Thorns take unbeaten road show to K.C.

Portland hopes to extend streak away from home



The Portland Thorns FC will try to remain unbeaten on the road when they meet FC Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan. Kickoff is at 1:10 p.m. PDT Sunday.

A live webstream of the match will be available at

This is the third meeting of the season between the teams. They played to a 1-1 draw in the first NWSL match on April 14. On June 6 in Portland, the Thorns prevailed 4-3.

Portland (8-2-2, 26 points) enters play standing second in the National Women’s Soccer League standings. The Thorns trail Sky Blue FC by one point, but the New Jersey team has played one more game than Portland. Sky Blue visits Boston on Sunday.

On the road, Portland has four wins and two draws. A strong performance by goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc earned the Thorns a scoreless draw at Sky Blue last weekend, extending the road shutout streak for Portland to 274 minutes.

Since allowing a third-minute goal by Kansas City’s Renae Cuellar in the season opener, the only goal scored by a host team against the Thorns was a late penalty-kick goal for Washington on May 4.

Kansas City (6-4-2, 20 points) saw Sky Blue score twice late on Wednesday to rally for a 2-2 draw in New Jersey.

Lauren Cheney, who scored twice for Kansas City in its 4-3 loss at Portland, leads the Blues with seven goals and five assists. Cuellar has five goals.

Alex Morgan has five goals and three assists for Portland. Christine Sinclair has four goals and one assist. Danielle Foxhoven has three goals, all off the bench.

After Sunday, the Thorns play five of their next six matches at home before finishing the season with three road games.