With Portland’s air quality now deemed the worst in the world with ‘hazardous’ air quality according to IQAir, the Portland Thorns have made a decision to reschedule its opening NWSL fall campaign match against the OL Reign... again.
The match had already been rescheduled once after it was slated to kick-off on Saturday, Sept. 12.
The National Women’s Soccer League announced last Thursday, due to poor air quality concerns in the Portland area following the recent wildfires burning throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, the Thorns-Reign match was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. (PT) at Providence Park.
But now the Thorns will reportedly wait to host their NW rival until later in the month when the air quality improves in PDX, according to Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian.
Portland's four fall NWSL matches scheduled to date:
- Thorns FC hosts OL Reign TBD
- Thorns FC hosts Utah Royals FC on Sept. 20 at 12:00pm
- Thorns FC at Utah Royals FC on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:00pm
- Thorns FC at OL Reign on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:00pm
It has almost been a week since the last match was played at Providence Park.
Last Wednesday, the Portland Timbers 2 completed its game at Providence Park before the air quality in downtown Portland became an even bigger concern. The T2 squad defeated Sounders FC 2, 3-0.