Thorns prep for Cup final

Portland plays Gotham FC Saturday

Cliff Pfenning
May 3, 2021

The prelude to the NWSL season is set for Saturday, and the Portland Thorns will be involved.

Portland is set to take on Gotham FC in the NWSL Challenge Cup after winning three of its four group stage matches. The Thorns settled for a draw with Houston Sunday, but were six points ahead of the Dash in Group B.

Gotham FC won Group A with two wins and a pair of draws for eight points. North Carolina won two matches, but had just one draw and a loss to finish second with eight points.

Portland will play host to the match Saturday.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is the publisher of, as well as the chief developer of content for the fledgling Oregon Sports Programming Network. He's been a sportswriter in Oregon for more than three decades as well as a youth sports coach for more than three decades and taught sports broadcasting in Portland. He lives in North Portland.