Portland Thorns Win NWSL Championship to End Turbulent Season – Part I
It’s been an absolutely awesome six seasons in Seattle for the Washington Spirit, as they went from the worst professional soccer team in the world (after the Cosmos) to winning four NWSL championships in a row and eight overall. But in 2015, they lost their first two games, and that changed their season forever in the eyes of their fans and the soccer community.
That team went on to win three more championships in 2016 and 2017, making them the best team in the league. Seattle’s soccer community had become incredibly passionate about their team in the days leading up to the 2015 season.
Well, now Seattle’s beloved Spirit have won another championship. But unlike the four previous years, this year’s team looks nothing like the 2015 team. The team for which Seattle is known as home lost key players, and the team’s roster has a much different look compared to previous years.
If this year’s Spirit are able to play the way they did against Washington in 2015, they will go far beyond the 2015 NWSL Champions and become the first team in league history to win multiple championships.
Here’s the first part of a three-part series that will take us through the season and into the playoffs.
2015 and The Final Four
The 2015 Washington Spirit season was one in which the team went on an 8-game winning streak before going 1-5-4 through the middle of the season. They ended up finishing the regular season as the top team in the league by winning their first five regular season games and finishing with a record of 7-2-2.
For me, that is the most important aspect of the season; winning games. That’s why I love soccer in the first place. The more wins you have, the more comfortable you can feel when you go into the playoffs.
At 5-4-4, they entered the playoffs as the top seed in the NWSL standings. Their path to the playoffs began with a big win over Houston in the first semifinal