Record crowd sees Portland Thorns top Reign FC


PORTLAND — Alex Morgan and Marian Dougherty each scored a goal to lead the Portland Thorns to a 2-1 victory over Seattle Reign FC on Sunday.

The Thorns (1-0-1) got the first win in franchise history and drew 16,479 to Jeld-Wen Field — a record for the National Women’s Soccer League in its debut season.

Portland outshot Seattle 12-5.

The Thorns have two Olympic star forwards in Morgan and Canada’s Christine Sinclair. That duo teamed up on the second goal seven minutes into the second half.

Seattle (0-1-1), which scored in the 74th minute on a Jessica Fishlock goal, was without most of its marquee players. Goalkeeper Hope Solo is out until late summer with a wrist injury, while midfielder Megan Rapinoe is playing in France.

The Thorns’ home-opening crowd was more than double the NWSL’s previous high of 6,784. Through six league matches, the average attendance is 5,737 per game.


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