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McDonald’s goals help the Courage secure the NWSL title

Photo courtesy of NWSLsoccer.com.

North Carolina Courage won the National Women’s Soccer League Championship 3-0 against the Portland Thorns on Saturday.

The Courage are now the first team to win both the NWSL Shield (most regular season wins) and NWSL Championship in a single season.

Providence Park held an attendance of 21,144 to watch the battle of the season go down.
While the Thorns’ Lindsey Horan was given the 2018 NWSL MVP title, Jessica McDonald was named Championship MVP after scoring twice against Portland in the final.

“I don’t know if you can write a better script,” Paul Riley, North Carolina’s head coach and 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year, told NWSL reporters. “She leads the league in assists, and I think that was the tenth goal this season. That’s unbelievable… I think Jess Mac’s getting better with age.”

Débora Cristiane de Oliveira also scored for the Courage.

Watch the highlights from the final here.

Along with the season winding down, Orlando Pride star Marta was voted 2018 FIFA The Best Women’s Player award. This is Marta’s sixth time being titled the best in the world. No one has won the award more times than her.

Throughout this season and in international play Marta has been giving it her all. The period being looked at is August 7, 2017 to May 24, 2018. During this time, she has finished second in the Golden Boot race with 13 goals. She also led Brazil to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Read more about Marta’s accomplishments here.

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