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The Portland Thorns defeated the Kansas City Thunder to win the NWSL title

The Portland Thorns defeated the Kansas City Thunder to win the NWSL title

Sophia Smith opened the account early Portland Thorns never looked back 2-0 win above Kansas City Stream Win the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League title.

Smith, the league’s MVP, scored in the fourth minute and was on the play that led to Portland’s second goal on Current’s own goal. Addisyn Merrick Shortly after halftime of the NWSL Championship at Audie Field in Washington, D.C.

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The win made it a record third NWSL title for the Thorns, who won their first league championship in 2013 and lifted the trophy again in 2017.

Current had a costly turnover before Smith came down the pitch and maneuvered around the keeper. Adrianne Frank and deftly scored in the fourth minute.

In the 27th minute, Smith almost scored another goal, but his shot went wide. He is only the second MVP winner to score in a championship game Lynn Williams 2016 for North Carolina. At 22, he is the youngest player to score in a league final.

After Merrick scored an own goal, Morgan Weaver shot from distance, but Franch hit the post and missed.

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Audi Field was nearly sold out for the first prime-time game on network television – with some fans holding signs reading “Support the Players”.

Portland earned a first-round bye in the playoffs before defeating the San Diego Tide 2-1 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.

The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NWSL draft and a member of the US national team, Smith scored 15 goals for the Thorns in the regular season and playoffs and was named the championship game’s MVP.

The Current began play in 2021 as an expansion team, with many of their players coming from the defunct Utah Royals. Last season they finished last in the league.

The Washington Spirit won last year’s NWSL Championship.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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