Franch has made nine saves this season and conceded just one goal, in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to North Carolina.
After getting off to a strong start with a 2-0 win in Week 1, Portland struggled against North Carolina’s stingy defense, forcing just one shot on goal. Still, the match was 0-0 until Courage midfielder Debinha scored the game-winner in the 81st minute.
Midfielder Allie Long leads Portland with 117 touches, an 87% passing accuracy and earned the assist on Portland’s only non-penalty kick goal so far this season.
The Red Stars come into this match off a 1-0 Week 2 win over FC Kansas City that saw Ertz play midfield and score the game-winner. Ertz was dangerous throughout the match as she also earned a penalty kick for Chicago (which was missed by Christen Press).
Arin Gilliland leads the defense with 121 touches as the Red Stars backline bounced back in Week 2 after conceding two goals in Week 1 to Houston.
The Thorns went 1-0-1 against the Red Stars in 2016, with Portland scoring all three goals vs. Chicago in the first half. The Thorns lead the all-time series with a 4-1-6 record and are unbeaten in their last four home games vs. the Red Stars (2-0-2), as well as their last eight overall vs. Chicago.