Hungary and Serbia have filled Europe's final two qualifying spots for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 on Friday after Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ukraine secured their passage earlier in the week.
(July 25, 2014) – The Washington Spirit announced today that forward Renae Cuellar will miss the next 4-6 weeks of the NWSL season due to a partial meniscus tear in her right knee.
“Renae has worked as hard as anyone else in our squad all season and I know she will continue that work ethic in her quick recovery from this injury,” Washington Spirit general manager and coach Mark Parsons said. “It is disappointing to lose her at an important time for the club, but we fully expect her to be back strong soon.”
Acquired in the offseason in a trade with Seattle Reign FC, Cuellar has made ten appearances for the Spirit this season, including four starts.
The Spirit are in action again next Wednesday, July 30 when they host FC Kansas City at the Maryland SoccerPlex at 7pm ET. For ticket information, please visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com.
(July 25, 2014) - The push for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs continues with less than a month left in the regular season.
With Seattle Reign FC punching their ticket to the postseason in a draw last week against the Chicago Red Stars, there are only three remaining playoff spots. Reign FC was also able to clinch home field in the semifinals after a 1-1 draw between Portland Thorns FC and the Washington Spirit.
While second place FC Kansas City is four points clear of third place Thorns FC, lost points could make a big difference in determining home field advantage down the stretch. On top of that, Thorns FC, Spirit, Red Stars and Western New York Flash are all separated by just six points in the race for the final two playoff spots.
Sky Blue FC and Houston Dash still have a lot of ground to cover in these final games, however both have games in hand over teams in the playoff race that could prove valuable.
Finally, after one team clinched a playoff spot last week, another may be eliminated this week. While no team is able to clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the last place Boston Breakers are on the brink of getting knocked out of playoff contention. If Boston hopes to stay alive, a few favorable results must occur.
Week 16 Scenarios:
The Boston Breakers will be eliminated from the 2014 NWSL Playoffs if…
…the Breakers lose OR tie at the Flash*
…the Spirit win vs. Thorns FC
…the Red Stars win vs. the Dash
* = Boston would be eliminated on a tie because Chicago (2-0-0) holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Breakers.
Magic Number or Elimination Number for all nine teams:# Team Pts. GD GR Max Pts. Magic No. Elimination No. 1 Seattle Reign FC - x 43 20 6 61 ˗˗ 2 FC Kansas City 34 7 5 49 9 ˗˗ 3 Portland Thorns FC 30 9 4 42 13 ˗˗ 4 Washington Spirit 28 -8 4 40 15 -- 5 Chicago Red Stars 27 4 5 42 -- 15 6 Western New York Flash 24 7 5 39 -- 12 7 Sky Blue FC 19 -12 6 37 ˗˗ 10 8 Houston Dash 17 -10 7 38 ˗˗ 11 9 Boston Breakers 11 -17 6 29 ˗˗ 2 Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible x- clinched playoff spot and home field in Semifinals
Formulas for Magic and Elimination numbers
Magic Number formula
The Magic Number for a team to clinch a playoff spot is determined by subtracting that team’s current points total from the maximum number of points possible for the fifth-place team, then adding one.
For example:Team Pl Pts Max FC Kansas City 2nd 34 49 Chicago Red Stars 5th 27 42
Then the magic number for FC Kansas City to clinch a playoff spot is 42 - 34 + 1 = 9
Elimination Number Formula
The Elimination Number for a team to confirm their exclusion from the playoffs is determined by subtracting that team’s maximum number of possible points from the current number of points of the fourth-place team, then adding one.
For example:Team Pl Pts Max Washington Spirit 4th 28 40 Boston Breakers 9th 11 29
Then the magic number for the Boston Breakers is 29 - 28 + 1 = 2
TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS
If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps:
2.Overall goal difference
3.Overall goals scored
4.Head-to-head road record
5.Goal difference in all road games
6.Goals scored in all road games
7.Head-to-head home record
8.Goal difference in all home games
9.Goals scored in all home games
1.Points per game against other two teams
2.Overall goal difference
3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios
NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.
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(July XX, 2014) – After a difficult start to the year, Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC are enjoying a late-season surge as they take on FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field on Sunday.
The forward and U.S. international scored two goals and added an assist as SBFC upset the Washington Spirit with a 4-2 victory in Week 15 to shake up the NWSL playoff race.
The win was the second in the last four games for coach Jim Gabarra’s outfit, who have only lost once in their last six matches – going 2-1-3 during the stretch.
While their recent uptick in form will most likely not be enough to get Sky Blue FC back into the postseason mix, it has propelled the 2013 NWSL semifinalists above the Houston Dash and into seventh place in the league standings.
SBFC jumped out of the gate to take a 2-0 halftime lead against Washington – powered by goals from O’Hara and Canada international Sophie Schmidt.
Sky Blue FC then made it 4-0 after the break with forward Nadia Nadim’s first goal since joining the club on-loan and O’Hara’s second of the game in the 81st and 85th minutes, respectively.
The match Sunday is the first in a stretch that will see SBFC finish up the regular season with four out of five games away from home.
For FC Kansas City, the contest starts a span of three out of four games at home.
The Blues come into the game having been held to a 1-1 draw with the Western New York Flash as FCKC forward Sarah Hagen had her first-half goal canceled out by a Samantha Kerr tally.
The goal for Hagen was her third in four matches with FC Kansas City.
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart recovered from allowing seven goals to Portland Thorns FC in the previous game to produce a six-save performance against the Flash.
Barnhart and FCKC will be happy to return home. She and her teammates are undefeated in nine games (6-0-3) at Verizon Wireless Field this season – including four consecutive shutout victories.
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