Last week was, shall we say, slightly contentious. Media outlets for which a content search of "NWSL" would have provided zero results last Friday found the column space for breathless coverage of the "scandal" in Rochester, where the Flash, as you know, hosted the Seattle Reign on a Foosball table, more or less. A few of the newly-minted USWNT Olympic squad chimed in, with Hope Solo opening a few more eyes with her NWSL Inside Edition report.
The Flash have been fined, their coach suspended (again), and NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush has apologized and promised never to do it again. We'll see.
On Sunday, after some rain that mercifully cooled off the pitch in Orlando (and allowed those with broader soccer horizons to watch the EURO 2016 Final), the Breakers celebrated Mollie Pathman's first career goal before watching the [BIAS ALERT] US Women's Diving Team take the field to earn some extremely late and soft/phantom fouls that resulted in a card-a-palooza meltdown and last gasp defeat at Orlando. Oh, then Mollie Pathman retired this week.
Now, not to show new faith in my skills of prognostication, but I got all the Saturday games right last week, and was on track to correctly calling the Breakers / Pride match for around 88 minutes. Improvement? Trend? I doubt it.
This week is 4 games on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. Happy watching!
Washington Spirit at FCKC
Saturday at 7:00PM Eastern
Bold Prediction: I'm taking FCKC at home. 2-1.
Chicago Red Stars at Orlando Pride
Saturday at 7:30PM Eastern
Bold Predition: Orlando barely weasled past Boston. No chance they beat Chicago. Unless it's hot and they play in Florida. Oh, wait. Mmmmmm—DRAW! 2-2.
Portland Thorns at Houston Dash
Saturday at 8:30PM Eastern
Bold Prediction: Tough call: a bad team that's been playing together most of the year or a bunch of young & hungry 2nd squad players on a usually-great team. In Houston, where it's probably 325 degrees today, I'll take—a draw. 1-1.
WNY Flash at Seattle Reign
Saturday at 10:00PM Eastern
Bold Prediction: Reign offer a full-size pitch upon which to play, but the hospitality ends there. 3-1 Seattle.
Sky Blue FC at Boston Breakers
Sunday at 5:00PM Eastern
Bold Prediction: The Breakers need this win badly. Really, really badly. Mollie Pathman will play in her final NWSL match before her retirement. Kristie Mewis and Libby Stout are still injured, Christen Westphal is gimpy after Orlando, and Brooke Elby is suspended for a match on cards. Julie King is one yellow card away from an accumulation of cards suspension, while nursing a broken nose and wearing the Harry Kane/Hannibal Lecter mask. [BIAS ALERT] Boston somehow guts out a win. 2-1.