Today, the Portland Thorns will travel across the country to take on the Western NY Flash. While it is not only a long flight, but a long flight to the middle of nowhere, at the very least it will be made with Amandine Henry, who looks to make her first contribution to the team. I'm crossing my fingers that the unbeaten streak can be kept alive.
The Flash are riding a three-game winning streak, most recently earning a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride. An early goal for Western New York was enough to decide the contest as the Flash briefly took possession of first place in the NWSL ahead of the Chicago, Portland match up. The Flash will also be bolstered by back-to-back clean sheets in the league, a vast improvement on their previous record of 19 home matches without a shutout.
Portland will be playing their sixth road match of their first nine games of the 2016 NWSL season. The Thorns and Flash currently sit in a stalemate when it comes to matches being played in Rochester. Both teams have registered one win and have played to two draws in their four meetings. Thorns FC currently boasts the best defensive record in the league, having conceded the fewest goals (5) and are the only club not to have let in multiple goals in a match thus far. However, Portland has a big psychological advantage having won the inaugural NWSL Championship against the Flash on their home turf.
Where to watch: Streaming on ThornsFC.com
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. PT at Shalen's Stadium in Rochester, NY
Portland Thorns: 3-5-0, 3rd place in the NWSL
Western NY Flash: 5-0-3, 2nd place in the NWSL