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NWSL Week 7: Can the San Diego Wave stay on top?

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The league-leading San Diego Wave face a tough test this weekend, Mallory Pugh aims to continue her hot streak and more in a full slate of NWSL action this weekend.

Will the San Diego Wave defend their top spot?

San Diego has a big matchup this weekend, as the Wave host West Coast powerhouse OL Reign at Torero Stadium on Sunday.

The Wave are coming off a thrilling 2-2 draw with the Portland Thorns on Wednesday, with Taylor Kornieck scoring a brace in the final ten minutes of regulation to secure the tie. The Wave’s momentum and home-field advantage will be critical as they take on a formidable opponent in OL Reign.

The Seattle side, however, has struggled to get its offense going, notching only five goals to San Diego’s 13 on the season. The Reign are second only to the Thorns in shots per 90 minutes, with 14.57, but have yet to consistently convert in the final third.

On the other side of the ball, OL Reign are tied with the Houston Dash with the most clean sheets on the season with four. Phallon Tullis-Joyce has been stellar in goal, topping the league with 31 total saves.

The NWSL’s golden boot leader Alex Morgan will almost certainly keep the league’s top goalkeeper on her toes, setting up a compelling showdown.

Mallory Pugh vs. Sydney Leroux in Chicago

The last time the Chicago Red Stars and Orlando Pride faced off, it was goals galore, with six finishes between the two clubs in a 4-2 win for Chicago on May 22.

Forward Mallory Pugh has been red hot for the Red Stars, scoring four goals in five matches to anchor Chicago’s offense. She has helped lead the team to third in the NWSL standings.

Orlando, on the other hand, has been inconsistent throughout the season but has shown flashes of brilliance. A bright spot for the Pride is Sydney Leroux, a striker known to light up a game. If she can come alive in the team’s contest against Chicago, it will make for a captivating matchup.

The Houston Dash look to extend their unbeaten streak

The Dash enter their Sunday matchup against Portland sitting on a franchise-best six-game unbeaten streak.

Houston has tightened up its backline since the Challenge Cup, allowing just three goals and logging four clean sheets so far in the 2022 campaign. On offense, the Dash have the second-highest goal total with 11, and the team’s attack is beginning to gel around Nichelle Prince.

Portland also looks in solid form after registering a compelling 2-2 draw against San Diego on Wednesday. Sophia Smith has been critical for the Thorns, recording four of the team’s 11 total goals on the season, presenting Houston’s defense with a threat up top.

If the Dash can fill the gap star Rachel Daly leaves as she reports to England for international duty ahead of this summer’s Euros, they’ll have a shot against the surging Portland side.

Week 7 Schedule

  • Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • Racing Louisville vs. Angel City FC, Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Twitch
  • Kansas City Current vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • San Diego Wave FC vs. OL Reign, Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride, Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Paramount+
  • Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+

Sofia Huerta signs contract extension with Seattle through 2027

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Former Oregon soccer players detail instances of verbal abuse from former USWNT assistant

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Members of the Oregon women’s soccer team are saying they received harsh treatment and even verbal abuse from head coach and former USWNT assistant Graeme Abel. 

During the 2023 season, the team had zero wins, and upon its conclusion a total of 12 of the team’s 29 players departed the team. Former players told The Oregonian that Abel would verbally attack them, threaten to kick them off the team and at times would even throw objects.

"When I’d make a mistake at practice, it felt like he made it a job to embarrass you to the point where you just wanted to walk off the field,” one player said. “He’d stop the practice – and I know it’s college soccer, it’s very competitive — but he’d stop practice and just keep going nonstop on this one thing."

In total, the Oregonian spoke with 14 former players – including 12 who agreed to be interviewed in depth. All said that they experienced verbal abuse. Six of the players were among those who transferred following the season. 

One instance of Abel’s tirades included him throwing a water bottle that narrowly missed players’ heads. 

“He kicked all of our staff out of the locker room, kicked a trash can, threw a white board, sat on the trash can and started screaming,” one player recounted. “He wanted us to tell him what we thought went wrong in the game. Me and another player spoke up, and he said, ‘You’re just (expletive) wrong.’ And that if we didn’t want to be in this program, we could all quit, and he’d sign our release paperwork tomorrow.”

