Thorns XI, Thorns vs. Reign, 4.21.13
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PTFC: From the Archives #Statman Edition | Thorns showcase Soccer City in 2013 home opener

On April 21, 2013, Portland Thorns FC made their home debut with a 2-1 victory over Seattle Reign FC at the then-named JELD-WEN Field. Tune in to FOX 12 KPTV on March 21, 2020 at 3pm to see a special rebroadcast of this historic match and watch online at ThornsFC.com, presented by 76®. Here are five numbers to know ahead of the game in the latest PTFC From the Archives #StatMan Edition. 

9/21/02 The match was the second time a professional women's league had played a match in Portland. On Sept. 21, 2002, the WUSA held its all-star game in Portland with the South All-Stars defeating the North All-Stars, 6-1, with rookie Abby Wambach being named MVP of the match. 

1 Prior to joining the Thorns, defender Marian Dougherty had scored one professional goal in 60 games played. But 45 minutes into her home debut, Dougherty found the back of the net to give Portland the first home goal in club history. 

6 The match proved to be a hard-fought and physical contest between the two Cascadian sides. Six yellow cards were called between the two teams, which is the second-most yellow cards ever in a Thorns match. 

16,479 A total of 16,479 fans attended the match, which was a higher attendance than any match played in the previous pro women's league (WPS 2009-2011). The Thorns would go on to be the most well-attended women's pro club sports team in the world. 

30 Starting at goalkeeper for Seattle was Michelle Betos. Betos would later go on to play 30 games for the Thorns and was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year while with Portland in 2015. 

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