Attendance Records and Unexpected Outcomes

Attendance Records and Unexpected Outcomes

The Chicago Red Stars set a new attendance record at Wrigley Field on Saturday night. Despite the impressive turnout, the crowd's high spirits were met with disappointment as their team faced a third consecutive loss. This time, Bay FC managed to clinch a victory and add a much-needed win to their season. Although the Chicago fans were left disheartened, there remains hope for future success. With plenty of time left in the season, teams have opportunities to shake up the rankings and make significant moves.

For those looking to follow the action, fans can catch select NWSL regular season matches across CBS, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+, and CBS Sports Golazo Network.

2024 NWSL Power Rankings

Orlando Pride

The Orlando Pride's impressive win streak came to an end with a draw against San Diego. Despite this, the team remains steadfast at the top of the rankings. Their consistent performance has solidified their position, making them difficult to dethrone.

Kansas City Current

The Kansas City Current are on a remarkable 14-game unbeaten streak, which dates back to last season. However, they faced a significant setback with the loss of defender Gabrielle Robinson to an ACL injury. On the positive side, forward Bia Zaneratto made her return to the pitch, strengthening their lineup. Kansas City appears willing to concede goals if they can outscore their opponents, an approach that has mostly paid off so far.

Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit’s rookie class has been undeniable, with young talent making a significant impact. Defender Kate Wiesner delivered a game-winning goal on the road, extending Washington’s win streak to four consecutive games. Their young players have proven to be a strong asset for the team.

NJ/NY Gotham FC

The reigning champions, NJ/NY Gotham FC, are quietly climbing in the rankings and the league table. Ella Stevens has earned starting roles, while veterans like Crystal Dunn and Rose Lavelle continue to contribute goals. Gotham FC's depth will undoubtedly be invaluable as the season progresses.

Portland Thorns FC

Sophia Smith has been a standout performer this season, consistently adding goals to her tally. However, her absence due to a second yellow card for delaying the game will be a challenge for Portland Thorns FC. The team will need to adjust in her absence to maintain their position.

Racing Louisville

Racing Louisville is showing signs of improvement at a critical time, with two consecutive wins and an unbeaten streak extending to three games. While their six draws are not ideal, they are not losses either, indicating resilience. There is potential for Racing Louisville to become significant disruptors in the second half of the season.

North Carolina Courage

North Carolina Courage has shown improvement in recent matches with a fluctuating back formation. However, they have picked up their fourth loss in five games. Ryan Williams is on a red card suspension, although the return of Denise O'Sullivan brings some much-needed experience to the pitch.

San Diego Wave FC

San Diego Wave FC continues to struggle with goal-scoring. While Makenzie Doniak managed to score an equalizer against Orlando Pride, the team faces challenges in executing tactics in the final third, which could hinder their progress this season.

Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars have faced their third consecutive loss, and they continue to struggle with getting Mallory Swanson the ball. This is a critical issue that the team needs to address if they hope to turn their season around.

Angel City FC

Angel City FC is experiencing an identity crisis, with a lack of consistent results putting pressure on the coach. The team needs to find its footing and establish a clear strategy to improve its performance.

Houston Dash

The Houston Dash failed to capitalize on their momentum, particularly struggling with a three-player back formation against Racing Louisville. This formation choice has presented challenges that the team needs to overcome.

Bay FC

Bay FC hopes that their recent win against Chicago Red Stars is a turning point in their season. However, they failed to secure a clean sheet, conceding a goal in stoppage time, which highlights areas needing improvement.

Seattle Reign FC

Seattle Reign FC is enduring a difficult first half of the season, further complicated by navigating an ownership change. This instability has taken a toll on their performance, and the team will need to find stability to improve their standing.

Utah Royals FC

Utah Royals FC has failed to score against the Spirit at home, extending their winless streak since March. The team is on a 10-game losing run, and drastic changes are needed to end this disappointing streak.

As the season progresses, fans can look forward to more surprises and upsets. Don't forget you can catch select NWSL regular season matches across CBS, CBS Sports Network, Paramount+, and CBS Sports Golazo Network.