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November 30, 2023

One-touch bangers, multi-assist games, and Golden Boot race separation defined the NWSL weekend for a number of USWNT stars.

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Mallory Pugh exploded in the attack, Megan Rapinoe hasn’t lost her touch, and Alex Morgan’s scoring ways continued.

On Friday, OL Reign were facing an uphill climb against the Orlando Pride after falling behind 1-0.

But in the 56th minute, Rapinoe successfully passed to herself in the air and sent a curling ball into Bethany Balcer for the equalizer.


She wasn’t done, scoring the game-winner herself in stoppage time and punctuating it with a classic jersey-off celebration.

On Saturday, the San Diego Wave were holding a close 1-0 lead over NWSL Shield competitors Portland.

Alex Morgan then scored her 13th goal of the season, by far her highest tally in a single NWSL campaign, to put the game out of reach.


On Sunday, Pugh upped the ante with a two-goal, two-assist performance.

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She scored the first and fourth goals of the game by finding space behind Racing Louisville’s backline.

She also assisted on Chicago’s other two goals scored by Yuki Nagasato.

As the international break approaches, some USWNT mainstays look to be peaking at the right time, putting roster decisions under the microscope.

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