2015 National Women's Soccer League season

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National Women's Soccer League
Season2015
Champions FC Kansas City
NWSL Shield Seattle Reign FC
Matches played90
Goals scored251 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Crystal Dunn (WAS), 15 goals
Biggest home win SEA 5–1 WNY (Apr 12)
KC 4–0 WNY (Aug 8)
Biggest away win NJ 0–3 CHI (June 28)
HOU 0–3 SEA (Aug 22)
Highest scoring POR 5–2 BOS (Aug 5)
Longest winning run6 games Seattle Reign FC
(July 22 – August 26)
Longest unbeaten run8 games Seattle Reign FC
(May 2 – July 11)
(July 22 – September 5)
Longest losing run4 games Boston Breakers
(July 22 – August 5)
Houston Dash
(August 1 – August 21)
Highest attendance21,144 @ POR 0–1 SEA (July 22)
Lowest attendance953 @ NJ 1–3 WAS (Apr 26)
Total attendance454,100 [1]
Average attendance5,046
2014
2016
All statistics correct as of September 6, 2015.

The 2015 National Women's Soccer League season was the third 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), it was the ninth 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.

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In January, Jeff Plush was named NWSL commissioner, [2] replacing Cheryl Bailey.

Jeff Plush is the former commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League, a position he was named to in 2014. He succeeded the inaugural commissioner, Cheryl Bailey. Prior to this role, Plush served as the Managing Director of the Colorado Rapids from 2006-2011 during which the team won its first MLS title (2010).

Cheryl Bailey Association football administrators

Cheryl Bailey is the former Executive Director of the National Women's Soccer League. She formerly served as general manager of the United States women's national soccer team from 2007 to 2011.

To accommodate the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup the league announced it would reduce the season to 20 games while extending the calendar length into September and take a two-week break from June 7–19. [3]

2015 FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the final on 5 July 2015 with a United States victory over Japan.

For the second straight season, FC Kansas City defeated the Shield winners Seattle Reign FC 1–0 to win the NWSL title on October 1. [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.

Teams, stadiums, and personnel

Stadiums and locations

Two teams, the Dash and Reign, do not make their stadiums' 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.

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All of the teams use Nike as their kit manufacturer.

Nike, Inc. American athletic equipment company

Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$24.1 billion in its fiscal year 2012. As of 2012, it employed more than 44,000 people worldwide. In 2014 the brand alone was valued at $19 billion, making it the most valuable brand among sports businesses. As of 2017, the Nike brand is valued at $29.6 billion. Nike ranked No. 89 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

TeamHead coachCaptainShirt sponsor
Boston Breakers Flag of the United States.svg Tom Durkin Flag of the United States.svg Katie Schoepfer / Flag of the United States.svg Kassey Kallman / Flag of the United States.svg Julie King Steward Health Care
Chicago Red Stars Flag of the United States.svg Rory Dames Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny CJ Wilson Mazda
Houston Dash Flag of the United States.svg Randy Waldrum Flag of the United States.svg Ella Masar BBVA Compass
FC Kansas City Flag of Macedonia.svg Vlatko Andonovski Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn Research Medical Center
Portland Thorns Flag of England.svg Paul Riley Flag of Canada.svg Christine Sinclair Providence Health & Services
Seattle Reign FC Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey 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 Brittany Taylor Sahlen's

Player acquisition

Players were acquired through the 2015 Allocation of national team players on January 14 [6] and the 2015 NWSL College Draft on January 16, [7] as well as free agency and trades.

The 2015 NWSL College Draft was held on January 16, 2015 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Notable acquisitions and losses

Competition format

Results table

[17]

