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Portland Thorns roll to 3-1 win over Houston Dash

The Portland Thorns returned to their winning ways, earning a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dash Friday night in front of an announced crowd of 3,480 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

It was Portland star Christine Sinclair’s 100th career National Women’s Soccer League game. She finished with a goal and assist.

The Canadian international orchestrated Portland’s first score, setting up Tobin Heath’s goal in the ninth minute after slotting the ball past goalkeeper Jane Campbell. 

The Dash (3-5-5, 14 points) equalized in the 12th minute when a failed clearance from Emily Sonnett found its way to Sofia Huerta, who struck the ball from close range.

Huerta was part of a three-team blockbuster trade earlier this week in the NWSL that dealt the midfielder and Taylor Comeau to Houston from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the rights of Christen Press, who was sent to the Utah Royals. The Red Stars landed defender Brooke Elby, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and an additional first-round pick in the same draft. Chicago also is getting three conditional picks from Utah: a first-round and a second-round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft and a first-round pick in 2021. 

The Thorns (5-4-4, 19 points) reclaimed the lead in the 33rd minute when Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic struck toward goal, hitting Campbell. Crnogorcevic then headed the rebound over the goalkeeper for the g0-ahead goal.

Sinclair sealed the win in the 82nd minute when she blasted a shot outside the box past the goalkeeper to secure a 3-1 lead late in the game.

Houston outshot Portland 17-11, but the Thorns converted more shots on target with five to the Thorns’ two shots on frame.

The Thorns were without Lindsey Horan, who missed Friday’s game due to yellow-card accumulation.

Houston plays at Orlando on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., while Portland hosts Sky Blue Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.

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