Sky Blue FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
When: Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. ET
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Where: Yurcak Field | Piscataway, New Jersey
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- The Portland Thorns earned three critical points when they beat the Houston Dash 3-1. The win is the second in a row for the Thorns and improves their record to 7-5-5. The Thorns are in fifth place and sit at 26 points, just two points behind both the Chicago Red Stars (fourth place) and Orlando Pride (third place). With Chicago on a bye week, the Thorns have an opportunity to leapfrog both teams in the standings if they clinch three points this weekend and the Pride fail to win.
- Sky Blue FC suffered a 4-0 defeat to the North Carolina Courage on Saturday night, extending their winless streak to 15 games. Sky Blue FC holds the record for the longest winless streak in NWSL history. With a 0-12-3 record, Sky Blue has surpassed the previous record of 13 games winless, held by the 2013 Washington Spirit. Sky Blue FC have yet to earn points in back-to-back matches or lead in a game this year. The New Jersey side currently has three points, seven behind eighth-place Washington Spirit.
- Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd has been called up to the U.S. women’s national team for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. For the Thorns, Adrianna Franch, Emily Sonnett, Lindsey Horan, and Tobin Heath have also been named to the U.S. roster. They will report to camp on July 20 and miss this weekend’s game.
- Ellie Carpenter and Hayley Raso have been named to Australia’s roster for the tournament. Forward Caitlin Foord was also called up, originally, but has been ruled unable to compete in the tournament as she is still working towards full fitness after suffering a ruptured lisfranc ligament. The Oregonian reported on Tuesday that Foord could, however, see her first minutes of 2018 against Sky Blue. Australian players will report for the Tournament of Nations on July 23.
- Sky Blue FC forward Katie Johnson has been named to Mexico’s roster for Barranquilla 2018, the Central American and Caribbean Games. Johnson will be unavailable for Sky Blue this weekend.
- The last time these sides met was just a few weeks ago, in Week 14 action, when they played to a 1-1 draw.
- Sky Blue forward Imani Dorsey got off two shots, 45 touches, and made two tackles in the last meeting between Sky Blue and the Thorns. The Sky Blue rookie has played in six games thus far this season, earning starts in all of them. Dorsey has scored one goal and made one assist this season.
- Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan scored a brace that led the Thorns to their 3-1 win against Houston last weekend. Horan also made a match-high 106 touches and won 15 duels in the match. In Portland’s last meeting with Sky Blue, Horan scored the team’s only goal, helping them earn a draw. Horan is now tied in the league lead for scoring, with nine goals. She also leads the league in duels won (217) and touches (1,340). She is third in the league in successful passes (692) and passes into the final third (152). The Thorns will be without Horan this weekend as she reports for international duty.
- Midfielder Sarah Killion leads Sky Blue FC in successful crosses/corners (15), tackles won (35), interceptions (37), successful passes (567) and touches (960). Killion made two tackles, five clearances and 62 touches in the Week 14 game against the Thorns.
- Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch earned Player of the Week and Save of the Week honors in Week 14 action, when the Thorns last faced off against Sky Blue. Franch has 22 saves on the year and one clean sheet. Against Sky Blue, her 81st minute kick save of a Shea Groom shot kept Sky Blue at bay with just one goal and preserved the 1-1 result for her team. Franch will miss this game due to international duty.
- Erica Skroski had a team-high 70 touches when Sky Blue played the Thorns in June. Skroski also recorded five clearances that night. Skroski is tied in the Sky Blue lead with teammate Mandy Freeman for blocks (9). She is fourth on the team in clearances (35).
- Ana-Maria Crnogorčević scored her fourth goal of the season in Portland’s 3-1 rout over Houston on Sunday. Crnogorčević has also recorded two assists this season.
- Thorns forward Christine Sinclair has scored seven goals this season. Sinclair is also tied for the league lead in assists (5).
- Carli Lloyd is tied for the Sky Blue scoring lead with Savannah McCaskill, with three goals. Lloyd leads Sky Blue in shots on target (15), total shots (37), and duels won (121). Last time Sky Blue played the Thorns, Lloyd converted the 77th-minute penalty kick goal that tied up the game. In addition to her three goals, Lloyd has one assist on the season. Lloyd will miss this week’s game due to her call-up to the U.S. women’s national team.
- Defender Katherine Reynolds leads the Thorns in interceptions (37) and blocks (10).
By the Numbers
Sky Blue FC
0-12-3, 3 points, 9th place (Home: 0-7-1, Away: 0-5-2)
11 goals for, 30 goals against
Carli Lloyd: 3 goals, 1 assist
Savannah McCaskill: 3 goals, 1 assist
Katie Johnson: 2 goals, 2 assists
Kailen Sheridan: 60 saves, 30 goals against, 1 shutout
Portland Thorns FC
7-5-5, 26 points, 5th place (Home: 4-3-2, Away: 3-2-3)
27 goals for, 21 goals against
Lindsey Horan: 9 goals, 2 assists
Christine Sinclair: 7 goals, 5 assists
Ana-Maria Crnogorčević: 4 goals, 2 assists
Britt Eckerstrom: 33 saves, 13 goals against, 2 shutouts
Adrianna Franch: 22 saves, 8 goals against, 1 shutout
- Twenty-four NWSL players on USWNT training camp roster ahead of Tournament of Nations
- Japan, Australia name rosters for 2018 Tournament of Nations
- Week 16 Power Rankings: Courage, Reign, Thorns take top three spots
The Last Time They Met
June 27, 2018 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon
- A free kick from Meghan Klingenberg and touch from Christine Sinclair set up a diving header for Lindsey Horan just before halftime last time the Thorns and Sky Blue met in Week 14. Carli Lloyd earned the draw for Sky Blue in the 77th minute when she converted a penalty kick, given when Portland defender Celeste Boureille took Lloyd down in the box. A save from Adrianna Franch on a Shea Groom shot maintained the draw for Portland, and the teams ended with a 1-1 result at Providence Park.
What The’re Saying
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Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan