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AmWoSo (WPSL, W-League) Power Rankings: June 19

Some order is settling into the W-League, and our rankings include the top two teams in every division along with a couple of third- and fourth-placed teams in the strongest divisions.

The WPSL Elite had an interesting week: The Philadelphia Fever became the first amateur team to take a point off a pro team, holding Western New York 0-0. And the Boston Breakers had a win scrubbed off their record.

Here’s what we have so far (at the bottom, check out the games to watch — or follow on Twitter — this week):

1. Pali Blues (7-0-0, W-League Western; Last Week: 1) – roster
Beat the WPSL San Diego SeaLions in an exhibition without several of their top players. 

2. Chicago Red Stars (6-1-0, WPSL Elite; LW: 2) – roster
Lost 3-0 at Western New York; took out frustration with 4-0 win over New England. Also advanced with split squad in U.S. Open Cup.

3. Boston Breakers (5-2-0, WPSL Elite; LW: 3) – roster
Technically dropped to fourth place in the league due to an eligibility issue, but that says more about draconian player transfer regulations than it does about the team.

4. Western New York Flash (5-1-2, WPSL Elite; LW: 5) – roster
Up-and-down week — handed Chicago its first loss, beat Chesapeake, then couldn’t get past Philadelphia defense in 0-0 draw the next day.

5. New York Fury (5-2-1, WPSL Elite; LW: 4) – roster
Won 2-0 at Chesapeake.

6. Seattle Sounders Women (5-0-1, W-League Western; LW: 6) – roster
Routine rout over LA Strikers.

7. D.C. United Women (6-0-0, W-League Atlantic; LW: 7) – roster
Lost 1-0 in exhibition vs. Paul Riley’s Supergroup (we’ll soon be forming a band by that name); won 5-1 in league play against Northern Virginia.

8. Atlanta Silverbacks (6-0-1, W-League Southeast; LW: 8) – roster
Routed VSI Tampa and moved into Southeast driver’s seat with 2-2 draw at Charlotte.

9. New England Mutiny (3-3-1, WPSL Elite; LW: 9) – roster
Won 3-0 at FC Indiana, then fell prey to Chicago. Just signed experienced pro Tiffany Weimer.

10. Santa Clarita Blue Heat (2-2-2, W-League Western; LW: 10) – roster
Modestly successful Colorado trip — 0-0 at Rapids, 1-1 at Rush.

11. Colorado Rush (3-2-1, W-League Western; LW: NR) – roster
Defended turf with 1-1 draw vs. Santa Clarita.

12. Charlotte Lady Eagles (7-0-2, W-League Southeast; LW: 11) – roster
Draws in back-to-back division showdowns: 2-2 at Central SC, 2-2 vs. Atlanta.

ALSO CONSIDERED (alphabetical order)

Beach Futbol Club (2-1-0, WPSL Pacific South) – roster
Update: Beat Ajax America 5-0.

Colorado Rapids Women (2-2-2, W-League Western) – roster
Held Santa Clarita to 0-0 draw.

FC Dallas (7-0-0, WPSL Big Sky South) – roster
Easing up now; only won 2-1 in last two games.

Fredericksburg Impact (4-1-1, W-League Atlantic) – roster
Won back-and-forth battle with Dayton; surprisingly drew 0-0 at attack-oriented Virginia Beach.

Laval Comets (4-0-2, W-League Central) – roster
New to our “also considered,” having moved into first place with 2-0 win at Rochester and 2-1 win at Hamilton.

Long Island Rough Riders (5-2-0, W-League Northeast) – roster
Also a new division leader — 1-0 wins at NJ Wildcats and vs. NY Magic.

New Jersey Wildcats (3-2-2, W-League Northeast; LW: 12) – roster
Tumbled out of rankings with 1-0 home loss to Long Island.

Ottawa Fury (4-1-0, W-League Central) – roster
Won 2-0 at Quebec City.

San Diego SeaLions (4-0-0, WPSL Pacific South) – roster
Lost 2-1 in an exhibition to Pali Blues; beat LA Vikings 5-0.

Toronto Lady Lynx (4-2-1, W-League Central) – roster
Cruised 3-1 at home against Quebec City.

GAMES TO WATCH (times Eastern and possibly incorrect)

Wednesday, June 20
W-League Western: Colorado Rush at Colorado Rapids Women; 6:30 p.m.; Commerce City, Colo.
WPSL Elite: New England Mutiny at Boston Breakers; 7 p.m.; Somerville, Mass.
W-League Central: Laval Comets at Ottawa Fury; 7 p.m.; Ottawa
W-League Atlantic: Fredericksburg Impact at D.C. United Women; 7:30 p.m.; Boyds, Md.
W-League Western: Pali Blues at Seattle Sounders Women; 10 p.m.; Tukwila, Wash.

Friday, June 22
W-League Southeast: Charlotte Lady Eagles at Atlanta Silverbacks; 7 p.m.; Atlanta

Saturday, June 23
W-League Northeast: Long Island Rough Riders at New Jersey Wildcats; 4 p.m.; Holmdel, N.J.
WPSL Elite: New York Fury at Boston Breakers; 6 p.m.; Somerville, Mass.

Sunday, June 24
W-League Central: Ottawa Fury at Toronto Lady Lynx; 1 p.m.; Toronto
WPSL Elite: Western New York Flash at New England Mutiny; 5 p.m.; East Longmeadow, Mass.

 

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