2014 National Women's Soccer League season

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National Women's Soccer League
Season 2014
Champions FC Kansas City
NWSL Shield Seattle Reign
Matches played 108
Goals scored 328 (3.04 per match)
Top goalscorer Kim Little (16 goals)
Biggest home win POR 7–1 KC (July 13)
Biggest away win POR 0–5 WNY (June 7)
WAS 1–6 POR (June 21)
NJ 0–5 KC (July 6)
Highest scoring POR 6–3 BOS (July 20)
Highest attendance 19,123 – POR 1–0 HOU (August 3) [1]
Lowest attendance 582 – NJ 0–2 SEA (April 30) [2]
Total attendance 446,820 (August 20)
Average attendance 4,137
2013
2015

The 2014 National Women's Soccer League season is the second 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 is the eighth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay 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 regular season began the weekend of April 12–13 and ended August 20, with the championship game played on August 30. [3] FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 2–1 to win the NWSL title. [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.

The league had announced it would not expand for the 2014 season [5] and was not expected to contract. [6] However, after a push from the Houston Dynamo, the league approved the expansion of the Houston Dash. [7]

Houston Dynamo American soccer team

Houston Dynamo are an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. The team's head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.

Houston Dash professional womens soccer team based in Houston, Texas

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

Teams, stadia, and personnel

Stadia and locations

See also List of National Women's Soccer League stadiums

Two teams, the Dash and Reign, do not make their stadia's entire capacity available for home games, instead restricting ticket sales at a lower level. The full capacities of their venues are included in parentheses and italics. The Boston Breakers, [8] FC Kansas City, [9] and Seattle Reign [10] moved to new stadia for 2014, while the Houston Dash was an expansion franchise. [11]

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use Nike as kit manufacturer.

TeamHead coachCaptainShirt sponsor
Boston Breakers Flag of the United States.svg Tom Durkin [13] Flag of the United States.svg Cat Whitehill Steward Health Care [14]
Chicago Red Stars Flag of the United States.svg Rory Dames Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny CJ Wilson Mazda [15]
Houston Dash Flag of the United States.svg Randy Waldrum [16] Flag of Canada.svg Erin McLeod BBVA Compass [17]
FC Kansas City Flag of Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn Research Medical Center [18]
Portland Thorns Flag of England.svg Paul Riley [19] [20] Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey [21] Flag of the United States.svg Keelin Winters Moda Health
Sky Blue FC Flag of the United States.svg Jim Gabarra Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone Meridian Health
Washington Spirit Flag of the United States.svg Mark Parsons Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger ProChain Solutions, Inc.
Western New York Flash Flag of New Zealand.svg Aaran Lines Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Sahlen's

Player Acquisition

Players were acquired through the 2014 Allocation of national team players announced on January 3, the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft (for expansion team Houston) on January 10, and the 2014 NWSL College Draft on January 17, as well as 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 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft was a special draft held on January 10 by the National Women's Soccer League to allow the expansion side Houston Dash to select players. The Dash were allowed to select ten players from the existing eight NWSL teams.

The 2014 NWSL College Draft was held on January 17, 2014 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA and was open to the public.

