Get to Know: Portland Thorns FC

CHICAGO — The Chicago Red Stars look to get back in the win column on Sunday, June 2 against Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming opponent:

Opponent Form:

Midge Purce’s goal in the 69th minute was the difference maker for the Thorns in the 1-0 win against Sky Blue FC on Saturday. With the win, Portland is in third place with 11 points. In their first six games of the season, Portland has a record of 3-1-2. Eight different players have scored at least one goal for Portland this season.

New faces:

Due to players being away on national team duty, new faces have emerged for the Thorns. Goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom is coming off a clean sheet, taking over starting goalkeeper duties for the Thorns. Portland’s last game featured four players making their first start of the season and four additional players who made their 2019 season debut, including rookies Marissa Everett and Madison Pogarch.

We meet again:

The Red Stars and Thorns will play each other for the second time this season, a rematch of a wild 4-4 draw back in April. In a game featuring three lead changes, Yuki Nagasato’s stoppage-time equalizer earned Chicago a point. The last three meetings between both teams have ended in a tie.  

Fun fact to know:

Portland and Chicago have scored 13 goals each, tied for the most in the NWSL this season.

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