Thorns FC Weekly Update: August 22, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore. - Concluding a three-game homestand, Portland Thorns FC square off against the Chicago Red Stars, in a match presented by Hilton, on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Providence Park. Beginning at 12 noon (Pacific), the match features a national television broadcast on ESPNEWS.
Portland (8-3-6, 30pts) extended its home unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 3-1 win against the Washington Spirit on Aug. 17. Hayley Raso, Emily Sonnett and Christine Sinclair all tallied goals in the match. For Sinclair, it was her team-leading eighth goal of the season, while Raso added her fourth goal of the campaign and Sonnett scored her second goal of 2019. Thorns FC currently lead the NWSL with 36 goals this season. Individually, Sonnett became the seventh player to score multiple goals in 2019 for Portland in the team's win over the Spirit.
Sinclair currently ranks tied for second in the NWSL with eight goals this season. In seven seasons with Thorns FC, Sinclair has scored eight or more goals four times (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019). In her NWSL career, Sinclair has tallied 48 goals, which ranks as the second-most all-time in league history. With two more goals, she will become just the second player to reach 50 career goals. Notably, Sinclair has scored 13 goals in 17 career matches against the Red Stars, including three multi-goal games.
Portland is unbeaten in its last 16 games (7-0-9) against Chicago. Thorns FC are 9-1-9 all-time against the Red Stars, including a mark of 5-1-3 at Providence Park. Portland scored seven goals in the previous two meetings against Chicago this season, including a 3-0 home win on June 2 with two goals from Midge Purce and two assists by Simone Charley.
Following a FIFA international break, Thorns FC return to the road for a match against Utah Royals FC on Friday, Sept. 6, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.
Madison Pogarch named to U.S. U-23 Women's National Team roster for Nordic Tournament
Thorns FC defender Madison Pogarch has been named to the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team roster for the 2019 Nordic Tournament spanning Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Loughborough, England.
Pogarch, 22, signed with Thorns FC ahead of the 2019 season, after completing her college career at Rutgers University. In her first season with Portland, Pogarch has appeared in three matches, earning one start. Pogarch made her professional debut on May 25 against Sky Blue FC and earned her first professional start on June 15 against the North Carolina Courage.
The U.S. U-23s will face Norway on Aug. 28 and England on Aug. 30, before finishing the tournament with a match against Sweden on Sept. 2.
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Single-game tickets and annual memberships on sale for 2019 season
Single-game tickets for Thorns FC's remaining home matches for the 2019 season at Providence Park are available now.
Fans can purchase tickets for the team's regular-season home matches by calling (888) 983-1783 or online here. Additionally, fans can purchase tickets at the Providence Park box office, which is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Pacific), Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific) and will be closed on Sunday-Tuesday, unless it is a matchday at Providence Park.
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Fans interested in purchasing Thorns FC Annual Memberships are encouraged to call the ticket office at (503) 553-5555 or email [email protected]
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