Notable acquisitions

Competition format

Results table

[25]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Boston Breakers – BOS • Chicago Red Stars – CHI • Houston Dash – HOU • 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
123456789101112131415161718192021222324
Boston Breakers SEAHOUNJNJCHICHIKCPORWASKCWASSEANJWNYWASSEAHOUPORWNYWNYKCPORCHIHOU
3–02–33–21–01–31–40–24–12–32–02–00–22–22–13–33–22–16–32–43–42–12–00–21–0
Chicago Red Stars WNYWASKCNJHOUBOSBOSHOUNJWASSEANJWNYKCPORPORSEAPORSEAHOUWASKCBOSWNY
1–00–11–01–11–01–31–41–30–20–13–12–22–00–12–21–11–01–11–10–02–12–12–03–3
Houston Dash PORBOSSEAKCCHIPORKCCHIWASWNYNJWNYKCWASWNYBOSWASCHISEAPORSEANJBOSNJ
0–12–32–00–41–00–12–21–33–21–20–32–11–20–11–42–11–10–01–41–04–11–31–01–0
FC Kansas City NJWASPORCHIHOUWNYWASSEAHOUSEABOSWNYBOSHOUCHIPORNJPORWNYNJWASSEABOSCHI
1–13–13–11–00–42–12–13–22–21–10–21–02–01–20–11–00–57–11–12–12–11–12–12–1
Portland Thorns FC HOUNJKCWNYSEAHOUWNYNJBOSWNYWASWASNJKCCHICHIKCCHIBOSWASSEAHOUBOSSEA
0–11–13–11–10–10–12–10–14–10–52–01–61–21–02–21–17–11–16–31–15–01–02–01–0
Seattle Reign FC BOSWASHOUNJWASPORKCKCWNYNJCHIBOSWNYNJWNYBOSCHICHIPORHOUKCHOUWASPOR
3–03–12–00–21–20–13–21–12–21–33–10–21–20–01–23–21–01–15–01–41–14–11–11–0
Sky Blue FC KCPORBOSSEABOSCHIWNYWASPORCHISEAHOUCHIBOSPORSEAKCWASKCWNYHOUWNYWASHOU
1–11–13–20–21–01–12–03–30–10–21–30–32–22–21–20–00–54–22–11–01–32–30–11–0
Washington Spirit WNYKCSEACHISEAKCWNYNJHOUBOSCHIBOSPORPORHOUBOSWNYHOUNJPORKCCHISEANJ
1–33–13–10–11–22–13–23–33–22–30–12–02–01–60–13–30–11–14–21–12–12–11–10–1
Western New York Flash WASCHIPORKCNJWASPORSEAHOUKCPORHOUCHISEABOSSEAHOUWASKCBOSNJBOSNJCHI
1–31–01–12–12–03–22–12–21–20–10–52–12–01–22–11–21–40–11–12–41–03–42–33–3

Scores listed as home-away

League standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Seattle Reign FC 2416625020+3054 NWSL Shield
2 FC Kansas City (C)2412573932+741 NWSL Playoffs
3 Portland Thorns FC 2410683935+436
4 Washington Spirit 2410593643735
5 Chicago Red Stars 249873226+635
6 Sky Blue FC 249783037734
7 Western New York Flash 2484124238+428
8 Boston Breakers 24621637531620
9 Houston Dash 24531623442118
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

Tiebreakers

The initial determining factor for a team's position in the standings is most points earned, with three points earned for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss. If two or more teams tie in point total, when determining rank and playoff qualification and seeding, the NWSL uses the following tiebreaker rules, going down the list until all teams are ranked.

If two teams tie:

  1. Head to Head win/loss record between the two teams.
  2. Greater goal difference across the entire season (against all teams, not just tied teams).
  3. Greatest total number of goals scored (against all teams).
  4. Apply #1–3 to games played on the road.
  5. Apply #1–3 to games played at home.
  6. If teams are still equal, ranking will be determined by a coin toss.

If three or more teams tie, the following rules apply until only two teams remain tied, at which point the two-team tiebreakers listed above are used:

  1. Points per game against all other tied teams (total all points earned in games against tied teams and divide by games played against tied teams).
  2. Greater goal difference across the entire season (against all teams, not just tied teams).

Positions by gameweek

Considering each week to end on a Sunday

Team \ Week12345678910111213141516171819
Seattle Reign FC 1211111111111111111
FC Kansas City 4893343422222222222
Portland Thorns FC 3122434565466433443
Washington Spirit 8534666334534344334
Chicago Red Stars 6457522243355555555
Sky Blue FC 4785777788877877776
Western New York Flash 2346255656643666667
Houston Dash 7668888877788788889
Boston Breakers 9979999999999999998

Positions by games played

Team \ Game123456789101112131415161718192021222324
Seattle Reign FC 111111111111111111111111
FC Kansas City 589645566655222222222222
Portland Thorns FC 322232233443445544334453
Washington Spirit 844467654324553333443334
Chicago Red Stars 365553322232334455555545
Sky Blue FC 578976777788887787776666
Western New York Flash 233324445566666666667777
Houston Dash 756788899877778878888889
Boston Breakers 997899988999999999999998

NWSL Playoffs

The top four teams from the regular season qualified for the championship playoffs. The highest-seeded semi-final winner then hosted the championship final.

