Thorns finally take a blow
Portland's 10-game unbeaten run ends, 2-1, vs. OL Reign
An early score pumped up Providence Park Sunday afternoon, but only for a short while as visiting OL Reign answered with two and made them stand for a road victory in NWSL action.
Christine Sinclair chipped home a goal in the fourth minute to push Portland ahead, but Megan Rapinoe - Sinc's longtime international rival - hammered home a free kick five minutes later and the Reign went ahead for good in the 15th minute when Shirley Cruz finished off a wild play in front of the Thorns' goal.
Portland dropped to 1-1 on the league season with its first loss since the 2020 Challenge Cup last summer.
OL Reign improved to 1-0-1 and sits in a four-team tie for first at 4 points.
Portland led the match with nine shots on goal, and the teams combined for 32 shots overall.
Portland's unbeaten streak spanned three different competitions, including the winning the 2020 NWSL Fall Series title and the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup earlier in May.
The Thorns return to play Wednesday in Orlando, then visit NY/NJ Gotham FC on Sunday.
Portland doesn't play OL Reign again until Aug. 29 in Cheney, Wash. The teams meet again in Portland, Oct. 2.