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Sophia Smith is the only USWNT player nominated for 2023 Women’s Ballon d’Or

Portland Thorns and United States women’s national team forward Sophia Smith received her first Ballon d’Or nomination in her career on Wednesday. The 23-year-old was the only American player to make the 30-woman nomination list.

For those who don’t know about the Ballon d’Or here’s a quick explanation. The annual award is given to the best women’s and men’s player in the world and is presented by France Football, a French news magazine. It’s the highest individual award a soccer player can earn.

Portland keeper Bella Bixby scores ridiculous backheel at 90+7' for 3-3 draw with Angel City

The Portland Thorns and Angel City played the NWSL's game of the season on Saturday night at Providence Park — who says draws are boring?

The match had absolutely everything.

In the 10th-minute, 18-year-old phenom Alyssa Thompson gave Angel City the lead with a run that showcased her frightening pace before beating Portland keeper Bella Bixby at her near post. 

NWSL players in disbelief over how bad some of their FIFA 23 characters look

The National Women’s Soccer League getting added to EA Sports’ FIFA video game series felt too good to be true. The long overdue addition of the American league to the game took place on March 15. 

It’s been a week since the update and players aren’t thrilled about how poorly they look in the game. Several players have taken to Twitter to show off just how bad the animations turned out.

The issues range from some player appearing much whiter in the game than in real life to being bald. Yikes EA.

EA Sports releases NWSL players’ FIFA ratings — Here are the top 10 players and funny reactions

For the first time in history the National Women’s Soccer League will be available on EA Sports’ FIFA video game.

On Wednesday, March 15, FIFA 23 will add the NWSL to the game. EA Sports gave fans a little teaser Friday by releasing the statistics for each player.

If you’re curious about the highest rated NWSL players on FIFA, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top 10.

Top 10 highest rated NWSL players on FIFA 23

1 Alex Morgan 90 (San Diego Wave)

2. Debinha 88 (Kansas City Current)

3. Sophia Smith 87 (Portland Thorns)

FIFA 23 set to add NWSL just in time for new season

It didn't make much sense when EA Sports announced that women's club soccer was coming to FIFA 23 before launching with only the Women's Super League (England) and Division 1 Féminine (France) while omitting the National Women's Soccer League, but that's reportedly about to be remedied with a free March update ahead of the league's new season.

NWSL hands lifetime bans to four former coaches and fines two teams $1 million or more

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has handed lifetime bans to four former coaches and fined the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns $1.5 million and $1 million respectively, part of sweeping sanctions from a misconduct inquiry.

An independent investigator brought in by U.S. Soccer found last year that abuse and misconduct "had become systemic" in the NWSL.

Sophia Smith becomes youngest U.S. Female Player of the Year since Mia Hamm

National Women's Soccer League MVP Sophia Smith was voted the 2022 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, the sport's governing body said on Friday, after scoring 11 goals for the national team last year.

This U.S. map of most-viewed soccer teams by state is wild and defies logic

FBref.com last week published a map of its most-viewed soccer teams by state in 2022 and the results show the incredibly varied interests across the United States.

Across the 50 states there were teams represented from the English Premier League, MLS, La Liga, USL, NWSL, the EFL Championship, the English fifth-tier National League – and the U.S. national team.

“There were definitely some surprises,” Jonah Gardner, product marketing manager for FBref, told The18 in an email.

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