When Portland Thorns FC and Seattle Reign FC meet in the 2018 NWSL Playoffs on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ET on Lifetime), it’ll be the 20th all-time meeting between the two sides — but the first time they’ve ever met in the postseason.
The all-time series is even at 8-8-3 between the Thorns and Reign — with the Reign holding a 2-1-0 edge in 2018. Every game this season has been a memorable, dramatic affair. With a ticket to the 2018 NWSL Championship — which will be held at Providence Park as well — on the line, Saturday’s game should be no different.
— NWSL (@NWSL) September 12, 2018
A look back at the 2018 Cascadia Rivalry:
May 5: Portland Thorns FC 2 | Seattle Reign FC 3
In one of the best NWSL regular season games ever, the Reign beat the Thorns 3-2 at Providence Park. The Reign took the lead twice, only for the Thorns to equalize both times. But Rumi Utsugi scored the game-winner in the 75th minute and Michelle Betos made a handful of saves down the stretch to preserve the win. Watch the full game
June 30: Seattle Reign FC 1 | Portland Thorns FC 0
Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made eight saves, including a leaping snag on a shot by Megan Rapinoe in the 87th minute, the Reign won 1-0 at home after a late goal by Jodie Taylor. Rapinoe set up the play with a cross into the box that found Taylor open for the game-winner. Watch the full game
September 7: Portland Thorns FC 3 | Seattle Reign FC 1
And then last week, Round 3. Jess Fishlock gave the Reign a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but the Thorns stormed back thanks to a brace from Lindsey Horan and the eventual game-winner from Tobin Heath in the 49th minute. A sell-out crowd of 21,144 was on hand at Providence Park for the Thorns win, which clinched the No. 2 seed for Portland, and set up Saturday’s meeting with a trip to the NWSL Championship on the line. Watch the full game