Thorns FC Weekly Update: September 10, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore. - With just four matches remaining on their regular-season schedule, Portland Thorns FC play host to the North Carolina Courage, in a match presented by Alaska Airlines, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Providence Park. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.
Portland (10-4-6, 36pts) enters Wednesday's match unbeaten in its last six home matches (5-0-1), recording multiple goals in five of those six matches. During that span, six different players have scored goals for Thorns FC, including five goals from Christine Sinclair. Since 2016, Portland has recorded a league-best 30 wins at home, while also scoring 93 goals. The team's 93 goals are 17 more than the next-highest team in its home venue (Chicago Red Stars, 76). This season, Portland's 21 goals at Providence Park rank as the most goals by any team in the league at home.
Sinclair, Tobin Heath and Emily Menges are all close to recording significant NWSL milestones. Sinclair currently has 49 career goals. With her next goal, she will become just the second player in league history to record 50 goals for her NWSL career. Heath has recorded 24 career assists and needs just one more assist to register 25 career assists, which would make her the league's all-time career leader in that category. Menges is on pace to reach 10,000 career minutes played in Wednesday's match with 26 minutes played. She would become the fifth player to play 10,000 career minutes all with the same team (Lauren Barnes, Tori Huster, Jessica Fishlock, Sinclair).
Against North Carolina
Wednesday's match marks the third and final regular-season meeting of 2019 between Portland and North Carolina. With a win or a draw, Thorns FC will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for playoff position with the Courage. Portland is 1-0-1 against North Carolina this season, earning a 2-1 win in the last match between the two clubs on Aug. 11 at Providence Park. The Courage took an early lead in the match, but Thorns FC rallied by creating two own goals in the second half to secure the win.
Up next, Thorns FC return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Houston Dash at Providence Park. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.
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