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Game Thread: Portland Thorns FC vs Kansas City NWSL (7:30 p.m. PT)

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THE THORNS ARE BACK LET’S GOOOOOOO!

Portland Thorns FC v Utah Royals FC Photo by Bryan Byerly/ISI Photos/Getty Images

We’re finally back. Portland Thorns FC is playing real, competitive soccer again. And it’s exciting for plenty of reasons. First, it’s one of the first two games of the NWSL Challenge Cup, happening right after the Houston Dash play the Chicago Red Stars. Second, they’re playing Kansas City NWSL, who have been newly rebranded after being formerly known as the Utah Royals. And last but not least, the Thorns will get to play in front of real fans!

Sure, it’s only 25% capacity, but that’s a heck of a lot more than when Providence Park was essentially a ghost town. The important thing is that the Thorns are back in action. Whatever happens, we’re set to have a fun night (although a win from the Thorns would make it just a bit more fun). Let’s get it going.

Game Info:

Location: Providence Park | Portland, OR

Kick-off time: 7:30 p.m. PT | 10:30 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: Paramount+

Pregame Reading:

Grant Little tells you everything you need to know before today’s match.

Portland Thorns FC Starting Lineup:

KC NWSL Starting Lineup: