Wednesday marked the third matchday of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, which will have eight matchdays in the preliminary round. The knockout stage begins in the middle of July.
The day started with a 0-0 draw between the Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Stars.
"Obviously we wanted a better result."
The final score is disappointing, but the focus at this point in the tournament is each team's process... and our process looks good.
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— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 1, 2020
Even though there were a lack of goals at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah on Wednesday, there was still plenty of optimism for the Thorns especially after seeing their second half effort.
It was a hard-fought match on both ends. [The] first half was a little rocky, and [the] second half, we got a lot more chances, got in the box. Players came on the field and did really well, so I'm proud of the team… Obviously we wanted a better result, but getting a tie against Chicago, who's a great team and had a good roster coming off resting some players… I thought that was good. -- Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan postgame
Chicago and Portland both earned their first point of the cup after both clubs lost their opening games on Saturday.
The Thorns had the majority of shots and shots on goal: 16 total shots with three on goal compared to Chicago's five shots and zero on goal.
But, Portland was ultimately unable to get it past two Chicago goalkeepers, Emily Boyd and Cassie Miller, who were making tournament debuts.
NEXT UP: The Portland Thorns will take on the Washington Spirit at 7:00p.m.
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— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) July 2, 2020
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