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Seattle rains on Thorns 5-0

Portland remains in a playoff spot with three matches left
July 27, 2014

SEATTLE - The Portland Thorns took a big league thumping from Northwest rival Seattle, but it didn't disrupt the team's regular-season mission of reaching the playoffs.

Portland conceeded three goals over the final 45 minutes in a 5-0 loss against Seattle Reign FC at Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium in front of 5,597 fans on Sunday afternoon.

Portland (8-7-6, 30 pts) remains in third place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings with a two-point advantage on both the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars (28pts) with three matches remaining on the 2014 regular-season schedule. The top four teams qualify for the NWSL playoffs.

Reign FC (14-1-4, 46 pts) scored the opening goal in the fourth minute of the match. Seattle quickly switched the point of attack to find forward Sydney Leroux making a run down the left side into the penalty box. Leroux dribbled to the end line before cutting it back with a shot to the near post that snuck under Thorns FC goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

Portland pressed in search of an early equalizer and came close in the 19th minute when Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo mishandled the ball in the box with pressure coming from forward Alex Morgan. Forward Christine Sinclair was there to collect the loose ball in the box, cutting around the diving Solo, but was unable to convert as a Seattle defender stepped in front to clear Sinclair’s attempt away at the goal line.

Angerer kept the match close with a big save on forward Nahomi Kawasumi from point blank range in the 35th minute after an initial shot by Leroux hit the crossbar.

Seattle doubled its lead five minutes before halftime as midfielder Kim Little delivered a cross from the left for Kawasumi, who connected with the header near the penalty spot.

Trailing 2-0, Portland was unable to rally from the deficit as Reign FC increased its lead to 3-0 four minutes into the second half. Little picked out Kawasumi in the box as she hit the ball off the bounce with the inside of her foot back towards the left post for the finish. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe headed in Kawasumi’s cross from the right flank at the back post in the 57th minute, while Little tallied Seattle’s fifth goal in stoppage time, dribbling into the box and finishing from close range.

Thorns FC had two chances late in the match. Midfielder Verónica Boquete saw her header hit off the crossbar in the 75th minute, while defender Nikki Marshall’s header from close range missed just high in the 76th minute.

Portland returns to the Rose City to play host to the Houston Dash on Sunday at Providence Park. Sunday’s nationally televised match, sponsored by Providence Health & Services, will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific).


Alex snags offseason notice

Portland's star soccer player hits the beaches and cliffs on Twitter
Oct. 8, 2013

Alex Morgan has no problem showing off her body, and the world of Twitter has no problem following her.

Morgan, who has more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter, has been dazzling the world with a tour of beaches in Hawaii with friend Sydney Leroux, another young soccer star in the National Women's Soccer League. The two have been posting their adventure through tweets, including video of cliff diving.

Morgan, 24, was a member of the US National Women's team that won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal and finished second in the 2011 World Cup. She helped the Portland Thorns win the WPSL title this summer. She posed in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2012.

Leroux, who played for the Boston Breakers, is 23 and was the youngest member of the 2012 US Olympic team. She has more than 114,000 followers on twitter, and promotes "I kick balls" as one of her slogans.



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