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Thorns FC: Toil and Trouble

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What happened?

The forwards didn't score.

The defense derped.

After five tries, the Orlando Pride finally beat the Portland Thorns.

Why?

A combination of problems, as individuals, and as a team. Injuries and late arrivals have put the squad on the back foot, and Coach Parson's first XI is still not in place.

Portland Thorns vs Orlando Pride: Preview, How to Watch, Match Thread [12:30]

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The Portland Thorns are back at home to take on the Orlando Pride for the second time this season. The Thorns will be looking to bounce back from a poor midweek draw against the Dash, when their best starting lineup to date produced their worst performance to date. AD Franch is still out following surgery for a meniscus injury, while Meghan Klingenberg is unavailable for personal reasons.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 11

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' win over Minnesota United, weigh the future of the Timbers' 4-3-2-1, and recap the Portland Thorns 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride.

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Portland Thorns Defeat Orlando Pride 2-1

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On a rainy home opener, the Portland Thorns came out on top over the Orlando Pride in a fast-paced and physical soccer game.

Tobin Heath made her return to the Thorns bench but did not see minutes. Angela Salem, who was expected to be unavailable, was recalled to the team from college in order to fill out the bench, which was still not full.

Portland Thorns vs. Orlando Pride: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [3:00]

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The 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns have their long-awaited homecoming this afternoon and will take on Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride in their home opener for the third year running.

Portland is 1-1-0 in fourth place going into this match, while the Pride are in eighth with a win and a draw.

Portland Thorns vs Orlando Pride: Coverage Hub

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Following an international break, the Portland Thorns are finally back in town for their home opener, on the heels of a 3-2 win against the Chicago Red Stars two weeks ago. Portland's roster is still depleted, missing not just Hayley Raso and Andressinha, who are both still away on international duty, but Tobin Heath and Emily Menges, who have yet to work their way off the injury report.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 10

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Jamie and Chris return to re-hash the Portland Timbers' meltdown in Orlando, discuss whether referees in North American soccer need to be more transparent in their accountability measures, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' home opener against the Orlando Pride.

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2018 Portland Thorns Schedule Released

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Thorns to finish the regular season away at Seattle

The NWSL schedule has officially been announced. After two away games, the Portland Thorns open the season at home against the Orlando Pride on Sunday, April 15.

The Thorns start the season on the road at North Carolina in the first Lifetime Game of the Week on March 24 at 12:30 PM PST.

Portland Thorns vs Orlando Pride semifinal: Match Thread

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Hold onto your hats. The Girls in Red host the Orlando Pride today at 12:30, the first of two NWSL semifinals to decide who heads to Orlando next week for the championship match. This is a matchup between the league's strongest defense, anchored by Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Katherine Reynolds, and its best offense, led by Alex Morgan and Marta.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 33

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Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, weigh Diego Valeri's MLS record-setting run of goals in eight consecutive games, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' visit to the Orlando Pride.

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Laura Harvey: The Architect

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She's why Seattle Reign is ready to beat the Portland Thorns.

After a disappointing 2016 season that saw one of the most talented squads fall short of the playoffs, this year's Seattle Reign FC team is pushing to reclaim their spot in the championship match. Despite losing four key starters in the offseason, Laura Harvey's squad is still in the hunt for the postseason.

Emily Menges

Hammered Rivets: Busy Sad Week

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After the Thorns match we take a brief look at happenings off the pitch.

There were two matches this week, and two unsatisfactory results.

The Thorns traveled to Houston for Wednesday's 1-1 draw. Back home, the official viewing party was hosted at The Station Public House on Alberta Street.

Thorns draw 0-0 with Orlando Pride

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The heavily-anticipated matchup turns out to be a chippy slog

The Thorns played the Orlando Pride to a 0-0 draw in a sluggish, chippy match in Orlando. It was a hotly-anticipated match, as Orlando needed a win today to clinch a playoff berth, and Portland needed a win to keep North Carolina from being able to clinch the Supporters Shield tomorrow.

Seattle Reign FC

Valkyratings: Rumi Utsugi is a ball magnet

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Seattle Reign FC's long road trip continued on Saturday with a visit to the Orlando Pride, with the teams splitting the points in a 1-1 draw.

Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski continued to rotate his squad, making four changes from the lineup that started last week in North Carolina. Seattle was also bolstered thanks to the return of their Japan and Australia international players.

Coffee & Valkyries, Episode 3: We’re Back

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Two matches in four days, a house remodel, and a boat ride later...

If it felt like a long time between the second and third episode of "Coffee & Valkyries," well... that's because it was. The two road matches in four days for the Seattle Reign FC had us hold off recording until Friday afternoon, and by the time you're likely to be listening to this, it will be Reign FC matchday and literally hours before they take on the Orlando Pride.

