Preview: Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC
(June 24, 2014) – Alex Morgan and Portland Thorns FC host Sky Blue FC on Wednesday looking to build on the momentum of their record-setting win in Week 11.
The forward and U.S. international had two goals and an assist to spark the Thorns to a 6-1 victory Saturday over the Washington Spirit that vaulted Portland into fourth place in the standings.
Morgan’s goals, in the 11th and 71st minutes, were her first of the season in just her second game since returning from a left ankle injury that caused her to miss the first 10 games of the season.
Forward Jessica McDonald also had two goals in the game against Washington to push her season total to eight – the third most in the league. Forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Allie Long also added a goal each while backup goalkeeper Michelle Betos made four saves in place of starting keeper Nadine Angerer, who served a one-game suspension.
The six goals scored by the Thorns is the most ever in an NWSL game and breaks the previous mark of five, which was held by three teams – including the Western New York Flash, who beat Portland 5-0 two weeks ago.
Sky Blue FC comes into Wednesday’s on the heels of a 1-1 draw at home with the Boston Beakers on Sunday.
Kelley O’Hara scored her third goal of the season and goalkeeper Jill Loyden made one save as SBFC kept the last-place Breakers from jumping over them in the standings.
Sky Blue FC are winless in their last five games. But coach Jim Gabarra will be pleased with the progress his team has made, having taken a point from the last two games with draws against the Breakers and the Chicago Red Stars to put an end to a three-game losing streak.
The match against the Thorns is the first of a two-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest for SBFC, who will face off against Seattle Reign FC on Saturday, before returning to Yurcak Field for a three-game home stand.
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