Lindsey Horan, Thorns vs Spirit 07.05.20
Photo by Bryan Byerly

NWSL CHALLENGE CUP MATCH RECAP | Portland Thorns FC 1, Washington Spirit 1

HERRIMAN, Utah – Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan scored her first goal of the tournament on a brilliant header off a set piece in the second half and Portland Thorns FC drew 1-1 with the Washington Spirit in the club's third match of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret. 

Match Moments

12' - SAVE (POR) - Battling the sun and shadows, Thorns goalkeeper Bella Bixby came up with a big save on a driven shot from distance by Washington's Ashley Sanchez. 

16' - CHANCE (POR) - Horan served in a left-footed cross that found the unmarked head of Portland striker Tyler Lussi. Lussi's header went high over the Spirit goal. 

27' - CHANCE (POR) - In a scramble after a Horan pass was cleared near the goal line, Thorns midfielder Christine Sinclair saw her left-footed shot go just wide of the net. 

41' - SAVE (POR) - Washington's Kumi Yokoyama gathered a clearance and put a volleyed shot on frame but Bixby made another diving save to deny the Spirit.

62' - SAVE (POR) - Bixby again delivered a diving save when her right hand stopped a shot from Washington's Ashley Hatch from 10 yards out. 

69' - GOAL (POR) - Horan gave Thorns the lead when she found the end of a Meghan Klingenberg free kick with a diving header. Horan's goal was her first of the Challenge Cup and gave Portland their first advantage of the tournament. 

77' - GOAL (WAS) - The Spirit evened up the match when defender Samantha Staab scored a header after a redirected corner kick. 

88' - CHANCE (POR) - Horan forced a diving save when her right-footed shot from distance looked goal-bound, only to be denied by a dive from Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. 



  • Lindsey Horan was named Budweiser Woman of the Match, scoring her first goal of the tournament.
  • Katherine Reynolds and Gabby Seiler made their tournament debuts, entering the match as second-half substitutes.
  • Through three matches, 20 players have made an appearance for Portland in the Challenge Cup.
  • Meghan Klingenberg recorded her first assist of the Challenge Cup.
  • Bella Bixby, Horan, Klingenberg and Christine Sinclair have each started the first three matches for Portland.
  • Four players finished the match with at least two chances created: Horan, Klingenberg, Rocky Rodríguez and Morgan Weaver.

Next Game
With an eight-day break in between matches, Thorns FC conclude the preliminary round against OL Reign on Monday, July 13, at Zions Bank Stadium; kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. (Pacific) and features a live stream available on CBS All Access.

Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit - 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup
July 5, 2020 – Zions Bank Stadium (Herriman, Utah)

Goals by Half                 1          2          F
Washington Spirit          0          1          1
Portland Thorns FC       0          1          1                 

Scoring Summary: 
POR: Horan (Klingenberg), 69
WSH: Staab (Sanchez), 77

Misconduct Summary:

POR: GK Bixby, D Westphal (Pogarch, 70), D Menges, D Hubly, D Klingenberg (Reynolds, 80), M Salem (Seiler, 70), M Rodríguez, M Horan, F Lussi, F Sinclair © (Everett, 60), F Weaver (Charley, 70)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, D Nally, D Smithers, M Boureille, F A. Rodriguez

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Three players tied, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Horan, 3); FOULS: 9 (Horan, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 4

WSH: GK Bledsoe, D Jacobs (Huster, 79), D Nielsen, D Staab, D McGrady, M DiBiasi (Bailey, 70), M Sullivan, M Feist (Hatch, 45), F Yokoyama (Hellstrom, 73), F Sanchez, F Collins (Lavelle, 45)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Kerr, D Hendrix, M Boissiere, F McClure

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Hatch, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Five players tied, 1); FOULS: 7 (Sullivan, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3

Referee: Karen Abt
Assistant Referees: Stephen McGonagle, Deleana Quan
4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
Weather: Sunny, 85 degrees