Thorns Preview, Thorns vs. FCKC, 6.28.17
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NWSL Matchday Preview | Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City | June 28, 2017

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Broadcast:  go90.com and go90 app (United States), NWSLsoccer.com (International)
Broadcast talent: Mike Watts (play-by-play), Morgan Conklin (analyst)

MATCH INFORMATION

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Kickoff: 7 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Forecast: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees Referee: Chipalo Street
Assistant Referees: Adrienne McDonald, Cephas Quartson
Fourth Official: Kelsey Harms

MATCH PREVIEW

Portland Thorns FC have embarked on a stretch of three games in an eight-day span. Wednesday’s match marks the second game during that period and the first midweek game of the season for Portland.

Additionally, Wednesday’s match is part of a tough stretch as Thorns FC are in the midst of playing six of 10 games on the road. This current stretch began with back-to-back road games May 13 and May 19 and culminates with consecutive road games on July 1 and July 8.

Thorns FC return to Providence Park where they have scored in 12 straight home matches, dating back to 2016 season.

LAST MATCH RECAP

Portland conceded a early goal in the 20th minute, falling 1-0 on the road to the Washington Spirit on June 24. Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch recorded five saves in the match, including a pair of point-blank stops on Cheyna Williams to help Thorns FC remain in striking distance despite not finding an equalizer.

SERIES HISTORY

Wednesday’s meeting is the 14th meeting all-time, including playoffs, between Portland and FC Kansas City. In addition, it marks the seventh match between the two sides at Providence Park. Thorns FC are 3-2-1 all-time at home against FC Kansas City and have tallied 18 goals in the six previous meetings. In the last match between the two sides, Portland and FC Kansas City played to a scoreless draw on May 13 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field.

SCOUTING FC KANSAS CITY

FC Kansas City visits Portland on the backend of a two-game road swing through the Pacific Northwest. Brittany Ratcliffe tallied a first-half goal against Seattle Reign FC on June 24, but Seattle rallied late and the two teams played to a 1-1 draw. FC Kansas City has one of the top defenses in the league, conceding the second-fewest goals in the league (10). Offensively, Sydney Leroux has tallied a team-high three goals.

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