Portland Thorns FC POR

14‑5‑5 , 10‑1‑1 Home

3
Final
Sat, Sep 30

Chicago Red StarsCHI

11‑7‑6 , 4‑4‑4 Away

1

Providence Park

Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 21,144

Thorns win regular season finale over Red Stars, 3-1

Portland becomes first team to win 10 home games in a single season

The Thorns celebrate a goal by Ashleigh Sykes during the regular season finale against the Chicago Red Stars. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer for isiphotos.com)

By Katelyn Best

Portland, Oregon — The Portland Thorns defeated the Chicago Red Stars 3-1 in front of a sellout home crowd of 21,144 at Providence Park Saturday afternoon in a meeting between two playoff teams.

The loss for the Red Stars — combined with the Orlando Pride’s win later in the evening — means the Red Stars will finish the season in fourth place and play the Courage in the semifinals. If Chicago had earned a point in Portland, they would’ve faced the Thorns (who will now face the Pride in the semifinals).

The Red Stars came into the weekend having clinched a playoff berth with their win over Houston last week. Portland, meanwhile, sitting in second place, had already clinched a home semifinal match. North Carolina won the NWSL Shield on Wednesday night, so the Thorns could not move higher than second in the table.

After playing their last two games on the road, Chicago opted to rest much of their starting lineup, in anticipation of their semifinal match next weekend. The result was a largely lopsided matchup between the second and third-place teams in the table.

“It was a strong performance from the group,” said Thorns head coach Mark Parsons after the game. “The group is fit, the group is fresh, the group is healthy. We didn’t want to go into the biggest game of the season not knowing what the field feels like,” he said, when asked about starting his typical lineup in a game whose result would have no impact on the team’s playoff fate.

The Thorns started the scoring off early, when Hayley Raso capitalized on a mistake by Red Stars goalkeeper Michele Dalton in the second minute. Dalton made a poorly-timed pass to Samantha Johnson as Raso was charging in towards goal, and the Australian blocked the pass, stepped to Dalton, and slotted it into the empty net with a left-footed strike.

Raso also played a key role in the Thorns’ next goal, in the 13th minute, playing a short through pass to Christine Sinclair, who hit a cross into the center of the penalty area. Sarah Gorden got her head on the cross, but the ball fell to Ashleigh Sykes, who took a touch to control the high ball, then flicked it past Dalton into the net for her first goal in a Thorns jersey.

In the 21st minute, Danielle Colaprico came in for Johnson after the defender had a head-to-head collision with Raso as both went up for a header.

Chicago’s Arin Gilliland received a yellow card in the 25th minute for a foul from behind on Raso. The second warning of the match, in the 33rd minute, went to Lauren Kaskie, who took Raso down in the center circle as the 23-year-old made a solo charge through the midfield on a transition play. Portland’s Amandine Henry received a warning in the 42nd minute for a foul against Stephanie McCaffrey.

After two minutes of extra time, the teams went into halftime with the score at 2-0.

At halftime, the Thorns used all three substitutions, bringing on Allie Long, Tobin Heath and Dagny Brynjarsdottir for Henry, Raso and Meghan Klingenberg, respectively. It was Heath’s home debut for 2017, after a back injury had sidelined the midfielder for the majority of the season.

“It felt so good,” said Heath of her first minutes at Providence Park. “Obviously, being able to play in a game like this doesn’t matter that much, but just being able to feel the fans again, and be at home and play with the girls, was an awesome feeling.”

In the 59th minute, Chicago head coach Rory Dames brought in Sofia Huerta for Summer Green. It was a change that would pay off, as Huerta got one back for the Red Stars in the 71st minute.

“It started off with Vanessa [DiBernardo] getting a shot off,” said Huerta after the match. DiBernardo’s shot hit the crossbar, and Portland defender Katherine Reynolds passed to Lindsey Horan. When Horan was slow to clear the ball, Huerta scooped it up, turned, and nailed an excellent long-range strike past Adrianna Franch. “The ball came to me, and I just shot it. You have that shot so many times, and it only goes in once,” said Huerta.

Chicago made another change in the 73rd minute, bringing on Christen Press for DiBernardo. Press is the Red Stars’ top scorer in 2017, with 11 goals, but was unable to make the difference on the day. “As a player, I want to come out here and win,” Press said after the match. “I’m disappointed, and I’m angry, but I think Rory hopes that that’s going to fuel us.”

Referee Elvis Osmanovic whistled for a Portland penalty in the 82nd minute, after Huerta fouled Long—who was playing her 100th match as a Thorn—in the box. Nadia Nadim stepped up to the spot and coolly slotted it past Dalton to put Portland up 3-1.

The win was Portland’s tenth at Providence in 2017, making them the first NWSL club to reach ten home wins in a season.

The Thorns will now host the Pride in a home semifinal on October 7 and the Red Stars will visit the Courage in the second semifinal on October 8.

