Portland, Western New York to battle for NWSL championship

Abby Wambach in action with the Western New York FlashBY CANDY PARKER

Abby Wambach and her Western New York Flash are set to host Portland Thorns FC for the National Women’s Soccer League championship Saturday, August 31, in Rochester, N.Y.

The Flash advanced to the finals with a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC while Portland earned a bid by defeating FC Kansas City 3-2 on an overtime goal by Allie Long.

Wambach’s U.S. National Women’s Team teammate Alex Morgan is expected to suit up for Portland after missing the last three matches with a sprained medial collateral ligament sustained in a match on August 7.

The No. 1 Flash (11-4-8) and No. 3 Portland (12-6-5) played to two ties earlier in the season.

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