The Portland Thorns come off their bye week down some national team players and find themselves up against a Washington Spirit side that are similarly depleted. With the exception of allowing the on-fire Christine Press to notch two early goals against them in their recent 2-2 draw against FC Kansas City, the Thorns defense has stood strong so far this season, which is a good thing as they will be facing a rampant attack from Washington that has scored the second most goals in the NWSL so far.
Hopefully the time away has given the squad a bit of a rest and a chance to remind themselves of all they did brilliantly in the opening home games to put their draw with Chicago behind them and grab a third-straight win at Providence Park against Washington.
Kelsey Wys will most likely be in goal for the Spirit and she'll be put to the test immediately. Christine Nairn is the playmaker and lynchpin for Washington, while Dunn has been crucial to the Spirit's attack. Of the team's seven goals, six have come from Nairn and Dunn, each with three.
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Kickoff: 7:00 pm pacific time at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Thorns: 2-0-1, 2nd place in the NWSL
Washington Spirit: 2-2-0, 5th place in the NWSL