Thorns schedule announced
The Portland Thorns will open the 2019 National Women's Soccer League season on April 14 at Orlando.
The Thorns play their first six matches on the road while the Providence Park renovation is completed. The first of their 12 home matches is set for 3 p.m. June 2 against the Chicago Red Stars.
Portland plays eight of its last 11 games at home.
Each NWSL team will play the other eight clubs three times for a 24-game regular season.
Noteworthy home games include visits by defending champion North Carolina on Aug. 11 and on Sept. 11. Reign FC — now Tacoma-based — visits Portland on July 5.
In addition to North Carolina, teams visiting Portland twice are Chicago, Houston and Washington. The Thorns play each of those teams once on the road.
Teams the Thorns will visit twice and play host to once are Reign FC, Orlando, Sky Blue and Utah.
The Thorns will play preseason matches at the University of Portland in late March. Tickets for those games go on sale on March 19.
THORNS 2019 SCHEDULE
April 14 at Orlando Pride, 2 p.m.
April 20 at Chicago Red Stars, 12:30 p.m.
April 28 at Sky Blue FC, 3 p.m.
May 11 at Orlando Pride, 4:30 p.m.
May 18 at Washington Spirit, 4 p.m.
May 25 at Sky Blue FC, 3 p.m.
June 2 vs. CHICAGO RED STARS, 3 p.m.
June 15 at North Carolina Courage, 4:45 p.m.
June 21 vs. UTAH ROYALS, 8 p.m.
June 29 at Houston Dash, 5:30 p.m.
July 5 vs. REIGN FC, 8 p.m.
July 14 vs. ORLANDO PRIDE, noon
July 19 at Utah Royals FC, 7 p.m.
July 24 vs. HOUSTON DASH, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 3 vs. SKY BLUE FC, 8 p.m.
Aug. 7 at Reign FC, 7 p.m.
Aug. 11 vs. NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, noon
Aug. 17 vs. WASHINGTON SPIRIT, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25 vs. CHICAGO RED STARS, noon
Sept. 6 at Utah Royals FC, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 vs. NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. HOUSTON DASH, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Reign FC, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. WASHINGTON SPIRIT, 7:30 p.m.