The Portland Thorns are finally getting back some of their big guns for tonight's match against the Seattle Reign after an amazing Women's World Cup. Those reinforcements are coming just in time for the team to make a push for the playoffs, having fallen all the way to seventh place during their mid-season struggles.
With Nadine Angerer, Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath, and a host of others rejoining the squad, the Thorns could suddenly look like the contenders they were assumed to be at the start of the season. Of course, they will be coming up against against a Reign side that will have a returning hero of their own, with Portland's own Megan Rapinoe rejoining the side. The infamous Hope Solo will also rejoin the squad soon, but with a knee injury picked up during the World Cup it seems unlikely that she will be back for this one.
Match Preview: "Portland comes into the match off a 1-0 loss on the road to Sky Blue FC on July 11, after beating the New Jersey-based club 2-1 at home on July 3. Seattle also lost their last game after they were shutout 3-0 by the Washington Spirit on July 18. Though the Reign lost just three games all season in 2014, one being the NWSL championship game against FC Kansas City, they haven't shown the same dominance this time around. Seattle still currently sits in second place, just a point behind leaders Chicago Red Stars. The Reign's strength has been more offensive than defensive, having scored 24 goals, which leads the league, but have conceded 12. The return of defender Stephanie Catley and addition of Clare Polkinghorne couldn't have come at a better time."
Watch it on: FOX Sports Go
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Thorns: 3-4-4, 7th place in the NWSL
Seattle Reign: 6-3-3, 2nd place in the NWSL