Is parity happening to the NWSL? Recent results have us eyeing the underdogs
The IX: Soccer Monday with Annie M. Peterson, May 22, 2023
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In the meantime, let’s look at the NWSL. As we wrap up Week 8, Gotham is on top of the NWSL standings. Let that sink in for a second. Gotham, the same team that lost a stunning 17 games last season and finished dead last in the league.
Gotham had arguably a statement win on Sunday against the Reign, at Lumen for goshsakes.
Our friend Keeper Notes has the stats, of course:
Here’s another good turnaround story: Racing Louisville has now won three straight (across all competitions).
And then there’s the Pride, who are undefeated in four straight, after losing Debinha and a few other key players in the offseason.
Oh, and the Pride just handed the Washington Spirit its first loss of the season. We talked last week about the Spirit and their resurgence under Mark Parsons.
Orlando lost four games to start this season after finishing 10th in the league last season
“We knew that early on in the season, that wasn’t a reflection of who we are, and this was always going to take time and now you’re starting to see what we are capable of doing. Beating the [team at the] top of the table just shows that the players can go away full of confidence knowing that they can beat anyone in the league now. Again, it’s taking time. When it’s hard, they put absolutely everything into it. There wasn’t a blade of grass that we didn’t cover today, and it was a great effort from everyone, and it probably is a statement to the league that we are here to win and here to stay and to perform.” — Orlando Pride coach Seb Hines.
The predictably steady teams, the Portland Thorns, the Reign and even the Wave are still in good shape, standings-wise. But these developments eight games into the season are a sign of growing parity in the NWSL. And that’s a good thing.
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