After broadcasting the opening game of the season, Lifetime returns to Portland in Week 3 as the Thorns welcome the Chicago Red Stars to Providence Park on Saturday. Additionally, the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinal takes place on Saturday with one of the two matches set to feature two veteran WNT players going against one another, and the winning team booking its place in the Final on June 1 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Below are this weekend’s matchups and the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:
Saturday, April 29
Portland Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars – 4 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After dropping a close one to North Carolina last Saturday, Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett and the Portland Thorns return to the bunker that is Providence Park on Saturday to welcome Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz and Casey Short in the Lifetime Game of the Week. Tobin Heath will miss the game as she continues to recover from a back injury.
In 2016, the Red Stars were tied for the third-most road wins with four; however, Portland is on an eight-game unbeaten streak against Chicago and hold an all-time 4-1-6 record against the Windy City side. Portland has gone 2-0-2 in their last four home games against the Red Stars.
North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The only team to have won its first two matches of the season, Sam Mewis, Lynn Williams and the North Carolina Courage aim to keep their spot atop the league standings when they face Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and the Orlando Pride for the first time this year on Saturday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park.
North Carolina, formerly the Western New York Flash, and Orlando split their season series last year, with each team taking a 1-0 victory at home. Orlando struggled away from home last season, picking up only one road win, tied for the fewest in the NWSL, and scoring seven away goals. On the other hand, the Courage are the only team that has not conceded a goal this season, and have only allowed one shot on goal.
Boston Breakers vs. Seattle Reign – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Saturday evening will feature a match between two teams coming off big wins at home. Rose Lavelle and the Boston Breakers will try to make it two consecutive home wins when they face their west coast visitors Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign at Jordan Field. Lavelle recorded her first NWSL career assist at home, while Rapinoe scored an incredible volley for the second time in as many games this season. She is the only player league-wide to have more than one goal. Rapinoe also has the highest shot conversion rate of any player in the league (two goals from five shots on target).
Seattle is unbeaten in 10 all-time meetings with Boston (nine wins and one draw). The Reign have outscored the Breakers 24-8 over this streak, which includes four shutouts.
Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The Spirit rescued a point last weekend after a 1-1 draw in Orlando, but will look to earn its first win of the season when it welcomes Kealia Ohai and the Houston Dash to Maryland SoccerPlex on Saturday evening. Houston is hoping to bounce back after its tough 5-1 loss to Seattle last weekend and earn its first road win of 2017. Morgan Brian is doubtful for the game as she continues to recover from a knee injury.
Washington will try to avoid a winless three-game start for the first time since 2014, when the Spirit went four matches without a victory. History may be in their favor however, as Washington is currently on a four-game winning streak against Houston and has outscored the Dash 7-2 in that time.
Sunday, April 30
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After 1-0 losses last weekend for both teams, Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC will finally get its home opener this weekend and will welcome Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to New Jersey for a match between several WNT veterans. Sky Blue FC, will look for their first home win vs. FC Kansas City, while the visitors will lean on their 5-2-3 all-time record against SBFC.
Saturday, April 29
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) vs. Manchester City (ENG) – 2:40 p.m. ET (Stream Live: ESPN3.com)
UEFA Women’s Champions League
The decisive second-leg of the semifinal series of the UEFA Women’s Champions League between Alex Morgan and Olympique Lyonnais and Carli Lloyd and Manchester City takes place on Saturday afternoon in Lyon. OL returns home after a huge 3-1 win in Manchester last weekend and has the advantage in this game with three away goals in its pocket. This means that City will need at least three goals to have a chance to advance to the UWCL Final in Cardiff on June 1. In the other semifinal, Paris Saint-Germain also returns home with a three goal-advantage against Barcelona and will look to secure its spot in the Final. Olympic Lyonnais is the current reigning UWCL title holder.
ESPN3 is slated to broadcast the match live at 2:40 p.m. ET. Authentication is required.
Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan
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