Sky Blue FC has a chance of revenge as the squad from New Jersey heads west to take on the Portland Thorns this Saturday.
On June 3, Portland left Yurcak Field with a 2-0 win with Lindsay Horan scoring both goals. Heading into the match, Sky Blue FC was riding a three-game home winning streak. Despite out-shooting the Thorns 18-8, Sky Blue FC fell victim to strong goalkeeping by Adrianna Franch, who recorded seven saves on her way to a clean slate. Portland is unbeaten over its past six games.
“We have an exceptional amount of excitement about getting back on the field,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “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.”
The Thorns have a strong local influence from the New York area on the team’s roster including Long Islanders Allie Long (Northport) and Emily Menges (Garden City) and New Jersey natives Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge) and Meg Morris (Montclair).
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The all-time series between Sky Blue and Portland now stands at 5-5-2, including a 3-3-0 stalemate at Providence Park. The Thorns have won in the previous three meetings between these two clubs, with the last Sky Blue FC win in Portland coming on June 24, 2015. The Thorns are currently on a very successful stretch at home, going 7-0-1 over their previous eight contests at Providence Park.
(Below, Portland Thorns match preview including Emily Menges.)