Where: Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida
When: Saturday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Tickets: Buy now
Where to Watch: Lifetime
Also available on: mylifetime.com, and the Lifetime iOS and Android apps in the United States; International viewers: NWSLSoccer.com and the NWSL iOS and Android apps.
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Media Day Highlights
By Katelyn Best
North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni: “I definitely feel it’s probably one of the best competitions you’re going to see in the world. These are two great squads with a lot of talent, and a lot of dynamics to them, and a lot of strengths. Both sides don’t have many weaknesses. To kind of find those weaknesses and attack them is going to be difficult. I imagine it’s going to be a low-scoring game. It’s not easy to score goals in games like this.”
Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath: “The defense has been huge. I think it’s very collective, I think everyone’s on the same page. It’s almost like if one person gets beat, there’s another person, and another person, and another person. It’s a really great mentality to have. We always talk about defense winning championships. Our defense has done an amazing job, and it’s shown in our performances. It’s just a really hard group to break down.”
By the Numbers:North Carolina Courage
16-7-1, 49 points (1st place)
Katelyn Rowland (8 shutouts)
38 goals for, 22 goals against
Portland Thorns FC
14-5-5, 27 points (2nd place)
Adrianna Franch (11 shutouts)
37 goals for, 20 goals against
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The Last Times They Met
The North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC faced off twice in the 2017 NWSL regular season, with each team winning at home by the score of 1-0.
They’re set to meet for the third and final time this season with everything at stake in the 2017 NWSL Championship. They’ll meet on a neutral field, Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, Lifetime).
Both the Courage and Thorns ended up at the top of the table in not just points (Courage — 49, Thorns 47), but also home wins (Thorns — 10, Courage — 9) and goals allowed (Thorns — 20, Courage — 22)
It’s not surprising that both of their meetings this season were close games that went in favor of the home side each time.
Injury ReportNorth Carolina Courage
OUT: Liz Eddy (left hamstring strain), Darian Jenkins (D45 – left ankle dislocation/fracture), Yuri Kawamura (SEI – right knee ACL and meniscus tear)
QUESTIONABLE: Debinha (left elbow dislocation)
Portland Thorns FC
OUT: Meg Morris (D45 – left hip inflammation)