NWSL Matchday Preview | Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City | July 13, 2014
Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City
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Thorns FC return to the Rose City for their third match in the last 10 days, playing host to FC Kansas City for the second, and final, time during the regular season at Providence Park.
Portland played to a 1-1 draw with Chicago in a midweek match on Wednesday at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. Midfielder Allie Long tallied the team’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 27th minute.
Heading into Sunday’s match, Thorns FC are tied for 5th place in the NWSL standings with 22 points. Portland is a single point off the pace of Western New York and Washington who are tied for 3rd with 23 points.
Portland is 2-1-0 all time at Providence Park against FC Kansas City and has scored at least three goals in each of those meetings.
Last time against Kansas City
Thorns FC saw a shot cleared off the goal line in the first half and another rattle the crossbar in the second half, but could not find a late equalizer in a 1-0 loss against FC Kansas City on June 28 at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo. Forward Alex Morgan saw her header cleared off the goal line in the 16th minute, while midfielder Allie Long attempt from distance in the 84th minute was tipped off the crossbar by FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. The Blues broke the deadlock just before halftime. Forward Amy Rodriguez stole the ball on the left side and sent a pass to forward Lauren Holiday at the top of the box. Holiday’s shot deflected off a Portland defender and into the net. Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer made four saves in the match as Thorns FC limited FC Kansas City to nine shots in the match.
Scouting FC Kansas City
FC Kansas City enters Sunday’s match following a 5-0 win against Sky Blue FC on July 6, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The Blues scored four goals in the first half as forward Sarah Hagen earned her first start for the club and tallied a brace. Holiday added a goal in the match, while forward Amy Rodriguez and midfielder Erika Tymrak also netted goals.
FC Kansas City is riding a seven-match winning streak and is unbeaten in its last nine matches. The Blues have lost just four games this season, but all four of those losses have come on the road.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s squad is tied for second in the league in goals (30) and fewest goals allowed (17). Forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday rank among the league leaders with 10 and seven goals, respectively. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart leads the league with eight shutouts. FC Kansas City is tied for the league lead with 21 assists. Midfielder Jen Buczkowski, Holiday and Tymrak all rank in the top ten in the NWSL with four assists each.
Thorns FC play to 1-1 draw at Chicago
Portland and Chicago played to a draw for the second time in six days on Wednesday at Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. Midfielder Allie Long put Thorns FC on the board in the 27th minute as she converted from the spot after midfielder Verónica Boquete was fouled in the box. The goal was Long’s sixth of the season and the third from the penalty spot in 2014. Chances were limited in the match as the two teams combined for 16 shots in the match. The Red Stars tallied the equalizer in the final five minutes of match. Portland was whistled for a handball in the box and forward Emily Van Egmond scored the penalty-kick goal in the 86th minute. It was the third draw between the two teams in six meetings all-time.
An old-fashioned shootout
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