US Soccer is back to normal this week as Week 14 in Major League Soccer began on Friday. NASL's second to last week of the Spring season and the standings in the USL didn't move much other than a few teams. Along with the league play the US Women's National Team begins it's World Cup play on Monday against Australia.
The US Women's National Team began play on Saturday and the United States opened against Australia last night. Plenty of questions surrounded the team as group play began with Alex Morgan out for quite some time with a knee injury, Abby Wambach's unusual training regimen, and the recent ESPN Outside the Lines program on star goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The game felt very familiar to National Team fans as the talent was evident, but the results were lacking. Australia looked much better than the Americans through the first half, only a long range Megan Rapinoe shot got the U.S. out ahead and brilliant goalkeeping kept them there until Lisa De Vanna would equalize for Australia.
The Americans worked to their dominance through the second half. After a couple missed opportunities Christen Press and Rapinoe again would give the U.S. a comfortable margin of victory with second half goals. A 79th minute substitution appearance for Morgan was an added bonus as the 3-1 score line flattered the Americans.
Week 14 in MLS had two goals on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 and saw some shake ups in the lower portions of the standings. Although losing to Sporting Kansas City, the Seattle Sounders maintained the top spot in the Western Conference but were unable to maintain the top spot in the Supporters' Shield race. In the East, the Columbus Crew continue to fall not having won in five straight games. Toronto continued to string wins together and climb up the standings. Also, NYCFC finally won after a 10 game winless streak, beating Philadelphia Union 2-1.
It was an interesting week in the NASL. Indy Eleven fired their head coach Juergen Sommer and appointed Tim Regan and headed to Fort Lauderdale. After this week there is only one week left in the NASL spring season. The New York Cosmos lead the league and will advance to the playoff with a win or tie. Tampa Bay Rowdies will most likely be the other team to make the playoff, but the Carolina Railhawks and Minnesota United have a chance but it will take Tampa Bay losing and a win from one of those teams. After next week the league will break until the end of June.
This week in USL wasn't as exciting as last week. For the most part, standings stayed the same, Rochester Rhinos continue to lead the Eastern Conference but Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers are only a game behind in points. In the West, the Seattle Sounders 2 still lead but fellow MLS affiliate LA Galaxy II and Sacramento Republic follow very closely. The West is a very close race almost all teams in playoff positions are only a few points out of first place.