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NWSL's Canadian Content: Week 9 Recap

It's been a while since we've looked at what's been happening with the NWSL, and despite the friendly last week some of the Canadians are still making headlines, and we recap some of the best.

That was Sydney Leroux's week in the NWSL summed up. You're welcome.
That was Sydney Leroux's week in the NWSL summed up. You're welcome.

Many of the Canadians were on the benches this week due to the international friendly match in Toronto last Sunday, but for those who found their way on the field, they definitely made an impact in their games. Let's take a look at some of them...

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Boston Breakers 2-2 Western New York Flash

Goal: Jodi-Ann Robinson (90'+3)

No Sydney, you can't always be the hero, because this time it's Jodi-Ann Robinson's turn. After having spent much of the first few games on the bench, Robinson has started to come onto her own while coming off the bench. The aforementioned Leroux had put the home side ahead 2-1 in the 64th minute after Abby Wambach had opened the scoring for the visiting Flash and Lianne Sanderson had replied just at the death of the first half, but her heroics were cancelled out by Robinson, who had a chance to tie off a Vicki DiMartino corner, that bounced off Carli Lloyd and into her path. She would miss the chance, but the 72nd minute sub would make it up with the tying header deep into stoppage time to salvage a point, despite howls of protest from the Breakers that the ref should have ended the game as all of the allotted stoppage had been played. But hey, a goal's a goal, right?

Robinson would also be the only Canadian playing in this match, as Boston's Rhian Wilkinson and Adriana Leon were unused subs, while Bryanna McCarthy was not in the gameday 18 for the Flash.

Portland Thorns 4-3 FC Kansas City

Karina LeBlanc 5 saves

Where would Portland be without their national team players? One word: nowhere. With Christine Sinclair, Karina LeBlanc and Alex Morgan absent, the Thorns suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars, giving that side its first-ever NWSL win. But when they did return, Portland returned to their winning ways, albeit in a high-scoring duel. LeBlanc got her league leading sixth win, while Christine Sinclair had two shots and a hand in Allie Long's game-sealing goal in the 66th minute.

Desiree Scott was the only Canadian to dress for KC, as Lauren Sesselmann was given the day off. Portland will now await the hapless Seattle Reign in part 3 of the Cascadian Derby on Sunday, having already taken six points and with Tobin Heath on her way, it may get one-sided fast.

Sky Blue FC 0-3 Western New York Flash

Sophie Schmidt 2 shots, Jodi-Ann Robinson 25 minutes as sub

Chalk this one up to a bad night at the home office for Sky Blues, as the Flash went into this game and came out with the three points. Mel Booth and Jodi-Ann Robinson started the game on the bench, with Sophie Schmidt the only one getting the start and playing the full 90. Robinson did end up getting off the bench for 25 minutes, but unlike a few days before was not able to get a goal. Schmidt was co-leading goal scorer going into the match, and was effectively controlled for most of the evening, with her two shots easily saved by the Flash keeper Adriana Franch.

Schmidt's next chance to get back on the scoresheet comes this coming Sunday, as the Sky Blues visit Boston; the Flash meanwhile will continue their road trip in Washington to take on the Spirit and its Canadian Wall...and Diana Matheson.

Chicago Red Stars 1-0 Boston Breakers

Erin McLeod's first NWSL shutout

Call it divine justice, call it whatever you want...but Sydney Leroux had Erin McLeod beaten and somehow it didn't count. And in the process, that miss would hand the Canadian backup her first shutout in the NWSL, after Lori Chalupny had scored the game's only goal in the 26th minute. Leroux, who a few days before had seen a winning goal cancelled out by Jodi-Ann Robinson, was this time denied by Erin McLeod, who gathered up the ball after it had hit the bottom part of the crossbar in the 65th minute to preserve the Red Stars' second win of the season.

Carmelina Moscato was an unused sub, while Rhian Wilkinson played 64 minutes in the loss. The Red Stars will have a busy week coming up with a home-and-home on Thursday and Sunday with FC Kansas City and their Canadian Wall; the Breakers meanwhile will return home to take on Sophie Schmidt and the Sky Blues.

Seattle Reign 0-1 FC Kansas City

Seattle just can't seem to catch a break, can they? Even with Hope Solo playing her first game for the Reign, they still can't pull off a win. Sure, Kaylyn Kyle may have gotten a shot, and Erika Tymrak's goal was a lucky deflection off Solo, but still...maybe it's time to give more chances to Tiffany Cameron, who has been on the bench for most of the season? Surely she can't do any worse, and since she and Emily Zurrer were unused subs, the former could have done a bit better? Alas, we will never know as the Canadian Wall of Scott and Sesselmann were reunited, and were solid once again.

Maybe there's some food for thought there for the Reign, as they travel once again down the I-5 for their second and final visit to Portland for round 3 of the Cascadian Derby on Sunday. KC meanwhile will leave Cascadia with something in hand, as they face a home-and-home against Chicago while they try to keep up in the playoff chase.