Saturday, 10 p.m. ET | Providence Park | Portland, Ore.
Nadim scored twice in the second half to rally the Thorns from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw on the road against the Breakers in Week 6. It was the 16th time in league history a team came back to earn at least a point from a game in which they trailed by two goals.
The goals were the third and fourth of the season for the Denmark international and saw to it that Portland was able to rescue their second point from a losing position at the 80-minute mark this year. Hayley Raso was also instrumental for the Thorns as the forward created a team-best two chances in the match and assisted on the game-tying goal for Portland in the 83rd minute.
Portland have won their last four home matches against the Breakers and are 4-1-0 all-time at Providence Park against Boston – having outscored their visitors 20-9 in those matches.
The Thorns will take the field Saturday night unbeaten in their last four overall, but winless in their last three after drawing three consecutive games for the first time in club history. The NWSL record for consecutive draws is four straight – established by Sky Blue FC and the Western New York Flash.
Boston enters the match with the goal of snapping a four-game winless run on the road and will be looking to Dowie to continue her hot start to the season to help make that happen.
The England international tallied her third goal of the season while New Zealand international Rosie White netted her first NWSL goal last week for the Breakers, who scored the opening goal of the game for the fourth time in their last five matches after managing to notch the first goal of a contest just six times during the whole of 2016.
Goalkeeper Abby Smith made two saves in the draw against Portland in Week 6 and has allowed just one goal during the first half of the last five games as Boston have made a habit of strong starts to games this season.
Coach Matt Beard will want to see his young side maintain their concentration late in matches after dropping a total of four points from winning positions in the last 10 minutes of the last two games courtesy of game-tying goals by Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press in the 89th minute in Week 5 and the 83rd-minute tally by Nadim in Week 6.
The match Saturday night is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Breakers that will also see them travel to face the Orlando Pride and North Carolina Courage before returning to Boston to play the Courage on June 24.
|All-time||12||6||5||1||27||21||+ 6 PTFC|
|At PTFC||5||4||1||0||20||9||+ 11 PTFC|
|2016||2||2||0||0||6||1||+ 5 PTFC|