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Sept. 4 match against Washington in Portland was initially postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the Spirit.

It took a while to sort out, but the National Women's Soccer League on Thursday awarded the Portland Thorns a win over the Washington Spirit for the Sept. 4 match in Portland that was postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the Spirit.

Under FIFA rules, Portland is awarded a 3-0 win. That extends Portland's lead atop the NWSL standings to six points.

With the forfeit win, the Thorns are 12-4-2 for 38 points from 18 games. Second-place OL Reign has 32 points from 19 games and third-place North Carolina 29 points from 18 games.

Thorns season-ticket holders will get a credit to their account toward a 2022 home match. Those who purchased group or individual-game tickets receive a credit that can be used this season or in 2022.

In addition to the forfeit, the Spirit organization was fined $25,000 by the league for a breach of NWSL medical protocols. Washington is currently in the sixth and final playoff position, so the two forfeits are costly for the Spirit who are just ahead of Houston and Gotham FC in the standings.

The Thorns were anxiously awaiting this announcement because the NWSL had already announced that second-place OL Reign would receive a forfeit win when their Sept. 11 match at Washington was cancelled.

The Thorns have six remaining regular-season games: a Sept. 25 game at Chicago and five games in October, three at home.


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