Angel City FC have taken some lumps in their maiden five games, and their final chance to post a debut win in the NWSL Challenge Cup comes Sunday, when they host the Portland Thorns at Titan Stadium in Fullerton.
ACFC are coming off their best performance to date, a 2-1 loss at OL Reign last weekend. Yes, it was a loss, but the team collectively stepped up and if not for two breakdowns — including a killer concession late in stoppage time — they could have, and really should have gotten a draw. With something to build on, and hopefully a player or two coming back into the fold, maybe they can keep building?
Unfortunately, Angel City will have an opponent with plenty to play for, as Portland can advance to the Challenge Cup knockout round with a win in this game. A win won’t guarantee they advance, but they cannot move on if they don’t win, so expect Rhian Wilkinson’s team to be pushing for a victory.
Portland worked Angel City the first time these teams played, but that was in a midweek clash in Portland, all entirely new situations for Freya Coombe’s outfit. Can ACFC end their Challenge Cup group stage on a high note, and perhaps play a spoiler role in the process? That sure would be nice but we’ll see what happens.
- Sarah Gorden (knee) — OUT
- Katie Cousins (hip) — OUT
- Paige Nielsen (illness) — OUT
- M.A. Vignola (hip) — OUT
- Crystal Dunn (maternity leave) — OUT
- Becky Sauerbrunn (knee) — OUT
- Sam Coffey (COVID protocol) — OUT
- Meaghan Nally (COVID protocol) — OUT
- Taylor Porter (COVID protocol) — OUT
- Sophia Smith (COVID protocol) — OUT
- Hina Sugita (COVID protocol) — OUT
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between Angel City FC and the Portland Thorns will be streamed on Paramount+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 6 pm PT with kickoff to come minutes later.