2013 National Women's Soccer League season

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National Women's Soccer League
Season 2013
Champions Portland Thorns FC
NWSL Shield Western New York Flash
Matches played 88
Goals scored 238 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Lauren Holiday (12 goals)
Biggest home win NJ 5–1 BOS (June 1)
WNY 4–0 DC (June 28)
Biggest away win SEA 0–3 SBFC (May 19)
Highest scoring 7 goals:
DC 2–5 BOS (July 27)
POR 4-3 KC (June 6)
Longest winning run 5 games Sky Blue FC
(May 11 – June 1)
Longest unbeaten run 10 games FC Kansas City
(June 23 – August 4)
Longest losing run 9 games Seattle Reign FC
(April 16 – June 21)
Highest attendance 17,619 POR v FCKC (August 4)
Lowest attendance 688 NJ v CHI (May 8) [1]
Total attendance 375,763
Average attendance 4,270
2014

The 2013 National Women's Soccer League season was the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this was the seventh overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league was (and is) operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing was provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations paid the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

Womens United Soccer Association

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US $100 million.

Contents

The league started on April 13 with FC Kansas City hosting Portland Thorns FC. The last regular season matches were played on August 18, followed by postseason playoffs which culminated with a one-game final on August 31. [2] In the final, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2–0 to win the inaugural NWSL Championship. [3] [4]

FC Kansas City soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

FC Kansas City was an American professional women's soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri. The team was one of the eight founding clubs of the National Women's Soccer League in 2012, and began play in 2013. They were two-time NWSL champions, having won titles in 2014 and 2015. After the 2017 season, the NWSL re-acquired owner Elam Baer's membership interest and subsequently ceased the team's operations.

Portland Thorns FC soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) is an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competes in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016.

Teams, stadiums, and personnel

Stadiums and locations

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams used Nike as kit manufacturer.

TeamHead coachCaptainShirt sponsor
Boston Breakers Flag of the United States.svg Lisa Cole (until August 2) [6] Flag of the United States.svg Cat Whitehill Ocean Spray
Flag of the United States.svg Cat Whitehill (after August 2) [7]
Chicago Red Stars Flag of the United States.svg Rory Dames [6] Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny JimmyBars
FC Kansas City Flag of Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski [6] Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn Title Boxing Club
Portland Thorns Flag of the United States.svg Cindy Parlow Cone [6] Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey [6] Flag of the United States.svg Keelin Winters Moda Health
Sky Blue FC Flag of the United States.svg Jim Gabarra [6] Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone 2NDFLOOR® Youth Helpline
Washington Spirit Flag of the United States.svg Mike Jorden (until June 30) [6] Flag of the United States.svg Lori Lindsey ProChain Solutions, Inc.
Flag of the United States.svg Mark Parsons (after June 30) [8]
Western New York Flash Flag of New Zealand.svg Aaran Lines [6] Flag of the United States.svg McCall Zerboni Sahlen's

Player Acquisition

Players were acquired through the 2013 Allocation of national team players announced on January 11, the 2013 NWSL College Draft on January 18, and the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft on February 7, along with free agency, trading and loans.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.

The 2013 NWSL College Draft took place on January 18, 2013. It was the first college draft held by the National Women's Soccer League to assign the NWSL rights of college players to the eight NWSL teams.

The 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft took place on February 7, 2013.

The Portland Thorns received an allocation with a notably strong offensive record including Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair, the 2012 U.S. and Canadian Players of the Year and leading scorers for their national teams respectively, as well as a U.S. allocation (Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Rachel Buehler) that accounted for 1/3 of their national team's assists in 2012. [9] [10] [11]

Alex Morgan American association football player

Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.

Christine Sinclair Canadian association football player

Christine Margaret Sinclair, OC is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). A CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer and currently second-best worldwide in all-time international goals scored (179), behind only Abby Wambach (184).

