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Match Thread: Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC

The Thorns return to NWSL action after winning the WICC.

NJ/NY Gotham City FC v Portland Thorns FC Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Portland Thorns FC host NJ/NY Gotham FC tonight at Providence Park. The Thorns are coming off a 1-0 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in the Women’s International Champions Cup final on Saturday.

The Timbers and Thorns announced Tuesday that masks are now required in Providence Park. In addition, fans aged 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the match.

Gotham also played on Saturday. They lost 3-2 against OL Reign after Ifeoma Onumonu gave Gotham an early two-goal lead. The Reign completed a three-goal comeback in the second half. Megan Rapinoe assisted Kristen McNabb in the 57th minute and then scored two penalties in the 77th and 90th minute.

The NJ/NY side have had a busy week. On Aug. 23, Angel City FC announced that the club’s first coach would be Gotham’s Freya Coombe. Originally, Coombe was expected to join the L.A. side at the conclusion of the 2021 NWSL season. But interim general manager Yael Averbuch West announced Tuesday that the Gotham is in the final stages of hiring a new head coach. Coombe will coach Gotham’s matches against the Thorns and the Orlando Pride before being relieved of her duties.

The Thorns will be taking on a team in flux as they look to re-establish their five-point lead at the top of the NWSL standings.

Game Info

Location: Providence Park I Portland, OR

Time: 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Pregame Reading

I break down why Angela Salem is not just the most underrated player in the NWSL, but one of the best midfielders in the league this year and I also wrote about my takeaways from the Thorns’ WICC win.

Starting Lineups

Portland Thorns FC

NJ/NY Gotham FC

Starters: Kailen Sheridan, Jennifer Cudjoe, Estelle Johnson, Gina Lewandowski, Caprice Dydasco, Gaetane Thiney, Erica Skroski, Allie Long, Elizabeth Eddie, Carli Lloyd (c), and Ifeoma Onumonu.

Bench: DiDi Haracic, Evelyne Viens, Imani Dorsey, McCall Zerboni, Delanie Sheehan, Brianna Pinto, Lee So-Dam, Domi Richardson, and Nahomi Kawasumi.