With injured stars, a rookie goalkeeper and home-field advantage all part of the mix, there are plenty of issues to consider heading into the first NWSL championship game between the Thorns and the Flash.
How far can Seattle go if its All-Stars stay healthy? Do the Silver Stars have the league's most dynamic inside-outside combination? And is Temeka Johnson (not a certain center or rookie) the key to Los Angeles' success? Graham Hays examines the West.