Portland Thorns FC

24

Adrianna Franch

Goalkeeper
4

Emily Menges

Defender
16

Emily Sonnett

Defender
2

Katherine Reynolds

Defender
25

Meghan Klingenberg

Midfielder
  46'
7

Lindsey Horan

Midfielder
28

Amandine Henry

Midfielder
  42'   46'
14

Ashleigh Sykes

Midfielder
  13'
9

Nadia Nadim

Forward
  83'
12

Christine Sinclair

Forward
21

Hayley Raso

Forward
  46'   2'

substitutes

30

Celeste Boureille

Substitute
11

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir

Substitute
  46'
33

Britt Eckerstrom

Substitute
17

Tobin Heath

Substitute
  46'
13

Savannah Jordan

Substitute
10

Allie Long

Substitute
  46'
26

Mallory Weber

Substitute

manager

 

Mark Parsons

Manager

Chicago Red Stars

18

Michele Dalton

Goalkeeper
3

Arin Gilliland

Defender
  25'
16

Samantha Johnson

Defender
  21'
5

Kathleen Naughton

Defender
14

Sarah Gorden

Defender
4

Alyssa Mautz

Defensive Midfielder
7

Taylor Comeau

Defensive Midfielder
30

Lauren Kaskie

Defensive Midfielder
  33'
10

Vanessa DiBernardo

Attacking Midfielder
  73'
19

Summer Green

Forward
  59'
9

Stephanie McCaffrey

Forward

substitutes

24

Danielle Colaprico

Substitute
  21'
8

Julie Ertz

Substitute
2

Jennifer Hoy

Substitute
11

Sofia Huerta

Substitute
  59'   71'
1

Alyssa Naeher

Substitute
23

Christen Press

Substitute
  73'
6

Casey Short

Substitute

manager

 

Rory Dames

Manager

END 14

Match ends, Portland Thorns 3, Chicago Red Stars 1.

90'+2'

END 2

Second Half ends, Portland Thorns 3, Chicago Red Stars 1.

90'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alyssa Mautz.

90'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lindsey Horan.

87'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

87'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir.

86'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

85'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Allie Long (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

83'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 3, Chicago Red Stars 1. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

82'

PENALTY WON

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

82'

PENALTY LOST

Penalty conceded by Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars) after a foul in the penalty area.

81'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Arin Gilliland.

79'

FREE KICK WON

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars).

77'

FREE KICK WON

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

77'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars).

76'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Katie Naughton.

74'

MISS

Attempt missed. Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Taylor Comeau with a cross.

73'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns).

73'

FREE KICK WON

Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Christen Press replaces Vanessa Di Bernardo.

71'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Chicago Red Stars 1. Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

71'

POST

Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Alyssa Mautz.

69'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns).

69'

FREE KICK WON

Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Katie Naughton.

68'

FREE KICK WON

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

68'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars).

63'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

63'

FREE KICK WON

Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Sofia Huerta replaces Summer Green.

58'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Sarah Gorden.

58'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

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

57'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir.

54'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

54'

FREE KICK WON

Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Emily Sonnett.

52'

OFFSIDE

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

51'

MISS

Attempt missed. Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

50'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Arin Gilliland.

50'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Lauren Kaskie.

49'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Allie Long (Portland Thorns).

49'

FREE KICK WON

Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Vanessa Di Bernardo (Chicago Red Stars) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Summer Green.

47'

MISS

Attempt missed. Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nadia Nadim.

46'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

46'

FREE KICK WON

Taylor Comeau (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Tobin Heath replaces Hayley Raso.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Allie Long replaces Amandine Henry.

45'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Portland Thorns. Dagny Brynjarsdóttir replaces Meghan Klingenberg.

START

Second Half begins Portland Thorns 2, Chicago Red Stars 0.

45'+3'

END 1

First Half ends, Portland Thorns 2, Chicago Red Stars 0.

45'+2'

MISS

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Katherine Reynolds.

45'+2'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars).

45'+1'

MISS

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hayley Raso.

45'

MISS

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

44'

FREE KICK WON

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

44'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars).

43'

ATTEMPT SAVED

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

43'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lindsey Horan.

42'

YELLOW CARD

Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

42'

FREE KICK WON

Stephanie McCaffrey (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vanessa Di Bernardo.

39'

MISS

Attempt missed. Taylor Comeau (Chicago Red Stars) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lauren Kaskie with a cross following a corner.

38'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Katherine Reynolds.

38'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross.

37'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Taylor Comeau.

36'

ATTEMPT SAVED

Attempt saved. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lindsey Horan.

34'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Katherine Reynolds (Portland Thorns).

34'

FREE KICK WON

Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33'

YELLOW CARD

Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars).

32'

CORNER

Corner, Chicago Red Stars. Conceded by Meghan Klingenberg.

30'

CORNER

Corner, Portland Thorns. Conceded by Katie Naughton.

27'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns).

27'

FREE KICK WON

Summer Green (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26'

MISS

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg.

25'

YELLOW CARD

Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars).

