BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Portland Thorns FC concluded a start and stop month of September on Saturday against the Red Stars. Returning from an international break, the Thorns suffered a 2-1 loss on the road.
A loss to Chicago is a feeling the Thorns haven’t experienced in some time. Let’s take a look By The Numbers.
Entering the match, the Thorns were unbeaten in 18 – yes, EIGHTEEN – straight regular-season games against the Red Stars. That streak – an NWSL record for an unbeaten run against a single club – came to an end on Saturday. Portland was 9-0-9 while on the run against Chicago.
The last loss to the Red Stars was more than eight years ago, dating back to the inaugural NWSL season, on June 1, 2013.
Also, it was the club’s first regular-season loss in Chicago. The Thorns are now 4-1-6 in regular-season play on the road against the Red Stars since 2013.
No one loves playing against the Red Stars more than captain Christine Sinclair. She’s now tallied 16 goals in 20 matches against Chicago in her NWSL career.
With the opening goal in the 24th minute, Sinclair has scored in FIVE straight games against the Red Stars.
The Thorns struck first against the Red Stars, thanks to that Sinclair goal. Chicago’s comeback victory marked the first time Thorns have lost on the road this season when scoring first. Entering the night, Portland was 5-0-0 on the road when scoring first against their opponent.
Portland is 11-2-0, overall, this season when they find the back of the net first.
BY THE NUMBERS BONUS
Midfielder Crystal Dunn played in her 100th NWSL regular-season match. She is the 48th player in league history to reach the century mark in games played.
MORE ON THE THORNS LOSS IN CHICAGO
- RECAP | Thorns snap 18-game unbeaten streak against Red Stars
- HIGHLIGHTS | Thorns score first, fall 2-1 in the end
- FARLEY | Progress, process blunted in Red Stars loss
- POSTGAME | Sinclair on flat performance in Chicago
- MEDIA | Dunn on loss, game plan against Chicago
- MEDIA | Parsons examines disappointing loss to Chicago