NWSL California Dub

As we all predicted, the top two spots on the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table after the third week of regular-season games belong to the league’s two first-year expansion clubs.

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The San Diego Wave sits alone at the top of the table with all nine possible points from their first three games, followed by Angel City FC with six points.

The Wave continued their winning streak with a 2-1 victory at home over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday.

Alex Morgan kept her scoring tear alive, adding another penalty strike after Sofia Jakobsson forced Kayla Sharples into a rough tackle in the 18-yard box.

Defender Kayleigh Riehl doubled the scoreline off a free header following a free-kick, and the Red Stars got a goal back immediately courtesy of Ava Cook.

The Wave held on, becoming the first NWSL team to win three games in a row.


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Angel City FC then bounced back from their loss to the Orlando Pride, taking down the 2021 NWSL champion Washington Spirit 1-0 in Sunday’s second game.

Christen Press scored off a classic strike, dribbling the ball to the top of the penalty area before slotting it past Aubrey Kingsbury to give L.A. the lead.

The Spirit struggled to keep pace with Angel City’s intensity, a sign that their Challenge Cup schedule has put them in a difficult position on shorter rest.

Meanwhile…

It’s the beginning of a long season, but you couldn’t have written a better script for the starts both California expansion teams have had.

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They are showcasing the potential of fresh ideas and pushing other teams in the league to step up.

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