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Match preview: KC NWSL @ Portland Thorns FC

It’s a return to Providence Park, a rematch from the opening game of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup for Kansas City.

Kansas City v Portland Thorns FC Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Match Details

KC NWSL (0-3-2)
@ Portland Thorns FC (3-2-0)

When: Sunday, June 20 | 3:00 PM CT

Where: Providence Park | Portland, OR

TV: CBS (nationally); KCTV5 (locally)

Radio: WHB - 810AM

After a two-week break, Kansas City NWSL returns to the pitch, traveling to Portland to take on the second place Thorns FC in a nationally-televised game on CBS. It will be the second meeting of 2021 between the two clubs. The Thorns beat Kansas City 2-1 in Challenge Cup play on April 9th. Amy Rodriguez was the goalscorer for KC that evening in Portland.

Time to break nine-game winless streak?

Kansas City comes into this match on a nine-game winless streak in 2021. Even for an expansion team, that is an incredibly long stretch to go without a win. The pressure is certainly on Kansas City to produce a winning result, but against a good Portland side, that task will be difficult. Portland has scored in 14 consecutive matches, and enter Sunday afternoon’s game on a two-game winning streak. What’s more, Portland will welcome fans at 80 percent capacity at Providence Park, making it one of the toughest stadiums to play in the NWSL.

The good news for Kansas City is that midfielders Lo LaBonta and Chloe Logarzo are expected to return after missing the last several games with injuries. Canadians Desiree Scott, Jordyn Listro (though she is out with a left lower leg injury this game), and Victoria Pickett also return from international duty. Rachel Corsie, however, remains with the Scottish National Team, and Kansas City will have to adapt without its veteran center back.

But Kansas City must find a way to win. Kansas City has only allowed one goal in each of their past two games and has conceded just one goal in the first half of matches in regular season play, so a victory is within reach. Will it come against one of the best teams in the NWSL? That will be an important win if KC can push the ball forward and slow down Portland’s attack.

KC NWSL Injury Report

OUT: Arielle Ship (R Lower Leg), Diana Matheson (L Foot), Kiki Pickett (L Thigh), Jordyn Listro (L Lower Leg), Sydney Miramontez (R Foot)

QUE: Kristen Edmonds (L Lower Leg), Jéssica Silva (L Thigh)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Rachel Corsie (Scotland)

Projected Line Up: 4-3-3

Smith (GK)
Edmonds, Leach, Ball, Bowen
LaBonta, Vincent, Logarzo
Larroquete, Rodriguez, Jenkins

Prediction: KC, 2-1