Portland Thorns FC take on FC Kansas City at Providence Park for their home opener on Saturday.
The Thorns currently sit second in the league standings coming off a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC, two points back of Seattle Reign FC.
Midfielder Allie Long has had a great start to the season scoring in both starts for the Thorns, leading the team while last year’s leading scorer Alex Morgan is out with an ankle injury.
Kansas City is looking to rebound after a 3-1 loss to the Washington Spirit last Saturday after giving up a brace to Diana Matheson and a free kick goal to Christine Nairn. FCKC striker Amy Rodriguez has been a bright spot during Vlatko Andonovski’s club’s slow start to the season, scoring a goal in each of the first two games.
After an impressive 2013 season, Kansas City hasn’t registered a victory so far this year and sit second to last in the NWSL. On a positive note reigning NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday scored four goals in five appearances against the Thorns last season.
FC Kansas City return home to Verizon Wireless Field on Wednesday against the Chicago Red Stars. Portland face the Western New York Flash next week in a rematch of the 2013 NWSL Championship Final.
Alex Morgan and Rachel Van Hollebeke are both out for the Thorns with left ankle injuries. Amy LePeilbet is out for FCKC with left knee soreness while Nicole Barnhart is probable with right knee inflammation as well as Nikki Phillips who has a mild concussion.