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Thorns FC Weekly Update: September 5, 2019

September 5, 2019 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Portland Thorns FC News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Thorns FC return to the road for one of their final two matches away from Providence Park, squaring off 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.

Recent form

Portland (10-3-6, 36pts) enters Friday's match having won three consecutive matches, outscoring its opponents 8-2 during that span. Over the last three matches, four different players have scored goals for Thorns FC, including two goals each from Midge Purce and Christine Sinclair. In its last 10 games overall, Portland has posted a record of 6-2-2, outscoring its opponents 22-11.

Sharing the wealth

In total, 12 players have scored at least one goal for Thorns FC this season. Sinclair leads the team and ranks second in the NWSL with nine goals. Purce ranks tied for third in the league with eight goals after recording a brace in Portland's 3-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars on Aug. 25. Thorns FC lead the NWSL with 39 goals this season, which currently ranks as the second-most goals in a single season in club history.

Against Utah

Friday's match marks the third and final regular-season meeting between Portland and Utah. The two previous matches were both draws - a scoreless draw on June 21 at Providence Park and a 2-2 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 19. Thorns FC are unbeaten in five previous meetings against Royals FC, posting a record of 2-0-3 with a mark of 0-0-2 on the road.

Next match

Facing a quick turnaround, Thorns FC play host to the North Carolina Courage on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Providence Park. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.

International update: Brynjarsdottir, Crnogorcevic help Iceland and Switzerland record wins in 2021 EURO qualifiers

During the most recent FIFA window, six Thorns FC players were in action for their respective national teams, with the United States playing two friendly matches against Portugal and qualifying matches kicking off for the 2021 Women's European Championships.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir helped Iceland earn a pair of wins in its first qualifying matches against Hungary on Aug. 29 (4-1) and Slovakia on Sept. 2 (1-0). Brynjarsdottir started both matches and scored a goal in the 4-1 win over Hungary.

Ana Crnogorcevic and Switzerland opened qualifying with a 4-0 win against Lithuania on Sept. 3. Crnogorcevic started and scored her 54th international goal to become Switzerland's all-time leading goal scorer.

The USWNT played a pair of friendlies against Portugal on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3, recording wins in both matches. Adrianna Franch earned her second international cap, recording a shutout in a 4-0 win on Aug. 29. Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett all started the match, and Heath recorded a goal. In the second match against Portugal on Sept. 3, Sonnett and Heath both earned starts, while Horan appeared as a substitute and scored in a 3-0 victory.

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