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Match Thread: Portland Thorns vs. North Carolina Courage

Thorns play the Courage in a top of the table clash in Cary, NC.

Portland Thorns FC v North Carolina Courage Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The Portland Thorns travel to Cary, North Carolina to take on the North Carolina Courage in WakeMed Soccer Park today. It will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network at 12 p.m. Pacific. This match could have huge implications on the race for the NWSL Shield. It’s the second-place Thorns versus the third-place Courage, who are hot on Portland’s heels.

The Thorns lost their first match in Cary, NC 2-0 courtesy of a Lynn Williams brace. This is the second meeting between the sides this season. Portland and North Carolina will play for the third time in both teams’ final match of the NWSL regular season in Providence Park on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Game Info

Location: WakeMed Soccer Park I Cary, NC

Time: 12 p.m. Pacific

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Pregame Reading

The Thorns have not played a match in 12 days. They have had a unique opportunity to rest, recover and refocus heading into this match and need to take care of business,

The last time the Portland Thorns traveled to Cary, NC, Yazmeen Ryan made her debut. The Thorns lost the match 2-0 but Ryan gave us a glimpse of what is to come in her Thorns career.

Starting Lineups

Portland Thorns

North Carolina Courage