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2019 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2019 National Women's Soccer League season is the seventh 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 is the thirteenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States.

National Women's Soccer League
Season2019
Matches played73
Goals scored188 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerSam Kerr (13)
Biggest home winNCC 5–0 ORL
(April 17)
POR 5–0 HOU
(July 24)
Biggest away winRFC 0–4 CRS
(July 28)
Highest scoringCHI 4–4 POR
(April 20)
Longest winning run5 games
Chicago Red Stars
(July 13 – August 10)
Longest unbeaten run7 games
Washington Spirit
(May 4 – July 6)
Longest winless run9 games
Orlando Pride
(April 14 – June 15)
Sky Blue FC
(April 13 – July 6)
Longest losing run5 games
Orlando Pride
(April 27 – June 1)
Sky Blue FC
(May 11 – July 6)
Highest attendance25,218
POR 2–1 NCC
(August 11)
Lowest attendance1,321
SKY 2–2 POR
(April 28)
Total attendance486,283
Average attendance6,661
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of August 14, 2019.

The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden of individual clubs.

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Teams, stadiums, and personnelEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

The Dash does not make its stadium's entire capacity available for home games, instead restricting ticket sales at a lower level. The full capacity of this venue is included in parentheses and italics.

Two stadiums were renamed during the season. First, on June 4, Exploria Resorts acquired the naming rights to Orlando City Stadium, which was accordingly renamed Exploria Stadium.[1] Then, on June 13, the U.S. arm of the Spanish multinational bank BBVA announced a rebranding of the U.S. operations from "BBVA Compass" to "BBVA". As part of the rebranding, BBVA Compass Stadium became simply BBVA Stadium.[2]

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

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

Team Head coach Shirt sponsor
Chicago Red Stars   Rory Dames
Houston Dash   James Clarkson
North Carolina Courage   Paul Riley Continental AG
Orlando Pride   Marc Skinner Orlando Health
Portland Thorns   Mark Parsons Providence Health & Services
Reign FC   Vlatko Andonovski Zulily
Sky Blue FC Vacant Meridian Health
Utah Royals FC   Laura Harvey Conservice
Washington Spirit   Richie Burke GEICO

Coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Ref.
Washington Spirit   Tom Torres End of interim period September 2, 2018   Richie Burke January 8, 2019 [3][4]
Orlando Pride   Tom Sermanni Mutual separation September 14, 2018   Marc Skinner January 14, 2019 [5][6]
Houston Dash   Vera Pauw Mutual separation September 20, 2018   James Clarkson December 11, 2018 [7][8]
Sky Blue FC   Denise Reddy Fired June 28, 2019 [9]

League standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portland Thorns FC 18 9 6 3 36 22 +14 33 NWSL Shield
2 Chicago Red Stars 17 9 2 6 28 21 +7 29 NWSL Playoffs
3 North Carolina Courage 16 8 4 4 31 17 +14 28
4 Utah Royals FC 17 8 3 6 19 15 +4 27
5 Reign FC 17 7 6 4 16 19 −3 27
6 Houston Dash 17 6 4 7 17 26 −9 22
7 Washington Spirit 16 6 3 7 20 18 +2 21
8 Sky Blue FC 18 3 4 11 13 24 −11 13
9 Orlando Pride 16 3 2 11 16 34 −18 11
Updated to match(es) played on August 18, 2019. Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

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,[10] going down the list until all teams are ranked.

  1. Head to Head win/loss record between the teams (or points-per-game if more than 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.

NOTE: If two clubs remain tied after another club with the same number of points advances during any step, the tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the two-club format.

AttendanceEdit

Average home attendancesEdit

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Team GP Attendance High Low Average
Portland Thorns FC 7 139,684 25,218 15,581 19,955
Utah Royals FC 9 98,932 18,015 5,777 10,992
Chicago Red Stars 8 47,451 17,388 2,023 5,931
Orlando Pride 8 42,755 9,415 3,703 5,344
North Carolina Courage 8 40,052 6,216 4,053 5,007
Reign FC 8 37,309 7,479 3,032 4,664
Houston Dash 9 34,744 5,327 2,933 3,860
Washington Spirit 8 28,742 5,500 2,097 3,593
Sky Blue FC 8 16,564 5,003 1,321 2,071
Total 73 486,283 25,218 1,321 6,661

Updated to games played on August 14, 2019.[11]