Seattle Reign FC acquire Steph Catley, Jasmyne Spencer from Orlando Pride

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Five-player deal sends Haley Kopmeyer, Carson Pickett and Christine Nairn to Orlando.

When Vlatko Andonovski was announced as the new head coach of Seattle Reign FC, fans wondered how much roster turnover there would be in the new era of Reign FC soccer. As we draw closer to training camps, Seattle is not done making moves — and their latest is another major one.

Seattle Reign FC v Orlando Pride: player ratings

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Some patented late-game Fishlock magic salvaged a point.

For the second week in a row, Seattle Reign FC faced an opponent dealing with the impacts of a hurricane. In this case rather than changing the match location, it was decided that they would face the Orlando Pride two days early, since fortuitously they had traveled directly to Orlando after their match against Houston in Dallas.

NWSL

Houston Dash fall to Orlando Pride, Ohai returns to action

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Campbell stands tall against the Pride attack

Jane Campbell was nearly perfect but her strong performance wasn't enough as the Houston Dash were unable to score for a third-straight match.

Chioma Ubogagu scored the lone goal to lead the Orlando Pride to a 1-0 victory over the Dash at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday night.

Sydney Leroux traded to Orlando Pride

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Sydney Leroux will be reunited in the same town as husband and Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer for the 2018 season.

Leroux was traded to the Orlando Pride by the Utah Royals in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft on Friday.

The 27-year-old forward, who played for FC Kansas City the last two seasons, joins an attack in Orlando that includes Brazilian star Marta and U.

Thorns FC: The Art of Forechecking

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Saturday's scoreless draw in Orlando was perhaps not the best of matches or results, for Thorns FC. The match was described in the Equalizer as leaving "...both sides less than satisfied" and by our own Katelyn Best as "...a chippy slog".

The result leaves the NWSL table in flux (Sky Blue's draw against Carolina also keeps the NWSL Shield in play) and was a disappointment for those of us hoping to see a return of the prolific Portland attack of midsummer.

Defense Abandons Breakers in Latest Loss

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It was another game, and another set back for the sinking Breakers, who dropped a 4-2 loss to the Orlando Pride on Saturday at Orlando City Soccer Stadium in Orlando.

Despite getting goals from Rosie White and Julie King in the 49th and 88th minutes, respectively, the Breakers were overwhelmed by the Pride's potent attack.

Washington Spirit

Tobin Heath Will Play on Friday against the Washington Spirit

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Tobin Heath will make her 2017 season debut on Friday against the Washington Spirit, according to manager Mark Parsons. Speaking in training on Tuesday, Parsons said "the minimum she gets is on the field, and I think she's going to get a good run out", but noted it was unlikely she would play a full game for a few weeks.

Recap: Spirit get late goals to down Orlando in home opener

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Mallory Pugh and Ashley Hatch struck late to give the Spirit their first win of 2018

After 80 minutes of scoreless soccer against the Orlando Pride, the Washington Spirit scored two goals in the late stages to beat the Pride in front of a near-capacity home crowd of 4,989 fans. Mallory Pugh scored the opening goal in the 80th minute, pushing the ball between Ashlyn Harris' legs to give the Spirit their first lead of the season.

Washington Spirit trade Shelina Zadorsky to Orlando Pride for Aubrey Bledsoe, 2019 first round pick

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The moves keep coming for the Spirit, who have sent their captain to Florida for the second straight year

Canadian international and starting center back Shelina Zadorsky will start the 2018 NWSL season in Orlando after a trade that sends her to the Orlando Pride in exchange for goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and the Pride's natural first round draft pick for 2019.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Washington Spirit

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Who can stay off the bottom of the table?

The Boston Breakers will play the Washington Spirit away tomorrow. These are two teams who have, frustratingly, missed some crucial pieces at times this season, but who are both capable of turning in scintillating performances. The problem is consistency.

Alex Morgan and Marta both score as the Orlando Pride trounce the Washington Spirit

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The Spirit saw a four-game road trek end with a resounding defeat

The inconsistency that has dogged the Washington Spirit all season came back again tonight, as they followed Friday's 4-1 road win with a 3-0 road loss to the Orlando Pride. Marta, Camila, and Alex Morgan scored three goals in a twelve minute span during the second half, as Washington saw an even game slowly drift out of their grasp from the 40th minute onward.

D.C. United

D.C. United (always?) loses, Zlatan always wins & more: Freedom Kicks for 4/2/18

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If you thought this wouldn't get mentioned, you're crazy.

Hi. So remember that NCAA Final Four bracket of shame thing that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago but Adam mentioned on Filibuster last week? Here's an update:

Hey, Nova is up 18, and this avi (from 2008!

D.C. United trades Williamson, Washington Spirit trades Zadorsky, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 24, 2018

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Washington teams with all the trades yesterday.

