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Thorns hosting Kansas City

Portland needs win to lift NWSL playoff hopes

The Columbian
Published: July 12, 2014, 12:00am

The search for a home-field advantage continues on Sunday for Portland Thorns FC.

Locked in a tight battle for one of the four National Women’s Soccer League playoff spots with eight games remaining, the Thorns host second-place FC Kansas City at 4 p.m. at Providence Park.

Kickoff time was shifted to avoid conflict with the World Cup final.

A live webstream is available at portlandthornsfc.com.

At 6-6-4, Portland is tied for fifth place with Chicago, a team it has tied in two consecutive games.

The Thorns have a losing record at home (3-4-1) where they continue to draw crowds that dwarf the rest of the NWSL.

FC Kansas City comes to Portland on a seven-game winning streak, the latest a 5-0 win a week ago at Sky Blue FC. Amy Rodrigues (10) and Lauren Holiday (7) are among the league leaders in goals and Kansas City’s 30 goals allowed is tied for second fewest in the league.

Holiday is listed as out for today’s match because of illness.

The Thorns beat Kansas City 3-1 in their home opener early this season. On June 28, FC Kansas City beat the visiting Thorns 1-0 on a Holiday goal.

Jessica McDonald leads the Thorns with nine goals and Allie Long has six after converting a penalty kick on Wednesday at Chicago.