Thorns Preview, Thorns vs. Spirit, 7.5.20

NWSL Challenge Cup Preview | Thorns battle Spirit in third match of tournament in Utah

Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit | NWSL Challenge Cup | July 5, 2020 - 7 p.m. PT | CBS All Access

Portland Thorns FC play their third match of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret Wednesday when they take on the Washington Spirit at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. The match is presented locally by 76®. Kickoff for the match is 7pm PT on CBS All Access.

You can watch the match on CBS All Access with Mike Watts (play-by-play) and Lori Lindsey (analyst) on the call.

Following the match, the Thorns Postgame Report presented by Providence Health & Services, will go live with host Ann Schatz and soccer analyst Marian Dougherty to break down the match. Tune in to the Thorns Facebook page or YouTube page approximately 15 minutes after the final whistle.

#Statman's Numbers for #PORvWAS

93.1Accuracy – Midfielder Lindsey Horan completed 27 of her 29 attempted passes against the Red Stars on Wednesday, for a passing accuracy of 93.1 percent. It was the first time that Horan has ever had a passing accuracy of better than 90 percent in a Thorns match and is the first midfielder to accomplish the feat (minimum 25 passes) for the Thorns since Allie Long on June 28, 2017.

5Chance creator – In her first two matches as a Thorns player, defender Christen Westphal has been credited with five chances created. Heading into the Challenge Cup, Westphal's career high as a pro for chances created was two, a number she bested against North Carolina (three) and matched against Chicago (two). 

180Ironwoman – Goalkeeper Bella Bixby is the lone Thorns player to have played all 180 minutes of the club's first two matches of the NWSL Challenge Cup. In her debut against the Courage, Bixby made four saves. 

3/9Quick Succession – Portland's match against Washington will be the club's third game in a nine-game span. It will mark the first time in team history that Thorns FC have played three games in less than 10 days with all the matches being away from Portland. 

20X2Coaching Familiarity – Before becoming the manager of the Thorns, Mark Parsons was head coach of the Spirit. Parsons is one of two managers to have at least 20 victories with two different NWSL clubs, alongside current U.S. Women's National Team manager Vlatko Andonovski.