NWSL Rewind: Thorns draw without stars; scoring down

Sunday's Cascadia match between the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign game drew 18,114 fans on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park even though the Thorns were were missing six U.S. national team players. But the scoreless draw dropped the NWSL's goals per game to 2.06.

Week 7:
FRIDAY, MAY 27
WNY Flash 4 (Smith 15, Williams 64, 65, Dahlkemper 78) Boston 0.
Att.: 3,940.
SATURDAY, MAY 28

FC Kansas City 2 (Averbuch 53, Tymrak 77) Orlando 0.
Att.: 3,104
SUNDAY, MAY 29

Chicago 1 (Huerta 35) Sky Blue FC 1 (Galton 70).
Att.: 2,502.
Portland 0 Seattle 0.
Att.: 18,114.

Sunday's crowd was the Thorns' highest crowd of the season and almost double the other three Memorial Day weekend games combined.

Portland's average of 16,670 for three games is four times the average of all but two teams, Orlando (13,152) and Houston (6,271). The three teams owned and operated by MLS teams are averaging 12,031, while the NWSL's other seven teams are averaging 3,513.



With the exception of the Western New York Flash, which has won its last two games by 5-2 and 4-0 margins, and the Thorns, who crushed the Washington Spirit, 4-1, on May 21, no NWSL scored three or more goals in a game in May.

In its first three seasons, the NWSL averaged 2.70 (2013), 3.04 (2014) and 2.79 (2015) goals per game.

U.S. Women's National Team:
GP/G/A PLAYER, TEAM
6/3/0  Lindsey Horan, Portland
6/3/0 Sam Mewis, WNY Flash
6/3/0 Christen Press, Chicago
6/2/1 Alex Morgan, Orlando
5/1/5 Tobin Heath, Portland
5/1/2 Jaelene Hinkle, WNY Flash
6/1/1 Kelley O'Hara, Sky Blue FC
6/1/0 Whitney Engen, Boston
6/1/0 Ali Krieger, Washington
2/1/0 Carli Lloyd, Houston
6/0/4 Crystal Dunn, Washington
6/0/1 Heather O'Reilly, FC Kansas City
6/0/0 Meghan Klingenberg, Portland
6/0/0 Allie Long, Portland
6/0/0 Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City
6/0/0 Emily Sonnett, Portland
4/0/0 Morgan Brian, Houston
4/0/0 Julie Johnston, Chicago
GP/GAA PLAYER, TEAM
6/0.67 Ashlyn Harris, Orlando City
6/0.67 Alyssa Naeher, Chicago
5/1.00 Hope Solo, Seattle

The NWSL will be off this week for the FIFA women's fixture window. The USA faces Japan in a pair of friendlies. Play resumes the weekend of June 10-12.

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
14 Chicago 4-1-2 7/5
13 Portland 3-0-4 9/4
13 Washington 4-1-1 8/5
12 WNY Flash  4-3-0 12/8
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12 Orlando 4-3-0 8/6
8 Sky Blue FC 2-3-2 8/11
8 Seattle 2-3-2 7/7
7 Houston 2-3-1 6/7
5 FC Kansas City 1-4-2 4/6
2 Boston 1-6-0 1/11

Week 8:
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Boston vs. Washington
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
WNY Flash vs. Orlando
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Chicago vs. Portland
Seattle vs. Houston
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