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Thorns FC Claim 2020 Verizon Community Shield with 2-1 Win over Ol Reign

October 10, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Portland Thorns FC News Release

TACOMA, Wash. - In their final match of the 2020 campaign, Portland Thorns FC defeated Cascadia-rival OL Reign 2-1 on the road at Cheney Stadium in NWSL Fall Series action on Saturday night, claiming the 2020 Verizon Community Shield. Christine Sinclair tallied a brace, her third consecutive game with a goal scored, as Thorns FC finished unbeaten in NWSL Fall Series play.

Thorns FC Win $25,000 For Mimi's Fresh Tees

With their win, Thorns FC finished unbeaten in four NWSL Fall Series matches with a 3-0-1 (10pts) record. By finishing with the most points at the end of the Fall Series, Portland's community partner, Mimi's Fresh Tees, will be presented a grant of $25,000, made possible by Verizon. Mimi's Fresh Tees is a Portland-based t-shirt company that amplifies tough social justice conversations and allows people to wear their truth. For more information on Mimi's Fresh Tees, click here.

Sinclair Run Of Form

Sinclair recorded her second multi-goal performance of the Fall Series in the win over OL Reign. In two matches against OL Reign, Sinclair tallied five goals. Notably, the Canadian international forward finished the Fall Series with six goals, scoring in three consecutive matches to conclude the campaign.

Goal-Scoring Plays

POR - Christine Sinclair (penalty kick), 43rd minute: After Simone Charley was fouled inside the box, Sinclair stepped up to the penalty spot and fired her shot into the back of the net to tally her fifth goal of the Fall Series.

OLR - Amber Brooks, 46th minute: When a clearance fell to Shirley Cruz, her volleyed shot from outside the box was redirected into the far corner of the goal.

POR - Christine Sinclair (penalty kick), 73rd minute: After Lindsey Horan was fouled inside the box, Sinclair placed her penalty kick attempt into the lower left corner of the net to register her second goal of the night.


With the win over OL Reign, Thorns FC claimed the 2020 Verizon Community Shield, their fourth trophy claimed in club history.

Thorns FC finished undefeated (3-0-1, 10pts) in four NWSL Fall Series matches.

Portland finished 2-0-1 in three matches against the OL Reign across all competitions in 2020.

In 10 matches played across all competitions in 2020, Thorns FC finished the year with a 4-2-4 record.

Christine Sinclair tallied a goal for a third consecutive match, improving her goal tally to six in four NWSL Fall Series matches.

In 10 matches played across played competitions in 2020, Sinclair led the team with six goals scored.

Sinclair is the first player to convert multiple penalties in an NWSL match (all competitions) since 2017.

Sinclair has converted each of the last nine penalties she's attempted in NWSL play (all competitions).

In three matches played across all competitions against OL Reign in 2020, Sinclair tallied 5 goals.

Thorns FC have had six different players (Simone Charley, Tyler Lussi, Angela Salem, Christine Sinclair, Rocky Rodríguez, Christen Westphal) play in every single match across all competitions in 2020.

Britt Eckerstrom tallied three saves against OL Reign and improved to 4-1-1 across all competitions in 2020.

Portland Thorns FC vs. OL Reign

2020 NWSL Fall Series

Oct. 10, 2020 - Cheney Stadium (Tacoma, Wash.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

OL Reign 0 1 1

Portland Thorns FC 1 1 2

Scoring Summary:

POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 43

OLR: Brooks (Cruz), 46

POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 73

Misconduct Summary:

OLR: Long (caution), 40

OLR: Benstiti (caution), 72

OLR: Weatherholt (caution), 90+3


POR: GK Eckerstrom, D Westphal (Hubly, 86), D Menges, D Sauerbrunn, D Klingenberg, M Rodríguez (Ogle, 90+2), M Salem, M Horan, M Sinclair ©, F Charley (Lussi, 86), F Smith (Weaver, 75)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Angerer, D Pogarch, F Everett

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Sinclair, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Sinclair, 4); FOULS: 13 (Four players tied, 2); OFFSIDES:1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3

OLR: GK Murphy, D Cox, D Brooks, D McNabb, D Hammond (M Hazlett, 83), M Cruz (Cruz, 89), M Long (White, 89), M Balcer (Pruitt, 83), M Weatherholt, M Spencer (Smith, 67), F Huerta

Substitutes Not Used: GK Nelson, F Hiatt

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Spencer, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Long, 2); FOULS: 15 (Brooks, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 8

Referee: Laura Rodriguez

Assistant Referees: Cameron Siler, Corbyn May

4th Official: Sya Magee

Attendance: N/A

Weather: Partly cloudy, 58 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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