Match Preview: Portland Thorns vs Washington Spirit
The Thorns hit the road to take on the Spirit in DC
So far this season the Portland Thorns have taken on the Spirit once, and they beat them 4-2 at home.
After last week's meetup against the North Carolina Courage, the Thorns have reclaimed their spot at the top of the table. Washington is currently fourth overall (only separated from the top by three points).
The Thorns travel to Washington DC where they will play at 2 p.m. PT. The match will be streamed on Paramount+.
After the last match Kelli Hubly won’t be able to play in this one due to her red card, but other than that all the Thorns are back. Hina Sugita and Crystal Dunn may not start but we very well could see them take to the pitch for the first time since the World Cup.
It will also be Portland’s second matchup against Mark Parsons since he returned to the league… and I.m sure he’ll be looking to get a little revenge against his former team.
Players to look out for:
Forward Ashley Sanchez has returned to the league after her time with the US at the World Cup, and she has scored in her last four regular-season appearances for the Spirit.
Trinity Rodman and Andi Sullivan are also back from their stint with the USWNT, as well as goalie Aubrey Kingsbury.
Aside from US players they also play host to Tori Huster and Ashley Hatch who's currently second in the running for Golden Boot (behind Portland’s very own Sophia Smith)
Smith smashed her way back into the Thorns lineup after scoring the game-winning goal a minute after being subbed on against NC Courage. Morgan Weaver has been so solid for the thorns, especially during the World Cup.
Weaver and Smith are two of the three NWSL players with at least 15 goals and eight assists in all competitions, the other being San Diego forward Alex Morgan.
Hannah Betfort tallied the equalizer against the Courage last week with a wonderful goal, and she’s really coming into herself as a player for the Thorns. Look for her to make a difference as well.
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I’m hoping the Thorns really ride the wave of their last match and win this one 3-1. If Betfort and Smith carry on scoring and Moultrie and Weaver carry on orchestrating great plays, this game should be a good one.