The Thorns and FC Kansas City meet for the second time this season. The Blues come in on a 5-match winning streak and 7-match unbeaten run, dating to mid-May, while the Thorns suffered yet another embarrassing loss at Providence Park. Lauren Holiday (5 goals), Amy Rodriguez (9 goals), and Erika Tymrak (3 goals) lead the Blues in scoring. The Thorns and Blues met once this season, in the Thorns home opener, a 3-1 Thorns victory that saw Jessica McDonald scored a late brace to give the Thorns the victory.
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Match Preview: The Thorns need to move quickly past that disappointment and look to their next opponent, a second place FC Kansas City side that seems to have shaken off much of their early season struggles and returned to their place as one of the top sides in the league, with reigning Golden Boot winner Holiday (5 goals) and the NWSL's 2nd leading goal scorer Rodriguez (9 goals) leading a KC attack that is sure to keep the Thorns' defense busy all night.
Playing their third match in a week, with national teamers Allie Long, Alex Morgan, and Christine Sinclair on their fourth match in about 10 days, head coach Paul Riley will likely look to rotate the squad once again, possibly bringing back the irregular 4-4-2 that saw them get 6 goals on Saturday, with Amber Brooks and Stephanie Catley moving back into the starting lineup to give them more defensive cover and putting Sarah Huffman back on the right, to help them generate a strong attack on that side of the pitch, where they struggled significantly with Emily Menges adapting to a more attacking-minded defensive position.
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Kick off: 5:00 pm at Durwood Stadium
Portland Thorns: 6-4-2, T-3rd place in the NWSL
FC Kansas City: 8-4-3, 2nd place in the NWSL