Back in action after the international window

After a successful journey through the World Cup and Olympic qualifying campaign, as well as the 2022 Concacaf W Championship title in Monterrey, Mexico, the US Women’s National Team players returned to club play this weekend as the NWSL season officially entered halftime.

The action continued on Friday night with a 3-3 draw between North Carolina Courage and Washington Spirit. Forward Trinity Rodman scored a brace for the away side in the goal-scoring affair that saw all six goals scored between the 42nd and 62nd Protocol. Rodman, the youngest player in USA’s Concacaf W Championship squad, scored her first goal of the night in the 42nd minutend minute and ended an assist from the USWNT midfielder Ashley Sanchez. The courage equaled in the 45th minute but Washington went 2-1 up in the dressing room when Tara McKeown scored in first-half injury time from a cross from Kelley O’Hara. The teams continued to trade goals in the second half, with the Courage equalizing again in the 53approx minute before Rodman scored her second of the night in the 56thShe buried her shot at the near post for her first brace of the NWSL regular season and her fourth goal of the season. The match would end 3–3 as North Carolina scored again in the 62nd Minute.

WATCH: RODMAN SCORES FLAP FOR SPIRIT



Portland Thorns FC extended their run to nine straight games with a 2-1 away win over Racing Louisville on Friday night. Sophia Smith, who started all five games for the USWNT at the Concacaf W Championship, scored her ninth goal of the season in the seventh minute and capped an impressive run down the wing with a left-footed shot at the far post. Smith is second in the NWSL this season and has scored 22 goals in 29 games in all club and country competitions this year. Louisville equaled in the 29th minuteth minute, shot down an assist Jaelin Howellbut the thorns counted again in the 74thth to remain undefeated on the road this season.

WATCH: SMITH LEADS THORNS WITH EARLY STRIKE



Portland is currently second in the league standings, a point behind leaders San Diego Wave FC with a game in hand. The Wave picked up a hard-earned three points on Sunday night to defeat the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 at Soldier Field. 17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw, who will represent USA at the upcoming FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, made her professional debut, scoring the game’s only goal in the 27th minuteth Minute. The Wave held on to the win and kept the clean sheet despite playing shorthanded the final 30 minutes of the game after San Diego Abby Dahlkemper received the second yellow card in the 59th minuteth Minute. San Diego has knocked out opponents in each of their last two games and conceded just 11 goals a year, the lowest in the league this season.

OL Reign also picked up three points away from home and made a spectacular comeback from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Angel City FC 3-2 at the Banc of California Stadium on Sunday night. Angel City led 2-0 at halftime before OL Reign pulled one back in the 54th Minute. defender Sofia Hurta drew the visitors from Seattle to the 64thth Minute of Goal of the Year The contestant shoots with her left foot from outside the box for her first goal of the regular season. In the 89thth Minute Huerta provider played through to the game-winning goal Tobin Heide, which came into play just five minutes earlier. Arriving at the end of a looping cross from Huerta, Heath buried her full volley for her first NWSL goal since September 2019.

WATCH: HUERTA BLAST SPARKS REIGN COMEBACK


Houston Dash moved up to third in the league on Sunday after beating NJ/NY Gotham FC 4-2 away at the Red Bull Arena. Mosquito Purce scored an impressive single goal for Gotham in the loss and sliced ​​through Houston defenses in a long dribble to score in the 82nd minute for their third goal of the regular season.

WATCH: PURCE BEATS THROUGH DASH DEFENSE



Rounding out the weekend action, Kansas City Current extended their unbeaten streak to eight games after a 2-2 draw with Orlando Pride on Sunday night.

Information on upcoming games featuring US Women’s National Team players can be found below. All times listed are ET.

Tuesday, August 2nd

NWSL: Race Louisville FC vs. OL Reign

8:00 pm

Outstanding+

Friday, August 5th

NWSL: Race Louisville FC vs. Washington Spirit

8:00 pm

Outstanding+

NWSL: Portland Thorns FC vs. North Carolina Courage

10:30 p.m

CBS sports network

Sunday, August 7th

NWSL: San Diego Wave FC vs. Kansas City Current

5.00

Outstanding+

NWSL: Chicago Red Stars vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC

6:00 p.m

Outstanding+

NWSL: OL Reign vs. Houston Dash

6:00 p.m

Outstanding+

NWSL: Orlando Pride vs. Angel City FC

19.00

Outstanding+

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