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Match Thread: Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

The NWSL regular season is finally here! Come join us to talk about the Thorns’ opening match.

SOCCER: APR 21 NWSL Challenge Cup - OL Reign at Portland Thorns FC

Today marks the beginning of the 2021 regular season for both Portland Thorns FC and Chicago Red Stars. The Thorns already have some hardware with their victory in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, but this marks the beginning of a new journey for the 2021 Thorns — one that hopefully ends with even more hardware!

There were a lot of really good things one could take away from Portland’s Challenge Cup dominance (Grant Little did an excellent job breaking all that down for you here), but the most important thing is that the Thorns look every bit as good as we could’ve hoped for. We’ve already seen how versatile new additions like Crystal Dunn make this squad, and we’ve also seen other players step up in key moments, such as Morgan Weaver. If the Challenge Cup is any indication, this could be a really fun regular season.

Game Info

Location: Providence Park | Portland, OR

Kick-Off: 4 p.m. PST


Pregame Reading

One more quick plug for Grant Little’s takeaways from the Challenge Cup and also some of the best highlights from that victory.

Starting Lineups

Portland Thorns FC:

Chicago Red Stars: