Portland Thorns face Kansas City Current in search of NWSL ascension

Portland Thorns seek crucial win against unbeaten Kansas City Current
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The Portland Thorns are preparing for one of the most important matches of the season when they host undefeated Kansas City Current at Providence Park. With a clear mission to climb the playoff standings, the Thorns face a team that hasn't lost in 13 matches.

Kansas City Current, led by coach Vlatko Andonovski, have been a dominant force in the league, leading in goals per game and shots on goal. The forward duo of Temwa Chawinga and Brazilian Bia Zaneratto has been lethal, with Chawinga scoring eight goals and Bia contributing five goals and four assists. This duo is fundamental to Kansas City's attacking strategy, which also stands out defensively with defender Gabrielle Robinson and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

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The Thorns, meanwhile, rely on Canadian star Janine Beckie, who has made an immediate impact since her return from injury, scoring two goals in the season opener. Beckie is crucial to both the offense and the team's overall strategy as they look to make up lost ground in the table.

Kansas City's defense is another area of note, with Robinson leading the team in blocks and tackles, and Franch maintaining a high save percentage. This balance between offense and defense makes Kansas City a tough team to beat.

With a 15-game unbeaten streak, Kansas City are on the verge of establishing the longest unbeaten streak in NWSL history. However, the Portland Thorns have the chance to break that streak and move up the standings with a home win.