Canadians Christine Sinclair and Evelyne Viens figured prominently in Saturday’s NWSL Challenge Cup final, with Sinclair and her Portland Thorns teammates capturing the second annual tournament.
Morgan Weaver scored the decisive goal on a penalty kick in Round 7 of sudden death for a 2-1 victory over Gotham FC (formerly Sky Blue) before nearly 4,000 fans at Providence Park in Oregon
Sinclair, the Thorns’ 37-year-old captain, opened the scoring in the eighth minute on a left foot effort for the 60th goal of her National Women’s Soccer League career. Gotham’s Carli Lloyd answered in the 61st minute.
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After each team converted four of five penalty kicks, Viens scored in Round 6, only to have Porland’s Becky Sauerbrunn even matters after her shot eluded eeper Dijana Horacic, who got her left hand on the ball.
Thorns keeper Adrianna Franch then made a stellar left-handed stop against Nahomi Kawasumi to give Weaver a chance to bring home the championship.