The Thorns (7-5-5) are in New Jersey to face bottom-of-the-table Sky Blue FC (0-12-3) in a week where the league is without its US internationals in preparation for the Tournament of Nations. With a win, Portland would jump Chicago and Orlando to slide into third place, and with the playoff race coming down to the wire, these are three points the Thorns can’t really afford to drop. Although the Thorns will be missing key players in Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, Emily Sonnett, and AD Franch, they will also have Andressinha back from injury, and Caitlin Foord is expected to get her first minutes of the season.
How to watch: go90 (USA), NWSLsoccer.com (international)
Where: Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ
When: Saturday, July 21st at 4 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns: 7-5-5, fifth in the NWSL, won 3-1 vs Houston Dash
Sky Blue FC: 0-12-3, 9th in the NWSL, lost 0-4 vs North Carolina Courage