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Marta The Early Pacemaker As NWSL’s Stars Begin To Shine

With the NWSL season past the one-third mark, we take a look at which players are currently leading in key stat categories.

The NWSL regular season is past the one-third mark, and the table is beginning to take shape. Here’s a look at the players and teams that are dominating the stat charts so far. 

2017 NWSL Player Stats

Goals

A strong week nine from Marta has pushed her into a three-way tie at the top of the scoring chart.

Marta (Orlando Pride) - 5

Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign) - 5

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe is back to her best for Seattle. Photo: @ReignFC | Twitter

Sarah Killon (Sky Blue FC) - 5

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue FC) - 4

Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) - 4

Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) - 4

Assists

Nahomi Kawasumi’s four-assist game earlier this season set a new NWSL record and has her well ahead of the chasing pack.

Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign) - 6

Nahomi Kawasumi

The Seattle Reign have the best attack in the league. Photo: @NWSL | Twitter

Marta (Orlando Pride) - 3

Camila (Orlando Pride) - 3

Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers) - 3

Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue FC) - 3

Saves

Haley Kopmeyer has picked up right where her legendary predecessor (Hope Solo) left off.

Haley Kopmeyer (Seattle Reign) - 42

Stephanie Labbe (Washington Spirit) - 41

Stephanie Labbe

The Washington Spirit's Stephanie Labbe. Photo: @Elpeplow | Twitter

Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC) - 41

Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns) - 34

Abby Smith (Boston Breakers) - 34

 

2017 NWSL Team Statistics

Goals

Even though they are out of the playoff positions at the moment, the Reign have displayed significant fire power throughout the early stage of the season. 

  1. Seattle Reign - 19
  2. North Carolina Courage - 17
  3. Sky Blue FC - 15
  4. Orlando Pride - 14
  5. Washington Spirit - 12

Assists

All but two of Orlando’s goals in 2017 have been part a result of combination play. Will that change once Alex Morgan returns to play alongside Marta?

  1. Seattle Reign - 13
  2. Orlando Pride - 12
  3. North Carolina Courage - 12
  4. Sky Blue FC - 9
  5. FC Kansas City - 9

Least Goals Against

The top three teams in goals against do not rank in the top five for goals scored on the season — Chicago and Portland’s defenses have lead them into top four positions.

  1. Chicago Red Stars - 8
  2. Portland Thorns - 8
  3. FC Kansas City - 9
  4. North Carolina Courage - 11
  5. Seattle Reign - 13

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