Tobin Heath American soccer player

Tobin Powell Heath is an American professional soccer player. She currently plays professionally for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women's national soccer team. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also a FIFA Women's World Cup winner and finalist with the United States women's national soccer team. She is also a two-time NWSL Champion with the Portland Thorns. Heath is described as "perhaps the USA's most skillful player" by the United States Soccer Federation, and she was voted the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2016. Heath usually plays as a flank midfielder or an attacking midfielder. Heath was the first overall pick in Women's Professional Soccer 2010 draft.

Competition format

The regular season began on April 13 and ended on August 18. Each team played a total of 22 games: 11 at home and 11 away. Each team played

The four teams at the end of the season with the most points qualified for the playoffs. Two semifinal games were played on August 24, with the winners advancing to the league final to be played on August 31. [12]

Results table

[13]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Boston Breakers – BOS • Chicago Red Stars – CHI • FC Kansas City – KC • Portland Thorns FC – POR
Seattle Reign FC – SEA • Sky Blue FC – NJ • Washington Spirit – WAS • Western New York Flash – WNY
Win Loss Tie Home Game
ClubMatch
12345678910111213141516171819202122
Boston Breakers WASWNYCHIWASKCWASNJWNYCHINJSEANJSEAPORNJPORKCWASWNYPORKCWNY
1–11–24–11–12–03–05–12–21–02–31–23–21–10–20–01–23–02–52–22–11–02-1
Chicago Red Stars SEAPORBOSNJPORWNYPORBOSKCKCWNYSEAWNYWASKCWASSEAPORSEAWASNJKC
1–10–24–11–10–22–10–21–00–21–32–23–11–00–23–31–04–13–33–11-03–31–2
FC Kansas City PORSEASEAWNYBOSNJPORSEACHICHIWASNJPORWASWNYCHISEABOSNJPORBOSCHI
1–12–00–12–12–00–14–30–10–21–32–02–22–01–10–03–32–03–00–12–31-01–2
Portland Thorns FC KCSEACHIWASCHINJWASSEACHIKCSEANJKCBOSWNYBOSCHINJKCBOSWNYSEA
1–12–10–21–20–20–12–00–10–24–32–00–02–00–21–11–23–33–12–32-10–01–2
Seattle Reign FC CHIPORKCKCNJWASNJPORKCPORWNYBOSCHIBOSWNYWASKCCHICHIWNYWASPOR
1–12–12–00–12–02–40–30–10–12–01–11–23–11–13–22–12–04–13–11-01-01–2
Sky Blue FC WNYWASWNYCHISEAPORSEAKCBOSWNYBOSPORKCBOSWASBOSWNYKCPORWASCHIWAS
1–01–22–11–12–00–10–30–15–10–32–30–02–23–21–00–03–00–13–11–03–31–1
Washington Spirit BOSWNYNJPORBOSSEAPORBOSWNYKCWNYKCNJCHISEACHIBOSWNYNJCHISEANJ
1–11–11–21–21–12–42–03–00–22–04–01–11–00–22–11–02–53–01–01–01–01–1
Western New York Flash NJWASBOSNJKCCHIBOSNJWASCHISEAWASCHIKCSEAPORNJWASBOSSEAPORBOS
1–01–11–22–12–12–12–20–30–22–21–14–01–00–03–21–13–03–02–21–00–02–1

Scores listed as home-away

League standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Western New York Flash 2210843620+1638 NWSL Shield
2 FC Kansas City 2211563422+1238 NWSL Playoffs
3 Portland Thorns FC (C)2211563225+738
4 Sky Blue FC 2210663126+536
5 Boston Breakers 228683534+130
6 Chicago Red Stars 228683236430
7 Seattle Reign FC 22531422361418
8 Washington Spirit 22351416392314
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

NWSL Championship

The top four teams from the regular season qualified for the championship playoffs. In the semifinals, the regular season winner hosted the fourth-placed team and the regular season runner-up hosted the third-placed team. The highest-seeded semifinal winner then hosted the championship final. All match-ups were one-game series (as opposed to home-and-away series).

Semi-Finals Championship
      
1 Western New York Flash 2
4 Sky Blue FC 0
1 Western New York Flash 0
3 Portland Thorns FC 2
2 FC Kansas City 2
3 Portland Thorns FC (AET)3

Semi-finals

FC Kansas City 2–3 (a.e.t.) Portland Thorns FC
Tymrak Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Henderson Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Scott Yellow card.svg 73'
Buczkowski Yellow card.svg 86'
Report
Report
Heath Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Dougherty Yellow card.svg 50'
Long Yellow card.svg 61'Soccerball shade.svg 103'
Weimer Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Shawnee Mission District Stadium , Overland Park, Kansas
Attendance: 4,016
Referee: Christina Unkel
Western New York Flash 2–0 Sky Blue FC
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 33 ',  90+'Yellow card.svg 42'
Huffman Yellow card.svg 90+'
Report
Report
Makoski Yellow card.svg 51'
Adams Yellow card.svg 90'
Sahlen's Stadium , Rochester, New York
Attendance: 7,316
Referee: Katja Koroleva

Championship

Western New York Flash 0–2 Portland Thorns FC
Johnson Yellow card.svg 33'
Martin Yellow card.svg 74'
Report
Report
Heath Soccerball shade.svg 40'
Williamson Yellow card.svgRed card.svg 49', 57'
Long Yellow card.svg 89'
Ellertson Yellow card.svg 90'
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 90+'
Sahlen's Stadium , Rochester, New York
Attendance: 9,129
Referee: Kari Seitz

Attendance

Average home attendances

TeamAverage Attendance
Boston Breakers 2,427 [14]
Chicago Red Stars 1,713 [14]
FC Kansas City 4,626 [15]
Portland Thorns FC 13,320 [15]
Seattle Reign FC 2,306 [14]
Sky Blue FC 1,677 [14]
Washington Spirit 3,626 [16]
Western New York Flash 4,485 [15]

Highest Attendance: 17,619 [17] (August 4, Kansas City at Portland)

Lowest Attendance: 688 [1] (May 8, Chicago at Sky Blue)

Total Attendance: 375,846 [14] (88 games total)

League Average: 4,271 [14]

Playoff attendance

Semifinal 1, Portland at FC Kansas City: 4,016 [18]

Semifinal 2, Sky Blue at Western New York: 7,316 [19]

Championship, Portland at Western New York: 9,129 [20]

Statistical leaders

Goalkeeping

(Minimum of 540 Minutes Played)

RankGoalkeeperClubGPMINSSOGSVSGAGAAW-L-TSHO
1 Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash 22197811998200.90910–4–87
2 Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Cameron Sky Blue FC 1816198365170.9459–4–58
3 Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 2018008667190.95010–5–510
4 Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc Portland Thorns FC 21189011492231.09511–5–57
5 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 97654736111.2224–2–22
6 Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Vancil Chicago Red Stars 6540312381.3343–2–11
7 Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC 14126010181191.3575–6–20
8 Flag of Canada.svg Erin McLeod Chicago Red Stars 1614309264281.7505–6–54
9 Flag of the United States.svg Ashley Phillips Boston Breakers 119455132201.8182–5–41
10 Flag of the United States.svg Ashlyn Harris Washington Spirit 18162011885331.8822–11–41
11 Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos Seattle Reign FC 76304934142.0000–6–10

Source: [21]

Individual awards

Monthly awards

MonthPlayer of the MonthClubMonth's Statline
April Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair [22] Portland Thorns FC 2 G, 1 A in 3 games; Thorns 2–0–1 in April
May Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Cameron [23] Sky Blue FC 0.5 GAA, 4SHO in 6 games; SBFC 4–1–1 in May
June Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Cheney [24] FC Kansas City 6 G, 1 A in 5 games; FCKC 4–2–1 in June
July Flag of the United States.svg Erika Tymrak [25] FC Kansas City 3 G, 1 A in 6 games; FCKC 3–0–3 in July
August Flag of Mexico.svg Mónica Ocampo [26] Sky Blue FC 3 G, in 3 games

