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Jodie Taylor named NWSL Player of the Week

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Her two game-winning goals and an assist helped propel Reign FC to the playoffs.

With game-winning goals in each of the past two matches along with an assist, Jodie Taylor has been named the NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association. Her contributions were critical in helping Reign FC secure the final playoff spot with one game to go in the regular season.

Against Utah Royals FC on Wednesday, Taylor assisted on Reign FC’s opening goal with a flick-on pass to spring Bethany Balcer, then scored a goal of her own in the 86th minute after one-timing a headed pass from Darian Jenkins past the outstretched arms of Nicole Barnhart.

She continued that form on Sunday against the Portland Thorns, bodying off a strong defensive challenge by Emily Sonnett to control a Theresa Nielsen cross at the top of the box and give herself enough space to turn and shoot into nearly the exact same spot where she scored on Wednesday.

Although they were only her fourth and fifth goal of the season, Taylor’s strikes this year have come at key times — three of her goals have been game-winners, and a fourth helped earn Reign FC a draw.

This is Taylor’s second NWSL Player of the Week honor, previously having won the award in 2014 while playing for the Washington Spirit. She is the fourth Reign FC player to receive the honor this season, joining Jenkins, Ifeoma Onumonu and Jess Fishlock.

Reign FC are off this weekend for an international break while Taylor will join England for friendlies against Brazil and Portugal, before rejoining the club for their regular season finale at Orlando Pride on October 12. That match could have implications on final seeding and help determine who Reign FC will face in the playoff semifinals.