What it means: Portland is 5-3-1 (16 points), tied with North Carolina and Orlando for first place in the NWSL. Gotham FC is 3-1-4 (13 points).
Takeaways: Gotham FC showed why it has allowed only three goals this season with a strong defensive effort, Including four big saves from goalkeeper DiDi Haracic. … Portland was credited with 14 chances, had a ball cleared from the goalmouth and another hit the past, but coach Mark Parsons was more disappointed in the Thorns' control play through possession. … Milwaukie native Bella Bixby (two saves) posted her second consecutive shutout in her Providence Park debut. … Olivia Moultrie also made her home debut. The 15-year-old played 22 minutes off the bench. … Announced attendance was 14,731 at the first event allowing full capacity at Providence Park.
Next up: Portland hosts Orlando at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.
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