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
1234567891011121314151617181920
Boston Breakers PORHOUWNYCHIPORNJKCWASSEAWNYKCCHICHINJSEAPORWASKCSEAHOU
4–13–23–13–01–01–11–01–12–30–22–31–11–23–11–25–22–13–01–30–1
Chicago Red Stars SEAPORNJBOSHOUKCSEAWNYNJHOUBOSBOSWASKCPORNJWASWNYWNYHOU
3–22–21–03–02–21–20–03–10–31–21–11–21–12–22–11–11–20–00–21–1
Houston Dash WASNJBOSKCCHIPORNJPORWNYWASCHIKCWNYKCWASNJSEASEABOSCHI
2–01–13–20–22–20–11–10–02–01–01–21–10–13–23–10–21–20–31–01–1
FC Kansas City NJWASSEAHOUWNYWNYCHIBOSPORSEAWASBOSHOUHOUCHIWNYPORBOSWASNJ
0–13–11–00–20–10–01–21–01–12–13–02–31–13–22–24–03–03–00–02–3
Portland Thorns FC BOSWNYCHIWASBOSHOUWASHOUKCNJNJSEASEAWNYBOSCHIKCNJWASWNY
4–11–02–22–21–00–12–10–01–12–11–00–13–00–25–22–13–01–03–32–3
Seattle Reign FC WNYCHIKCWASNJCHINJBOSKCWNYWNYWASPORPORBOSHOUHOUBOSNJWAS
5–13–21–03–11–10–03–02–32–11–14–23–00–13–01–22–10–33–11–11–2
Sky Blue FC KCHOUWASCHISEAWASBOSHOUSEACHIPORPORWNYBOSWNYHOUCHIPORSEAKC
0–11–11–31–01–11–01–11–13–00–32–11–03–33–11–20–21–11–01–12–3
Washington Spirit HOUKCNJSEAPORNJWNYPORBOSHOUKCSEACHIHOUBOSWNYCHIKCPORSEA
2–03–11–33–12–21–03–22–11–11–03–03–01–13–12–11–11–20–03–31–2
Western New York Flash SEAPORBOSKCKCWASCHIHOUBOSSEASEANJHOUPORNJKCWASCHICHIPOR
5–11–03–10–10–03–23–12–00–21–14–23–30–10–21–24–01–10–00–23–2

Scores listed as home-away

League standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Seattle Reign FC 2013434121+2043 NWSL Shield
2 Chicago Red Stars 208933122+933 NWSL Playoffs
3 FC Kansas City (C)209563220+1232
4 Washington Spirit 208663128+330
5 Houston Dash 206682126524
6 Portland Thorns FC 206592729223
7 Western New York Flash 2065924341023
8 Sky Blue FC 205782228622
9 Boston Breakers 20431322432115
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).

Weekly live standings

Considering each week to end on a Sunday

Team \ Week123456789101112131415161718192021
Seattle Reign FC 146345663222221111111
Chicago Red Stars 553211111111112222222
FC Kansas City 678523347574344543333
Washington Spirit 762452222333433334444
Houston Dash 324677455446665466775
Portland Thorns FC 211134578787778755556
Western New York Flash 999889786855556677887
Sky Blue FC 435768999999997888668
Boston Breakers 877996834668889999999

Statistical leaders

Goalkeeping

As of September 6, 2015 [18]

(Minimum of 900 minutes played)

RankGoalkeeperClubGPMINSSOGSVSGAGAAW-L-TSHO
1 Flag of the United States.svg Michele Dalton Chicago Red Stars 1210805847110.9176–1–55
2 Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 1715307054160.9418–6–38
3 Flag of the United States.svg Haley Kopmeyer Seattle Reign FC 119905241111.0007–1–34
4 Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 1412606345181.2865–7–22
5 Flag of the United States.svg Brittany Cameron Sky Blue FC 20179211487271.3575–8–74
6 Flag of Canada.svg Erin McLeod Houston Dash 119327460151.3643–4–32
7 Flag of the United States.svg Kelsey Wys Washington Spirit 119905135161.4555–4–23
8 Flag of the United States.svg Chantel Jones Western New York Flash 1311558160211.6154–4–52
9 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher Boston Breakers 1210809565302.5002–9–10

NWSL Playoffs

The top four teams from the regular season will compete for the NWSL Championship.

Semi-finals Championship
      
1 Seattle Reign FC 3
4 Washington Spirit 0
1 Seattle Reign FC 0
3 FC Kansas City 1
2 Chicago Red Stars 0
3 FC Kansas City 3

Semi-finals

Chicago Red Stars 0–3 FC Kansas City
Johnson Yellow card.svg 66' Report Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 12', 25'
Tymrak Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Attendance: 2,013
Referee: Karen Abt
Seattle Reign FC 3–0 Washington Spirit
Mathias Yellow card.svg 52'
Yanez Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Nogueira Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report
Attendance: 5,021
Referee: Christopher Spivey

Championship

Seattle Reign FC 0–1 FC Kansas City
Report Sauerbrunn Yellow card.svg 76'
Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Attendance: 13,264
Referee: Katja Koroleva

