Sky Blue will try to snap Portland’s eight-game home unbeaten streak (Jeffrey Auger/Courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Sky Blue FC will try to become the first road team to register a win at Providence Park since last year as they visit the Portland Thorns Saturday night.
Portland (4-1-3, 15 points) has been a tough nut to crack at home this season, as it is undefeated in their last eight games (7-0-1) at Providence.
Sky Blue (13) enters the 10 p.m. ET match at 4-4-1 this National Women’s Soccer League season.
“We have an exceptional amount of excitement about getting back on the field,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “After a long break, we have been able to address certain facets of our game where we needed to improve upon from some of our performances in recent weeks. We feel that if we can play to our potential on Saturday, it will be a very entertaining game.”
Prior to the NWSL international break last weekend, the Thorns edged out Sky Blue FC June 3 at Yurcak Field, 2-0. Sky Blue FC had a three-game home winning streak and had not been defeated on New Jersey soil this year. Despite outshooting Portland by a margin of 18-8, Sky Blue FC fell victim to a superb performance by goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who recorded seven saves. Thorns midfielder Lindsay Horan scored twice in the first half as Portland extended its unbeaten streak to six games.
The all-time series stands at 5-5-2, including a 3-3-0 mark at Providence Park. The Thorns have won in the previous three meetings between these two clubs, with the last Sky Blue FC victory in Portland coming on June 24, 2015. The Thorns are on a very successful stretch at home, going 7-0-1.
Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field on Wednesday, June 28, hosting the Orlando Pride at 7 p.m.