After back-to-back road matches to begin the 2018 season, Portland Thorns FC returned to Providence Park, registering a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in the club’s home opener in front of 16,466 fans on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Christine Sinclair each recorded a goal and an assist, helping Portland extend its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches.
Sunday’s match marked the fifth regular-season meeting between the Pride and Thorns FC. Portland improved to 4-0-1 all-time against Orlando, including a mark of 3-0-0 at Providence Park. Horan has scored in three of the five meetings with Orlando, while Sinclair has scored in each of the last two matches against the Pride at Providence Park.
After two games on the road to start the season, Portland returned to Providence Park and extended its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches, including playoffs, dating back to the 2016 season. During that span, Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 21-5.
Horan recorded her 11th career goal in the match, moving her into a tie for fifth place on the all-time goal scoring list for Thorns FC. Sinclair registered her 75th career point, claiming the top spot as Portland’s all-time career leader in points in her 90th career match for the club.
With the win, Thorns FC improved to 6-0-0 all-time in home openers, outscoring opponents 15-5. It also marked the third consecutive season Portland has squared off against Orlando in its home opener. Thorns FC have won all three home-opener meetings against Orlando.
Up next, Thorns FC remain at home, playing host to the Washington Spirit on Friday, April 20, at Providence Park. The April 20 match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available on the go90 app and online at www.go90.com.
April 15, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Orlando Pride 1 0 1
Portland Thorns FC 2 0 2
ORL: Ubogagu (Nairn), 20
POR: Horan (Sinclair), 28
POR: Sinclair (Horan), 39
ORL: Pressley (caution), 85
POR: GK Franch, D Purce, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Hubly, D Klingenberg, M Boureille (Salem, 90+1), M Horan, F Weber (Crnogorcevic, 60), F Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Onumonu, 61)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Heath
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Sinclair, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Horan, Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 12 (Horan, Purce, 3); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 0
ORL: GK Harris ©, D Krieger, D Zadorsky, D Pressley, D Pickett (Elinsky, 67), M Weatherholt, M Edmonds (Evans, 77), M Nairn, F Leroux, F Morgan, F Ubogagu
Substitutes Not Used: GK Kopmeyer, M Callahan, F Gomes, D Okvist, M Creighton
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Ubogagu, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Ubogagu, 1); FOULS: 8 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 6
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referees: Alicia Messer, Joshua Haimes
4th Official: Chad Stewart
Weather: Showers, 49 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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Playing the second game of back-to-back matches on the road, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Chicago Red Stars 3-2 at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Forward Christine Sinclair registered a brace and scored the game-winning goal, while midfielder Lindsey Horan recorded her first goal of the season as Portland secured its first win of the 2018 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season.
Portland extended its streak to 12 games unbeaten against the Red Stars, picking up its fifth consecutive win. During their five-match winning streak, Thorns FC have outscored Chicago 12-5, while scoring at least three goals in the last three wins. Portland improved to 4-0-4 all-time at Toyota Park, winning by a score line of 3-2 in each of the last two matches.
Sinclair tallied her eighth and ninth career goals in 14 matches against the Red Stars. Her nine goals is the most against a single NWSL team. Notably, Sinclair has scored in four consecutive road matches against Chicago, dating back to 2015 season. In addition, Sinclair has tallied at least one goal in five of the six NWSL seasons against the Red Stars.
Horan tallied her first goal of the 2018 season and the 10th of her Thorns FC career in the match. With the goal, Horan became the sixth player in club history to register double-digits goals. She now ranks sixth all-time in career goals. Sinclair recorded her fifth career brace in the match, which is tied for the most by a single player in club history.
Thorns FC took an early 1-0 lead when Horan was first to the loose ball inside the box following a corner kick delivery from defender Meghan Klingenberg. Swiveling away from goal, Horan let the ball bounce and volleyed the ball into the far corner of the net in the ninth minute.
Defender Emily Sonnett thwarted a Red Stars attack in the 15th minute. Defender Arin Gilliland intercepted a pass near midfield and quickly played a pass up field to forward Summer Green, who fired a shot from the edge of the box, but Sonnett recovered and slid back in front of Green to block the attempt.
The Red Stars tied the match in the 31st minute when forward Alysa Mautz’s close-range shot from the right side of the box deflected off of Klingenberg and into the back of the net.
Continuing to threaten the Red Stars defense, Klingenberg floated in a cross from the left flank that picked out Horan, whose header flashed over the crossbar in the 38th minute. Seconds later, forward Mallory Weber pounced on a poor clearance by Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, sending a chipped shot that missed inches over the crossbar.
Portland reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the 40th minute. Sinclair chased down a back pass to Naeher inside the Chicago box, taking a touch from just outside the left edge of the six-yard box and rolling the ball into the empty net.
Thorns FC increased their advantage to 3-1 in the 65th minute after Sinclair placed her penalty attempt low and into the far corner past Naeher. Portland was awarded the penalty after Chicago midfielder Danielle Colaprico was whistled for a handball inside the box.
Chicago pulled a goal back just two minutes later as Mautz’s completed her brace, getting on the end of a cross from Sofia Huerta and converting from center of the box in the 67th minute. Huerta nearly leveled the match for a third time with a powerful long-distance strike in stoppage time that hit the crossbar.
Next up, the NWSL will take a league-wide break for the upcoming April FIFA window and Thorns FC will return to action when they play host to the Orlando Pride in their home opener at Providence Park on Sunday, April 15; kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available at www.go90.com.
Portland Thorns FC (1-1-0, 3pts) vs. Chicago Red Stars (0-1-1, 1pts)
March 31, 2018 – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Thorns FC 2 1 3
Chicago Red Stars 1 1 2
POR: Horan, 9
POR: Mautz (Huerta), 31
POR: Sinclair, 40
POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 65
CHI: Mautz (Huerta), 67
POR: Boureille (caution), 58
CHI: Colaprico (caution), 64
POR: GK Franch, D Reynolds, D Hubly, D Sonnett, D Klingenberg, M Purce (Salem, 90+2), M Horan, M Boureille, F Weber (Ball, 72), F Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Onumonu, 46)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Yu
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Horan, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Horan, Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 12 (Horan, 4); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
CHI: GK Naeher, D Comeau, D Naughton, D Johnson, D Gorden, M Stanton (Yenney, 85), M Colaprico, M Huerta, F Mautz, F Gilliland, F Green (Vasconcelos, 80)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Boyd, M Kaskie
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Huerta, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Mautz, 2); FOULS: 9 (Huerta, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Gjovalin Bori, Jeffrey Swartzel
4th Official: Ethan Buege
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 44 degrees
Portland Thorns FC have signed midfielder Sandra Yu as a National Team Replacement player, it was announced today.
Yu, 22, will serve as a national team replacement for midfielder Andressinha, who was named to the Brazil Women’s National Team roster for the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which serves as qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Yu was selected by Portland in the first round (8th overall) of the 2018 NWSL College Draft out of Notre Dame.
National Team Replacement players can be signed when a national team player is away on international duty and will not count against the team’s 20-player roster limit.
Born: Nov. 5, 1995
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
College: Notre Dame
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