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Soccer notes: Thorns host Western New York

The Columbian
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The Portland Thorns bring a six-match home unbeaten streak into Saturday’s 4 p.m. match against the Western New York Flash at Providence Park.

Portland has five wins and one draw in its last six National Women’s Soccer League home matches dating to the 2014 season, including a 4-1 season-opening win over Boston last Saturday behind a pair of goals and an assist from Allie Long.

Many of the players who will soon leave for World Cup preparation should be available for this match — among them Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair.

This is the second of 10 league home matches for the Thorns in a 2015 season that stretches from April through September.

Western New York lost 5-1 in its opener at Seattle. The Flash return only three players from 2014 and started seven rookies at Seattle. The Flash have U.S. women’s national team forward Sydney Leroux, acquired in a trade with Seattle for the rights to Abby Wambach.

T2 signs O’Rourke

Portland Timbers 2 has signed veteran defender Danny O’Rourke. O’Rourke appeared in 12 games for the MLS Timbers last season and has been training with the Timbers as a non-roster player since preseason.

T2 plays their third consecutive road match at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, visiting Sacramento Republic FC. A live web stream will be available at www.timbers2.com..

T2 (2-1-1, 7 points) is coming off a loss last Saturday at Seattle. Sacramento (3-2-0, 9 points) is led by a USL best four goals from Rodrigo Lopez. Portland beat Sacramento 2-1 in T2’s inaugural match on March 29.

Victory FC hosts friendly

Vancouver Victory FC will host Lane United in its final preseason match at 7 p.m. Saturday at McKenzie Stadium.

Lane United is a Premier Development League team from Eugene that will play this summer in the same division as the Portland Timbers under-23 team.

Tickets for Saturday’s match cost $7.

Victory FC kicks off the Evergreen Premier League season on April 26 at Yakima.

Spartans at Delta Park

Portland Spartans FC will play two National Premier Soccer League matches this weekend at Delta Park in North Portland. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Spartans face the San Francisco Stompers. At 2 p.m. Sunday they face CD Aguiluchos USA of Oakland. Admission costs $5, Children 10 and younger are free.

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