It’s been nearly five months since Tobin Heath has been in action for club or country, a fact that's put a dark cloud over the women’s soccer community. The crafty midfielder is a fan favorite and has been an obvious selection for the U.S. and Portland Thorns when available. In recent months, Heath has been sidelined with a back sprain and was placed on the 45-day disabled list. Her injury has seen her miss all of the NWSL season as well as a handful of national team games.
Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan is on fire right now. Last week she scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Boston and she picked up right where she left off this past Saturday against FC Kansas City. With the score tied 1-1 in the dying minutes of the game, Morgan got on the end of a free kick from teammate Marta and scored the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning goal for the Pride.
This cheeky flick will be no doubt be a goal of the week contender and shows that Alex Morgan is back to her best.
Alex Morgan returned to action with the Orlando Pride on July 1, and she’s struck up a lethal partnership with Brazilian legend Marta since. In seven games, Morgan has scored five goals and provided two assists, but the duo was on another level Saturday after leading the Pride to a 5-0 victory over Sky Blue.
Both Morgan and Marta registered two goals and an assist on the day, with Morgan’s feed for Marta earning NWSL Week 16 Goal of the Week honors. The assist that Marta provided for Morgan was pretty special as well.
Megan Rapinoe took her NWSL-leading goal tally to 12 from 15 matches with a remarkable hat trick in Seattle’s 5-4 victory over Sky Blue FC on Saturday. The Reign squandered a 4-0 lead, but Rapinoe rescued her side with an immaculately placed left-footed shot at the death.
Sam Kerr is the greatest goal scorer in the history of the National Women’s Soccer League, but all anyone wants to talk about is those refs, man.
Sky Blue FC striker Kerr scored a brilliant second-half hat trick to be set the career mark with 35 goals in the NWSL, but all three goals came after a red card to FC Kansas City’s Shea Groom. And it wasn’t the only controversy involving the league's top players on Saturday.
Australia international and Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr is on fire. With two goals against Portland Thorns a couple weeks ago, she became Sky Blue’s all-time leading scorer, she's currently ranked fourth in the league’s all-time goal scoring list and she's the third best scorer this season behind Marta and Megan Rapinoe. Kerr also picked up NWSL Player of the Month honors for May and Player of the Week honors for week nine.
If the 23-year-old isn’t familiar to you now, she will be after you see this beauty she scored last night against the Orlando Pride.
The Houston Dash moved off the bottom of the NWSL table with a 2-0 victory over the Orlando Pride, powered by a Carli Lloyd strike. While at the other end of the table the North Carolina Courage continue to roll through the season, now with eight wins from 11 matches.
Kristen Hamilton couldn’t believe it: less than three minutes into her first career start in the NWSL, the high press of the NC Courage paid off when teammate Sam Mewis played her in to slot past the keeper.
Then, 10 minutes later, she doubled her team’s advantage as the ball fell to her feet after a scramble in the box and she made no mistake slamming it home for her second career goal.
“I almost don’t have words to describe it because it’s so different than what I’m used to,” Hamilton told The18.com this week.