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Thorns open vital stretch against Boston

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter
Published: August 4, 2015, 5:00pm

With six matches left in the National Women’s Soccer League season, the Portland Thorns face a critical stretch in their effort to climb into playoff position.

The Thorns play two home games over the next five days, beginning with at 7 p.m. today against the Boston Breakers. The match at Providence Park will be streamed live on FoxSportsGo.com and available on mobile devices through the Fox Sports Go app.

The Thorns (4-6-4, 16 points) are coming off their first road win of the season, a 2-0 win at Western New York. A win today would move them to within one point of fourth-place Houston. The top four teams in the nine-team league will advance to the playoffs.

Allie Long scored her team-leading sixth goal in the win at Western New York. Long has contributed at least one goal or one assist in eight of the last 12 Thorns home matches dating back to last season.

Boston, in last place at 3-9-3, is coming off a 2-1 home loss to Seattle on Saturday. The Breakers are led by Kristie Mewis, who has tallied five goals in 15 matches.

On Sunday the Thorns host Chicago for a 6:30 p.m. match that will be shown nationally on Fox Sports 1.

Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter