Game Recap: The Portland Thorns FC (7-1-5, 26 points) entered Saturday’s match against FC Kansas City (3-5-4, 13pts) on a four-game winning streak and as the only undefeated team left in the NWSL.
However, Kansas City, two-time defending NWSL champions, ended both of those streaks with a 2-1 victory over Portland.
Five U.S. Women's National Team players and Canadian Women's National Team captain Christine Sinclair, were missing from the Thorns’ roster on Saturday.
Kansas City held possession and control for the majority of the first half. Yet, the Thorns were able to keep Kansas City scoreless until the 23rd minute after seven shots on goal. Thorns goal keeper Michelle Betos came up with multiple major saves.
Including one tremendous diving stop in the 16th minute worthy of a NWSL save of the week look. Kansas City’s Erika Tymrak sent a shot to the top corner of the net and Betos stretched out to knock it away.
Another Kansas City goal came in the 54th minute. Shea Groom scored a header off of a Tiffany McCarty cross into the box, extending their lead to 2-0.
The Thorns found some life in the 76th minute with a big goal from Kat Williamson in her first game back from injury. Williamson tapped in the loose ball off a free kick, making it 2-1, Kansas City.
Depsite a late Thorns’ rally that included six shots on goal in the final 10 minutes, Portland fell to Kansas City, 2-1.
- Kat Williamson made her first appearance since injury
- Kansas City took 14 shots on goal compared to Portland’s 16 shots on goal.
Up Next: The Portland Thorns travel to play the Houston Dash at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.