Portland Thorns FC POR

14‑5‑5 , 10‑1‑1 Home

4
Final
Sat, Sep 2

Washington SpiritWAS

5‑15‑4 , 2‑8‑2 Away

0

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 19,141

Sinclair brace leads Thorns to 4-0 win over Spirit

Portland can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a Sky Blue loss or tie on Sunday

Portland Thorns FC forwards Nadia Nadim and Christine Sinclair celebrate at Providence Park. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Christine Sinclair scored twice as Portland Thorns FC (12-6-4, 40 points) beat the Washington Spirit  (4-13-4, 16 points) 4-0 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. Kickoff was moved up 18 minutes because of high heat expected later in the afternoon.

The second-place Thorns now need a Sky Blue FC loss or tie vs. FC Kansas City on Sunday to become the second team to clinch a spot in the playoffs, joining the first-place Courage, who clinched a spot on Wednesday night.

Thorns forward Nadia Nadim opened the scoring in the 22nd minute despite missing her first penalty kick attempt of the season. Spirit goalkeeper Didi Haracic saved Nadim’s initial shot, but Nadim cleaned up the rebound.

The play started with Allie Long, at center forward for Portland Saturday afternoon, being fouled by Spirit defender Whitney Church after a quick restart taken by Nadim gave Long a chance in the box.

Sinclair doubled the lead just three minutes later. She took a pass from Nadim, touched it around Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky, and hit it past Haracic for her first goal of the match.

The Thorns got their third goal of the game in the 40th minute when Emily Sonnett headed in a Meghan Klingenberg corner kick. It’s Klingenberg’s sixth assist of the season, which moves her into a tie for second in the league. Portland earned the corner after Haracic made a big save on a Nadim shot, pushing it out of bounds.

Sinclair scored her second of the game in the 81st minute. It’s her seventh goal of the season and 30th of her NWSL career. The goal came off another Klingenberg corner kick. Portland’s initial effort was headed off the crossbar by Long, but the Spirit could not clear the rebound and Sinclair knocked in the loose ball to make it 4-0.

With her 30th career goal, Sinclair became the sixth player in NWSL history to reach the milestone.

“I felt like it was a hard day to keep the high energy up and keep our positive attacking, aggressive soccer — maintain that at a really high level. It was tough. Washington did a good job in getting back into it, and getting some rhythm,” Thorns coach Mark Parsons said after the game on Lifetime, speaking with Dalen Cuff. “I thought the second half we should’ve gotten a bit more control and scored a fourth goal earlier, and that would’ve helped us out.”

Portland played the match without forward Hayley Raso, the reigning Player of the Week, who was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch earned her ninth shutout of the season. She is one shy of tying the single-season record of 10 set by FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart set in 2013.

We take a lot of Pride in shutouts,” Klingenberg told Cuff on Lifetime after the game. “We want to make sure that, not only are we scoring goals, but we’re not getting scored on, because if we don’t get scored on, then the other team doesn’t have the chance to win.”

Though the Thorns can clinch a playoff spot if results go their way on Sunday, the goal for the team is to get a home playoff game. Portland saw a crowd of 19,141 fans at Saturday’s game, their second-highest attendance of the season. The Thorns are 9-1-1 at home this season.

“Yes, hundred percent. We love playing in front of our crowd. The fans are amazing and obviously we want to bring the playoff games back to Portland,” Nadim told Cuff after the game.

The Thorns will next travel to Boston to take on the Breakers on Sunday. The Spirit will visit Sky Blue FC on Sunday.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Defender
4

Emily Menges

Defender
  83'
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
  40'
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
  36'
7

Lindsey Horan

Defensive Midfielder
28

Amandine Henry

Defensive Midfielder
9

Nadia Nadim

Attacking Midfielder
  83'   22'
12

Christine Sinclair

Attacking Midfielder
  25', 81'
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Attacking Midfielder
  46'
10

Allie Long

Forward

substitutes

30

Celeste Boureille

Substitute
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
15

Kendall Johnson

Substitute
  83'
13

Savannah Jordan

Substitute
  83'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute
  46'

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

Washington Spirit

21

DiDi Haracic

Goalkeeper
  21'
22

Alyssa Kleiner

Defender
4

Shelina Zadorsky

Defender
  46'
5

Whitney Church

Defender
3

Caprice Dydasco

Defender
9

Havana Solaun

Midfielder
29

Meggie Dougherty Howard

Midfielder
23

Tori Huster

Midfielder
20

Cheyna Williams

Midfielder
10

Estefanía Banini

Forward
  52'
11

Mallory Pugh

Forward
  46'

substitutes

8

Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew

Substitute
  52'
17

Cali Farquharson

Substitute
  46'
6

Kassey Kallman

Substitute
  46'
12

Morgan Proffitt

Substitute
18

Kelsey Wys

Substitute

manager

 

James Gabarra

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 4, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+5'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 4, Washington Spirit 0.

90'+4'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Savannah Jordan (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mallory Weber.

90'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheyna Williams.

89'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Savannah Jordan (Portland Thorns) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Katherine Reynolds.

88'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Caprice Dydasco.

87'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit).

86'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Christine Sinclair tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

85'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit).

84'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit).

83'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Savannah Jordan replaces Nadia Nadim.

83'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Kendall Johnson replaces Emily Menges.

81'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 4, Washington Spirit 0. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emily Sonnett following a corner.

81'

POST

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross following a corner.

81'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Kassey Kallman.

80'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheyna Williams.

79'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

74'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

74'

FREE KICK WON

Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lindsay Agnew.

70'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns).

70'

FREE KICK WON

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Mallory Weber tries a through ball, but Nadia Nadim is caught offside.

69'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tori Huster.

66'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

63'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Menges (Portland Thorns).

63'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61'

MISS

Attempt missed. Alyssa Kleiner (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cali Farquharson.

60'

MISS

Attempt missed. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nadia Nadim with a cross.

59'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cali Farquharson (Washington Spirit).

57'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns).

57'

FREE KICK WON

Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55'

MISS

Attempt missed. Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

55'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

52'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Lindsay Agnew replaces Estefanía Banini because of an injury.

52'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51'

START DELAY

Delay in match Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) because of an injury.

50'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

48'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Christine Sinclair tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

46'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Washington Spirit. Estefanía Banini tries a through ball, but Cali Farquharson is caught offside.

46'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allie Long with a headed pass.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Mallory Weber replaces Ashleigh Sykes.

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 3, Washington Spirit 0.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Kassey Kallman replaces Shelina Zadorsky.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Washington Spirit. Cali Farquharson replaces Mallory Pugh.

45'+5'

END 1

First Half ends, Portland Thorns 3, Washington Spirit 0.

45'+3'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Katherine Reynolds tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

45'+2'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tori Huster (Washington Spirit).

45'+1'

MISS

Attempt missed. Havana Solaun (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Estefanía Banini.

44'

POST

Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Christine Sinclair.

44'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Meggie Dougherty Howard.

42'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Meghan Klingenberg tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

41'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Cheyna Williams (Washington Spirit).

40'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 3, Washington Spirit 0. Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross following a corner.

39'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by DiDi Haracic.

39'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Christine Sinclair with a headed pass.

39'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Allie Long.

38'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Amandine Henry tries a through ball, but Allie Long is caught offside.

37'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

36'

YELLOW CARD

Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns).

36'

FREE KICK WON

Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

35'

FREE KICK WON

Alyssa Kleiner (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31'

START DELAY

Delay in match (Portland Thorns).

29'

FREE KICK WON

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

29'

FREE KICK WON

Allie Long (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

27'

OFFSIDE

Offside, Portland Thorns. Lindsey Horan tries a through ball, but Nadia Nadim is caught offside.

27'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Caprice Dydasco.

26'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

25'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Washington Spirit 0. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nadia Nadim with a cross.

24'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Whitney Church.

22'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, Washington Spirit 0. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

22'

PENALTY SAVED

Penalty saved! Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

21'

YELLOW CARD

DiDi Haracic (Washington Spirit) is shown the yellow card.

