The Portland Thorns play their second match of the nascent NWSL season this afternoon, hosting the Western New York Flash. The Flash are a much changed side from last year, if only for the trade of Abby Wambach to the Seattle Reign for fellow forward Sydney Leroux.
"No team had a busier off-season than the Flash. After last season's 7th place finish, the lowest finish in franchise history and first time outside a final since 2009, Aaran Lines and the Flash Front Office went for wholesale changes, including the surprising announcement that Abby Wambach would not be participating in the NWSL this season. Of the 19 players on the roster this season, only three players are returning from 2014: defenders Brittany Taylor and Kristen Edmonds, and forward Jasmyne Spencer."
Watch it on: Streaming on Timbers.com/ThornsFC or Embedded Below
Kickoff: 4:00 pm pacific at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Thorns: 1-0-0
Western New York Flash: 0-1-0