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USWNT Roundup

Press Scores Four to Take Scoring Lead in Sweden

One of the newest members of the United States women's national team continues her stellar club form. Elsewhere, Allie Krieger is on the road back to stardom and Alex Morgan finds the net.
BY Maura Gladys Posted
May 21, 2013
1:00 PM
Christen Press netted four goals in Tyreso’s 10-2 dismantling of 12th place Sunnanå this weekend. Press, who chose to stay in Sweden instead of coming back to the U.S. and playing in the NWSL, has certainly benefited from the experience. She is the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan with seven goals in seven games and looks set to earn a call into Tom Sermanni’s squad for June’s friendlies.

Back in the United States, Allie Krieger was back in form for the Washington Spirit on Thursday. She netted her first goal of the season and created pressure and opportunities up the right flank that stifled the Seattle Reign attack. The goal came when the defender pounced on a deflected Lori Lindsey free kick in the 41st minute. She also worked efficiently with Diana Matheson, an early standout for the Spirit. Krieger is slowly becoming the lynchpin of the team's entire strategy. Lauren Cheney continued her solid and steady performances for FC Kansas City, notching a goal and an assist in FC Kansas City’s 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday. Cheney set up Rene Cuellar in the 17th minute, then netted one for herself in the 64th when she guided a Casey Loyd free kick into the net to double KC’s lead. She leads FC Kansas City in points with two goals and three assists and has been an integral part of the squad’s midfield and attack.

Boston’s Sydney Leroux has been quiet the past few games, and subbed out in the 83rd minute of the game against KC.

Abby Wambach didn't play, but her USWNT attacking counterpart Alex Morgan got her name on the score sheet this weekend, scoring a goal in Portland’s 2-0 win over the Spirit. In the 86th minute, Christine Sinclair played Morgan behind the defense with a low, long ball. Morgan used her speed to beat out two Spirit defenders and slot it home to put the game away for the Thorns. The goal ties Morgan with USWNT teammate Sydney Leroux, Canadian national teamer Diana Matheson, and Mexico's Cuellar for league leader in goals with four. Sky Blue FC have become one of the NWSL’s strongest teams, with much of that thanks to USWNT captain Christie Rampone. Rampone patrols a strong defense that has given up only four goals this season and held the Portland Thorns scoreless in Sky Blue’s 1-0 win, good for the team’s third consecutive shutout.

Back across the pond, Whitney Engen played a strong 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Chelsea in the FA WSL Continental Cup while Yael Averbuch played the entire match in IFK Göteborg 2-0 win over KIF Örebro.

Megan Rapinoe’s Olympique Lyonnais side rolled over Issy 9-0 in the penultimate match of the season. Rapinoe was available as a sub, but did not see action. That’s likely because Rapinoe is slated to start in Thursday’s Champions League final against Wolfsburg. Lyon is firmly in first place in Division 1 Féminine with 84 points. Their closest competition is PSG which won 2-0 against Juvisy on Saturday thanks to 2 goals from Lindsay Horan. Horan leads PSG with 16 goals in 19 games. PSG clinched Champions League qualification with the win, so if Horan and Tobin Heath elect to stay in France next season, they will have a shot at European glory.

Maura Gladys, a featured ASN columnist, works in production for KICKTV. She also runs the goalkeeping blog All You Need Is Glove.

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