Alex Morgan scored a goal within the first three minutes and Allie Long followed up at 34' to lead the Portland Thorns over the Chicago Red Stars, 2-0, today at Chicago's Benedictine University Sports Complex.
The victory extended the Thorns' unbeaten streak to five games, the last four of which have been wins. The Thorns now stand alone atop the NWSL with 13 points, followed by Sky Blue FC, which ended the weekend with 10 points.
Portland dominated in its offensive third, getting quality shots all afternoon, although Chicago
showed definite improvement than the last time these two teams matched up just two weeks ago (which also resulted in a 2-0 Portland win). The Red Stars most hopeful chance occurred at 22', when Julianne Sitch ripped off a high-powered shot, but Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made an excellent leaping save to shut down the threat.
Today's shutout was LeBlanc's second clean sheet of the year.
The win marked the end of a three-week stretch of road games for the Thorns, who finally come home to Jeld-Wen to take on SBFC in a battle of the league's top two teams on Thursday, May 16. That game is followed by another home match against the Washington Spirit on Sunday, May 19.