Kicking off a slate of eight potential matches involving Thorns FC players during this current FIFA window, the U.S. Women’s National Team squared off against Japan in a rematch of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and Nadia Nadim and Denmark took on Slovakia in 2017 UEFA EURO qualifying.
United States 3, Japan 3
Returning to her home state of Colorado, Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan looked poised to play hometown hero on Thursday night in a thrilling match with Japan at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The native of Golden beat three defenders to a ball in the box, heading a cross from defender Kelley O’Hara into the back of the net to put the United States in front 3-2 in the 89th minute. But Japan equalized deep in second-half stoppage time, despite being down a player as the match finished in a 3-3 draw.
Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath and defender Meghan Klingenberg both started the match. Heath continues to rack up the assists and did so with another beautiful free kick, setting up Alex Morgan as she equalized in the 64th minute to make it a 2-2 score line.
Up Next: The USWNT travels to Cleveland for a second game with Japan on Sunday, June 5. The match kicks off at 9:30 a.m. (Pacific) on ESPN2.
Denmark 4, Slovakia 0
Nadia Nadim and Denmark got an important win in EURO qualifiers, moving into second place in the group standings.
The Thorns FC forward made a big impact, entering the match to start the second half and wasted no time getting on the score sheet. Nadim tallied a brace in a span of 11 minutes, first finishing off a free kick with a header in the 49th minute and then converting from the penalty spot in the 60th minute.
Up Next: Nadim and Denmark square off against Poland on Tuesday, June 7.