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Thorns smash league attendance mark
August 4th, 2014 12:10AM

TAGS:  nwsl


[NWSL: Week 17] The defending champion Portland Thorns edged the Houston Dash, 1-0, before a record NWSL crowd of 19,123 at Providence Park Sunday night and moved closer to returning to the playoffs. Veronica Boquete broke a scoreless deadlock on a brutally hot evening as Portland's MLS All-Star Game week kicked off.

“It’s just amazing," Thorns coach Paul Riley said of the crowd that was just below capacity. "I heard everyone screaming, I thought, ‘Did we score again?’ and then I look up at the attendance record and it’s like, ‘Wow.’ It’s just unbelievable. For a league game to pull in 19,000, it’s not even the fact that there’s just the 19,000, but they sing the entire game. They’re in behind the team the entire game. It’s not just that section. It’s everybody. They get everybody jazzed into the game.

The Western New York Flash scored a late goal by another Spaniard, Sonia Bermudez, in stoppage time to defeat the Boston Breakers, 4-3, and keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

Saturday ...

FC Kansas City became the second team to clinch a playoff berth when it tied first-place Seattle, 1-1, and the Washington beat Chicago, 2-1. Yael Averbuch's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time moved the Spirit closer to a playoff berth after finishing last in the NWSL in the league's inaugural season.

The Red Stars struck early with a 4th minute goal from Lori Chalupny, but Washington equalized with a 48th-minute Christine Nairn goal. The Spirit sits in third place, four points ahead of Portland, which plays Sunday night, and six ahead of Chicago.

NWSL WEEK 17, Results:
Sunday, August 3
Boston 3 Western NY 4
Portland 1 Houston 0

NWSL WEEK 17, Results:
Saturday, August 2
Washington 2 Chicago 1
FC Kansas City 1 Seattle 1
Thursday, July 31
Sky Blue FC 1 Western NY 0
Wednesday, July 30
Washington 2 FC Kansas City 1
Houston 1 Seattle 4

NWSL Standings:
50 Seattle 15-1-5 45/17
38 FC Kansas City 11-6-5 36/29
34 Washington 9-8-5 35/41
33 Portland 9-7-6 38/33
28 Chicago 7-7-7 25/22
27 Western NY 8-11-3 37/32
22 Sky Blue FC 5-8-7 22/34
18 Houston 5-12-3 21/35
14 Boston 4-14-2 33/49

NWSL Leading Scorers:
14 Kim Little, Seattle
12 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
11 Jessica McDonald, Portland
11 Jodie Taylor, Washington
9 Allie Long, Portland
8 Lauren Holiday, FC Kansas City
7 Diane Matheson, Washington
7 Samantha Kerr
, Western NY
7 Heather O'Reilly, Boston
7 Carli Lloyd, Western NY
7 Nahomi Kawasumi, Seattle

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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