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Portland forward Christine Sinclair and the Thorns will open the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020. And the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NWSL takes field first as other pro leagues chart futures

Portland forward Christine Sinclair and the Thorns will open the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020. And the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic.

June 26, 2020, 3:23pm Soccer

The National Women’s Soccer League opens its Challenge Cup tournament Saturday and the pressure is on as it becomes the first professional team sports league to play in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

Heath, Rapinoe among players opting out of NWSL tournament

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

June 23, 2020, 8:07pm Soccer

U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Portland Thorns to open NWSL tourney

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

June 1, 2020, 7:14pm National Sports

The National Women’s Soccer League has set the schedule for the opening round of its tournament starting later this month in Utah, with the Portland Thorns playing the defending champion North Carolina Courage on the opening day. Read story

Washington State forward Morgan Weaver (6) was selected by the Portland Thorns with the second pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft. The league was supposed to start its season this weekend.

NWSL had momentum heading into now suspended soccer season

Washington State forward Morgan Weaver (6) was selected by the Portland Thorns with the second pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft. The league was supposed to start its season this weekend.

April 18, 2020, 3:22pm Soccer

A four-year starter at Washington State, Morgan Weaver said one of her greatest strengths as a player is that she's a good learner. But for now, like the rest of the NWSL's players, she's learning to be patient. Read story

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (18), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and defender Abby Dahlkemper, right, celebrate the team's 8-0 win over Panama in a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston.

Thorns acquire defender Becky Sauerbrunn from Royals

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (18), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and defender Abby Dahlkemper, right, celebrate the team's 8-0 win over Panama in a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston.

March 3, 2020, 2:19pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns have acquired veteran U.S. national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn from the Utah Royals. Read story

Canada's Christine Sinclair, front left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against St. Kitts and Nevis during a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Edinburg, Texas.

Canada’s Sinclair sets goal record in Olympic qualifier

Canada's Christine Sinclair, front left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against St. Kitts and Nevis during a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Edinburg, Texas.

January 29, 2020, 6:34pm Soccer

Christine Sinclair scored twice to pass Abby Wambach for the international goals record among both men and women, and Canada defeated Saint Kitts and Nevis 11-0 on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament. Read story

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr scores against the Portland Thorns FC during the first half of an NWSL playoffs semi-final soccer match Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Bridgeview, Ill.

Red Stars defeat Thorns 1-0 to reach NWSL championship

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr scores against the Portland Thorns FC during the first half of an NWSL playoffs semi-final soccer match Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Bridgeview, Ill.

October 20, 2019, 4:23pm Soccer

Sam Kerr scored in the ninth minute and the Chicago Red Stars advanced to the National Women’s Soccer League championship match with a 1-0 victory over the Portland Thorns on Sunday. Read story

North Carolina Courage’s Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team’s game against the Portland Thorns in Portland. The National Women’s Soccer League has seen overall attendance at its games go up 15 percent since the Women’s World Cup.

NWSL receives a leg up from Women’s World Cup

North Carolina Courage’s Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team’s game against the Portland Thorns in Portland. The National Women’s Soccer League has seen overall attendance at its games go up 15 percent since the Women’s World Cup.

August 22, 2019, 11:23pm Sports

While record crowds at National Women’s Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Read story

Portland Thorns get 2-2 draw at Utah

July 19, 2019, 10:53pm Soccer

Christine Sinclair and Lindsey Horan each scored goals for the Portland Thorns, but a late-game goal by Rachel Corsie led to a 2-2 draw with the Utah Royals on Friday night. Read story

Thorns win thriller over Orlando in front of 19,000 home fans

July 14, 2019, 4:49pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns did their part to keep the post-World Cup wave of women’s soccer rolling. Read story