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23 April 3:12 pm

Sunday's Portland Thorns FC home opener was memorable for many reasons.

There was the 2-1 win over the Seattle Reign FC

There was the record setting 16,479 crowd in attendance.

There was the goals by Marian Dougherty and Alex Morgan.

And then, of course, there was THE HAIR. Hear goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc talk about her special edition 'do for the first ever Thorns home opener:

Want more Karina LeBlanc? Vancouver B.C.'s The Province, fresh from their great profile of fellow Canadian Christine Sinclair, does an excellent feature on LeBlanc's arrival in Portland and her deep commitment to the UNICEF Sports Ambassador program. Read it here.

21 April 12:53 pm

 

Soccer City USA. This isn’t a home away from home for Christine Sinclair.
 
This is home.
 
Sorry, B.C. Sorry, Canada. She loves you. She’s gone through walls for you, and will again. But …
 
“It’s home,” Sinclair said from JELD-WEN Field, where the Portland Thorns host the Seattle Reign on Sunday, “because home in Vancouver is my brother’s extra bedroom.”
 
So begins the excellent profile in B.C.-based The Province of Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair. Following her history of growing up in Canada, coming to Portland to play for the late Clive Charles and University of Portland as well as her NASL Timbers connections via her uncles Brian and Bruce Gant, the piece is a great tablesetter for today's home opener.
 
 
05 April 4:39 pm

On the U.S. Soccer Federation's 100th birthday, Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women's National Team had a bit of a crazy game against Germany this morning. Despite taking a 3-1 lead on goals by Abby Wambach (47th minute), Megan Rapinoe (55) and Morgan (71), Germany battled back with two late goals in the 85th and 86th minute in front of 16,090 fans in Offenbach, Germany. Second-half sub Sydney Leroux had a late effort saved off the line in one of the wilder games in recent U.S. WNT memory.

Morgan started and played the full 90 minutes for the United States, while Thorns FC defender Rachel Buehler was an unused substitute. Midfielder Tobin Heath, who will join Thorns FC this summer after playing out her contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain, entered the match in the 77th minute for Heather O'Reilly.

Morgan's goal in the 71st minute came off a long, curling pass over the top of Germany's defense from FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Cheney.

On Thursday morning, Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair and the Canada Women's National Team tangled with France in a rematch of the London 2012 Olympics bronze-medal match (which Canada won). Despite going down 1-0 during first-half stoppage time on a well-placed Elodie Thomis goal, Canada kept it close and struck late in second-half stoppage time.

Sinclair collected a deflected ball and slipped a pass right into the path of Kaylyn Kyle in the fourth-minute of second-half stoppage time and Kyle netted the equalizer for Canada in front of 5,783 fans at Stade du Ray in Nice, France. Thorns FC goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc was an unused sub for the match.

Canada is back in action on Sunday, April 7 at 7 a.m. (Pacific) against England at New York Stadium in Rotherham, England. The U.S. Women's National Team visits The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday, April 9, for a 10 a.m.  (PT) match against the Netherlands at Kyocera Stadium.