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Crystal Dunn banger lifts Thorns over Gotham


The Thorns are back to their winning ways, defeating Gotham FC 1-0 at Red Bull Arena.

After losing their last two games, Portland needed a win in what was a rematch of the Challenge Cup final, which Portland won in PKs.

The Thorns dictated the majority of possession in the first half, out-shooting Gotham 11-5. They were unable to convert in the final third, however, due in large part to Gotham’s bend-but-don’t-break defense. Going into Sunday’s game, Gotham had yet to concede a goal all season.

Then, in the 56th minute, Crystal Dunn rocketed a shot into the upper 90 from the top of the box to put the Thorns out in front 1-0. The goal was Dunn’s first as a Portland Thorn as well as her first in the league since July 2020.

Gotham FC saw more possession in the second half, but were unable to finish inside the box. Sheridan and the rest of Gotham’s defense came up big several times throughout the match, a bright spot in an otherwise down day for the club.

Following Sunday’s game, the Portland Thorns catapulted to second in the NWSL standings while Gotham slid to fourth. The Thorns will head back home to face Racing Louisville FC on Saturday. Gotham FC will stay in Jersey as they host OL Reign at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.