Portland is back where they belong atop of the NWSL.
Following a 2-1 victory on the road over the OL Reign, Portland Thorns FC has clinched the NWSL Verizon Community Shield, an award given to the team with the most points during the NWSL Fall Series.
Throughout the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup and leading into the Fall Series, Thorns head coach Mark Parsons insisted the team was buying into the process to overhaul its style of play and build for the future.
They exemplified that after trading up to hold the top two selections of the 2020 NWSL College Draft where they chose Sophia Smith (Stanford) and Morgan Weaver (Washington State).
Well, after eliminating the defending champions in the Challenge Cup and going undefeated during the NWSL Fall Series, it appears the future is now for Portland.
Both of Portland's goals came from the penalty spot from Christine Sinclair, in the 43rd and 73rd minutes respectively.
Thorns FC, who blew out the Reign in Portland 4-1 earlier this season, dominated the match holding 58% possession, out-shooting the Reign 22-8 and earning 10 more corners.
Additionally, each NWSL franchise gets to choose a small business or program in the local community to play for during the Fall Series, with the winner earning a grant of $25,000 for their community partner.
Portland chose Mimi’s Fresh Tees: a "Portland-based t-shirt company that amplifies tough social justice conversations and allows people to wear their truth."
“Kamelah Adams [owner and designer of Mimi’s] is a great example of someone who not only recognized an issue, but also took action through her work,” said Thorns FC forward Simone Charley.
After an undefeated fall series, Portland's aspirations for 2021 should be nothing short of the third NWSL Championship in club history.