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Seattle to battle Spirit in NWSL playoffs

Seattle to battle Spirit in NWSL playoffs

Seattle Reign FC goalie Hope Solo waves to fans after an NWSL soccer game against the Sky Blue FC Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Seattle. Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew a week ago, then pleaded not guilty and was released without bail after a court appearance Monday, June 23. She was eligible to play in Saturday's match, but did not start. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

In the space of about a week, 10 players from the U.S. team wrapped up the regular season with their National Women’s Soccer League teams, got together for an international friendly against Switzerland, and now face off in the NWSL playoffs.

The country’s top players are maintaining a delicate balance between supporting the NWSL at home while gearing up for a busy two years that include the women’s World Cup in Canada next summer and then the 2016 Rio Olympics. And it’s just the start.

The Portland Thorns play an NWSL semifinal match at FC Kansas City on Saturday, and the Seattle Reign host the Washington Spirit on Sunday. After the league championship on Aug. 31, the women on the U.S. team — as well as those from Mexico — will start focusing on World Cup qualifying.

 

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