NWSL preseason moves into home stretch

There are only two weekends left in the NWSL preseason. The Portland Thorns will host the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash, along with the U.S. U-23 national team, in the Thorns Spring Invitational, which will be played over three dates at the University of Portland.

On Thursday, the Orlando Pride wrapped up preseason with a 5-1 win at USF. Christine Nairn scored directly from the kickoff after the Bulls got on the board in the 72nd minute. She also had two assists. Sydney Leroux had the first goal to finish preseason with four goals in three matches.

NWSL, Preseason Schedule:
March 10
Sky Blue FC vs. Univ. of West Virginia in Manalapan, NJ
Washington Spirit vs. Univ. of North Carolina, in Leesburg, VA
March 11
Houston Dash vs. U-23 USWNT (Thorns Spring Invitational), in Portland, OR
NC Courage vs. Wake Forest Univ.
Portland Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars (Thorns Spring Invitational)
March 13
Seattle Reign vs. UCLA in Norco, CA
March 14
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash (Thorns Spring Invitational), in Portland, OR
Portland Thorns vs. U-23 USWNT (Thorns Spring Invitational)
March 16
Utah Royals vs. UCLA
March 17
Chicago Red Stars vs. U-23 USWNT (Thorns Spring Invitational), in Portland, OR
NC Courage vs. Washington Spirit, in Richmond, VA
Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash (Thorns Spring Invitational)
Sky Blue FC vs. St. John’s Univ. in Manalapan, NJ

NWSL, Preseason Results:
February 24
Marquette Univ. 2 Chicago Red Stars 0
Sky Blue FC 0 Penn State Univ. 1
February 25
NC Courage 2 Univ. of North Carolina 0
February 28
Florida State Univ. 3 Orlando Pride 2
March 1
N.C. State 0 NC Courage 4
March 3
Sky Blue FC 2 Univ. of North Carolina 1
UCF 0 Orlando Pride 3
Utah Royals 1 BYU 0
March 4
Univ. of Wisconsin vs. Chicago Red Stars (no report-closed-door match)
NC Courage 2 Univ. of Tennessee 0
March 8
USF 1 Orlando Pride 5
Univ. of Washington 1 Seattle Reign

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