Happy Wednesday folks. It's already been a week and it's only Wednesday. Lots to do, so let's get right to it:

D.C. United trades Eryk Williamson's homegrown rights to the Portland Timbers | Black & Red United

D.C. United trades the rights to United States U-20 international (and Maryland Terrapins standout) Eryk Williamson to the Portland Timbers.

Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash vs Utah Royals: The Royals come to Houston for Friday night soccer

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Both teams will be looking to walk away with their first win of the season.

Friday night the Houston Dash host the Utah Royals at BBVA Compass. It will be a match up of an old team made up of new players and a new team made up of old players.

Cheetahs.

Last Week

The Dash kicked off the season last Sunday against the Chicago Red Stars with a 1-1 draw.

Storylines: Orlando Pride at Portland Thorns

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Three games to go.

This Saturday the Orlando Pride come to Portland for the first of two semifinal matches kicking off that weekend.

The Thorns (14-5-5) earned their home semifinal several weeks ago and enter it coming off a 3-1 home win over the Chicago Red Stars. That match saw Chicago head coach Rory Dames rest most of his starting lineup.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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We chat with Hot Time in Old Town about a team that's caused Seattle problems on the road.

On Wednesday evening, Seattle Reign FC kicks off a two-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Red Stars. The game begins at 5 p.m. PT and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website. Every point is critical for Seattle for the rest of the season.

boston breakers

Amanda Da Costa calls time on her career

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"It just felt right."

It was the last minute of stoppage as the Boston Breakers played the Orlando Pride at home. Orlando had already gone up two and Boston was just looking to salvage a little bit of dignity in the 93'. Adriana Leon took a big tackle in the box and the ref pointed to the spot.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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Everybody hurts sometimes.

It's a quick turnaround for the Boston Breakers this week as they just played a midweek game against the Houston Dash (a very disappointing 3-1 loss) and will now have to set themselves to play the Orlando Pride.

The Breakers are in a trough right now. Playing the Dash was probably their best chance to pick up points as they were without key midfielders Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, but their own injuries took too severe a toll and they made several critical mistakes without being able to put the ball on frame themselves.

Amanda Da Costa to retire after Orlando game

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Another bittersweet farewell.

It's a midseason for NWSL retirements, apparently. Boston Breakers midfielder Amanda Da Costa has announced she will retire following Boston's August 19 home game against the Orlando Pride. Da Costa will be attending grad school to pursue a masters in school psychology, and will be involved with coaching at her company, Advantage Training.

The Rest

The Thorns Prediction Game: Reading the PTFC Leaves – Matchday 9

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Another home game, another warm day, another sad result. The Thorns lost 2-1 to the Orlando Pride. Nobody predicted a loss (because who would do that?) but there were still points earned. Timber Dave remains in the lead, mrdnfc holds the middle-of-the-pack position.

Honors go to WallofEmilys with four of a possible 20 points for calling two of the goals, one of them with the correct assist.

Hammered Rivets: Home Opener Edition

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After the Thorns match we take a brief look at happenings off the pitch.

The Thorns once again beat the Orlando Pride 2-1 in our home opener. The day started off auspiciously while the Riveters were setting up for the match. Capo Alex, whom you met here, knelt on the capo stage and proposed to K, unofficial Australian ambassador to Portland.

Around The Forest: Five questions with Thorns’ Ashleigh Sykes

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Klopp to Bayern, young guns in LA, Jack Harrison's call-up a big deal and more!

Portland:

Five Questions | Thorns FC's Ashleigh Sykes on support in Providence Park, twin sister and more | Portland Timbers
On the eve of Saturday's 2017 NWSL Playoff Semifinal against the Orlando Pride, presented by Tillamook Yogurt (12:20pm, Lifetime, TICKETS), we sit down with Thorns FC forward Ashleigh Sykes to learn about home support at Providence Park, her twin sister and more.

Seattle Reign match in Orlando moved to Thursday

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The game was rescheduled as Hurricane Irma is set to make landfall in Florida this weekend.

Seattle Reign FC's road match against the Orlando Pride has been moved due to Hurricane Irma, which is predicted to hit Florida over the weekend. Originally slated to kick off on Saturday, September 9, the game will now take place Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.

Breakers Suffer Another Setback

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The Breakers ongoing struggles have clearly left head coach Matt Beard completely flummoxed.

After his squad suffered its latest setback a 2-1 home loss to the Orlando Pride the gaffer was at a loss for an explanation behind Saturday's setback at Jordan Field.

Boston drops 2-1 to Orlando Pride

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It started off rough, but Boston at least looked better than they did against Houston.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Megan Oyster, Julie King, Allysha Chapman, Midge Purce, Angela Salem, Morgan Andrews, Rosie White, Amanda Frisbie, Katie Stengel, Ifeoma Onumonu

Boston started off against Orlando with five in the back, reflecting their clear awareness that the Pride presented a much bigger attacking threat than Houston, who they played earlier in the week.