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Preview: Portland travel to Houston to close group play in Challenge Cup

Portland Thorns FC travel to Houston Sunday to take on the Dash. Kick-off is slated for 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) at BBVA Stadium. The Thorns enter the match having already secured a berth to the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Final, but Houston will have a point to prove as the current Challenge Cup holders.

“Houston is going to provide a massive challenge,” said coach Mark Parsons in the pre-match press conference. “We have to be improved because this is a really good team we’re playing in a tough stadium and tough conditions.”

The Dash and Thorns were two of the teams stripped of the most players during the international break.