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USWNT Roundup

Wambach Reclaims Scoring Lead, Heath Debuts

The United States' all-time leading scoring tallied three goals to put her back up top in the NWSL scoring column while her talented national team teammate started for the Thorns.
BY Maura Gladys Posted
July 16, 2013
10:00 AM
Abby Wambach just keeps scoring, although her team can't find a win. On Thursday, she gave the Western New York Flash an early lead in the ninth minute when she caught up with a long ball, a play that looked more like it was meant for her U.S. women’s national team counterpart Alex Morgan. Wambach took a touch, then pushed it passed the Seattle Reign's charging Hope Solo, who wasn’t able to close down the angle fast enough. The forward also scored on a penalty kick, but the Flash fell to the Reign, 3-2.

Megan Rapinoe also scored, getting a gift off a poor clearance by WNY goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. The midfielder put a classy, professional shot into the back of the net.

Christine Nairn scored the gamewinner in the 81st when she connected on a beautiful ball by Ella Massar. Western New York also couldn't solve the Portland Thorns, as the squads tied 1-1. Despite the draw, the game had the high stakes and high energy of a playoff matchup. Midfielder Tobin Heath also made her NWSL debut. She added significant creativity in the midfield, but it wasn’t enough to get more than one goal against Franch, who made nine saves on the day. Wambach opened up the scoring in the 37th minute when she shook of her defender and made an expert touch on Samantha Kerr’s cross to beat Portland’s Karina LeBlanc. The goal tied Wambach for the league lead with Sydney Leroux, who was goalless this weekend. The league also had another first, its debut televised match. The Reign added another win to its steadily growing pile with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit. But the hot streak comes a little too late for the Reign, who would need to win out, then hope for help from a lot of teams in order to earn a playoff spot. Spirit defender Ali Krieger left the game in the 61st minute after colliding with a Reign player. She underwent concussion tests on the sideline, but tweeted out later that night that she would be okay.

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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