Coming off a 4-1 home rout over the Boston Breakers, the Portland Thorns will next host the Western New York Flash on Saturday.
Portland’s thriller over Boston saw two goals from Allie Long, a goal and two assists from Meleana
Shim, a goal from Sinead Farrelly and an assist from Kendall Johnson. The Thorns dominated in the midfield on the evening and were able to keep Boston from creating much in the attack.
Boston’s lone goal came from rookie Stephanie McCaffrey, who was initially drafted by the Chicago Red Stars as the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft before she was traded to the Breakers. Her goal was a bright spot for a Boston club that struggled to look dangerous for much of the match.
The Western New York Flash were handed an even bigger loss last weekend on the road at the hands of the Seattle Reign.
Flash goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo had a busy night, facing 16 shots (12 on goal) but allowed five goals–including a hat trick from Megan Rapinoe. The Flash struggled to make much happen, with midfielder and second-half substitute Jordan Angeli scoring the team’s lone goal of the evening. The club will be looking to bounce back against a Thorns side that cruised comfortably past Boston, despite missing Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan not connecting on any of her shots.
The Flash’s roster still looks to be gelling and will be thrust into what is sure to be a loud Providence Park. For midfielder Becky Edwards, it will be familiar territory as Edwards played for the Thorns in 2013. McCall Zerboni and Kat Williamson will also be facing their former club as both were members of the Flash last season.
The Thorns recently announced on Twitter that 22-year-old defender Alyssa Kleiner has been added to the team’s 20-player roster (as an amateur player) for this weekend’s game against the Flash. The Thorns will also have a larger pool of players to select from for this match, with Jodie Taylor, Nadine Angerer and Christine Sinclair (to name a few) back in Portland.
The NWSL Injury Report lists Rachel Van Hollebeke (left hamstring strain) as doubtful while Alex Morgan (left knee contusion) is questionable for the match. The Flash will only be without India Trotter, who suffered a right ACL tear during preseason.
The two teams will battle it out tonight at Providence Park in Portland at 7 p.m. ET.