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KC Current beat Portland 5-4 to open stadium with thriller

Vanessa DiBernardo scored the first goal for Kansas City in its new stadium and the Current held off the Portland Thorns 5-4 on Saturday in the regular-season opener for the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Debinha's rebound shot deflected off Thorns goalkeeper Shelby Hogan and fell to DiBernardo, who scored in the 22nd minute. Rookie Ellie Wheeler scored moments later and the Current built a 3-1 lead by halftime.

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Bia Zaneratto, Kristen Hamilton and Alex Pfeiffer added goals for the Current.