Match Preview
Jun 13, 2024

PREVIEW | Thorns travel up I-5 to face rivals Seattle Reign FC

Portland Thorns FC (4th, 7-4-1, 22pts) are winners of seven of their last eight matches and travel up I-5 to face Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle Reign FC (7th, 5-6-0, 15pts) live at Lumen Field.

Kickoff is schduled for 1pm PT and fans can stream the match live on CBS and Paramount+, or join us at the official watch party.

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The Opponent: Seattle Reign FC (12th, 2-9-1, 7pts)

Portland's Pacific Northwest rivals have had a tumultous start to their 2024 campaign. As the season reaches its halfway point, Seattle will have to start producing results if they want to fight for a playoffs spot. After opening 2024 with a win, the Reign lost five-straight matches, plummeting in the league standings. Currently embroiled in a five-match winless streak, Seattle will look to bounce-back against the visiting Thorns.

Reign head coach Laura Harvey and company have had some challenges this year and seem to be struggling finding offensive power. After 12 matches, Seattle only has two players with more than three goal involvements (Bethany Balcer and So-Yun Ji), and their defense hasn't fared much better. Centerback Shae Holmes leads the team in blocks (1.1) and clearances (4.4), however the results have not been there for Seattle as they have only collected 7 of a possible 36 points thus far. Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory ranks second in the league in avaerage goals received per match at 2.4 and is last in the league in save percentage with 60% effectivity.

Notes & Numbers

9-11-6

The Thorns are just two wins away from tying the all-time regular season head-to-head series. Currently Portland has 9 wins, 11 losses, and 6 draws with Seattle in NWSL.

L8

As they meet one final time in regular season play on Sunday, Portland and Seattle are in two opposite forms heading into the derby. In their last eight matches, the Thorns have a 7-1-0 record and have a seven-point advantage over the final playoff spot (8th seed). Over the same span, Seattle has earned points in just two matches, amassing a 1-6-1 record and falling into an eight-point hole away from the final playoff spot.

1,022

In their last six matchups, the Thorns have been dominant over the Reign, amassing a 3-0-3 record. In fact, come kick off, it'll have been 1,022 days since Portland's last defeat to the Reign on August 29, 2021.