With just one weekend left of club matches before the Matildas join up in Turkey, it's getting down to the pointy end for World Cup selection.
Another highly completive week in the NWSL saw few goals and close games all across the league.
The first game of the week had the Chicago Red Stars travel to the Utah Royals. Sam Kerr almost gave the Red Stars the early lead when a turnover at midfield led to Kerr on a fast break. She dribbled the ball into the box, but her shot was blocked by the outstretched goalkeeper.
Just before halftime, the Red Stars had a player sent off in the 43rd minute and they spent the rest of the game down a player.
The Red Stars held their own and even had scoring opportunities but ultimately the Utah Royals were able to capitalize on the player advantage and finally scored a goal in the 84th minute. Kerr once again played a full 90 minutes for the Red Stars.
The next day the Washington Spirit hosted the Reign FC. The game was evenly matched with both teams having scoring chances. Combined, the two teams had a total of 33 shots.
Chloe Logarzo, who made her debut for Spirit in the 66th minute, created a spark for her team. She showed a little bit of offensive flare nutmegging a defender at the top of the box late in the game but couldn’t quite convert the opportunity.
The game eventually ended in a 0-0 tie.
Amy Harrison started and put in 46 minutes for Spirit before being subbed off. Meanwhile, Elise Kellond-Knight was subbed into the game in the 72nd minute for the Reign.
Lydia Williams was an unused sub for the Reign and Steph Catley is still unavailable with an injury.
The final game of the weekend took place between the Orlando Pride and the Houston Dash. The Dash were able to get out to an early lead when they netted a goal in the seventh minute.
The game settled after the goal and both teams had opportunities to score. Alanna Kennedy was close to getting on the end of a ball served into the box by her Pride teammate, Marta, but the service was just out of reach of Kennedy’s diving header.
The Pride could not find an equaliser resulting in their fourth loss of the season. In the five games, they’ve played the Pride have a league low of just one goal.
Kennedy and Emily van Egmond both got the start for the Pride. Kennedy played a full 90 and van Egmond was subbed off in the 68th minute of play. Clare Polkinghorne notched 90 minutes for the Dash and Kyah Simon was unavailable for the game with a right ankle injury.
Ellie Carpenter, Caitlin Foord, and Hayley Raso with the Portland Thorns had a bye week in the NWSL and will travel to Orlando next week to take on the Pride.
Tameka Yallop and Klepp took on Sandviken. Both teams are in the upper third of the league. Sadnviken was able to score two goals in the first 50 minutes of play.
Klepp was able to avoid the shutout by scoring in the 87th minute but could not find the equalizer and lost the game 2-1.
Yallop played a full match.
Primera Division (Spain)
Atletico Madrid played Real Sociedad and a win for Atletico would secure the league title. Atletico put on another dominating performance netting three goals and only giving up one goal. They were able to win the Primera Division with 84 points.
Alex Chidiac was not available for the game.
Levante looked to finish the season strong and stay at the top of the league standings when they took on Sevilla FC. However, Levante got off to a slow start and went down 1-0 five minutes into the game and would not be able to get a goal of their own. The team finished in third place with 57 points.
Aivi Luik started and played 63 minutes for Levante.
Úrvalsdeild Kvenna (Iceland)
In the opening round of the season, Grace Maher's KR played full minutes in her side's 1-0 loss to HK/Víkingur.