Thorns spoil Dash's debut before 8,097 Houston fans

[NWSL: Week 1] Midfielder Allie Long's goal on a header in the first half stood up for a 1-0 win for the defending champion Portland Thorns, who spoiled the debut of the expansion Houston Dash before 8,097 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.

Making her NWSL debut, German keeper Nadine Angerer recorded two saves to earn the shutout and help Portland head coach Paul Riley record the victory in his first match at the helm.

Injuries to Brittany Bock (right knee sprain) and top draft pick Kealia Ohai (right ankle injury) left the Dash shorthanded for upwards of nine minutes to start the match. Both had to leave the game prematurely.



-- Amy Rodriguez scored in her NWSL debut three minutes before halftime for FC Kansas City, but Katy Freels tied the score three minutes after the break to give Sky Blue FC a 1-1 tie before 3,207 fans in the first match at UMKC's Verizon Wireless Field.

NWSL WEEK 1, Results:
Saturday, April 12
8:00 pm ET
Houston 0 Portland 1
FC Kansas City 1 Sky Blue FC  1

NWSL WEEK 1, Schedule:
Sunday, April 13
4:00 pm ET
Washington vs. Western NY
7:00 pm ET
Seattle  vs. Boston 

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

NWSL WEEK 2, Schedule:
Saturday, April 19
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. FC Kansas City 
6:45 pm ET
Chicago  vs. Western NY
7:00 pm ET
Sky Blue FC  vs. Portland
Sunday, April 20
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Houston
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