Cary, NC - The North Carolina Courage are, reportedly, ready for their upcoming playoff loss after clinching the NWSL shield on Wednesday for the best record in the league.
"We would like to apologize for our fans for our future performance," stated head coach Paul Riley. "And we would like to state that we will put a better effort into not winning the shield next season as we prepare for the 2018 NWSL season in Atlanta as the Atlanta Beat FC."
According to insider sources, the Courage drastically overshot their desired point total and realized that they were going to win the shield and lose in the playoffs last week at which point it was already too late.
"Dammit," stated owner Stephen Malik. "We were hoping for a championship, not the consolation prize."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as the Courage prepare for the offseason with one game left to go in the regular season.