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NWSL regular season championship captured by Seattle Reign


Wednesday night, Seattle Reign FC captured the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Shield with a 15-1-4 record and 49 points last night following a 4-1 win over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium. The NWSL Shield is awarded to the team with the best regular-season record and gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Reign is staffed by soccer stars like goalkeeper Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Kim Little, who leads the league and the team with a whopping 14 goals, followed by Nahomi Kawasumi with seven goals and Leroux with five. Little and Jessica Fishlock lead Seattle with six assists apiece. Seattle's league's best defense has produced a goal differential of 28, which is 21 goals better than the next best club.

The Reign finished the 2013 season in seventh place and was 20 points behind league leaders Western New York Flash's 38 points. Seattle general manager and coach Laura Harvey used the offseason to revamp the roster, bringing in forwards Beverly Goebel, Kawasumi and Leroux, as well as Little. Reign FC opened the 2014 season with a seven-game winning streak, one that since has been matched by FC Kansas City. Seattle then turn the winning streak into a 16-game unbeaten streak, shattering the previous mark of ten games set by FC Kansas City.

Seattle currently sits atop the standings holding 49 points with four games remaining in the regular season. Seattle Reign FC returns to action on Saturday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET when they visit FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo.