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Portland has chances, but cannot convert in a National Women's Soccer League draw with Gotham FC at Providence Park.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Portland Thorns midfielder Rocky Rodriguez (left) battles with Allie Long of Gotham FC on Sunday in NWSL action at Providence Park. The sides battled to a scoreless draw.Goals: none.

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).

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - There were no goals, but supporters of the Portland Thorns enjoyed the opportunity to support their team on Sunday, July 11 as Providence Park was open without restrictions for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.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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