The Portland Thorns traveled up I-5 to take on the Seattle Reign at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Seattle received an added boost to their confidence with the announcement that Hope Solo would be starting in between the pipes for the first time this season. Seattle came out of the gates quickly and saw quite a bit more of the possession then the first time these two teams met but neither team was able to create any dangerous chances.
As the game progressed the depth and lack of major injuries to the Portland Thorns gave them the edge over a tired Reign team. Even with the edge it took a controversia PK call for Portland to break the deadlock. On a seemingly innocuous ball into the box towards Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair the referee blew the whistle and pointed to the spot much to the consternation of Seattle.
Sinc calmly placed the ball at the spot and waited for Solo stop playing mind games by taking a long time to get set on the line. When the Referee blew the whistle she easily placed the ball to the left as Solo dove to the right.
Portland now sits atop the NWSL Standing with 19 points from 8 games.