PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing their final game before a league-wide break for the Rio 2016 Olympics, Portland Thorns FC received a late second-half goal from forward Nadia Nadim to earn three points with a 1-0 win against Seattle Reign FC in front of 19,231 fans on Saturday night at Providence Park.
With the win, Thorns FC (8-2-5, 29pts) currently sit in first place in the NWSL standings – three points ahead of the Washington Spirit, who square off against Sky Blue FC on Sunday, and the Western New York Flash tied for second place with 26 points, and four points ahead of the Chicago Red Stars (25pts) in fourth place.
Nadim put Portland in front in the 74th minute, holding off two Seattle defenders she flicked a chipped ball into the box by midfielder Mana Shim down towards the right post and past the outstretched arms of Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Thorns FC registered their sixth clean sheet of the season, including their third shutout at Providence Park. It also marked Portland’s second shutout against Seattle this season after the two teams played to a scoreless draw at Providence Park on May 29.
Portland made several key defensive plays to deny Seattle a goal in the match. Defender Katherine Reynolds kept Reign FC off the scoresheet in the 24th minute, sliding in to block a close-range attempt by midfielder Kim Little.
Goalkeeper Michelle Betos earned her third clean sheet of the campaign, registering six saves in the match. Betos made several key plays in the game. In the 58th minute, Betos reacted and quickly came off her line to deny forward Manon Melis a breakaway opportunity and made a diving stop on a free kick from midfielder Jessica Fishlock in the 72nd minute.
Thorns FC and the NWSL will take a 25-day break during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Portland returns to action against Reign FC on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.
Portland Thorns FC (8-2-5, 29pts) vs. Seattle Reign FC (5-5-5, 20pts)
July 30, 2016 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Reign FC 0 0 0
Portland Thorns FC 1 0 1
POR: Nadim (Shim), 74
SEA: Fishlock (Caution), 61
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Betos, D Skogerboe, D Reynolds, D Menges ©, D Weber, M Brynjarsdottir, M Boureille, M Fitzgerald (Pratt, 87), M Shim, M Raso (Berryhill, 90+3), F Nadim
Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch, D Williamson, D Lofton
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Nadim, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Nadim, Shim, 1); FOULS: 12 (Brynjarsdottir, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 6
SEA: GK Kopmeyer, D Reed (Dallstream, 84), D Fletcher, D Barnes, D Pickett, M Fishlock, M Winters ©, M Little, F Mathias (Yanez, 64), F Melis, F Kawasumi
Substitutes Not Used: GK Tostanoski, M Elston, M Solaun, M Utsugi, D Cruz
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Four players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Melis, 2); FOULS: 5 (Fletcher, 2); OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referees: Cory Richardson, Adrienne McDonald
4th Official: JJ Blodgett
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.