The Portland Thorns play the last match of the Fall Series tonight, and what a
long short trip it’s been. But with a win tonight the Thorns can crown themselves Fall Series Champions, the win putting them over the first place Houston Dash.
“This whole year has felt like a stop-start preseason, and we’re ready to go and play regular season right now,” Parsons said on Thursday. That’s an apt comparison for the most part. They’ve had to spend most of this year adjusting to a fairly new roster while dealing with injuries to notable players like Sophia Smith. This increasingly strange year has always felt like the build up to something bigger.
OUT: Kelcie Hedge (SEI – right knee), Julia Ashley (back), Lauren Barnes (loan), Michelle Betos (knee), Celia Jiménez Delgado (loan), Jess Fishlock (loan), Machaela George (loan), Darian Jenkins (loan), Yuka Momiki (loan), Quinn (loan), Megan Rapinoe (voluntary opt-out)
OUT: Adrianna Franch (knee), Bella Bixby (knee), Gabby Seiler (right thigh), Celeste Boureille (loan), Meaghan Nally (loan)
h/t Sounder At Heart