21'

PENALTY WON

Penalty Portland Thorns. Allie Long draws a foul in the penalty area.

21'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by DiDi Haracic (Washington Spirit) after a foul in the penalty area.

21'

FREE KICK WON

Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tori Huster (Washington Spirit).

19'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Estefanía Banini.

18'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Alyssa Kleiner.

16'

FREE KICK WON

Tori Huster (Washington Spirit) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

14'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Emily Menges.

13'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Estefanía Banini.

12'

CORNER

Corner, Washington Spirit. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Meggie Dougherty Howard (Washington Spirit).

3'

FREE KICK WON

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
46
Mallory Weber 26
Ashleigh Sykes 14
46
Kassey Kallman 6
Shelina Zadorsky 4
46
Cali Farquharson 17
Mallory Pugh 11
52
Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew 8
Estefanía Banini 10
83
Kendall Johnson 15
Emily Menges 4
83
Savannah Jordan 13
Nadia Nadim 9
22
goal

Nadia Nadim 9

25
goal

Christine Sinclair 12

Assisted by: Nadia Nadim 9

40
goal

Emily Sonnett 16

Assisted by: Meghan Klingenberg 25

81
goal

Christine Sinclair 12

Assisted by: Emily Sonnett 16

21
yellow card

DiDi Haracic 21

36
yellow card

Katherine Reynolds 2

WAS

Goals & Assists

22′ Portland Thorns FC
Nadia Nadim
25′ Portland Thorns FC
Christine Sinclair
Assisted by: Nadia Nadim
40′ Portland Thorns FC
Emily Sonnett
Assisted by: Meghan Klingenberg
81′ Portland Thorns FC
Christine Sinclair
Assisted by: Emily Sonnett

Disciplinary

21′ Washington Spirit
DiDi Haracic
36′ Portland Thorns FC
Katherine Reynolds

Substitutions

46′ Portland Thorns FC
  Mallory Weber
  Ashleigh Sykes
46′ Washington Spirit
  Kassey Kallman
  Shelina Zadorsky
46′ Washington Spirit
  Cali Farquharson
  Mallory Pugh
52′ Washington Spirit
  Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew
  Estefanía Banini
83′ Portland Thorns FC
  Kendall Johnson
  Emily Menges
83′ Portland Thorns FC
  Savannah Jordan
  Nadia Nadim


POR

Match Statistics


WAS

15
Shots
13
8
Shots On Goal
5
2
Shots Blocked
4
5
Corners
5
14
Crosses
12
8
Offsides
1
11
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
484
Total Passes
377
77.1%
Passing Accuracy
70.3%
56.2%
Possession
43.8%
50
Duels Won
34
16
Tackles Won
11
5
Saves
4
24
Clearances
15

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
25 D Meghan Klingenberg 90 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 0
4 D Emily Menges 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
2 D Katherine Reynolds 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7 DM Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 3
28 DM Amandine Henry 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
9 AM Nadia Nadim 83 1 1 4 4 0 2 1 1
12 AM Christine Sinclair 90 2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0
14 AM Ashleigh Sykes 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 F Allie Long 90 0 0 2 2 0 6 1 4
30 S Celeste Boureille 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 S Kendall Johnson 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 S Savannah Jordan 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
26 S Mallory Weber 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 0 13 5 0 0 0 0
22 D Alyssa Kleiner 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
4 D Shelina Zadorsky 45 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5 D Whitney Church 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D Caprice Dydasco 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 2
9 M Havana Solaun 90 0 0 1 1 3 0 2 0
29 M Meggie Dougherty Howard 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 1
23 M Tori Huster 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 1
20 M Cheyna Williams 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
10 F Estefanía Banini 52 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
11 F Mallory Pugh 45 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
8 S Lindsay Elizabeth Agnew 38 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
17 S Cali Farquharson 45 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
6 S Kassey Kallman 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 S Morgan Proffitt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 S Kelsey Wys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
21 G DiDi Haracic 90 4 15 4 1 1 1 0