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Gotham FC maintain slim lead atop tight NWSL table with draw

(Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports)

Gotham FC maintained their hold on the top spot in the NWSL standings, but four clubs sit just one point back through nine matches.

A 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit moved Gotham to 17 points on the season, while the Spirit have 16 points. Bruninha got Gotham on the board first, but Washington’s Paige Metayer scored the equalizer in the 69th minute.

But Washington isn’t the only team within one point of Gotham.

The Portland Thorns, OL Reign and San Diego Wave all have sixteen points, with Portland holding the tiebreaker on goal differential. OL Reign were the only team among the top five to walk away from the weekend with a win, turning in a dominating 4-1 performance over Angel City.

San Diego and Portland played to a 1-1 draw, with Reyna Reyes playing hero for Portland with the game-tying goal in the 90th minute.

The North Carolina Courage sit in sixth with 14 points after a 2-1 win over Racing Louisville.

The Chicago Red Stars got their first win in six weeks with a 1-0 result over Orlando, which was also goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s 150th start. They leapfrogged the Kansas City Current in the standings, with the Current in last place after losing four games in a row.