Rapinoe returns to Portland for Celebration Series



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe was thinking a little homage to the Portland Timbers might be in order if she scores when the U.S. women’s national team plays Canada on Thursday.

She joked that she’d like to saw a bit of the log that mascot Timber Joey carves into each time the Timbers score at Jeld-Wen Field.

Rapinoe, who played in college for the Portland Pilots, returned to the city this week with the national team for a post-World Cup friendly.

The U.S. women played Japan in the thrilling World Cup final, but ultimately lost on penalty kicks. As a thank you to American fans for their support during soccer’s premier event, the two-match Celebration Series with Canada opened in Kansas City on Saturday. That match ended in a 1-all draw.