Portland Thorns FC will open the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League season on Saturday, April 13, against FC Kansas City at Shawnee Mission District Stadium, it was announced today with the release of the full, 22-game 2013 NWSL schedule.
Thorns FC will square off against Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, April 21, in the home opener at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).
The club will play 11 home matches, all at JELD-WEN Field, and 11 away matches during the five-month season. The eight-team league features a single table, and Thorns FC will play an unbalanced schedule; hosting the Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC and Sky Blue FC twice at home. Portland must travel twice to face Boston, Chicago, FC Kansas City and Seattle.
Highlighting the Thorns FC schedule are two home matches against Pacific Northwest rival Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, April 21 and Sunday, June 16, as well as a marquee home match against U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash on Sunday, July 14.
Also scheduled are three Saturday-Sunday pairings with the Portland Timbers. The weekend pairings are June 15-16 (Timbers vs. FC Dallas, June 15/Thorns FC vs. Seattle, June 16); July 13-14 (Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, July 13/Thorns FC vs. Western New York, July 14) and Aug. 3-4 (Timbers vs. Vancouver, Aug. 3/Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City, Aug. 4).
The regular season will conclude the weekend of Aug. 18 with the top four teams qualifying for the NWSL playoffs.
Thorns FC is scheduled to open training camp in March.
Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Thursday (2), Saturday (2), Sunday (6)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Saturday (7), Sunday (3)
Home Dates by Month:
April (1), May (2), June (3), July (4), August (1)
Road Dates by Month:
April (2), May (3), June (2), July (1), August (3)
2013 Portland Thorns FC Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)
|Saturday, April 13||@FC Kansas City||5:35 p.m.||Shawnee Mission District Stadium|
|Sunday, April 21||SEATTLE REIGN FC||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Saturday, April 27||@Chicago Red Stars||5 p.m.||Benedictine University Sports Complex|
|Saturday, May 4||@Washington Spirit||4 p.m.||Maryland SoccerPlex|
|Sunday, May 12||@Chicago Red Stars||3 p.m.||Benedictine University Sports Complex|
|Thursday, May 16||SKY BLUE FC||7:30 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Sunday, May 19||WASHINGTON SPIRIT||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Saturday, May 25||@Seattle Reign FC||7 p.m.||Starfire Sports Complex|
|Saturday, June 1||CHICAGO RED STARS||7:30 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Thursday, June 6||FC KANSAS CITY||7:30 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Sunday, June 16||SEATTLE REIGN FC||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Saturday, June 22||@Sky Blue FC||4 p.m.||Yurcak Field|
|Sunday, June 30||@FC Kansas City||1:10 p.m.||Shawnee Mission District Stadium|
|Saturday, July 6||BOSTON BREAKERS||7:30 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Sunday, July 14||WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Sunday, July 21||@Boston Breakers||1 p.m.||Dilboy Stadium|
|Sunday, July 28||CHICAGO RED STARS||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Wednesday, July 31||SKY BLUE FC||7:30 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Sunday, Aug. 4||FC KANSAS CITY||2 p.m.||JELD-WEN Field|
|Wednesday, Aug. 7||@Boston Breakers||4 p.m.||Dilboy Stadium|
|Saturday, Aug. 10||@Western New York Flash||4:35 p.m.||Sahlen’s Stadium|
|Saturday, Aug. 17||@Seattle Reign FC||8 p.m.||Starfire Sports Complex|