23'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns).

23'

FREE KICK WON

Taylor Comeau (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

22'

FREE KICK WON

Michele Dalton (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21'

SUBSTITUTION

Substitution, Chicago Red Stars. Danielle Colaprico replaces Samantha Johnson because of an injury.

21'

FREE KICK WON

Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars).

20'

END DELAY

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18'

START DELAY

Delay in match Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) because of an injury.

18'

START DELAY

Delay in match Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars) because of an injury.

18'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

18'

FREE KICK WON

Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 2, Chicago Red Stars 0. Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

13'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emily Sonnett.

13'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12'

FREE KICK WON

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

12'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Lauren Kaskie (Chicago Red Stars).

9'

MISS

Attempt missed. Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Meghan Klingenberg with a cross following a set piece situation.

8'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars).

8'

FREE KICK WON

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4'

ATTEMPT BLOCKED

Attempt blocked. Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amandine Henry.

4'

FREE KICK LOST

Foul by Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars).

4'

FREE KICK WON

Ashleigh Sykes (Portland Thorns) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3'

FREE KICK LOST

Hand ball by Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns).

2'

GOAL

Goal! Portland Thorns 1, Chicago Red Stars 0. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

START

First Half begins.

 

LINEUP

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

POR
KO HT FT 90+
21
Danielle Colaprico 24
Samantha Johnson 16
46
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 11
Meghan Klingenberg 25
46
Tobin Heath 17
Hayley Raso 21
46
Allie Long 10
Amandine Henry 28
59
Sofia Huerta 11
Summer Green 19
73
Christen Press 23
Vanessa DiBernardo 10
2
goal

Hayley Raso 21

13
goal

Ashleigh Sykes 14

71
goal

Sofia Huerta 11

83
goal

Nadia Nadim 9

Penalty Kick

25
yellow card

Arin Gilliland 3

33
yellow card

Lauren Kaskie 30

42
yellow card

Amandine Henry 28

CHI

Goals & Assists

2′ Portland Thorns FC
Hayley Raso
13′ Portland Thorns FC
Ashleigh Sykes
71′ Chicago Red Stars
Sofia Huerta
83′ Portland Thorns FC
Nadia Nadim
Penalty kick

Disciplinary

25′ Chicago Red Stars
Arin Gilliland
33′ Chicago Red Stars
Lauren Kaskie
42′ Portland Thorns FC
Amandine Henry

Substitutions

21′ Chicago Red Stars
  Danielle Colaprico
  Samantha Johnson
46′ Portland Thorns FC
  Dagný Brynjarsdóttir
  Meghan Klingenberg
46′ Portland Thorns FC
  Tobin Heath
  Hayley Raso
46′ Portland Thorns FC
  Allie Long
  Amandine Henry
59′ Chicago Red Stars
  Sofia Huerta
  Summer Green
73′ Chicago Red Stars
  Christen Press
  Vanessa DiBernardo


POR

Match Statistics


CHI

23
Shots
7
8
Shots On Goal
2
7
Shots Blocked
2
8
Corners
4
22
Crosses
13
1
Offsides
0
11
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
452
Total Passes
316
79.9%
Passing Accuracy
66.8%
58.7%
Possession
41.3%
66
Duels Won
48
15
Tackles Won
22
1
Saves
5
19
Clearances
33

Player Statistics

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • G
  • A
  • S
  • SOG
  • CK
  • OFF
  • FC
  • FS
4 D Emily Menges 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 D Emily Sonnett 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 D Katherine Reynolds 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 M Meghan Klingenberg 45 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
7 M Lindsey Horan 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 3
28 M Amandine Henry 45 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0
14 M Ashleigh Sykes 90 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 3
9 F Nadia Nadim 90 1 0 7 7 0 1 1 0
12 F Christine Sinclair 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 0
21 F Hayley Raso 45 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 3
30 S Celeste Boureille 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Dagný Brynjarsdóttir 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 S Britt Eckerstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 S Tobin Heath 45 0 0 4 4 6 0 2 0
13 S Savannah Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 S Allie Long 45 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
26 S Mallory Weber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
24 G Adrianna Franch 90 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
3 D Arin Gilliland 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
16 D Samantha Johnson 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 D Kathleen Naughton 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
14 D Sarah Gorden 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 DM Alyssa Mautz 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
7 DM Taylor Comeau 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
30 DM Lauren Kaskie 90 0 0 1 1 3 0 4 0
10 AM Vanessa DiBernardo 73 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
19 F Summer Green 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
9 F Stephanie McCaffrey 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
24 S Danielle Colaprico 69 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
8 S Julie Ertz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 S Jennifer Hoy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 S Sofia Huerta 31 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
1 S Alyssa Naeher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 S Christen Press 17 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
6 S Casey Short 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeepers

  • #
  • p
  • player
  • MINS
  • GA
  • SF
  • SV
  • PF
  • PS
  • FC
  • FS
18 G Michele Dalton 90 3 23 5 1 0 0 1