The Portland Thorns have been alternating between hot and cold so far this season and it does not get much colder than a 5-0 loss to your local rivals, the Seattle Reign. To get into the playoffs the Thorns cannot give up any more ground, so the team will need to crank up the heat again and take down the visiting Houston Dash for maximum points.
Match Preview: "It could be fortunate that the Thorns have the Dash coming to town at this point of the season. They need every point they can possibly get, and the Dash have not proven to be much of a threat offensively this season, only scoring 21 while allowing 34. If the Thorns find some more of their Providence Park magic and run up the score against the Dash, they will do well to create further separation from themselves and the Red Stars with a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season and hosting a playoff match remaining a slight possibility."
Watch it on: ESPN2
Kick off: 7:00 PM PT at Providence Park
Portland Thorns: 8-6-7, 4th place in the NWSL
Houston Dash: 5-11-3, 8th place in the NWSL