Individual awards

Monthly awards

MonthPlayer of the MonthClubMonth's Statline
April Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press [20] Chicago Red Stars 4G, 1A in 2 games; Red Stars 1-0-1 in April
May Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta [21] Chicago Red Stars 5G, 1A in 5 games; Red Stars 3-0-2 in May
June Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little [22] Seattle Reign FC 3G, 1A in 3 games; Reigh FC 3-0-0 in June
July Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd [23] Houston Dash 3G in 3 games; Dash 2-1-1 in July (2-0-1 in Lloyd appearances)
August Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [24] Washington Spirit 6G, 1A in 6 games; Spirit 2-1-3 in August

Weekly awards

WeekPlayer of the WeekClubWeek's Statline
Week 1 Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe [25] Seattle Reign FC 3G, 1A
Week 2 Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press [26] Chicago Red Stars 2G, 1A
Week 3 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [27] Washington Spirit 2G
Week 4 Flag of the United States.svg Becky Edwards [28] Western New York Flash 1G, 1A
Week 5 Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta [29] Chicago Red Stars 2G, 1A
Week 6 Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta [30] Chicago Red Stars 2G
Week 7 Flag of the United States.svg Bianca Henninger [31] Houston Dash 8 saves
Week 8 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [32] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jessica Fishlock [33] Seattle Reign 1G, 1A
Week 10 Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos [34] Portland Thorns FC 4 saves, 1G (GTG)
Week 11 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [35] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 12 Flag of the United States.svg Sinead Farrelly [36] Portland Thorns FC 1G (GWG)
Week 13 Flag of the United States.svg Shea Groom [37] FC Kansas City 1G (GWG), 2A
Week 14 Flag of Australia.svg Michelle Heyman [38] Western New York Flash 1G
Week 15 Flag of the United States.svg Beverly Yanez [39] Seattle Reign FC 2G
Week 16 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [40] Washington Spirit 3G (GWG)
Week 17 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Naeher [41] Boston Breakers 12 saves in August 8 Spirit game
Week 18 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [42] Washington Spirit 1G (GWG)
Week 19 Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little [43] Seattle Reign FC 3G (GWG)
Week 20 Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn [44] Washington Spirit 2G 1A
Week 21 Flag of Canada.svg Karina LeBlanc [45] Chicago Red Stars 19 Shots/10 SOG/9 Saves vs Houston

Annual awards

AwardWinner
Golden Boot [46] Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals
Rookie of the Year [47] Flag of the United States.svg Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars Played in all 20 games
Goalkeeper of the Year [48] Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 1.286 GAA, 45 saves
Defender of the Year [49] Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City 990 minutes
Coach of the Year [50] Flag of England.svg Laura Harvey Seattle Reign 13–3–4 regular season
Most Valuable Player [51] Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists
NWSL Best XI [52]
PositionFirst teamSecond team
Goalkeeper Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Betos Portland Thorns FC 45 saves Flag of the United States.svg Nicole Barnhart FC Kansas City 8 shutouts
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Barnes Seattle Reign FC 1,800 minutes Flag of the United States.svg Stephanie Cox Seattle Reign FC1,800 minutes
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston Chicago Red Stars 1.10 team GAA Flag of the United States.svg Kendall Fletcher Seattle Reign FC2 goals, 2 assists
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Amy LePeilbet FC Kansas City1,800 minutes Flag of the United States.svg Arin Gilliland Chicago Red Stars1.10 team GAA
Defender Flag of the United States.svg Becky Sauerbrunn FC Kansas City1.00 team GAA Flag of the United States.svg Leigh Ann Robinson FC Kansas City1,800 minutes
Midfielder Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jess Fishlock Seattle Reign FC8 goals, 2 assists Flag of the United States.svg Danielle Colaprico Chicago Red Stars1,776 minutes
Midfielder Flag of Scotland.svg Kim Little Seattle Reign FC10 goals, 7 assists Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Holiday FC Kansas City2 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Flag of the United States.svg Allie Long Portland Thorns FC10 goals, 4 assists Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Houston Dash 4 goals
FW // MF Flag of the United States.svg Crystal Dunn Washington Spirit 15 goals, 3 assists Flag of the United States.svg Keelin Winters Seattle Reign FC1,654 minutes
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press Chicago Red Stars10 goals, 2 assists Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta Chicago Red Stars6 goals, 3 assists
Forward Flag of the United States.svg Beverly Yanez Seattle Reign FC9 goals Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC5 goals, 5 assists
NWSL Championship Game MVP [4]
PlayerClubRecord
Flag of the United States.svg Amy Rodriguez FC Kansas City Scored the game-winning goal

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