In a heated Playoff race that couldn’t be determined before the final Regular Season game, Chicago Red Stars, Gotham FC, Washington Spirit, and North Carolina Cougars have reached the knockout fixtures. Portland Thorns and OL Reign have already secured bye for the Semis.
On the final day of the regular season, Houston Dash saw their chances go to dust after a one-nil defeat to Washington Spirit. Trinity Rodman’s goal at the 76th minute broke the heart of Spirit and the team fell just one/two goals shy from qualifying for the next round. The third-place team Washington Spirit will battle versus North Carolina Courage in a single-game elimination scenario.
Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd and Gotham FC played a one-one draw versus Portland Thorns. Fittingly, Carli, in her last ever Pro football Regular Season game, scored at the fifty-third mark. However, Louisville who finished with the second-worst record in the league had a reply at the 69th minute with a penalty knock by Cece Kizer. Gotham will meet Chicago Red Stars in a knockout game.