Semi-finals Championship
      
1 Seattle Reign FC 2
4 Washington Spirit 1
1 Seattle Reign FC 1
2 FC Kansas City 2
2 FC Kansas City 2
3 Portland Thorns FC 0

Semi-finals

FC Kansas City 2–0 Portland Thorns FC
Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Phillips Yellow card.svg 84'
Holiday Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report Menges Yellow card.svg 22'
Durwood Soccer Stadium , Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 2,997
Referee: Chris Spivey
Seattle Reign FC 2–1 Washington Spirit
Little Soccerball shade.svg 72' (pen)
Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Fletcher Yellow card.svg 90+5'
Report Averbuch Yellow card.svg 31'
Perez Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Nairn Yellow card.svg 90+2'
Memorial Stadium , Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 4,540
Referee: Timon Berry

Championship

Seattle Reign FC 1–2 FC Kansas City
Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Solo Yellow card.svg 90+3'
Report
Report
Report
Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 23', 56'
LePeilbet Yellow card.svg 79'
Starfire Sports Stadium , Tukwila, Washington
Attendance: 4,252
Referee: Margaret Domka

Attendance

Average home attendances

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

TeamAverageTotalNo. of gamesHighLow
Boston Breakers 2,437 [26] 29,248124,191 [27] 1,263 [28]
Chicago Red Stars 2,949 [26] 35,3931 (Toyota Park)15,743 [29] 1,039 [30]
11 (Benedictine Stadium)3,032 [31]
FC Kansas City 2,018 [26] 24,215123,107 [32] 1,212
Houston Dash 4,650 [26] 55,801128,097 [33] 3,561
Portland Thorns FC 13,362 [26] 160,3411219,123 [1] 9,672
Seattle Reign FC 3,666 [26] 43,996125,957 [34] 1,754
Sky Blue FC 1,640 [35] 19,682123,471 [36] 582 [2]
Washington Spirit 3,335 [26] 40,019124,667 [37] 2,306
Western New York Flash 3,177 [26] 38,125124,339 [38] 1,786

A new NWSL attendance record of 19,123 was set on August 3 in a game between Portland and Houston at Providence Park in Portland, breaking the previous record of 17,619 set in 2013. [1]

Playoff Attendance

Semi-final No. 1, August 23, Portland at Kansas City: 2,997 [39]

Semi-final No. 2, August 24, Washington at Seattle: 4,540 [40]

Final, August 31, Kansas City at Seattle: 4,252 [41]

Statistical leaders

Goalkeeping

(Minimum of 1,080 Minutes Played)

RankGoalkeeperClubGPMINSSOGSVSGAGAAW-L-TSHO
1 Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC 2018008365180.90013–2–55
2 Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc Chicago Red Stars 2118909776211.0009–6–66
3 Flag of Australia.svg Lydia Williams Western New York Flash 1411836549151.1416–6–12
4 Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 22193510071291.34911–6–58
5 Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer Portland Thorns FC 22191710474301.4088–8–64
6 Flag of the United States.svg Jillian Loyden Sky Blue FC 1715309469251.4717–5–54
7 Flag of the United States.svg Ashlyn Harris Washington Spirit 1917109766311.63210–5–44
8 Flag of Canada.svg Erin McLeod Houston Dash 19175512083351.7504–12–32
9 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 242115159106532.2086–16–23

Source: [42]