Weekly awards

WeekPlayer of the WeekClubWeek's Statline
Week 1 Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Cameron [27] Sky Blue FC 5 SVS, SHO
Week 2 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jessica Fishlock [28] Seattle Reign FC 1 G (74')
Week 3 Flag of the United States.svg Heather O'Reilly [29] Boston Breakers 2 G (16', 83'), GWG
Week 4 Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux [30] Boston Breakers 3 G (26', 74', 84'), GWG
Week 5 Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach [31] Western New York Flash 2 G (34', 39'), GWG
Week 6 Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone [32] Sky Blue FC 180min, 0 GA
Week 7 Flag of England.svg Lianne Sanderson [33] Boston Breakers 3 A
Week 8 Flag of Australia.svg Lisa De Vanna [34] Sky Blue FC 2 G (14', 56'), 1 A
Week 9 Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach [35] Western New York Flash 1 G (82'), 1 A
Week 10 Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny [36] Chicago Red Stars 1 A
Week 11 Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc [37] Portland Thorns FC 7 SVS
Week 12 Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd [38] Western New York Flash 3 G (3', 22', 56')
Week 13 Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux [39] Boston Breakers 3 G, 2 Games
Week 14 Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc [40] Portland Thorns FC 5 SVS
Week 15 Flag of the United States.svg Erika Tymrak [41] FC Kansas City 1 G (86'), 1 A
Week 16 Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe [42] Seattle Reign FC 2 G (6', 68'), 1 A
Week 17 Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday [43] FC Kansas City 2 G (23', 55')
Week 18 Flag of Canada.svg Diana Matheson [44] Washington Spirit 1 G, 1 A in 2 Games
Week 19 Flag of the United States.svg Jen Hoy [45] Chicago Red Stars 2 G (45', 92')

Annual awards

AwardWinnerRunner-upThird place
Golden Boot [46] Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City 12 Goals Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Western New York Flash Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers
Rookie of the Year [47] Flag of the United States.svg Erika Tymrak 6 Goals, 4 Assists Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers
Goalkeeper of the Year [48] Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart 10 Shutouts Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc Portland Thorns
Defender of the Year [49] Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn 1710min, 1.00 GAA Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC Flag of the United States.svg Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City
Coach of the Year [50] Flag of Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski 11–6–5, 2nd reg. season Flag of the United States.svg Jim Gabarra Sky Blue FC Flag of New Zealand.svg Aaran Lines Western New York Flash
Most Valuable Player [51] Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday 1st in G and A, 4th in S and SOG Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Western New York Flash Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars
NWSL Best XI [52]
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Goalkeeper Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 10 shutouts Flag of the United States.svg Adrianna Franch Western New York Flash 98 Saves
Defense Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1.20 GAA Flag of the United States.svg Rachel Buehler Portland Thorns FC 1.15 GAA
Defense Flag of the United States.svg Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City5 assists Flag of Australia.svg Caitlin Foord Sky Blue FC NWSL youngest player
Defense Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City1.0 GAA Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1 goal
Defense Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Taylor Western New York Flash3 goals, 4 assists Flag of Canada.svg Lauren Sesselmann FC Kansas City0.84 GAA
Midfield Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny Chicago Red Stars 5 goals, 4 assists Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC 5 goals, 1 assist
Midfield Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC4 goals Flag of Canada.svg Desiree Scott FC Kansas City1.00 GAA
Midfield Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City12 goals, 9 assists Flag of the United States.svg Erika Tymrak FC Kansas City6 goals, 4 assists
MF // FW Flag of Canada.svg Diana Matheson Washington Spirit8 goals, 3 assists Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan Portland Thorns FC8 goals, 5 assists
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers 11 goals, 2 assists Flag of England.svg Lianne Sanderson Boston Breakers5 goals, 7 assists
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Western New York Flash11 goals, 8 assists Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC8 goals, 2 assists
NWSL Championship Game MVP [4]
PlayerClubRecord
Flag of the United States.svg Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC Scored game-winning goal in first league Championship Game

Statistics

Scoring

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars 4–1 [57] May 4, 2013
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash Washington Spirit 4–0 [58] June 28, 2013

Discipline

Streaks

Other firsts

Home team record

(Regular season only)

  • 8 wins, 8 losses, 6 ties – 1.364 PPG
  • 28 goals for, 26 goals against – +2 GD

See also

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