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Portland Thorns FC to start regular season against Red Stars

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The NWSL unveiled the full 24-game schedule on Tuesday, with Portland Thorns FC opening their season against the Chicago Red Stars

Portland Thorns FC v Chicago Red Stars Photo by Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The National Women’s Soccer League released today the 24-game regular-season schedule, and Portland Thorns FC will start their regular season against the Chicago Red Stars in Providence Park on Sunday, May 16 at 4 p.m. (Pacific).

Portland Thorns FC will host 12 regular season matches at Providence Park and will play the other 12 matches away from home. The full broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

The Thorns will play Cascadia rival OL Reign three times during the regular season. Portland will host the Reign twice — on May 23 and Oct. 2 — and will also travel to Tacoma, WA on Aug. 29.

Portland will host expansion side Racing Louisville FC on June 5 in the clubs’ first-ever meeting. The Thorns will also make the trip to Louisville on July 3.

The Thorns will face the North Carolina Courage at Providence Park in the teams’ regular-season finale on Oct. 30.

Six teams will qualify for the NWSL Playoffs which will begin on Nov. 6. The championship will be played on Nov. 20.

The full schedule is available here.