Individual awards

Weekly awards

WeekPlayer of the WeekClubWeek's Statline
Week 1 Flag of Spain.svg Vicky Losada [43] Western New York Flash 2G, 1A, GWA
Week 2 Flag of Mexico.svg Teresa Noyola [44] Houston Dash 2G, GWG
Week 3 Flag of England.svg Lianne Sanderson [45] Boston Breakers 2G, 1A, GWG
Week 4 Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux [46] Seattle Reign FC 1G, GWG
Week 5 Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez [47] FC Kansas City 2G, GWG
Week 6 Flag of England.svg Jodie Taylor [48] Washington Spirit 2G, GWG
Week 7 Flag of the United States.svg Kelley O'Hara [49] Sky Blue FC 1G, 1A
1G, GWG
Week 8 Flag of the United States.svg Jazmine Reeves [50] Boston Breakers 3G, 1A
Week 9 Flag of Australia.svg Samantha Kerr [51] Western New York Flash 2G, 1A, GWA
Week 10 Flag of Spain.svg Verónica Boquete [52] Portland Thorns FC 1G, GWG
Week 11 Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan [53] Portland Thorns FC 1A, 2G
Week 12 Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd [54] Western New York Flash 2G, GWG
Week 13 Flag of Japan.svg Nahomi Kawasumi [55] Seattle Reign FC 2G, GWG
Week 14 Flag of Spain.svg Verónica Boquete [56] Portland Thorns FC 2G, 2A
Week 15 Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair [57] Portland Thorns FC 3G
Week 16 Flag of Japan.svg Nahomi Kawasumi [58] Seattle Reign FC 2G, 1A
Week 17 Flag of Spain.svg Verónica Boquete [59] Portland Thorns FC 1G
Week 18 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher [60] Boston Breakers 10 saves
Week 19 Flag of Denmark.svg Nadia Nadim [61] Sky Blue FC 2G, GWG, 1A

Monthly awards

MonthPlayer of the MonthClubMonth's Statline
April Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little [62] Seattle Reign FC 4G in 4 games; Reign 4-0-0 in April
May Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little [63] Seattle Reign FC 4G in 5 games; Reign 3-0-2 in May
June Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart [64] FC Kansas City 1.1 GAA, 4SHO in 4 games; FCKC 5-0-0 in June
July Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little [65] Seattle Reign FC 3G, 4A in 6 games; Reign 4-1-1 in July
August Flag of Denmark.svg Nadia Nadim [66] Sky Blue FC 5G, 1A in 2 games; Sky Blue 4-0-0 in August

Annual awards

AwardWinnerRunner-upThird place
Golden Boot [67] Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign FC 16 Goals Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McDonald
Flag of England.svg Jodie Taylor
Portland Thorns FC
Washington Spirit
Rookie of the Year [68] Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 2 goals, 2 assists Flag of the United States.svg Kealia Ohai Houston Dash Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit
Goalkeeper of the Year [69] Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 106 saves Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo Seattle Reign Flag of the United States.svg Ashlyn Harris Washington Spirit
Defender of the Year [70] Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 1935 minutes, 1.33 GAA Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston
Washington Spirit
Chicago Red Stars
Coach of the Year [71] Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey Seattle Reign 16–2–6 regular season Flag of England.svg Mark Parsons Washington Spirit Flag of Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski FC Kansas City
Most Valuable Player [72] Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign 16 goals, 7 assists Flag of Spain.svg Veronica Boquete Portland Thorns Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City
NWSL Best XI [73]
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Goalkeeper Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 106 saves Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo Seattle Reign FC5 shutouts
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC .83 team GAA Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC.83 team GAA
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger Washington Spirit 1 goal Flag of Australia.svg Stephanie Catley Portland Thorns FC5 assists
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Christie Rampone Sky Blue FC 1 goal, 2 assists Flag of the United States.svg Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC.83 team GAA
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 8 shutouts Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars Rookie of the Year
Midfielder Flag of Spain.svg Verónica Boquete Portland Thorns FC 4 goals, 6 assists Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Western New York Flash 8 goals, 5 assists
Midfielder Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC4 goals, 8 assists Flag of the United States.svg Allie Long Portland Thorns FC9 goals, 3 assists
Midfielder Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign FC16 goals, 7 assists Flag of the United States.svg Heather O'Reilly Boston Breakers9 goals, 5 assists
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City8 goals, 7 assists Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McDonald Portland Thorns FC11 goals, 1 assist
Forward Flag of Japan.svg Nahomi Kawasumi Seattle Reign FC9 goals, 5 assists Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press Chicago Red Stars6 goals
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City13 goals, 3 assists Flag of England.svg Jodie Taylor Washington Spirit11 goals, 2 assist
NWSL Championship Game MVP [4]
PlayerClubRecord
Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City Two assists including for the game-winning goal

Statistics

Scoring

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Jazmine Reeves [75] Boston Breakers Portland Thorns FC 4–15/28
Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC Boston Breakers 6–37/20
Nadia Nadim [76] Sky Blue FC Houston Dash 3–18/09

Discipline

Streaks

See also

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