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The darkhorse first-round NWSL playoff team

Carli Lloyd’s final postseason could be one to remember.

The darkhorse first-round NWSL playoff team

The six-team NWSL playoff bracket is locked and loaded, with matches to begin the weekend of Nov. 7. 

The Portland Thorns FC, OL Reign, Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars, NJ/NY Gotham FC and North Carolina Courage are all in, with the top two seeds earning a bye as No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 seeds face off for a shot in the semifinal round.

We’ve got our eyes on No. 4 Chicago Red Stars vs. No. 5 Gotham FC, 3 p.m. ET (on CBS Sports Network) and we’re watching out for the dark horse:

  • Gotham FC reached the playoffs for the first time since 2013
  • Carli Lloyd scored a goal in her final home game and is now competing in her final NWSL postseason
  • Margaret Purce tied for second in the Golden Boot Race (9 goals)
  • Purce’s odds for a goal are 0.5 O +160/U -180
    • And for a goal + assist 0.5 0 +130/U -150
  • Caprice Dydasco tied for the third-most assists in the league (5, Carson Pickett)
  • Kailen Sheridan sat No. 3 in saves (76)
  • As a club, they boast the most assists (22) and have the fourth-most goals in the NWSL (29)
  • The team finished fourth in the regular season standings
  • The odds are -180 for Gotham to score (+.5) at least one goal
  • The total goals scored is set at 2.5 O +150/U -170
Tip of the day

Tip of the day

Despite being the lower seed Gotham (+210) owns a 4-2-2 record over the Red Stars (+160). Their most recent contest was a draw, but Golden Boot runner-up Margaret Pruce found the net in their penultimate meeting. With Carli Lloyd on her farewell tour and Purce still hot from the regular season, Gotham will come hungry for a trophy.

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