNY (Apr 12)
KC 4–0 WNY (Aug 8)
Biggest away winNJ 0–3 CHI (June 28)
HOU 0–3 SEA (Aug 22)
Highest scoringPOR 5–2 BOS (Aug 5)
Longest winning run6 games Seattle Reign FC
(July 22 – August 26)
Longest unbeaten run8 games Seattle Reign FC
(May 2 – July 11)
(July 22 – September 5)
Longest losing run4 games Boston Breakers
(July 22 – August 5)
Houston Dash
(August 1 – August 21)
Highest attendance21,144 @ POR 0–1 SEA (July 22)
Lowest attendance953 @ NJ 1–3 WAS (Apr 26)
Total attendance454,100[1]
Average attendance5,046
2014
2016
All statistics correct as of September 6, 2015.

In January, Jeff Plush was named NWSL commissioner,[2] replacing Cheryl Bailey.

To accommodate the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup the league announced it would reduce the season to 20 games while extending the calendar length into September and take a two-week break from June 7–19.[3]

For the second straight season, FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 1–0 to win the NWSL title on October 1.[4]

Contents

Teams, stadiums, and personnelEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Two teams, the Dash and Reign, do not make their stadiums' entire capacity available for home games, instead restricting ticket sales at a lower level. The full capacities of their venues are included in parentheses and italics.

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Note: All of the teams use Nike as their kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Boston Breakers   Tom Durkin   Katie Schoepfer/  Kassey Kallman/  Julie King Steward Health Care
Chicago Red Stars   Rory Dames   Lori Chalupny CJ Wilson Mazda
Houston Dash   Randy Waldrum   Ella Masar BBVA Compass
FC Kansas City   Vlatko Andonovski   Becky Sauerbrunn Research Medical Center
Portland Thorns   Paul Riley   Christine Sinclair Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC   Laura Harvey   Keelin Winters Moda Health
Sky Blue FC   Jim Gabarra   Christie Rampone Meridian Health
Washington Spirit   Mark Parsons   Ali Krieger ProChain Solutions, Inc.
Western New York Flash   Aaran Lines   Brittany Taylor Sahlen's

Player acquisitionEdit

Players were acquired through the 2015 Allocation of national team players on January 14[6] and the 2015 NWSL College Draft on January 16,[7] as well as free agency and trades.

Notable acquisitions and losses

Competition formatEdit

  • Each team will play a total of 20 games, 10 home and 10 away.
  • Each team will play all opponents twice, once home and once away, plus four opponents an extra time, split two opponents at home and two away.
  • The four teams at the end of the season with the most points will qualify for the playoffs.

Results tableEdit

[17]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Boston Breakers – BOS • Chicago Red Stars – CHI • Houston Dash – HOU • FC Kansas City – KC • Portland Thorns FC – POR
Seattle Reign FC – SEA • Sky Blue FC – NJ • Washington Spirit – WAS • Western New York Flash – WNY
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home Game
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Boston Breakers POR HOU WNY CHI POR NJ KC WAS SEA WNY KC CHI CHI NJ SEA POR WAS KC SEA HOU
4–1 3–2 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 5–2 2–1 3–0 1–3 0–1
Chicago Red Stars SEA POR NJ BOS HOU KC SEA WNY NJ HOU BOS BOS WAS KC POR NJ WAS WNY WNY HOU
3–2 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 3–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 1–1
Houston Dash WAS NJ BOS KC CHI POR NJ POR WNY WAS CHI KC WNY KC WAS NJ SEA SEA BOS CHI
2–0 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 0–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 1–1
FC Kansas City NJ WAS SEA HOU WNY WNY CHI BOS POR SEA WAS BOS HOU HOU CHI WNY POR BOS WAS NJ
0–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–3 1–1 3–2 2–2 4–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–3
Portland Thorns FC BOS WNY CHI WAS BOS HOU WAS HOU KC NJ NJ SEA SEA WNY BOS CHI KC NJ WAS WNY
4–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 5–2 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–3 2–3
Seattle Reign FC WNY CHI KC WAS NJ CHI NJ BOS KC WNY WNY WAS POR POR BOS HOU HOU BOS NJ WAS
5–1 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–3 2–1 1–1 4–2 3–0 0–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 3–1 1–1 1–2
Sky Blue FC KC HOU WAS CHI SEA WAS BOS HOU SEA CHI POR POR WNY BOS WNY HOU CHI POR SEA KC
0–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 3–3 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3
Washington Spirit HOU KC NJ SEA POR NJ WNY POR BOS HOU KC SEA CHI HOU BOS WNY CHI KC POR SEA
2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–3 1–2
Western New York Flash SEA POR BOS KC KC WAS CHI HOU BOS SEA SEA NJ HOU POR NJ KC WAS CHI CHI POR
5–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 4–2 3–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 3–2

