NWSL Players of the Week: Week 6
This week, the NWSL brought us midweek games and a Super Saturday that saw all ten teams play. It was a week full of a ton of NWSL action, and we look at the top three players from Week Six.
Williams had herself a week with the North Carolina Courage. On Wednesday, she narrowly missed the USWNT Olympic roster but was named as one of the alternates and will travel to Tokyo with the team. That same day, she scored a brace against Racing Louisville. In her last NWSL games with the Courage before the tournament, she made a statement, scoring four goals in two matches. On Saturday, her brace helped lift the Courage over rivals the Portland Thorns. She’s currently the league’s leading goal scorer with five goals, plus two assists.
Leroux has been phenomenal this season for the Orlando Pride. She’s found her form and has been dangerous on the offensive side for a Pride team that’s off to their best start in club history. In midweek action, Leroux bagged a brace on six shots on goal against Kansas City. If Leroux can continue her good form while Alex Morgan is gone, we could see her and the Pride continue to stay on top of the NWSL standings.
The rest of the NWSL should be on notice because Midge Purce is on a bit of a revenge tour and it started in Tacoma. She got started by getting the assist on Ifeoma Onumonu’s goal and then Purce found the back of the net herself in the 60th minute. She led NJ/NY Gotham FC to a big 3-0 away win against OL Reign. Purce has been the leader for this new-look Gotham team so far this season.