Canada’s Sinclair, Beckie help Thorns defeat Wave, head to NWSL championship match


Canadians Christine Sinclair and Janine Beckie got here off the bench to help the Portland Thorns safe a 2-1 victory over the visiting San Diego Wave within the first of two semifinal matches Sunday within the National Women’s Soccer League.

Crystal Dunn, who additionally got here on instead, scored in stoppage time within the win.

The Thorns will face the winner of the late recreation between OL Reign and the Kansas City Current within the league championship recreation subsequent weekend in Washington.

Dunn, who additionally performs for the U.S. nationwide workforce, has been easing her method again after giving start to a son 5 months in the past. Her objective from out entrance got here off a nook about three minutes into stoppage time.

The semifinals come amid persevering with fallout over an investigation that discovered systemic misconduct and abuse throughout the league.

U.S. Soccer commissioned former performing U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates to examine following a sequence of scandals that rocked the NWSL final season.

Yates’ report got here out earlier this month. In it, she detailed the Thorns’ dealing with of harassment and sexual coercion allegations levelled at former coach Paul Riley.

Riley coached Portland in 2014-15. Two former gamers, Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly, accused Riley of misconduct final 12 months in a report in The Athletic. After the discharge of the Yates investigation, two Thorns executives have been fired.

The introduced crowd was 22,030 at Providence Park. Fans got here out in assist of the gamers however there have been requires Thorns proprietor Merritt Paulson to promote the workforce.

Taylor Kornieck put the Wave up early with a header off a cross from Alex Morgan within the eighth minute. The Thorns equalized with Rocky Rodriguez’s volley off a bounce within the twentieth.

The Thorns have gained two NWSL championships, in 2013 and 2017. The Wave are new to the 12-team league this season.


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