The Portland Thorns take on the Seattle Reign tonight for the second of three matchups between the two teams this season. Both teams are playing their third game this week, with the Reign having been at home all week; they came away with a win against Chicago on Wednesday, thanks to a pair of penalty kicks, and a draw against Kansas City the previous Saturday, playing almost the entire match with 10 women after Lauren Barnes earned a straight red in the fourth minute.
“I don’t expect a repeat of the Dagny-at-right-back experiment we saw on Wednesday, for reasons to be enumerated below. That means we’ll see AD Franch in goal, behind Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Emily Sonnett, and Celeste Boureille. Allie Long and Amandine Henry will continue as dual defensive midfielders in the 4-2-3-1. There are some options in the midfield; my money would be on Ashleigh Sykes to get the start on the left, with Lindsey Horan as the central attacking mid, Hayley Raso on the right, and Christine Sinclair as the lone striker. It’s also possible Shim could get another start, with Sykes available for some off-the-bench speed.”
Watch it on: go90 (US), NWSLsoccer.com (international)
When: Saturday, July 1st at 7:30 p.m. PT
Where: Memorial Stadium in Seattle, WA
Portland Thorns: 5-3-3, 3rd place in the NWSL, 3-0 win vs FC Kansas City
Seattle Reign: 4-2-5, 4th place in the NWSL, 2-1 win vs Chicago Red Stars