Beginning a stretch of three games in an eight-day span, Portland Thorns FC play host to Cascadia-rival Seattle Reign FC on Saturday, May 5, presented by Powerade, at Providence Park. Saturday’s match is the featured NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific).
Portland (2-1-2, 8pts) is unbeaten in its last four matches (2-0-2) after earning a point on the road, playing to a 1-1 draw against Utah Royals FC on April 28. In her second appearance of the season, midfielder Tobin Heath tallied her first goal of the year to help Thorns FC extend their unbeaten streak. Additionally, midfielder Andressinha made her first appearance for Thorns FC, logging 26 minutes in a substitute role.
Thorns FC have squared off against Seattle Reign FC more than any team in the NWSL over the past five seasons. The match will mark the 17th meeting all-time between the two clubs. In 2017, Portland posted a mark of 1-1-1 against Reign FC, registering a 2-2 draw at Providence Park on May 6. Thorns FC hold a 7-6-3 edge in the all-time series, posting a mark of 4-2-2 at Providence Park, while recording four shutouts.
Scoring at home
Portland has scored a goal in 21 consecutive home matches, winning 17 of those matches and suffering just two losses during that span. A total of 13 different players scored goals across those 21 matches, including Lindsey Horan, Tyler Lussi, Christine Sinclair, Emily Sonnett and Mallory Weber. In those 21 games, Sinclair has scored 12 goals, including four goals in her last five home matches.
Scouting Reign FC
Seattle visits Portland after earning a 1-1 draw on the road against the Orlando Pride on April 28. Midfielder Allie Long opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, but Marta leveled the match in the 61st minute for Orlando. Saturday’s match marks Seattle’s fourth road game in its first five matches. Reign FC are 1-1-1 on the road this season. Through its first four matches, Seattle has conceded the fewest goals in the league (3). Forward Megan Rapinoe has tallied a team-leading two goals for Reign FC, while goalkeeper Michelle Betos ranks second in the NWSL in saves (17).
Facing a quick turnaround, Thorns FC travel for a midweek match against the Houston Dash on Wednesday, May 9, at BBVA Compass Stadium. The May 9 match kicks off at 5 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available online at www.go90.com or on the go90 app.