Highest attendancesEdit

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Stadium
1 Portland Thorns FC 2–1 North Carolina Courage 25,218[12] August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11) Providence Park
2 Portland Thorns FC 5–0 Houston Dash 22,329[13] July 24, 2019 (2019-07-24) Providence Park
3 Portland Thorns FC 3–0 Chicago Red Stars 19,461[14] June 2, 2019 (2019-06-02) Providence Park
4 Portland Thorns FC 0–1 Reign FC 19,116[15] July 5, 2019 (2019-07-05) Providence Park
5 Portland Thorns FC 1–1 Sky Blue FC 19,070[16] August 3, 2019 (2019-08-03) Providence Park
6 Portland Thorns FC 4–3 Orlando Pride 18,909[17] July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14) Providence Park
7 Utah Royals FC 1–0 Washington Spirit 18,015[18] April 20, 2019 (2019-04-20) Rio Tinto Stadium
8 Chicago Red Stars 2–1 North Carolina Courage 17,388[19] July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21) SeatGeek Stadium
9 Utah Royals FC 1–0 Chicago Red Stars 16,556[20] May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03) Rio Tinto Stadium
10 Utah Royals FC 2–2 Portland Thorns FC 15,931[21] July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19) Rio Tinto Stadium

Updated to games played on August 14, 2019.[11]

Statistical leadersEdit

As of August 14, 2019

Individual awardsEdit

As of August 14, 2019

Monthly AwardsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Stateline
April   Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage 4 Goals in three games, 2 Assists and 3 chances created. [23]
May   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars 4 Goals in three games.[24]
June   Jess Fishlock Reign FC 3 Goals in three games. 1 Assist, 8 shots, and 7 chances created.[25]
July   Kristen Hamilton North Carolina Courage 4 goals in a single match. 5 goals and 2 assists in July.[26]

Team of the MonthEdit

Month Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Ref
April   Kailen Sheridan, NJ   Casey Short, CHI
  Becky Sauerbrunn, UTA
  Abby Erceg, NC
  Meghan Klingenberg, POR
  Christine Sinclair, POR
  Yuki Nagasato, CHI
  Crystal Dunn, NC
  Christen Press, UTA
  Sam Kerr, CHI
  Tobin Heath, POR
[27]
May   Aubrey Bledsoe, WAS   Casey Short, CHI
  Rachel Corsie, UTA
  Sam Staab, WAS
  Merritt Mathias, NC
  Yuki Nagasato, CHI
  Jordan DiBiasi, WAS
  Vero Boquete, UTA
  Sam Kerr, CHI
  Amy Rodriguez, UTA
  Ashley Hatch, WAS
[28]
June   Aubrey Bledsoe, WAS   Casey Short, CHI
  Sam Staab, WAS
  Megan Oyster, RFC
  Katherine Reynolds, POR
  Andi Sullivan, WAS
  Jess Fishlock, RFC
  Kristen Hamilton, NC
  Midge Purce, POR
  Amy Rodriguez, UTA
  Ifeoma Onumonu, RFC
[29]
July   Kailen Sheridan, NJ   Casey Short, CHI
  Sarah Gorden, CHI
  Abby Erceg, NC
  Merritt Mathias, NC
  Vanessa DiBernardo, CHI
  Debinha, NC
  Gabby Seiler, POR
  Kristen Hamilton, NC
  Sam Kerr, CHI
  Marta, ORL
[30]

Weekly awardsEdit

Week Player of the Week Goal of the Week Save of the Week Reference
Player Club Player Club Player Club
1   Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC   Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC   Ashlyn Harris Orlando Pride [31] [32] [33]
2   Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC   Alanna Kennedy Orlando Pride   Kailen Sheridan Sky Blue FC [34] [35] [36]
3   Yuki Nagasato Chicago Red Stars   Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC   Kailen Sheridan Sky Blue FC [37] [38] [39]
4   Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit   Kealia Ohai Houston Dash   Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [40] [41] [42]
5   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Andressinha Portland Thorns   Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [43] [44] [45]
6   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Jordan DiBiasi Washington Spirit Honorary
  Morgan Andrews
Winner
  Britt Eckerstrom

Reign FC

Portland Thorns
[46] [47] [48] [49]
7   Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit   Bethany Balcer Reign FC   Paige Nielsen Washington Spirit [50] [51] [52]
8   Kristen Hamilton North Carolina Courage   Margaret Purce Portland Thorns   Jane Campbell Houston Dash [53] [54] [55]
9   Jess Fishlock Reign FC   Amy Rodriguez Utah Royals FC   Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [56] [57] [58]
10   Ifeoma Onumonu Reign FC   Jess Fishlock Reign FC   Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [59] [60] [61]
11   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Tyler Lussi Portland Thorns   Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [62] [63] [64]
12   Kristen Hamilton North Carolina Courage   Marta Orlando Pride   Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [65] [66] [67]
13   Marta Orlando Pride   Tyler Lussi Portland Thorns   Haley Kopmeyer Orlando Pride [68] [69] [70]
14   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Christen Press Utah Royals FC   Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [71] [72] [73]
15   Kristen Hamilton North Carolina Courage   Christen Press Utah Royals FC   Jane Campbell Houston Dash [74] [75] [76]
16   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars   Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit [77] [78] [79]
17   Christen Press Utah Royals FC   Amy Rodriguez Utah Royals FC   Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC [80] [81] [82]

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