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Thorns’ Christine Sinclair: ‘This team desperately needed a win’


The Portland Thorns snapped their four-game winless streak, downing Angel City 3-0 at Providence Park on Friday night.

With their last victory coming in April, the Thorns clinched a critical three points in the NWSL standings with their Friday night shutout.

“This team desperately needed a win,” said Christine Sinclair, who notched a brace in the match. “We’ve been playing well, just haven’t gotten the results, and it was nice to put on a show for the fans.”

There was plenty to celebrate at Providence Park, with the club hosting Pride night as players donned jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers for the occasion.

“What an opportunity to give our amazing fans a party,” said Thorns coach Rhian Wilkinson. “This league is so tight, so anytime you can grab three points is huge.”

The celebratory evening was marked by an important first, with fans cheering as Kelli Hubly scored her debut NWSL goal to put the Thorns up 1-0 in the 15th minute. Hubly nodded in a Sophia Smith corner, celebrating with her teammates after her breakthrough goal.

The 27-year-old has been with the club since 2017.

Next up: The Thorns will look to build a win streak as they travel to take on the San Diego Wave on Wednesday.