Caitlin Foord helped Portland Thorns to a 0-0 draw against Washington Spirit and locked up a National Women’s Soccer League Semi Final showdown against Chicago Red Stars.
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Portland’s fate of a third-place finish was decided before the home side kicked a ball at Providence Park, as Alanna Kennedys Orlando Pride did her Sydney FC teammate Foord a favour by drawing 2-2 with Reign FC earlier on Sunday (AEDT).
A bumper crowd of 24,521 cheered on the Thorns, who controlled the larger share of possession but could not find the break through despite leading the shot count 21-5.
Foord was introduced from the bench on 78 minutes in place of United States' FIFA Women's World Cup winner Lindsay Horan.
Portland will battle second seed Chicago on October 21 (AEDT) at SeekGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, for a place in the NWSL Championship game.
Kennedy's Pride strike late to share the points
A late goal from Brazilian legend Marta earned Alanna Kennedy’s Orlando Pride a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Reign FC.
Pride’s Rachel Hill, who starred for Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League 2018/19, broke the deadlock on 24 minutes but the visitors flipped the game on its head.
Darian Jenkins restored parity on 34 minutes and seven minutes later, England international Jodie Taylor put the Seattle-based side in front at Exploria Stadium.
Pride had the edge in the second half and Marta’s 86th-minute effort ensured the NWSL’s bottom-placed team wrapped up the 2019 season on a high.
Reign will travel to Cary, North Carolina on October 21 (AEDT) to face defending NWSL Champions and Shield holders North Carolina Courage in the other Semi Final