Thorns FC announce inaugural NWSL Schedule

Portland set to face Seattle Reign FC in home opener on April 21

Portland Thorns FC crowd shot

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(Portland Timbers)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC will open the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League season on Saturday, April 13, against FC Kansas City at Shawnee Mission District Stadium, it was announced today with the release of the full, 22-game 2013 NWSL schedule.

Thorns FC will square off against Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, April 21, in the home opener at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).

The club will play 11 home matches, all at JELD-WEN Field, and 11 away matches during the five-month season. The eight-team league features a single table, and Thorns FC will play an unbalanced schedule; hosting the Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC and Sky Blue FC twice at home. Portland must travel twice to face Boston, Chicago, FC Kansas City and Seattle.

Season tickets are available with first preference given to current Portland Timbers season ticket holders, followed by those on the Timbers Season Ticket Waiting List and fans that have submitted a refundable $25 deposit for Thorns FC season tickets. Fans interested in purchasing Thorns FC season tickets are encouraged to call the ticket office at (503) 553-5555 or email ticketsales@portlandtimbers.com. Season ticket prices throughout the stadium’s lower bowl are set at $9 per game for general admission, $15 for touchline reserved seats and $22 for club seats.

Highlighting the Thorns FC schedule are two home matches against Pacific Northwest rival Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, June 16, as well as a marquee home match against U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash on Sunday, July 14.

Also scheduled are three Saturday-Sunday pairings with the Portland Timbers. The weekend pairings are June 15-16 (Timbers vs. FC Dallas, June 15/Thorns FC vs. Seattle, June 16); July 13-14 (Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, July 13/Thorns FC vs. Western New York, July 14) and Aug. 3-4 (Timbers vs. Vancouver, Aug. 3/Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City, Aug. 4).

Thorns FC is scheduled to open training camp in March.

Schedule Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Thursday (2), Saturday (2), Sunday (6)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Saturday (7), Sunday (3)

Home Dates by Month:
April (1), May (2), June (3), July (4), August (1)
Road Dates by Month:
April (2), May (3), June (2), July (1), August (3)

League Opponents Played Twice at Home:
Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC

League  Opponents Played Twice Away:
Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC

League Opponents Played Once at Home:
Boston Breakers, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash

League Opponents Played Once Away:
Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash

2013 Portland Thorns FC Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (Pacific)

Venue

Saturday, April 13

@FC Kansas City

5:35 p.m.

Shawnee Mission District Stadium

Sunday, April 21

SEATTLE REIGN FC

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Saturday, April 27

@Chicago Red Stars

5 p.m.

Benedictine University Sports Complex

Saturday, May 4

@Washington Spirit

4 p.m.

Maryland SoccerPlex

Sunday, May 12

@Chicago Red Stars

3 p.m.

Benedictine University Sports Complex

Thursday, May 16

SKY BLUE FC

7:30 p.m. 

JELD-WEN Field

Sunday, May 19

WASHINGTON SPIRIT

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Saturday, May 25

@Seattle Reign FC

7 p.m.

Starfire Sports Complex

Saturday, June 1

CHICAGO RED STARS

7:30 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Thursday, June 6

FC KANSAS CITY

7:30 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Sunday, June 16

SEATTLE REIGN FC

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Saturday, June 22

@Sky Blue FC

4 p.m.

Yurcak Field

Sunday, June 30

@FC Kansas City

1:10 p.m.

Shawnee Mission District Stadium

Saturday, July 6

BOSTON BREAKERS

7:30 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Sunday, July 14

WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Sunday, July 21

@Boston Breakers

1 p.m.

Dilboy Stadium

Sunday, July 28

CHICAGO RED STARS

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Wednesday, July 31

SKY BLUE FC

7:30 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Sunday, Aug. 4

FC KANSAS CITY

2 p.m.

JELD-WEN Field

Wednesday, Aug. 7

@Boston Breakers

4 p.m.

Dilboy Stadium

Saturday, Aug. 10

@Western New York Flash

4:35 p.m.

Sahlen’s Stadium

Saturday, Aug. 17

@Seattle Reign FC

8 p.m.

Starfire Sports Complex