NWSL: Portland Make Hay While the Olympians are Away…

All the way back in week 1 it looked as though Portland may lead out a Shield procession from the start, but North Carolina and Orlando soon had something to say about that. By week 10, however, these rivals were 5th and 7th respectively. The Thorns, meanwhile, have shown how much talent they can call on, even with their national team stars over in Tokyo for the Olympics. Three wins and a draw during July - and only one goal conceded - has lifted them up to top spot with a slight gap emerging between them and Gotham FC in second...

NWSL: Here Come the Courage…

Ok, it might seem a bit disingenuous to put North Carolina in the headline given Orlando (aptly) were able to hold on to top spot during Pride Month, but three wins on the spin has Paul Riley's side back in the hunt for another regular season Shield. Orlando, meanwhile had kept their scoreboard moving with a couple of draws and a comeback victory over basement dwelling Kansas City. But the early pacesetters would end the month with Houston inflicting a first defeat on Marc Skinner's squad during Week 6...

Buckle up for the Pride…

We're heading over the 'pond' now for a look back on the National Women's Soccer League during May. There can't have been too many pundits predicting that Orlando Pride would make the early running - or any kind of running - given their underwhelming track record in recent seasons. But Marc Skinner's squad had a very good month, picking up three wins and and a draw to lead the field...

Five Matches key to Courage’s Third Consecutive Shield

WE'RE GOING American this week… ahead of the NWSL playoffs we’re reflecting on the North Carolina Courage’s campaign. The ‘Shield’, which is awarded to the team with the best regular season record, has already made its way back to the catchily titled Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park – for a third consecutive year. Here, D2B looks at five matches that were central to the Courage retaining their title...