PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 11: Sophia Smith #9 of the Portland Thorns reacts after scoring a goal on a penalty kick during the second half against the Seattle Reign at Providence Park on May 11, 2024 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)

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Just two teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have won each of their last five games: Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride.

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The Thorns are on a remarkable turnaround after starting the season winless in their first four games, beating regional rivals Seattle Reign 4-0 at home last weekend.

Portland will pick up where they left off tonight in a clash with a Houston side that seems to have recently found its footing.

Orlando Pride is all about by Barbra Banda, who has four goals in five games to lead the NWSL in goals per 90.

The Pride is poised to deliver the 12th-place Reign another tough one this weekend, meeting Seattle at Lumen Field.

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Kansas City Current remains at the top of the table, however, having yet to lose a game. 

After two straight shutouts, Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski is still looking for more out of his team.

"The coach in me says we can always get better," Andonovski said after the team's 1-0 win over North Carolina last weekend.

The Current will have another go at it on Saturday as they face a struggling Racing Louisville.

Currently leading the Golden Boot race is Portland's Sophia Smith, with eight league goals in addition to six assists.

Angel City's Claire Emslieand Kansas City's Temwa Chawinga sit second with five goals apiece.


Still looking for a big three points are Utah Royals and Bay FC.

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Utah's had a rough start to the season, having won just one game, a March 22 matchup against the Courage. Since then, they've conceded 15 goals and scored just four.

The Royals will hope to repeat history as they meet North Carolina once again in tonight's 8 PM ET showdown.

Bay FC hasn't fared much better, losing each of their last five games. They play a mid-table — and injury-stricken — Wave team.

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