After a dismal 2013 season and a slow start in 2014, the Washington Spirit (10-9-5) came roaring back in the second half of the season, only to fall from third to fourth place in the final regular season standings as a result of a 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC in the final game of the regular season. Still, it's a record that's good enough to earn them a trip to a semi-final matchup in the NWSL Championships, facing the mighty Seattle Reign (16-2-6) who lost their final game of the season, only their second loss all season, to the talented Portland Thorns (10-8-6), moving Portland ahead of Washington in the final standings. Portland will now face FC Kansas City (12-7-5) in the other semi-final matchup...hoping thast Washington can somehow topple Seattle which would give them a chance at hosting the league championship match if they can beat Kansas City. The two championship semi-final matches are scheduled the weekend of August 23-24, with Kansas City hosting Portland at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday and Seattle hosting the Spirit at 11:00 PM ET on Sunday. Both games will be televisied life on ESPN2.