One week after winning the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Challenge Cup, the Portland Thorns (1-0) routed the Chicago Red Stars (0-1) 5-0 at Portland's Providence Park on May 16, OregonLive reported.
Sophia Smith, the 20-year-old vying for a spot on the U.S. national team, scored twice in her NWSL regular-season debut.
Regarding the Red Stars, a team press release noted that Tatumn Milazzo's year of firsts continued in the season opener, subbing in at the half and making her first career regular-season appearance. Milazzo totaled 31 touches, eight duels, three tackles and two clearances in the second half of the contest.
OregonLive also noted that the Red Stars' Julie Ertzconsidered one of the best midfielders in the worldhad to be replaced by Rachel Hill in the 27th minute after a collision on the field. Ertz hobbled off the field with the assistance of trainers, unable to bend her knee.
The Red Stars return in front of their fans Saturday, May 22, against NJ/NY Gotham. It will mark the first time Chicago will have fans in attendance since the 2019 NWSL semifinal and will feature a kit unveiling.
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