Providence Park thriller: Portland downs Orlando in NWSL instant classic

The NWSL's return to the ESPN air waves produced an instant classic as the Portland Thorns beat the Orlando Pride, 4-3, thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Tyler Lussi to the delight of 18,909 fans at Providence Park.

Orlando had rallied from 3-1 down in a wild second half to tie the score on Erin Greening's goal in the 90th minute.

Deep in stoppage time, Gabby Seiler sent a looping shot that was pushed over the crossbar by Pride keeper Hayley Kopmeyer. On the ensuing corner kick, Meghan Klingenberg found Lussi at the right post, where she headed the ball into the back of the net just before the final whistle.

The game was the first aired on ESPNEWS as part of the new ESPN contract the NWSL signed for the remainder of the 2019 season.

"ESPN better send some commission to Portland and Orlando," said Thorns coach Mark Parsons, "because that was a heck of a way to open up your TV games."

No U.S. World Cup team players played this past weekend, but players from other World Cup teams have returned to action, including Marta, whose rocket was the first of six goals scored in the second half.

"Credit to Orlando," said Parsons. "I thought they showed a lot of character. Look at their individual talent -- they've got so much quality and talent on their team. You give them an inch, they're going to take it. They had three or four looks and they put three of them away, which is obviously a problem for us but credit to them for."

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2 comments about "Providence Park thriller: Portland downs Orlando in NWSL instant classic".
  1. Ben Myers, July 15, 2019 at 10:46 a.m.

    But why is NWSL relegated to ESPN News, a premium channel, rather than an ESPN that we all can receive on regular cable?  Yet another baby step forward for women's pro soccer in this country, rather than a bigger step.  Disappointing.

  2. Sheryl MARTINEZ, July 15, 2019 at 5:22 p.m.

    just a quick question I'd like to know why we have this nice long interview with man who sleeps with his players or at least couple of them that have been documented. Talking about S.R.  and I'm just too old to remember the rest. Ask him why he left the national team asked him why his wife wanted him to. Ask him why he removes scholarships from players about halfway through their year so he can take the money and give it to a new recruit. He's got a few skeletons in his closet , not the best role model.

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