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Thorns FC Weekly Update: September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Portland Thorns FC News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Thorns FC square off against the Houston Dash, in a match presented by Oregon Lottery, on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Providence Park. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.

Playoff picture

Portland (10-5-6, 36pts) enters Saturday's match sitting in third place in the NWSL standings. Thorns FC trail the Chicago Red Stars (38pts) in second place by just two points and have a five-point lead over Reign FC and Utah Royals FC, which are both tied for fourth in the standings with 31 points. Portland plays two of its last three matches at Providence Park, concluding the regular season on Oct. 12 against the Washington Spirit, while playing a road match against Reign FC on Sept. 29.

Fast starts

Thorns FC rank second in the NWSL with 39 goals this season, scoring 21 of their goals in the first half of matches. Portland is 7-0-4 when scoring first this season, including a mark of 5-0-1 in home matches. Thorns FC are also 7-0-2 overall when leading at halftime and 9-0-1 when the team has a lead at the 75th minute.

Against Houston

Thorns FC have won both of the previous meetings this season against Houston, including a 5-0 win on July 24 at Providence Park behind a brace from Hayley Raso and goals from Lindsey Horan and Christine Sinclair. Portland is 10-2-3 all-time against the Dash, posting a record of 6-1-0 in home matches. Notably, Thorns FC are unbeaten in their last nine matches (7-0-2) against the Dash. Individually, Horan has scored five goals in seven matches against the Dash, which is the most goals for Horan against a single opponent.

Next match

Up next, Thorns FC travel for the final regular-season road match of the campaign against Reign FC on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Beginning at 11 a.m. (Pacific), the match features a national television broadcast on ESPN2.

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