Portland Weather Summary: 79 degrees
The earlier start times will mean lower on-field temperatures for the players
Portland captain Christine Sinclair scored in the 67th minute and the Thorns beat the Orlando Pride 2-0 on Saturday in their National Women's Soccer League season opener.
NEW YORK (AP) — A+E Networks has bought an equity stake in the National Women's Soccer League and will broadcast matches on the Lifetime network for the next three seasons.
The Thorns finished out the regular season with a four-game winning streak and claimed the NWSL Shield for the team with the best record. They also clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs for the first time.
Allie Long scored twice and the Portland Thorns beat the Houston Dash 3-0 after clinching a playoff spot earlier Wednesday night.
Brazil and Canada faced off for the bronze medal in the Olympic women's soccer tournament with Canada topping Brazil 2-1.