Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
The United States of America (USA) National Women Super League (NWSL) leader, Portland Thorns in the early hours of Sunday extended its unbeaten streak to seven-game after holding Orlando Pride to a 1-1 draw at the Exploria Stadium, Orlando.
Courtney Petersen sets up Jodie Taylor for Orlando Pride’s opening goal in the 13th minute to give the host a slim halftime lead.
In the 78th minute, Meghan Klingenberg’s pass located Simone Charley who converted the Portland Thorns equaliser.
Portland Thorns’ defender, Natalia Kuikka had a team-high of 105 touches and the team-high of 4 tackles in the match against Orlando.
“When we play like this, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
Says Portland Thorns’ Head Coach Mark Parsons on the high level of play and the success that will come.
“To me going down, it’s never ideal, but it’s not the end of the world for our team.”
Portland Thorns’ goalscorer, Meghan Klingenberg talks about the team’s effort to tie up the match to pick up a point on the road.
The Thorns return to Portland Wednesday to play host to the Women’s International Champions Cup with the Houston Dash, FC Barcelona Feminí, and Olympique Lyonnais all coming to the Rose City for a special tournament. Portland will play Houston on Aug. 18 at 8 pm PT with Barcelona playing Lyon at 5:30 pm PT.
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Portland Thorns maintain its leadership position at the top of the table with 29 points from 14 games, eight points behind North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride.
Later on Sunday, Gotham FC will welcome Racing Louisville at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, while Chicago Women take a trip to WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary to face North Carolina Courage.
Portland Thorns FC (9-3-2, 29pts) vs. Orlando Pride (5-4-6, 21pts)
August 14, 2021 – Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
ORL: Taylor (Petersen), 13
POR: Charley (Klingenberg), 78
ORL: Ali Riley (caution), 37
ORL: Marta (caution), 56
ORL: McClernon (caution), 67
POR: Everett (caution), 86
ORL: Jonsdottir (caution), 89
ORL: Krieger (caution), 90+3
POR: GK Bixby, D Kuikka, D Menges ©, D Hubly, D Klingenberg (Pogarch, 82), M Rodríguez, M Salem (Porter, 90+3), M Moultrie (Westphal, 82), F Everett F Charley, F Smith
Substitutes Not Used: GK Hogan, D Nally, D Betfort, M Strom-Okimoto, F Lussi, F Weaver
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Charley, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Charley, Smith, 2); FOULS: 12 (Everett, 5); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
ORL: GK Harris, D McClernon (Pressley, 88), D Turner, D Krieger, D Riley (Kornieck, 88), M Jonsdottir, M Viggiano (Dougherty Howard, 60), M Petersen, F Marta, F Taylor (Tymrak, 82), F Leroux
Substitutes Not Used: GK Wilson, D Washington, D Haran, M Kim, M Thomas
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Taylor, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Taylor, 3); FOULS: 14 (three players tied, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 3
Referee: Matthew Franz
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Melissa Gonzales
4th Official: Alejo Calume
Weather: Cloudy with a thunderstorm, 88 degrees
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