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NWSL Preview: OL Reign (8-7-3) at Portland Thorns FC (8-5-5)

Providence Park | Portland, Oregon – Saturday, September 6 at 10:30 PM ET

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Portland forward Christine Sinclair has scored 11 goals in her 31 all-time matches against the Reign in all competitions, with eight of those goals coming since the beginning of 2020. The only NWSL player with more goals against a single opponent in that time is Ashley Hatch, who has scored nine against the Courage.

OL Reign forward Jordyn Huitema has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, the most of any Reign player. She is the fourth Canadian player to score seven or more goals in a single NWSL season, joining Saturday’s opposition player Christine Sinclair (7x), and Diana Matheson (2x) and Sophie Schmidt (once).

Match facts: With just four regular season contests remaining, Portland Thorns FC welcomes OL Reign to Providence Park on Saturday night to round out a packed three-game evening across the league on the evening. Portland is in great position in 2nd place with 29 points from 18 games played, while OL Reign are just behind in 4th place with 27 points from 18 games played.

Portland’s last match was a 2-1 loss to Racing Louisville, which was the eighth time this season the Thorns have allowed multiple goals in a regular season match. The 8 games this season is tied with the most such games in a single season for Portland (also 2015 and 2022).

OL Reign were eliminated from the Challenge Cup in their last match, falling 1-0 to Racing Louisville. The team has lost each of its last three matches when allowing exactly one goal, the first time the Reign had done so since May to June 2013.

The Thorns and Reign will be meeting for the 38th time in all NWSL competitions, a rendition of the Cascadia Cup that continues to make the fixture the most popular in league history. The Reign have shut out the Thorns in three straight matches in all competitions at Providence Park, making them the only visiting team ever to keep three straight clean sheets at Portland.

Mikey Balhan Sports

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