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Portland hosts ESPN2 debut match
July 17th, 2014 9:17PM

TAGS:  nwsl


[NWSL: Week 15] The NWSL will air its first national television game on ESPN2 Sunday when the defending champion Portland Thorns FC host the last-place Boston Breakers at 5 p.m. ET at Providence Park.

Missing Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke, all Olympic champions, for most of the first half of the season, Portland finds itself one of four teams part of a four-team pack battling for the final two postseason spots behind runaway leader Seattle and second-place FC Kansas City.

The Breakers finished fifth last season but have fallen into the NWSL cellar. They will enter the match on Sunday on a six-game winless run.

-- Thorns forward Jessica McDonald scored the quickest goal in NWSL history, after  just 33 seconds into the match, but Portland and the Chicago Red Stars drew for a third consecutive match as the two teams tied 1-1 in front of 2,014 fans at in Lisle, Ill., on Thursday night.

-- Marissa Diggs scored in the 74th minute to give the Houston Dash a 1-1 tie with the Washington Spirit before 3,561 fans in Houston.

NWSL WEEK 15, Results:
Thursday, July 17
Chicago 1 Portland 1
Houston 1 Washington 1

NWSL WEEK 15, Schedule:
Friday July 18
7:30 pm ET
Western NY vs. FC Kansas City
Sunday, July 20
5 pm ET
Portland vs. Boston, ESPN2
6 pm ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington
7 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chicago

NWSL Standings:
42 Seattle 13-1-3 34/14
33 FC Kansas City 10-5-3 31/24
27 Washington 8-7-3 28/34
26 Portland 7-6-5 30/24
26 Chicago 7-6-5 23/19
23 Western NY 7-9-2 30/23
17 Houston 5-10-2 20/30
16 Sky Blue FC 3-7-7 16/30
11 Boston 3-12-2 23/37

NWSL Leading Scorers:
12 Kim Little, Seattle
10 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
9 Jodie Taylor, Washington
9 Jessica McDonald, Portland
7 Lauren Holiday, FC Kansas City
7 Diane Matheson, Washington
6 Carli Lloyd, Western NY
6 Samantha Kerr
, Western NY

NWSL WEEK 16, Schedule:
Wednesday, July 23
7 pm ET
Washington vs. Portland
Friday July 25
7:30 pm ET
Western NY vs. Boston
Saturday, July 26
2 pm ET
Chicago vs. Houston
Sunday, July 27
6 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC
7 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland

NWSL WEEK 17, Schedule:
Wednesday, July 30
7 pm ET
Washington vs. FC Kansas City
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle, ESPN3
Thursday, July 31
7 pm ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Western NY
Saturday, August 2
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. Chicago
8 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Seattle
Sunday, August 3
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Western NY
10 pm ET
Portland vs. Houston, ESPN2

NWSL WEEK 18, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 6
8 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Boston
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Houston
Saturday, August 9
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. FC Kansas City
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Sky Blue FC, ESPN3
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Washington
Sunday, August 10
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Portland

NWSL WEEK 19, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 13
7 pm ET
Western NY vs. Sky Blue FC, ESPN2
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. Boston
Saturday, August 16
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. Western NY
Sunday, August 17
5 pm ET
Portland vs. Seattle, ESPN3
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Houston

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