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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.

Portland Thorns shut out Orlando Pride 2-0 in Season Opener

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Portland beats Orlando in the season opener for the second year running

The Portland Thorns came away from the first game of the 2017 season with a 2-0 win against the Orlando Pride, on the strength of a penalty conversion by Nadia Nadim and a goal by Christine Sinclair. The match was the first to be televised under the NWSL's shiny new broadcast agreement with Lifetime, and the Thorns best-attended season opener to date, with more than 16,000 in attendance.

Portland Thorns vs. Orlando Pride: How to Watch; Match Previews; Match Chat [12:00]

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The Portland Thorns open the 2017 NWSL Season as they host the Orlando Pride. The Thorns look to remain undefeated in home (4-0-0) and season (3-0-1) openers as the face a re-tooled Pride side, who made several off-season changes, including bringing in USWNT defender Ali Krieger and Brazilian superstar Marta, though the latter will not appear in this match.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 13

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Chris and Jamie return to the microphone to examine the Portland Timbers' 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, run down the Timbers' injury situation before their matchup with Sporting Kansas City, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' season opener against the Orlando Pride.

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NWSL announces 2017 national TV schedule

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22 games, plus every playoff match, will be shown on Lifetime

The National Women's Soccer League, along with Lifetime, has announced the schedule for 2017's nationally televised games. 22 NWSL regular season matches will be shown on Lifetime at 4pm Eastern on Saturdays, as well as both semifinals and NWSL Championsip game.

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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!


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.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

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MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

Seattle Reign

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.

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.

Seattle Reign keep home undefeated streak alive in draw with Orlando

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Bev Yanez, Marta trade goals in the 1-1 draw.

After last weekend's eight-goal adventure, Memorial Stadium had a more down to earth scoreline Sunday night, as Seattle Reign FC hosted the Orlando Pride to a 1-1 draw.

Albeit it was more frustrating on Seattle's part as the bite that was in their offense last week came more in spurts this time around.

Seattle Reign v. Orlando Pride: Three Questions

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Our friends at The Mane Land break down Team Disney.

It is a battle of Northwest versus Southeast on Sunday, May 21, as Seattle Reign FC faces the Orlando Pride in the squad's last home match before a three-game road trip. Three points aren't absolutely necessary, but they sure would be nice.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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The Breakers need a win.

The Boston Breakers are in their second week away from home as they take on the Orlando Pride away on Saturday. They're coming off a loss and two ties - ties which could have been wins, but for letting the other team back in the game in the second half.

Orlando's recent results are a mixed bag too, with a loss, tie, and a win, although that win was an exultant 3-1 handling of the previously invincible-seeming North Carolina Courage.

Houston Dash

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.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Houston Dash

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Midweek away game. Yay.

The Boston Breakers have lost four in a row. They haven't won a game since April 29, when they took the Reign apart 3-0. They've gotten one of a possible 15 points in their last five games. They're back at the bottom of the NWSL table. And they have to turn around after their 1-0 loss on Saturday and play the Houston Dash away midweek.

Houston Dash vs Orlando Pride Final Score: Dash snap losing streak

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The Houston Dash get their first win since April.

The Dash traveled to Orlando this weekend desperate for a win and after a physical match, Houston gets to leave Florida with what will be only their third win all season bumping their stats to a 3-7-0 record.

The first half was arguably the most physical of the two with plenty of fouls from both lineups which eventually resulted in a yellow card being given to Janine Van Wyk.

Houston Dash vs Orlando Pride Preview: The Dash head to Orlando looking for three points

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Game two in back-to-back matchups for the Dash and the Pride.

If it seems like we were just talking about Houston playing Orlando it's because we were. Last weekend, the Dash lost at home to the Pride, 2-4.

Orlando was up by two goals by the 22nd minute thanks to goals from Camila and Marta.

Houston Dash vs Orlando Pride Preview: Dash host Pride for first time this season

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The Houston Dash host Marta and the Orlando Pride for the first time this season.

Saturday, the Houston Dash will host the Orlando Pride as they look to turn around their season under interim head coach Omar Morales. This is the first of two back-to-back games between the two teams. This weekend the Dash will host while Orlando will host the following game.

Houston Dash announce 2017 roster

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Dash waive Bianca Henninger, claim Sara Hagen off waivers

The Houston Dash announced their roster for the 2017 season. The roster is largely intact from 2016 as they have 14 returning players from the 2016 squad.

The Dash have added Sara Hagen, who they claimed off of the waiver wire, to the roster.

Oyster and Lavelle called up to USWNT before Russia friendlies

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Lavelle returns and Oyster gets her first callup.

Rose Lavelle and Megan Oyster have been called up to the latest USWNT camp ahead of their two friendlies against Russia.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

This is Oyster's first callup to national team.

Thorns (Finally) Release 2017 Schedule

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The long-awaited 2017 Portland Thorns schedule has arrived.

The NWSL season once again expands to the 24 match format we saw in 2014, with the Thorns playing three of their first four at Providence Park,

The Thorns will open the season on April 15 against the Orlando Pride at home, in a day-night doubleheader with the Timbers.

Washington Spirit

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.

Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Will the quick turnaround help the Spirit get rolling, or curtail their momentum?

The Washington Spirit is coming off of the biggest win of their season, but they have no time to rest on their laurels. Tonight against the Orlando Pride, Washington has a chance to start their first winning streak of 2017, but it won't come easy.

Mallory Pugh, Marta exchange goals as the Washington Spirit fight back to tie the Orlando Pride 2-2

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Pugh's 90th minute penalty kick gave the Spirit a point in front of a sellout home crowd

It wasn't the result they were looking for, but the Washington Spirit showed some real fight in coming back twice to get a 2-2 draw before a sellout crowd of 5,200 at the Maryland Soccerplex. Marta twice gave the visitors the lead, with a 10th minute penalty kick and a 56th minute shot through traffic, but Mallory Pugh responded both times with a goal of her own, including a 90th minute spot kick after Kristie Mewis drew the foul.

Washington Spirit battle their way to a 1-1 draw against the Orlando Pride

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Despite Marta making her debut, the Spirit managed to collect their first point of the NWSL season

The Washington Spirit manage to scrape a tie against the Orlando Pride, picking up the club's first point of the 2017 season. Despite the Pride looking like the better team in the second half, the Spirit went up 1-0 thanks to Line Sigvardsen Jensen's header.

The Rest

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Marta scores brace as Dash drop sixth straight

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Marta scored two goals and added two assists to lead Orlando to a 4-2 victory.

Despite Carli Lloyd's return to Houston's starting eleven, the Dash were unable to secure their first win since April in a 4-1 loss to the Orlando Pride at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Led by Orlando's Brazilian internationals Marta and Camilla, the Pride were clinical in their finishing as the club found the back of the net on four of their six attempts on goal.

Major Link Soccer: Canadian Championship semifinals begin

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Toronto FC will look to defend their crown and win their sixth championship


Seattle Reign FC's 1-1 tie over the weekend against the Orlando Pride saw them drop from number one in the NWSL Power Rankings in the Latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Once again, Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer is up for NWSL Save of the Week.

Lionel Messi maintains God status in El Clasico, D.C. United/Spirit/Kickers recaps & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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A tremendous rivalry game and a bunch of local soccer for your reading.

What a trippy little game that was. Soccer, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. The Bent Musket has things from the Land of Heaps.