NWSL Power Rankings: Gotham FC climbs the rankings, while Pride gives us something to talk about

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The National Women’s Soccer League is springing into action as the regular season welcomes its ninth week of action. All 12 clubs have played at least one Challenge Cup group stage match between the regular season balance. The teams are just three weeks away from reaching the halfway point of the 22-game regular season. Some teams in the top half of the table are starting to pull away from other contenders, while others in the bottom half are quickly falling behind. Check out our power rankings to see who’s stepping up and who’s falling behind. And remember, fans can watch the Challenge Cup and NWSL regular season on CBS Sports platforms, including Paramount+ and CBS Sports Golazo Network.

NWSL 2023 Regular Season Power Rankings


spirit of washington

Even strong clubs will have their bumps along the way. Defender Sam Stabb continues to show why he is an asset in defense and attack with his strong left foot.


NJ/NY Gotham FC


All gears are clicking towards the east coast side. Lynn Williams keeps scoring while the defense is anchored by the goalkeeper Abby Smith. Noob Jenna Nightswonger is getting stronger week by week and has two goals in three matches.


Portland Thorns FC

A good scorer and goalkeeper will get you results in a regular season, but a stable and reliable midfield will get you further. Crystal Dunn, Olivia Moultrie It is Sam Coffey must start as many games as they can together.


OL Reign


Officially on a three-game winless slump in all competitions, Reign slipped down the rankings this week. they’ve been without Rose Lavelle for a significant amount of time, but has the depth to compete. They need to figure things out.


San Diego Wave FC

Wins keep hitting for Wave on the road, and his ability to adapt to different teams’ game plans is impressive. They will continue to climb the rankings if they can get results against other ranked teams in the playoffs.


North Carolina Courage


Courage is bought into their style of play and even with ball possession on the scouting report, opposing teams have trouble messing things up. if Kerolim keeps delivering, watch out.


Racing Louisville FC


Louisville catapults up the rankings thanks to standout play by Savannah De Melo. The performances have been consistent, they have led to results and the entire squad is benefiting.


Houston Dash


I’m not sure there’s a better streaked team in the league right now. Houston has good plays but the tactics aren’t making things work unfortunately.


pride of orlando


The Florida side is quietly screwing up the others’ results. They were unlucky not to get a win against Gotham and snapped Spirit’s seven game unbeaten streak. If the Brazilian companions mink It is Adriana keep the chemistry, they will continue to be a problem for the defenses.


Angel City FC


Okay, I lied, Angle City might be the weakest team in the league right now. They drop in the rankings by curious rotation on the road in week eight, but if they approach your ideal starting lineup, watch out.


Kansas City Chain


A long drop in the rankings because the current one just can’t break out of a losing streak. On the upside, they are putting more injured players back into the lineup. the return of Kristen Hamilton it could mean more options on offense, which can only help struggling defence.


Chicago Red Stars

There’s not much to say about this team week-to-week. Not only are they losing games, they are doing so painfully. Not much will change while the club is for sale.

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