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SATURDAY NWSL ROUNDUP/Sinclair scores three goals for Portland, but Chicago answers late in wide-open match

Christine Sinclair scored three goals, but the Portland Thorns were fortunate to escape Chicago with a 4-4 tie in a wild National Women's Soccer League match on Saturday against the Red Stars.

Portland had leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3.

The Thorns are 1-0-1 two games into six in a row on the road to start the season.

Chicago has ties in each of its first two matches.

Ana Crnogorcevic also scored for Portland.

Yuki Nagasato scored twice for Chicago, including the tying goal in the 90th minute.

Sinclair opened the scoring in the 16th minute, taking a flicked pass from Lindsey Horan and chipping the ball over goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Chicago tied the score as Nagasato converted a penalty kick in the 18th minute.

In the 20th minute, Sam Kerr pressured Emily Sonnett into a turnover and converted to put the Red Stars ahead 2-1.

The Thorns tied the game at 2-2 in the 33rd minute as Crnogorcevic flicked a header into the goal off a Megan Klingenberg cross.

Six minutes after halftime, Klingenberg delivered a cross that found Sinclair making a run to the far post, and Portland was up 3-2.

Chicago tied the score in the 77th minute. Shortly after entering the game, Michele Vasconcelos finished a Julie Ertz cross from close range.

Portland regained the lead in the 87th minute as Sinclair converted a PK to complete her second NWSL hat trick. Midge Puce broke into the penalty area and was pulled down by Chicago's Kathleen Naughton.

From there, it was all Red Stars. A combination play through the middle of the Thorns defense ended with Yagasato putting the ball past Adrianna Franch in the 90th minute.

Franch made a pair of saves in stoppage time to preserve the tie, and Chicago's Vanessa DiBernardo hit the crossbar with an open opportunity.

Franch was credited with three saves. The Red Stars took 20 shots, seven on target.

The Thorns took 10 shots. Naeher's one save denied a one-on-one chance for Tobin Heath in the 68th minute.

Moments later, a cross from Ellie Carpenter just missed connecting with Horan in front of the goal.

Next for the Thorns is a visit to Sky Blue FC on April 28.

Portland's first home match is on June 2 against Chicago.


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