The Portland Thorns and National Women's Soccer League announced a 1 year television deal that includes three Thorns matches: July 20 vs. Boston, August 3 vs Houston, and August 17 vs. Seattle, in addition to all three playoff matches.
The July 20 and August 3 matches will be broadcast on ESPN2, while the August 17 match will be streamed online at ESPN3.com carried live on Comcast SportsNet NW.
Kick off for the August 3 match has also been moved to 7:00pm PDT.
Thorns Press Release below:
ESPN NETWORKS TO BROADCAST THREE THORNS FC MATCHES IN 2014
Home match against Houston Dash on August 3 moved to 7 p.m. (Pacific)PORTLAND, Ore. – The National Women’s Soccer League and ESPN announced today a one-year agreement to broadcast nine NWSL matches this season, including three Portland Thorns FC home games at Providence Park. In addition to airing six regular-season matches beginning July 20 as Portland plays host to the Boston Breakers, ESPN2 will broadcast all three NWSL playoff contests, including the semifinals on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, as well as the championship game on Aug. 31.Thorns FC’s home match on Sunday, Aug. 3, against NWSL expansion side Houston Dash, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (Pacific).Kicking off ESPN’s slate of regular-season matches, Thorns FC play host to the Boston Breakers on Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m. (Pacific) at Providence Park. The match will be carried live on ESPN2. Closing out the network’s regular-season broadcast schedule, Portland plays host to Pacific Northwest-rival Seattle Reign FC in the regular-season home finale at Providence Park on Sunday, Aug. 17, on ESPN3; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).
Additionally, Portland’s match on Aug. 17 against Seattle Reign FC will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high-speed internet service providers.
2014 NWSL National Television Schedule Date Home Team Away Team Time (PT) TV Sun., July 20, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Boston Breakers 2 p.m. ESPN2 Wed., July 30, 2014 Houston Dash Seattle Reign FC 6 p.m. ESPN3 Sun., Aug. 3, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Houston Dash 7 p.m. ESPN2 Sat., Aug. 9, 2014 Houston Dash Sky Blue FC 6 p.m. ESPN3 Wed., Aug. 13, 2014 Western New York Flash Sky Blue FC 4 p.m. ESPN2 Sun., Aug. 17, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC 2 p.m. ESPN3 Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 Semifinal 10 a.m. ESPN2 Sun., Aug. 24, 2014 Semifinal 12/8 p.m. ESPN2 Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 Championship 12 p.m. ESPN2