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NWSL Power Rankings - Week 18

Portland Thorns return to the top.

NWSL Power Rankings

The International Champions Cup tournament disrupted the NWSL schedule somewhat by having the North Carolina Courage vs Houston Dash game rescheduled until next month; thus there were only 4 total games this week. Portland Thorns return to the top of the rankings, and Utah Royals FC rise after winning their 3rd straight game.

So without further mindless banter, here’s the power rankings for this week. (#) indicates last week’s ranking.

  1. Portland Thorns (2) - Put 3 past the Spirit at home.
  2. Chicago Red Stars (1) - Gave Sky Blue their 3rd win of the year in midweek game.
  3. Utah Royals (4) - Won 3rd straight game, with the last two on the road (even if it was against a de-fanged Pride).
  4. North Carolina Courage (3) - Bye due to International Champions Cup games.
  5. Reign FC (5) - Tied Sky Blue on the road.
  6. Houston Dash (7) - Bye week due to Courage playing tournament.
  7. Washington Spirit (6) - Lost in Portland, which is the trendy thing to do in NWSL.
  8. Sky Blue FC (8) - Won another game to finally pull out of last place!
  9. Orlando Pride (9) - Another home loss now has the pride at the bottom of the table.