Angel City most recently drew 1-1 with the Houston Dash on Sunday. ACFC tied the game after conceding a Maria Sanchez golazo, with Simone Charley making a long-awaited breakthrough, and both teams had chances to win but settled for a point apiece. They’re only a point behind the Chicago Red Stars, who now hold the final playoff slot, so this game is critical if they want to leapfrog the midwesterners and make the playoffs themselves.
Angel City will meet a vastly different North Carolina club than they did to begin the regular season at The Banc. There has been significant roster movement this season, both in and out, but the most notable development is the rise of rookie Diana Ordoez, who has emerged as a regular scorer in recent weeks. The Courage were anchored to the bottom of the table not long ago, but with games in hand and a run of form that has seen them lose just once in their previous five games, they are only four points behind Angel City, and a win today would put them right on Angel City’s tail with only three games remaining.
If Angel City wins, they will overtake North Carolina and move above the playoff line. A draw would tie them on points with Chicago but keep them below the playoff line, while a loss would put the Courage in the postseason race, with both clubs needing to move two teams above them down the table. This is a crucial game for both sides, and we’re approaching “really, really need to win time.” Angels, let us go!