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Portland Thorns fall again to Seattle Reign

Portland beaten 3-0 in front of record crowd in Seattle

The Columbian
Published: July 26, 2015, 5:00pm

Another game, another sellout crowd, another Portland Thorns loss to Seattle.

For the second time in five days, Seattle beat Portland in a National Women’s Soccer League match played before a record crowd.

The Reign won 3-0 Sunday in front of 6,303 fans, a franchise high, at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Wednesday in Portland, the Reign won 1-0 in front of 21,000 fans as women’s soccer continues to ride a post-World Cup wave of popularity.

But fanfare aside, Portland and Seattle enter the season’s homestretch headed in different directions.

Portland (3-6-4, 13 points) has lost three straight matches and sits just one-point ahead of last-place Boston in the nine-team league.

Seattle (8-3-3, 27 points) is in first place, two points ahead of Chicago, with six matches to play.

Sunday, Beverly Yanez scored two second-half goals within a five-minute span to put the game away. Jessica Fishlock scored the opening goal in the 38th minute.

Seattle dominated possession and pressure throughout the match, outshooting Portland 16-5.

Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer started for Portland for the first time since the World Cup. She had six saves.

The Thorns face a quick turnaround for their next match on Wednesday at Western New York.