Scores listed as home-away

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Seattle Reign FC 20 13 4 3 41 21 +20 43 NWSL Shield
2 Chicago Red Stars 20 8 9 3 31 22 +9 33 NWSL Playoffs
3 FC Kansas City (C) 20 9 5 6 32 20 +12 32
4 Washington Spirit 20 8 6 6 31 28 +3 30
5 Houston Dash 20 6 6 8 21 26 −5 24
6 Portland Thorns FC 20 6 5 9 27 29 −2 23
7 Western New York Flash 20 6 5 9 24 34 −10 23
8 Sky Blue FC 20 5 7 8 22 28 −6 22
9 Boston Breakers 20 4 3 13 22 43 −21 15
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

TiebreakersEdit

The initial determining factor for a team's position in the standings is most points earned, with three points earned for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. If two or more teams tie in point total, when determining rank and playoff qualification and seeding, the NWSL uses the following tiebreaker rules, going down the list until all teams are ranked.

If two teams tie:

  1. Head to Head win/loss record between the two teams.
  2. Greater goal difference across the entire season (against all teams, not just tied teams).
  3. Greatest total number of goals scored (against all teams).
  4. Apply #1–3 to games played on the road.
  5. Apply #1–3 to games played at home.
  6. If teams are still equal, ranking will be determined by a coin toss.

If three or more teams tie, the following rules apply until only two teams remain tied, at which point the two-team tiebreakers listed above are used:

  1. Points per game against all other tied teams (total all points earned in games against tied teams and divide by games played against tied teams).
  2. Greater goal difference across the entire season (against all teams, not just tied teams).

Weekly live standingsEdit

Considering each week to end on a Sunday

Team \ Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Seattle Reign FC 1 4 6 3 4 5 6 6 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Chicago Red Stars 5 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
FC Kansas City 6 7 8 5 2 3 3 4 7 5 7 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 3 3
Washington Spirit 7 6 2 4 5 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Houston Dash 3 2 4 6 7 7 4 5 5 4 4 6 6 6 5 4 6 6 7 7 5
Portland Thorns FC 2 1 1 1 3 4 5 7 8 7 8 7 7 7 8 7 5 5 5 5 6
Western New York Flash 9 9 9 8 8 9 7 8 6 8 5 5 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 7
Sky Blue FC 4 3 5 7 6 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 8 8 8 6 6 8
Boston Breakers 8 7 7 9 9 6 8 3 4 6 6 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

Statistical leadersEdit

GoalkeepingEdit

As of September 6, 2015[18]

(Minimum of 900 minutes played)

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SOG SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1   Michele Dalton Chicago Red Stars 12 1080 58 47 11 0.917 6–1–5 5
2   Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 17 1530 70 54 16 0.941 8–6–3 8
3   Haley Kopmeyer Seattle Reign FC 11 990 52 41 11 1.000 7–1–3 4
4   Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 14 1260 63 45 18 1.286 5–7–2 2
5   Brittany Cameron Sky Blue FC 20 1792 114 87 27 1.357 5–8–7 4
6   Erin McLeod Houston Dash 11 932 74 60 15 1.364 3–4–3 2
7   Kelsey Wys Washington Spirit 11 990 51 35 16 1.455 5–4–2 3
8   Chantel Jones Western New York Flash 13 1155 81 60 21 1.615 4–4–5 2
9   Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 12 1080 95 65 30 2.500 2–9–1 0

NWSL PlayoffsEdit

The top four teams from the regular season will compete for the NWSL Championship.

Semi-finals Championship
      
1 Seattle Reign FC 3
4 Washington Spirit 0
1 Seattle Reign FC 0
3 FC Kansas City 1
2 Chicago Red Stars 0
3 FC Kansas City 3

Semi-finalsEdit

Chicago Red Stars0–3FC Kansas City
Johnson   66' Report Rodriguez   12'25'
Tymrak   21'
Attendance: 2,013
Referee: Karen Abt
Seattle Reign FC3–0Washington Spirit
Mathias   52'
Yanez   71'
Rapinoe   75'
Nogueira   90'
Report
Attendance: 5,021
Referee: Christopher Spivey

ChampionshipEdit

Seattle Reign FC0–1FC Kansas City
Report Sauerbrunn   76'
Rodriguez   78'
Attendance: 13,264
Referee: Katja Koroleva

Individual awardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
April   Christen Press[20] Chicago Red Stars 4G, 1A in 2 games; Red Stars 1-0-1 in April
May   Sofia Huerta[21] Chicago Red Stars 5G, 1A in 5 games; Red Stars 3-0-2 in May
June   Kim Little[22] Seattle Reign FC 3G, 1A in 3 games; Reigh FC 3-0-0 in June
July   Carli Lloyd[23] Houston Dash 3G in 3 games; Dash 2-1-1 in July (2-0-1 in Lloyd appearances)
August   Crystal Dunn[24] Washington Spirit 6G, 1A in 6 games; Spirit 2-1-3 in August

Weekly awardsEdit

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1   Megan Rapinoe[25] Seattle Reign FC 3G, 1A
Week 2   Christen Press[26] Chicago Red Stars 2G, 1A
Week 3   Crystal Dunn[27] Washington Spirit 2G
Week 4   Becky Edwards[28] Western New York Flash 1G, 1A
Week 5   Sofia Huerta[29] Chicago Red Stars 2G, 1A
Week 6   Sofia Huerta[30] Chicago Red Stars 2G
Week 7   Bianca Henninger[31] Houston Dash 8 saves
Week 8   Crystal Dunn[32] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 9   Jessica Fishlock[33] Seattle Reign 1G, 1A
Week 10   Michelle Betos[34] Portland Thorns FC 4 saves, 1G (GTG)
Week 11   Crystal Dunn[35] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 12   Sinead Farrelly[36] Portland Thorns FC 1G (GWG)
Week 13   Shea Groom[37] FC Kansas City 1G (GWG), 2A
Week 14   Michelle Heyman[38] Western New York Flash 1G
Week 15   Beverly Yanez[39] Seattle Reign FC 2G
Week 16   Crystal Dunn[40] Washington Spirit 3G (GWG)
Week 17   Alyssa Naeher[41] Boston Breakers 12 saves in August 8 Spirit game
Week 18   Crystal Dunn[42] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 19   Kim Little[43] Seattle Reign FC 3G (GWG)
Week 20   Crystal Dunn[44] Washington Spirit 2G 1A
Week 21   Karina LeBlanc[45] Chicago Red Stars 19 Shots/10 SOG/9 Saves vs Houston

Annual awardsEdit

Award Winner
Golden Boot [46]   Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals
Rookie of the Year [47]   Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars Played in all 20 games
Goalkeeper of the Year [48]   Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 1.286 GAA, 45 saves
Defender of the Year [49]   Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 990 minutes
Coach of the Year [50]   Laura Harvey Seattle Reign 13–3–4 regular season
Most Valuable Player [51]   Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists
NWSL Best XI [52]
Position First team Second team
Goalkeeper   Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 45 saves   Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Defender   Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes   Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes
Defender   Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA   Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC 2 goals, 2 assists
Defender   Amy LePeilbet FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes   Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA
Defender   Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1.00 team GAA   Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City 1,800 minutes
Midfielder   Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC 8 goals, 2 assists   Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars 1,776 minutes
Midfielder   Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 10 goals, 7 assists   Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 2 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder   Allie Long Portland Thorns FC 10 goals, 4 assists   Carli Lloyd Houston Dash 4 goals
FW // MF   Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists   Keelin Winters Seattle Reign FC 1,654 minutes
Forward   Christen Press Chicago Red Stars 10 goals, 2 assists   Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars 6 goals, 3 assists
Forward   Beverly Yanez Seattle Reign FC 9 goals   Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 5 goals, 5 assists
NWSL Championship Game MVP[4]
Player Club Record
  Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City Scored the game-winning goal

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External linksEdit

Official website