Thorns win Challenge Cup after penalty shootout with Gotham


PORTLAND, OREGON – MAY 08: The Portland Thorns celebrate after defeating NJ/NY Gotham FC in penalty kicks to win the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Championship at Providence Park on May 08, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Morgan Weaver buried her penalty kick after Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch stopped Nahomi Kawasumi’s attempt and the Thorns won the Challenge Cup tournament on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with Gotham.

The Thorns did not drop a match in the National Women’s Soccer League preseason tournament.

Christine Sinclair’s bending strike in the eighth minute gave the Thorns an early lead. Carli Lloyd tied it in the second half.

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