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Match Preview: Portland Thorns vs. Orlando Pride

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The Thorns will see several familiar faces when they hit the pitch Sunday afternoon.

Christine Sinclair has scored 3 goals in the last 3 matches.
Christine Sinclair has scored 3 goals in the last 3 matches.
Stacey Neve

The Portland Thorns (5-0-5, 20 points) take their 10 match unbeaten streak to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, as they take on the Orlando Pride (5-5-0, 15 points) Sunday afternoon.  The match will be streamed live on YouTube and kicks off at 2:00pm.

The Thorns and Pride met in the season opener at Providence Park, with Steph Catley giving the Pride the early lead in the 11th minutes, with Dagny Brynjarsdottir equalizing in the 24th minute and Lindsey Horan giving the Thorns the winner in the in the 82nd minute.

The Thorns come into the match riding the second-longest unbeaten run in league history at 10 matches, following their 2-0 over the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday, with goals by Christine Sinclair, her third in three matches, and Nadia Nadim netted her third of the season, deflecting Amandine Henry header off Tobin Heath's corner kick.

The Pride needed late game heroics from Jasmyne Spencer to gain all three points from the Houston Dash on Thursday evening.  Late in stoppage time, Spencer was all alone behind the Dash defense as Sarah Hagen send the ball across goal, which she easily tapping home her first of the season, ending a 370 minute goalless drought for the Pride and gave them their first win since May 20.

On the other side of the ball, the Thorns have the league's best defense, allowing only 5 goals on the season.  Anchored by the centerback tandem of Emily Menges and Emily Sonnett, the Thorns have allowed 1 goal over the past 360 matches, with goalkeepers Adrianna Franch and Michelle Betos among the league leaders in clean sheets, with 3 and 2 respectively.

Alex Morgan leads the Pride attack with 2 goals, and is second in the league in both shots (29) and shots on goal (15). Catley, Kristen Edmonds, Hagen, and Spencer have each scored a goal, while the now-departed Lianne Sanderson netted two before last weeks trade to the Flash.  Ashlyn Harris backstops the Pride's defense with a 5-4-0 record with 3 clean sheets, a 0.78 goals against average, and a league leading 38 saves made.

The Pride are undefeated at home with a perfect 4-0-0 record at Camping World Stadium, outscoring opponents 7-1, while the Thorns are 2-0-4 on the road, scoring 6 goals while allowing 3, with only 1 goal allowed over their past three road matches.

This match will be the last appearances that Canadian international Christine Sinclair, and United States internationals Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long, and Emily Sonnett will make prior to leaving for National Team training camps, which begin July 1.

Following this match, the Thorns will return home for a two match homestand, taking on Sky Blue FC on July 2 and FC Kansas City on July 9.