Thorns FC

PREVIEW | Showdown with Racing Louisville awaits Thorns on Saturday

Following an incredible comeback win last weekend, Thorns FC are now tasked with two key match-ups on the road. First stop: a clash with the Washington Spirit on Sunday at Audi Field is 2pm PT. Watch on Paramount+.

Thorns FC travel Saturday to face Racing Louisville FC at Lynn Family Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30pm PT. 

The Thorns remain in sole-possession of first place in the league (8-4-5, 29pts), while Racing Louisville (4-4-9, 21pts) are currently on the outside the playoffs window in eighth place, they are very much in contention for one of the last postseason spots being only three points shy from sixth place OL Reign.

Saturday’s match at Louisville marks the penultimate away game for Portland, as they welcome three-straight home matches following the bye weekend before finishing the season at Angel City FC.

Here are some stats to know as Portland play their penultimate road game of the 2023 regular season:


Wether it be at Lynn Family Stadium, or in the friendly confines of Providence Park, the Thorns have been perfect through five encounters with Racing in NWSL regular-season play. Portland's victories have come in emphatic fashion, amassing a +11 goal differential while only conceding once through 450 minutes of action between the two.


Morgan Weaver's deft chip in D.C. last Sunday means the Thorns have now scored at least one goal in 21-straight road matches. This season alone has been an impressive one for Portland offensively as not only have they continued scoring away, but they have scored in 16 of the 17 total matches played, better than any club in the league this year.


The final two 2023 Australia-New Zealand FIFA Women's World Cup capped players to return from the international competition – Crystal Dunn (USA) and Hina Sugita (Japan), made their awaited return to action with the Thorns last Sunday. Both were second half substitutes, coming on in the 72nd and 61st minute, respectively.


In just under three seasons, Weaver has reached the 20-goal mark (across all competitions) with the club. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft is currently tied for second on the team with five goals in NWSL play, equaling Dunn and trailing NWSL Golden Boot leader Sophia Smith (11).