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Thorns stick it to FCKC thanks to Tar Heel alums
April 27th, 2014 12:21AM
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[NWSL: Week 3] Coach Cindy Parlow Cone departed after the first season, but the Carolina influence at Portland continues as a pair of former Tar Heels, Jessica McDonald and Allie Long, combined for all three goals as the Thorns beat FC Kansas City, 3-1, to move back into first place in the NWSL. The Portland home opener drew 14,124 fans on a rainy night at Providence Park.

New Portland coach Paul Riley praises McDonald, who broke a 1-1 tie with goals in the 84th and 88th minutes.

“She’s been brilliant for us," he said. "I didn’t know her, I didn’t know too much about Jess. [University of North Carolina head coach] Anson [Dorrance] has spoken to me a little bit about her. She spent two years really injured and roaming around and trying to find her feet. I think she was fit coming in. She was ready to play. You know, her husband and kid are in Arizona, so it’s not an easy thing for her to come here. She’s been fully committed to everything we’ve done. You can see the fitness level she’s gotten. Two great goals. I thought she took the second one, it was a beautiful goal. Barney [Nicole Barnhart] is not easy to beat, especially up high and [McDonald] got her coming out. I thought it was a great goal. But she’s been tremendous and obviously with Alex [Morgan] missing [McDonald] has an opportunity to keep pushing along and getting goals. Hopefully, she can make it difficult for Alex to get back in the team. I’m hoping that’s what happens.”

-- Tori Huster's goal gave the Washington Spirit a 1-0 win at Chicago for its second straight victory after an opening defeat. Last season, the Spirit didn't get its second win until its 20th game.

NWSL WEEK 3, Results
Saturday, April 26
Chicago 0 Washington 1
Portland 3 FC Kansas City 1
Wednesday, April 23
Seattle 3 Washington 1

NWSL WEEK 3, Schedule:
Sunday, April 27
7:00 pm ET
Boston vs. Sky Blue FC
Seattle vs. Houston
Streaming: YouTube

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Seattle 2-0-0 6/1
7 Portland 2-0-1 5/2
3 Western NY 1-1-0 3/2
3 Chicago 1-1-0 1/1
6 Washington 2-1-0 5/4
3 Houston 1-1-0 3/3
2 Sky Blue FC 0-0-2 2/2
1 FC Kansas City 0-2-1 3/7
0 Boston 0-2-0 2/6

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
3+1 Diana Matheson, Washington
3+1 Allie Long, Portland

NWSL WEEK 4, Schedule:
Wednesday, April 30
7:00 pm ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle
8:00 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago
Saturday, May 3
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. Seattle
7:00 pm ET
Western NY vs. Portland
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston
8:00 pm ET
Houston vs. FC Kansas City
Streaming: YouTube


1 comment
  1. Bruce Gowan
    commented on: April 27, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
    What a shame that this excellent soccer is not televised. This league will never make it financially without better media coverage.

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