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What We Learned on (Fall?) Vacation: Notes from the Women’s International Break

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While the NWSL was on hold for the week, the Thorns' internationals were on duty with their national teams. Lindsey Horan, Allie Long, and (gasp) Tobin Heath all saw minutes for the US, while Amandine Henry and Nadia Nadim played for France and Denmark, respectively. While most of these matches were friendlies, there were still some Thorns-related highlights worth sharing:

Lindsey Horan scored against New Zealand

In the second of two outings against the Football Ferns, Lindsey Horan scored a great diving header, getting on the end of a long ball by Sam Mewis:

Was just a matter of time ⏰.

Lloyd scores again as USWNT beats Netherlands in friendly

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Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday.

The Dutch opened the scoring just two minutes in, surprising the Atlanta crowd. Following a deflection in the midfield,Shanice van de Sanden darted past the USWNT backline and fired a shot past Alyssa Naher, putting the USWNT behind early.

USWNT pummels Colombia in first of two friendlies

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In the first of two meetings with its South American opposition, the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Colombia, 7-0, at Rentschler Fieldon Wednesday evening.

Crystal Dunn pounced on a defensive mistake in the 27th minute, stealing the ball inside the Colombia penalty area and then slotting her shot past goalkeeper Catalina Perez.

Meghan Klingenberg

Thorns vs Red Stars: Match Thread, How to Watch

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The Thorns (8-4-4, W-L-T) face the Chicago Red Stars (8-3-5) at 5 pm PT on the road. Chicago and Portland are second and third in the table, respectively, with Chicago coming off a road draw against Orlando, and Portland off a win at home against Houston. The matchup also features the second- and third-strongest defenses in the league, with Portland at 14 goals against, and Chicago at 15.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Chicago Red Stars

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The Thorns take on the Chicago Red Stars on the road tomorrow. It's a top-of-the-table-type matchup that will bump Portland into second place if they get the win. It's also, unlike the last time these teams met, way back in April, a fixture between two squads that have legitimately proven they belong in the top four positions.

Match preview: Thorns vs Houston Dash

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The Thorns head on the road tomorrow to brutally-hot, possibly stormy Houston to take on the Dash. With a home win and two hard road losses in the rearview mirror, here's what to expect:

Starting XI

With Nadia Nadim, Amandine Henry, and the only recently-healthy Dagny Brynjarsdottir no longer with us (until the beginning of August, at the earliest, anyway), Mark Parsons has some shuffling to do.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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Portland starts back up after the international break with a rematch at home against Sky Blue this Saturday. After shutting them out on the road two weeks ago, the Thorns look to have the upper hand coming home, much like they did against Boston in the last away-home series.

More likely than not, the Thorns will start almost the same lineup as they did in New Jersey: AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Emily Sonnett, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Amandine Henry, Allie Long, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim up top—with the only change being Hayley Raso instead of Mallory Weber as the third forward.

Match Preview: Thorns v Breakers, Part 2

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For the second week in a row, the Portland Thorns face off against the Boston Breakers. Can they manage to win?

Last week, Portland faced Boston in Boston, and managed to rally a draw, even though they were behind by two goals by the 50th minute. This was mostly because Boston is a young team; they were unable to hold onto their lead.

The Rest

Portland Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 4-0

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The Thorns shut out the Washington Spirit 4-0 today, the Thorns' sixth straight home win and 12th win of the season. The win means that with a Sky Blue loss or draw tomorrow, Portland will clinch a playoff berth.

With Hayley Raso sitting out due to yellow card accumulation, Mark Parsons started Allie Long at striker.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Steel falls short, Reading thumps, Union U-18s in USSDA quarterfinals today, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference. Bethlehem ends road series with loss in Toronto. Reading thumps Evergreen FC 7-1. Union U-18s face PDA in USSDA playoffs quarterfinal. More.

The Ohai snub and making sense of the USWNT selection

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Houston Dash fans can look at the struggle of Portland FC midfielder Allie Long in making sense of the fluctuating United States roster and Kealia Ohai's absence.

Last week, US Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23-player roster for the upcoming April friendlies against Colombia.

Report: Midfielder Allie Long Signs with Portland Thorns FC

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Note: Thanks to Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback for posting this in the fanshots yesterday.

As reported by NWSLNews.com yesterday, after a year spent playing abroad with French club Paris Saint-Germain, Long jumped at the opportunity to return to the United States.

The tweet from Long's representation:

@TiSportsMktg

Thrilled to announce our @ALLIE_LONG has agreed to terms w/@ThornsFC & will be officially announced by the club shortly.

Celebration of Women's Soccer Rosters Announced

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Washington, D.C. (August 23, 2012) – Mark Washo, Managing Partner for Playbook Management International (PMI) Sports and Entertainment Company and former President and General Manager of the Washington Freedom, has announced the final rosters for the women's charity soccer game that will be played at the Maryland Soccer Plex stadium field on Saturday, August 25, 2012.