Match preview, Thorns vs. Reign, 7.13.20

NWSL Challenge Cup Preview | Thorns wrap up preliminary round play against Reign

Thorns FC vs. OL Reign | NWSL Challenge Cup | July 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. PT | CBS All Access

Portland Thorns FC play their fourth match of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret Monday when they take on the OL Reign at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. The match is presented locally by Toyota. Kickoff for the match is 9:30am PT on CBS All Access.

Following the match, the Thorns Postgame Report presented by Providence Health & Services, will go live with host Ann Schatz and soccer analyst Marian Dougherty to break down the match. Tune in to the Thorns Facebook page or YouTube page approximately 15 minutes after the final whistle.

#Statman's Numbers for #PORvOLR

24Common Foe – Monday's match will be the 24th all-time meeting between the Thorns and OL Reign. The clubs have met in every NWSL regular season, the 2018 NWSL Playoffs, and, now, the 2020 Challenge Cup. 

13Using Your Head – In Portland's last match, midfielder Lindsey Horan scored her first goal of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup with a diving header. It is Horan's 13th headed goal since joining the Thorns in all NWSL competitions, which is four more than the next closest NWSL player since Horan's debut. 

2Special Save – For the second time in three matches at the Challenge Cup, Portland goalkeeper Bella Bixby was awarded the Verizon Save of the Match. Bixby has made eight saves in the tournament with one shutout.

333She Shall Return – Gabby Seiler made her 2020 debut on Sunday after suffering an ACL tear in the 2019 season. Her substitution appearance came 333 days after her last match for Thorns FC.  

20Rotation, rotation, rotation – In the first three matches of the competition, 20 different players have seen the field for the Thorns. All but two of those 20 players have started at least one match at the Challenge Cup.