portland nwsl

Thorns show off home magic

Portland handles Chicago 3-0 before Providence Park faithful
Staff report

Portland's NWSL return to Providence Park could hardly have gone better in front of a raucous, sun-drenched crowd of 19,461 fans Sunday afternoon with the Thorns beating the Chicago Red Stars 3-0 to move into second place.

Playing without nearly half of its regular rotation due to the upcoming World Cup, Portland got a pair of goals from Midge Purse and one from Simone Charley to improve to 4-1-2, 14 points. The season began with six road games.

Thorns fans can watch for four team members on the U.S. National Team - midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, defender Emily Sonnet, and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, as well as Christine Sinclair playing for the Canadian side. In addition, Ellie Carpenter is with the Australian side and Andressinha is playing for Brazil.

The World Cup begins Friday with the league taking a week off for the opening round. Portland next plays at North Carolina, June 15, and again in Portland June 21 against Utah.

 

 

 

Portland Thorns History

NWSL Original Franchise

YEAR-BY-YEAR REVIEW

2013 - Sparked by UP great Christine Sinclair, and USA National Team member Alex Morgan, Portland finished third in the league standings, then beat Western New York 2-0 to win the first title of the eight-team NWSL.

2014 - International Player of the Year Nadine Angerer joined the team, and the Thorns set a women's soccer attendance record at 19,123 just two days before MLS played its All-Star Game at Providence Park. Portland lost in the league semifinals.

2015 - The team's roster shifted greatly during the off-season, but it resulted in a disappointing sixth-place finish in the now nine-team standings. The Thorns did manage to sell out the stadium for a game.

2016 - A return to the top of the league standings again resulted in a disappointing loss in the semifinals.

2017 - The Thorns won a team-record 14 games, of 24 played, and again won the league title after placing second in the season standings.

 

 

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