The Portland Thorns are at home for today’s match against the Seattle Reign, welcoming their local rivals to town and aiming to take three points and keep pace with the North Carolina Courage at the top of the league. With injuries still gutting the side, the Thorns depth will need to step up, particularly in the attack where the side has struggled early in the season.
“The Thorns have three goals in three games, two of them penalty kicks. Needless to say, going forward, they can't expect to draw a penalty every other game. North Carolina and Chicago both figured out that pressing the Thorns in the central midfield is the key to shutting them down. Absent Tobin Heath's playmaking ability, Portland's left wing has been a dead zone. They do need more out of Nadim—although, to be fair, she still isn't completely fit.”
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Watch it on: go90.com (US); NWSL.com (international)
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns: 2-1-0, 3rd in the league, won 1-0 vs. Chicago Red Stars
Seattle Reign: 1-1-1, 5th in the league, lost 3-0 vs. Boston Breakers