The Portland Thorns vs Kansas City is the first professional sports event in Oregon where fans are in the stands. The state allows outdoor venues to have live audiences at a limited capacity.
It was a day of celebration for local fans as Portland Thorns won against Kansas City in their opening match in NWSL Challenge Cup. Tyler Lussi and Rocky Rodriguez scored for the home team. However, Simone Charley had to leave the game after receiving her second yellow card.
According to pay per head sportsbook reports, referees also sent off coach Mark Parsons a couple of minutes after. It was not the last ejection of the night. Referees sent off Morgan Weaver and Kansas City’s Kristen Edmonds for fighting in the sideline.
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Portland will appeal Weaver’s red card, who put up her hands and walked away from Edmonds. According to PricePerPlayer.com Blog sources, Weaver can’t play the next game if the appeal was unsuccessful, along with coach Parsons and Charley.
It was the most red cards issued in an NWSL game. According to gambling software providers, the league doesn’t use video reviews during games.
Providence Park had a 25 percent capacity limit to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Thus, only 6,000 tickets were available for the game. The team prioritizes season ticket holders during the ticket selling.
The NWSL was also the first professional league to return to play last year. The current Challenge Cup is a tournament before the start of the regular season in May. Also, five eastern teams will play each other. The same goes with the five western teams.
Portland was missing some top players due to international duty or injury. They include Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Crystal Dunn. Also, it was the debut game for Christen Westphal.