These two sides had similar struggles during the Challenge Cup: despite creating chances, they had trouble finding the back of the net. OL Reign managed just one goal, while Portland scored two. It was a scoreless draw when the Cascadia rivals met this summer, with each side managing just four shots on goal.
The Reign and Thorns have already looked more goal dangerous in their opening Fall Series matchups. Can the Reign continue to show offensive punch against a rival that likes to out-duel opponents? We’ll have to tune in tonight to find out.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Kelcie Hedge (SEI – right knee), Julia Ashley (back), Lauren Barnes (loan), Celia Jiménez Delgado (loan), Jess Fishlock (loan), Machaela George (loan), Darian Jenkins (loan), Yuka Momiki (loan), Quinn (loan), Megan Rapinoe (opt-out)
QUESTIONABLE: Sam Hiatt (face)
OUT: Adrianna Franch (right knee), Bella Bixby (right knee), Celeste Boureille (loan)
What to Watch
- Win the duels and clear those crosses
- Limit Lindsey Horan’s chances
- Create opportunities early
5’ - A GREAT look for Bethany Balcer on some superb Shirley Cruz service, but Eckerstrom makes a great save.
40’ - After an even start, Portland strikes first on a restart. Christine Sinclair blasts this into the net.
45+3’ - Not the best time to give up a PK! Just seconds before the end of the half. Sinclair makes no mistake with her penalty. 2-0 Thorns.
57’ - What a strike from Rocky Rodriguez. 3-0 Thorns.
70’ - Bethany Balcer gets one goal back for the Reign. Great service from Shirley Cruz!
74’ - WELP. Defense falls asleep. Sinclair hattrick. 4-1 Thorns.
How to Watch
Time/Date: Wednesday, September 30 | 7 PM PT
Where: Providence Park | Portland, OR
Livestream (US/Canada): Twitch
Livestream (International): Twitch
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