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Preview: Portland Thorns FC vs. Kansas City NWSL

The Portland Thorns host Kansas City NWSL on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) in the second match of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup and both teams’ first match. The game will be streamed on Paramount+.

Portland Thorns FC will be without U.S. internationals Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith. Christine Sinclair will also miss the match against Kansas City due to her international call-up from Canada. Kansas City will be without forward Mariana Larroquette (with Argentina National Team), Jordyn Listro (Canadian National Team), and Desiree Scott (Canadian National Team).

Utah to Kansas City: A Team in Flux

Portland Thorns FC v Utah Royals FC Photo by Bryan Byerly/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The Thorns will host a Kansas City team in flux.