NWSL MATCH RECAP | Portland Thorns FC 1, Sky Blue FC 1

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC earned a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC in front of 19,070 fans at Providence Park on Saturday night. Christine Sinclair scored her seventh goal of the season, recording a goal for a fourth straight match to help Thorns FC earn a point.

Sinclair goals
Sinclair tallied a goal for a fourth consecutive match, increasing her season total to seven goals in eight appearances. Her seven goals ranks third in the NWSL this season and leads the team. Additionally, her stretch of four consecutive games with a goal is tied for the second-longest streak for consecutive games with a goal in club history. 

Key plays
In the first minute, Meghan Klingenberg received the ball on the left side and delivered a curling ball into the center of the box. Midge Purce flicked the ball on with her back to goal, sending a header just inches wide of the right post.

Pushing for the opening goal, Caitlin Foord received the ball off a throw-in and raced up field, playing the ball into space behind the Sky Blue FC backline. Purce surged into the box and beat two Sky Blue FC defenders, firing a shot from a tight angle off the left post in the eighth minute.

In the 24th minute, Gabby Seiler won the ball in midfield and quickly slotted a pass to Foord, who dribbled to the edge of the box and unleashed a shot from distance that went just over the crossbar.

Remaining on the front foot, Sinclair played a looping cross into the box for Purce, who settled the ball in between two defenders and chipped the ball from close range just over the target in the 35th minute.

Hayley Raso earned a penalty kick for Portland in the 38th minute when she was fouled by Sky Blue FC’s Estelle Johnson. Sinclair stepped to the penalty spot and converted to give Thorns FC a 1-0 lead.

On the counter-attack, Raso picked up the ball in the center circle, dribbled down the field and fired a shot that went just wide of the left post in the 58th minute. On the ensuing goal kick, Portland intercepted the ball just outside Sky Blue FC’s box and Foord sent a curling attempt from the edge of the box just past the right post.

Sky Blue FC tied the match at 1-1 in the 69th minute. On a quick restart, Sarah Killion played a pass to Elizabeth Eddy running down the right side of the box. Eddy played a diagonal ball through the box to Imani Dorsey, who finished into the right corner of the goal.

In the 89th minute, Thorns FC generated two consecutive chances. Klingenberg made an overlapping run down the left side and played a pinpoint cross to the center of the box for Simone Charley, who delivered a snap header down toward the left post. Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan dove to her right pushing the ball off the post. On the ensuing corner kick, Dagny Brynjarsdottir connected with a header from the center of the box that hit off the crossbar.

Next match
Facing a quick turnaround, Thorns FC travel for a road match against Reign FC on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be broadcast on Yahoo! Sports.

Notes:

  • Christine Sinclair scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Sinclair has scored in four consecutive matches.
  • Sinclair’s stretch of four consecutive games with a goal is tied for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a goal in Thorns FC history.
  • With seven goals, Sinclair currently ranks third in the NWSL in goals this season.
  • Sinclair has scored seven or more goals in three consecutive seasons. Additionally, she has scored at least seven goals in five of her seven seasons in the NWSL with Thorns FC.
  • Portland is unbeaten in its last six matches against Sky Blue FC, posting a record of 3-0-3.
  • Thorns FC extended their unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2) with the draw.
  • Since 2016, Portland is unbeaten in the month of August at Providence Park with a record of 3-0-2.
  • Hayley Raso appeared in her 60th career game for Thorns FC. She is the 10th player in club history to appear in at least 60 matches.
  • Meghan Klingenberg started her 15th match of the season. She is the only player to appear in every game for Portland this season.


Portland Thorns FC (7-2-6, 27pts) vs. Sky Blue FC (2-10-3, 9pts)
Aug. 3, 2019 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                              1          2          F
Sky Blue FC                                0          1          1
Portland Thorns FC                     1          0          1 

Scoring Summary: 
POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 39
SKY: Dorsey (Eddy), 69

Misconduct Summary:
SKY: Pierre-Louis (caution), 73
SKY: Pierre-Louis (ejection), 90+1

Lineups:
POR: GK Eckerstrom, D Ball (Andressinha, 84), D Reynolds, D Menges, D Klingenberg, M Seiler, M Brynjarsdottir, M Sinclair ©, F Raso, F Purce, F Foord (Lussi, 65)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, D Hubly, M Boureille, F Crnogorcevic 

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Purce, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 7 (Klingenberg, 3), OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1

SKY: GK Sheridan, D Skroski, D Lewandowski (Wright, 75), D Johnson, D Dorsey, M Doyle, M Dydasco, M Eddy, M Killion ©, M Monaghan, F Hoy (Pierre-Louis, 71)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Haracic, GK Marckse, M Kawasumi

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (James, Killion, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Dorsey, Monaghan, 1); FOULS: 14 (James, Pierre-Louis, 3), OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 2

Referee: Mark Allatin
Assistant Referees: Deleana Quan, Kali Smith
4th Official: Jason Perlewitz
Attendance: 19,070
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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