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Alex Morgan, Sophia Smith & GOAL's NWSL Team of the 2023 Season

And then there were two. Gotham and OL Reign will face off on Saturday in the NWSL Championship game, with both teams looking to win a first-ever title. It’s going to be dream come true for one legend of the United States women’s national team and heartbreak for another, with Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe both set to play the final games of their illustrious careers when these two sides meet in San Diego this weekend.

That match will be the climax of a quite brilliant NWSL campaign which has produced plenty of drama, including the chaos on the final day of the regular season which saw the San Diego Wave win its first silverware in just its second year. Rapinoe's Reign denied the Wave a chance of playing for a Shield and Championship double on its own turf, though, with the Pacific Northwest side making its third appearance in the big season finale, a situation Gotham is entirely new to.

But before one of these teams lifts the big trophy, let's take a look back at the last eight months. The league itself has already revealed its Best XI, but now it's GOAL's turn to pick the team of the 2023 NWSL season...

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