Portland Thorns-heavy deal struck with ESPN

National Women's Soccer League match
Seattle Reign defender Kate Deines, right, heads the ball out of the goal mouth over Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair during the second half of a National Women's Soccer League match in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 21, 2013. Portland won 2-0. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Portland Thorns FC will play on national television at least three times throughout the rest of the season following a deal struck between ESPN and the National Women’s Soccer League.

The two parties announced the one-year deal Wednesday, according to Timbers.com. Under the agreement, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will televise six regular season matches and three NWSL playoff matches in the late summer, concluding with the championship game Aug. 31.


Thorns matches will serve as bookends for the new TV deal, beginning with a Thorns-Breakers matchup July 20 and ending Aug. 17 with a Thorns-Reign showdown.

2014 NWSL National Television Schedule
Date Home Team Away Team Time (PT) TV
Sun., July 20, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Boston Breakers 2 p.m. ESPN2
Wed., July 30, 2014 Houston Dash Seattle Reign FC 6 p.m. ESPN3
Sun., Aug. 3, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Houston Dash 7 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., Aug. 9, 2014 Houston Dash Sky Blue FC 6 p.m. ESPN3
Wed., Aug. 13, 2014 Western New York Flash Sky Blue FC 4 p.m. ESPN2
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014 Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC 2 p.m. ESPN3
Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 Semifinal 10 a.m. ESPN2
Sun., Aug. 24, 2014 Semifinal 12/8 p.m. ESPN2
Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 Championship 12 p.m. ESPN2

The Thorns, who won the league championship last year, are 6-1-2 through the first third of the season.

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