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SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 24)

Penultimate 2017 edition

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Michelle Betos dives to score an equalizer for Portland Thorns FC in a 1-1 draw with FC Kansas City

This. Is. It. The final weekend of the NWSL season is upon us. The playoff teams are set, 2 of the 4 spots are locked down and it is all over but the shouting. This week's rankings do not take into account North Carolina’s 4-0 win at Houston on Wednesday that clinched them the shield, as that match will count towards the final rankings next week.


COMPONENTS OF SFPI:

PERFORMANCE SCORE

100% determined by on the field results that is made up of the following sub-components

PPG Score: Overall Points Per Game added to PPG over last five, with your last five matches given more weight. It is the single largest component of the SFPI.

Goal Difference Per Game: Overall Goal Difference divided by Games Played.

Home/Away Bonus: Bonus Points awarded for earning results (W/D) on the road, points deducted for dropping results (D/L) at home, accrues over the entire season.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE:

Average Performance Score of all of a teams opponents to date accounts for road games by adding a percentage of a team’s home points per game to performance score for that match. Weighted at less than 100%

TOTAL SCORE:

Performance Score is added to Strength of Schedule to determine a team's Total Score. Teams are then ranked in order from highest to lowest.


(**Clinched Playoff Spot)

All times Pacific

1 **PORTLAND THORNS (44pts 13W-5L-5D) SCORE: 10.5341 (+0.5203) PREV: 2 (+1) H1/L3

SCHEDULE: 10 (NC) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 4 (-2) OVERALL PACE: 45 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 1 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT #1: 1

LAST WEEK D 0-0 at Orlando NEXT WEEK: vs (4) Chicago Sat 9/30 1230pm (Lifetime)


2 ** NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE (46pts 15W-6L-1D) SCORE: 10.1862 (-0.4389) PREV: 1 (-1) H1/L2

SCHEDULE: 9 (-1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 5 (NC) OVERALL PACE: 50 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 2

LAST WEEK: D 1-1 at Sky Blue

NEXT WEEK: at (8) Houston Wed 9/27 vs (3) Orlando Sat 9/30 430pm

3 **ORLANDO PRIDE (37pts 10W-6L-7D) SCORE: 8.7312 (-0.4683) PREV: 3 (NC) H2/L3

SCHEDULE: 8 (+1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 2 (-1) OVERALL PACE: 38 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: D 0-0 vs Portland NEXT WEEK: at (2) North Carolina Sat 9/30 430pm


4 **CHICAGO RED STARS (39pts 11W-6L-6D) SCORE: 8.7152 (+1.2557) PREV: 4 (NC) H4/L6

SCHEDULE: 5 (-2) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 1 (+3) OVERALL PACE: 40 (+1)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: W 3-2 at Houston NEXT WEEK: at (1) Portland Sat 9/30


5 FC KANSAS CITY (30pts 8W-9L-6D) SCORE: 7.2489 (+0.5599) PREV: 6 (+1) H4/L6

SCHEDULE: 7 (-1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 8 (-1) OVERALL PACE: 31 (+2)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: W 1-0 at Seattle NEXT WEEK: vs (8) Houston Sun 10/1 3pm


6 SEATTLE REIGN (31pts 8W-8L-7D) SCORE: 6.1611 (-1.0723) PREV: 5 (-1) H4/L7

SCHEDULE: 2 (+2) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 10 (-2) OVERALL PACE: 32 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: L 1-0 vs Kansas City NEXT WEEK: at (10) Washington Sat 9/30 4pm


7 SKY BLUE FC (30pts 8W-9L-6D) SCORE: 5.1486 (-0.0873) PREV: 7 (NC) H6/L7

SCHEDULE: 4 (+1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 9 (-3) OVERALL PACE: 31 (NC)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: D 1-1 vs North Carolina NEXT WEEK: at (9) Boston Sat 9/30 4pm


8 HOUSTON DASH (23pts 7W-13L-2D) SCORE: 2.9495 (-0.4227) PREV: 8 (NC) H8/L8

SCHEDULE: 6 (+1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 3 (NC) OVERALL PACE: 25 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 2

LAST WEEK: L 3-2 vs Chicago

NEXT WEEK: vs (2) North Carolina Wed 9/27 at (5) Kansas City Sat 9/30 3pm


9 BOSTON BREAKERS (19pts 4W-12L-7D) SCORE: 2.6574 (+1.329) PREV: 10 (+1) H9/L10

SCHEDULE: 3 (-2) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 7 (+2) OVERALL PACE: 19 (+2)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: W 3-0 at Washington NEXT WEEK: vs (7) Sky Blue Sat 9/30 4pm


10 WASHINGTON SPIRIT (19pts 5W-14L-4D) SCORE: 2.2443 (-0.567) PREV: 9 (-1) H9/L10

SCHEDULE: 1 (+1) REMAINING SCHEDULE: 6 (+4) OVERALL PACE: 19 (-1)

GAMES REMAINING: 1

LAST WEEK: L 3-0 vs Boston NEXT WEEK: vs (6) Seattle Sat 9/30 4pm


PLAYOFF PICTURE:

At the time of this writing, North Carolina has already clinched the NWSL shield (although that match is NOT included in this week's rankings) So as far as the Thorns are concerned it is all done and dusted, they will finish 2nd regardless of this weekends matches. The only thing left to decide is who they face. It will either be Chicago, or Orlando. Chicago has a 2 point lead over Orlando for third. So if Orlando loses or Draws at North Carolina then Portland will face Chicago in the NWSL semifinal while North Carolina will host Orlando. Yup, the semifinal games will almost certainly be replays of the final week of action.

If Orlando wins and Chicago loses, then Portland will host Orlando. If Orlando wins and Chicago Draws they will be tied on points, however, Chicago wins the head to head tiebreaker having won 2 of the 3 meetings.