While Abel was not made available for an interview, he did say in a statement that “at no point have I used threatening statements or financial repercussions as a part of coaching.”

Instances of emotional distress stemming from Abel’s alleged harsh treatment date back to 2021 – his first full year leading the team following an abbreviated 2020 campaign.

Other former players contacted by The Oregonian detailed positive overall experiences, and described his style as “normal coaching.”

Others, like USWNT players Becky Sauerbrunn and Lindsey Horan, did not respond to requests for comment, although Sauerbrunn wrote in 2019 that she had a “great relationship” with Abel. 

Still, multiple players interviewed had similar stories, with one saying that girls would be “crying in the locker room” after practice because of what he would tell players. Attempts to speak with the administration about his behavior, players say, was “discouraging.”

“His office is like the scariest place,” one player said. “You’d have to sit there while he’d belittle you and say all these nasty things, and gaslight you into believing you’re not good enough. ... Our team fell apart because of the environment he created. We were just trying to get through the day. There was no way we could focus on soccer.”

Multiple players said they experienced suicidal ideation while playing at Oregon. In part of his statement, Abel wrote that “at no time do we put our student-athletes in any danger.”

Abel is currently in his fifth and final year of his contract at Oregon.

Gotham FC unveil Championship rings ahead of banner reveal

Gotham FC players celebrate Lynn Williams' goal in the first half of the 2023 NWSL Championship. (Ray Acevedo/USA TODAY Sports)

Gotham FC has unveiled their 2023 NWSL championship rings — and safe to say, they deliver.

The reveal has led to a little bit of trash talk ahead of the team’s matchup with Kansas City this weekend, as both teams have NFL owners. While the Current are co-owned by Patrick and Brittany Mahomes, former Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a co-owner of Gotham. 

On Wednesday, Manning took to Sportscenter to give Mahomes a bit of a hard time.

“He may have one more Super Bowl ring than me, but he does not have a NWSL championship ring like I do,” Manning joked.

“Come Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, April 14th, we’re dropping the banner on Kansas City. We got the ring ceremony, the players get their rings and their championship afterwards. This is it, I’ve got something to talk a little trash to him about because I can’t do it about football anymore, I gotta find something else.”

The appearance came after Manning posted to social media, inviting Mahomes to “come see [the championship ring] up close this Sunday.”

Mahomes responded in kind, writing that “we’ll see y’all Sunday!”

Gotham takes on current league-leaders Kansas City on Sunday at 6pm ET. The game is available on NWSL+.

Oregon State hit by transfer portal again as Raegan Beers departs

ALBANY, NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Raegan Beers #15 of the Oregon State Beavers shoots a free throw during the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at MVP Arena on March 31, 2024 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Oregon State leading scorer and rebounder Raegan Beers announced on Thursday that she is entering the transfer portal. 

"Thank you for all of your endless love and support these past two years," she posted on social media. "I will never forget my time at OSU and I am thankful for the opportunity I had to meet and play with incredible people. My journey as a Beav was a special one and I am grateful for my teammates, coaches, fans, and friends who have changed my life throughout my time here."

A sophomore forward, Beers is a two-time All-Pac-12 selection who averaged 17.5 points per game last season while shooting 66.4 percent from the field. She also added 10.3 rebounds en route to earning third-team All-American honors from the AP. 

She’s the fourth Oregon State starter – and seventh player overall – to hit the portal this offseason. She joins Talia von Oelhoggen and Timea Gardiner in the transfer portal, as well as starting freshman Donovyn Hunter. 

Beers and Gardiner were both top-10 recruits in ESPN rankings coming out of high school. 

With the dissolution of the Pac-12, the program will join the WCC next season and no longer be a part of the Power 5.

Conference realignment is hitting the team hard, with coach Scott Rueck saying during the tournament that he knew it could seriously affect his team moving forward. 

"That's reality," Rueck said. "I can't control that, other than just keep doing what I'm doing. I think the opportunity within that for a leader provides a discipline that you'd better be on your A-game all the time. You'd better take care of people, and you'd better provide a great experience. That's the approach going forward and what happens, happens. We'll find a way."

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