The Portland Thorns FC will face the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship this Saturday, Oct. 14, at Orlando City Stadium.
The Thorns earned a spot in the finals after defeating the Orlando Pride over the weekend. Goals by Amadine Henry, Emily Sonnett, Hayley Raso, and Christine Sinclair helped the Thorns reach a 4-1 victory over the Alex Morgan and Marta led Orlando team.
This is the Thorns’ fourth time in the NWSL postseason, making their second finals appearance. They won the inaugural NWSL Championship back in 2013.
What is bound to be an exciting game is also one full of history. Prior to relocating and rebranding, the Courage competed in the NWSL as the Western New York Flash for four seasons. The Thorns defeated the Flash in the inaugural championship in 2013 and lost to them in the semi-finals last season. The Thorns and the Courage have a 1-1-0 record this season.
This is also the fifth season of the NWSL, marking it as the longest running professional women’s soccer league in the US.
The Thorns finished second overall in the 10-team league with a record of 14-5-5. Led by all-time leading scorer and Portland Pilots legend Sinclair, the Thorns hope to take the championship crown for the second time on Saturday in Orlando.
Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 ET) and can be watched live on Lifetime.