Saturday night marks the second meeting between the Portland Thorns and OL Reign in the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup, a tournament that will run through May. The road match at Providence Park kicks off at 7 PM PT and will stream on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S. and Twitch for international viewers.
The Reign remain without Megan Rapinoe due to injury and will be starting a new left back on the backline — as Lauren Barnes is suspended due to picking up two yellow cards in the tournament. Portland will be without Yasmeen Ryan, who started the last three matches in the midfield for the Thorns, and could be without left wingback Meghan Klingenberg.
Portland currently sits at the top of the West group with 7 points, although they’ve played one more game than OL Reign, who have 4 points in two matches.
What to Watch
- Set the tone early
- Compete for all 90 minutes
- Defend Portland well in transition
OUT: Lauren Barnes (suspension – card accumulation), Alyssa Malonson (knee), Megan Rapinoe (calf)
OUT: Crystal Dunn (maternity leave), Yazmeen Ryan (excused absence), Becky Sauerbrunn (right knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Meghan Klingenberg (left hip)
56’ - Great save from Phallon!
74’ - Gooooooal, Rose Lavelle. Great pass from Fishlock, and the Reign go up 1-0.
How to Watch
Date/Time: April 2, 7 PM PT
Location: Providence Park, Portland
Streaming (US/Canada): Paramount+
Streaming (International): Twitch (search NWSLOfficial)
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