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Trinity Rodman and a Series of Red Cards Highlight Opening NWSL Weekend


Portland 2, Kansas City 1

In a dramatic ending to the game, Thorns forward Simone Charley was sent off in the 90th minute for a second yellow on a mistimed challenge. Coach Mark Parsons then received a red for arguing the call. 

Not to be outdone, Kansas City defender Kristen Edmonds and Thorns forward Morgan Weaver were also sent off following a clash on the sideline.

In total, the Thorns finished the match with nine players to Kansas City’s 10. 

“Unfortunately, I think I’m really disappointed in what happened,” said  Thorns’ defender Morgan Klingenberg after the game. “Not necessarily from our side, because what I saw was, Morgan Weaver didn’t do anything, she was the one that got taken down, and we watch it on replay and I think that needs to be rectified, because it’s unfair for a player to be carded, and then not able to play in the next game when they didn’t do anything.”

Barring any changes due to appeal, Charley, Weaver and Parsons will miss the Thorns’ next match against Chicago due to the red cards.

North Carolina Courage 3, Washington Spirit 2

This one was one for the history books.

Months after making history for becoming the youngest player ever drafted in league history, Trinity Rodman – daughter of NBA star Dennis Rodman – made history once again.

Coming in at the 55th minute for Kumi Yokoyama, Rodman scored five minutes later to bring the Spirit within one. In doing so, she became the youngest American to ever score in the NWSL. 

Unfortunately, that effort would not be enough as the Courage would go on to win thanks to goals from Kristen Hamilton, Jessica McDonald and Merritt Mathias.

Houston Dash 0, Chicago Red Stars 0

Despite a lot of hard play from both sides, the rematch of last year’s final in Utah saw the Dash and Red Stars play to a scoreless draw. 

Racing Louisville 2, Orlando Pride 2

Racing Louisville got their first-ever start against the Orlando Pride in this 2-2 draw. 

It was the first time in 45 years that Kentucky played home to a top-tier sports team. And boy, did it not disappoint. The match began in a downpour before Louisville forward Cece Kizer etched her name into the Racing Louisville history books.

A lot of back and forth insinuated before the game was capped off by a 93rd-minute goal by Louisville defender Brooke Hendrix. Four players – Kizer, Hendrix, Pride forwards Taylor Kornieck and Abigail Kim – scored their first NWSL goals.

“It was incredible,” said Hendrix. “The lights, the sounds, the fans. It was unreal, honestly. It kind of took my breath away at first.”