September 11, 2016
Thorns clinch home-field advantage before 21,144 crowd
PORTLAND THORNS 3, WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 2
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Thorns clinched a first-round home playoff match with a 3-2 victory over the Western New York Flash before a 21,144 sellout crowd at Providence Park Sunday night.
The Thorns (11-3-5, 38 points) dominated, taking a three-goal lead as Nadia Nadim converted a 27th-minute penalty, Christine Sinclair scored off a deflection in the 39th minute and Dagny Brynjarsdottir finished a Tobin Heath through ball in the 69th minute.
The fourth-place Flash (8-6-5, 29 points), which holds a two-point advantage over the Seattle Reign in the fight for the final playoff place, countered on Jess McDonald’s 77th-minute header and Lynn Williams’ 80th-minute goal.
SEATTLE REIGN 2, WASHINGTON SPIRIT 0
The Seattle Reign stayed in contention for a playoff place with a 2-0 victory over the first-place Washington Spirit Sunday night.
Beverly Yanez (27th minute) and Keelin Winters (79th) scored for the Reign (7-6-6, 27 points), which trails the fourth-place Western New York Flash by two points in the race for the final post-season spot with one match remaining. The Spirit (12-4-3, 39 points) has clinched home-field advantage for the playoff opener.
FC KANSAS CITY 0, CHICAGO RED STARS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chicago Red Stars clinched a playoff spot with a 0-0 draw with FC Kansas City at Swope Soccer Village Sunday night. The Red Stars (8-5-6, 30 points) are in third place with one match remaining. Defending NWSL champion FC Kansas City (6-8-5, 23 points) will miss the playoffs for the first time in the team’s four-year history.
HOUSTON DASH 4, BOSTON BREAKERS 1
HOUSTON, Texas -- Carli Lloyd scored two goals and had an assist as the Houston Dash defeated the Boston Breakers, 4-1, before a 6,107 crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday night.
Canadian Janine Beckie finished a Lloyd feed as the Dash (6-9-4, 22 points) took the lead in the 26th minute. Kealia Ohai upped the advantage to 2-0 with a 35th-minute goal.
The Breakers (3-14-2, 11 points) cut the deficit on Elise Krieghoff’s 76th-minute rebound of a shot off the post by Kristie Mewis. Lloyd then scored off an Ohai assist in the 78th minute and on a penalty kick in the 81st minute.