Portland (6-5-5) takes on the Houston Dash (5-6-5) tonight at Providence Park in another late-night matchup. The Thorns will be looking to build on their strong performance last week against the Utah Royals, while the Dash are at a make-or-break moment in their season and will be looking to steal a point or three on the road.
“The selection questions at the club are starting to be about which players to drop rather than which players to fit in to which positions. Katherine Reynolds had played nearly every minute of the season up until she took an excused absence in the previous game, and this may be the first time she sits when available. With both Emilies back, Reynolds isn’t first choice at centerback, and she got torched by Kelia Ohai in their previous meeting away at Houston when playing at fullback. Ellie Carpenter has gotten some tough marking assignments recently and handled them pretty well. It would be a surprise if she were dropped now. For the attack, Hayley Raso and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic have been trading spots back and forth from the striker position to the right wing, and will probably continue to swap spots on the field.”
Watch it on: go90 (US), NWSLsoccer.com (international)
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Sunday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns: 6-5-5, 5th place in the NWSL, beat Utah Royals 4-0
Houston Dash: 5-6-5, 7th place in the NWSL, beat Orlando Pride 3-1