NWSL Semifinals: Portland moves into final at home for first time

The Portland Thorns are one win away from becoming the first team to win three NWSL championships after they rallied to beat the Seattle Reign, 2-1, before 14,179 fans at Providence Park on Saturday afternoon.

U.S. national team stars Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan scored to erase the Reign's 1-0 lead and move the Thorns into next Saturday's final at Providence Park against the winner of Tuesday's North Carolina-Chicago semifinal moved from Cary to Portland because of Hurricane Florence.

The final will be the first for Portland, the NWS's best-drawing team, at Providence Park.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when Meghan Rapinoe’s free kick hit the crossbar and Jasmyne Spencer scored on the rebound.

The Reign had chances to extend its lead but it was thwarted by goalkeeper Adrianna Franch with big saves on Jodie Taylor in the 33rd and 37th minutes and Rapinoe in the 38th minute.

“There’s no one in the world that can do what she did in the first 45 minutes,” said Thorns head coach Mark Parsons.

Australian Caitlin Foord showed her value as the point of the Thorns' attack, laying the ball into Horan's path for the midfielder to find Heath down the left edge of the penalty area. Heath scored for the fifth straight game to even the score with two minutes to play in the first half.

Portland went ahead in the 77th minute when Horan’s leaping header deflected off the left post and into the goal.

Sept. 15 in Portland, Ore.
Portland 2 Seattle 1. Goals: Heath (Horan) 43, Horan (Sinclair) 77; Spencer 39.
Portland -- Franch, Carpenter, Sonnett (Ball 90+1), Menges,  Klingenberg, Boureille, Horan, Sinclair, Purce (Crnogorcevic, 46), Foord, Heath.
Seattle -- Williams, Nielsen, Oyster, Barnes, Catley, Utsugi (Andrews, 82), Fishlock (Addo, 84), Long, Rapinoe, Taylor,  Spencer (Yanez, 78).
Att.: 14,179.

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