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Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City double down on defense in 0-0 draw

The Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City flexed their defensive muscle on Saturday, holding each other scoreless at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The 0-0 draw was the first scoreless tie in the NWSL the season.

The game was not short on scoring attempts, as both teams combined for 21 shots. Nadia Nadim triggered one of Portland’s best scoring chances in the 37th minute, chipping a one-touch pass into the box and onto the feet of a driving Christine Sinclair. Sinclair’s shot beat Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, but barely clipped the right post as it bounced wide.

In the second half, Sydney Leroux led Kansas City’s attack but failed to beat Adrianna Franch between the posts for Portland. Leroux broke free in front of net in the 65th minute, driving a short shot towards Franch, but the Portland keeper flashed her right hand in time to deflect the shot wide. Kansas City would not get another chance as threatening for the rest of the game. Franch sealed up her third clean sheet on the season.

It was the second straight draw for Portland, after finishing even with the Seattle Reign in Portland last week.

Portland is still awaiting the return of star midfielder Tobin Heath, who has yet to appear this season and is recovering from a back injury.

The Thorns will seek their third win on the season when they visit the Boston Breakers on Friday, May 19.

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