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PORTLAND MIRACLE: AI PLAYOFF WITH WASHINGTON!

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MAIN PTFC Alex Morgan goal celebration 8-17-14

"Todo lo que puedas imaginar es real" cit P.Picasso; The Portland fans (17 Thousand) presented themselves to these words on the banner at the most decisive match of the season, from inside or out, against the first-class Seattle girls.

A part that, however, could have said little to the classification because if the Spirit and Red Stars had found success in their commitments, even a victory would have been in vain; and instead the football gods have wanted the champions of the last season to the final stage of the tournament together with the Washington Spirit who, despite a defeat, also access the playoffs thanks to the sensational miss of the Chicago team at home against the WNYF. But here is the report of the day.



Saturday 16 have played two basic games for access to the playoffs: Washington Spirit Vs Sky Blue and Chicago Red Stars Vs Western New York Flash.

In the first of the two games, both teams had a hope of moving to the final phase; but, while for the Spirit it was about winning or waiting for a misstep in Chicago, for SkyBlue it was a real miracle, given the need to win not only this but also the last match of the season (against the Dash) and above all to hope for a non-victory in Portland and Chicago. Exciting match from the start with a chance on both sides, but the result is only unlocked at 27 'when Monica Ocampo collects a badly rejected cross from the rear of Washington and bags; Spirit who try to rebalance the match first with Huster and then with De Vanna, but not succeeding before the interval. Second half that continues on the same line in which the first one had ended but, thanks a super Lyoden, the draw does not come by shaking the legs of the girls in Washington, aware that fate was no longer in their hands.

A few hours later he played the other match of the day, with the Red Stars more gassed than ever since their victory would have meant access to the playoffs; but we often know things at the decisive moment are not going well and so the Chicago team impacts in a spectacular 3 3 that condemns her to hope for a victory in Seattle the day after. Start immediately well with the advantage to 17 'thanks to a penalty made by Press, the girls of Chicago in fact have reassembled and overtake even before the end of the first half, thanks to the goals of Martin 29' and Carli Llyod in the first minute of recovery, when all were now with their heads in the shower. But the drama does not end here: in fact, at the beginning of the second half WNYF is still a goal, with Kerr taking advantage of an 1-2 with the Wambach teammate to double the advantage. Then the reaction: first Press realizes his personal double at the 60 'and then it is a Chicago assault that leads to 93' to earn a penalty transformed by the young Julie Jhonston; but now it's too late, Spirit to the playoffs and Red Stars who have to hope for the Portland defeat.

The following day, Sunday 17, two more games were played: Boston Breakers Vs Houston Dash and Portland Thorns Vs Seattle Reign.

The first of the two matches was useful only to the queue of the standings: in fact they were challenging the two taillights of the championship fighting for not receiving the "black shirt" of this year's NWSL; game opened and closed only at 77 'when Kristie Mewis realizes the Breakers advantage from a short distance. At this point the Dash are the last in the standings but, with one more match to play and with only two points difference from Breakers, the team (which debuted this year in the league) of Houston could avoid the last place.

But the game to be followed with more attention was the second, which would have decreed who between Thorns and Red Stars would continue its journey. Many Portland fans still had in mind the "manita" trimmed to their begnamine by Reign a few months ago at home and so the desire to make up was a lot. Match that has seen two protagonists on all: Alex Morgan and Nadine Angerer; in fact, the first was the source of every Thorns attack action, while the second kept their team afloat with real miracles. The Portland team starts well and after only 11 minutes have a great chance with a shot from the distance of Morgan, careful Hope Solo who repels the ball; at the 33 'Settle reaction with Megan Rapinoe that with a great punishment brings out the great reflexes of Angerer, more and more positive protagonist of this season. Two minutes later what could be the episode of the match: Morgan turns at the edge of the area and left the bag to the delight of the fans, but is immediately turned into sadness when the referee cancels the goal for a foul ( somewhat questionable) occurred immediately before the shot; first time that ends so on 0 0 with not a few protests. Start shooting that smiles at the Reign; still Rapinoe collecting the rebound of the barrier on a punishment and throws a torpedo just under the crossbar but Angerer deflects in the corner. At the 68 'the turning point: the corner of Allie Long and Morgan who heads between the post and the body of a defender on the line; this time the quartet has nothing to add and Thorns who take the lead. The girls of Seattle, also because of the weariness of an entire season at the top, can not react and the game ends on 1 0 decretado the start of the party throughout Portland and the despair of the girls of Chicago

Here is the final classification:

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23 and 24 August: mark these dates because they will be the ones where the semifinals of this exciting playoff will be played: Seattle Reign Vs Washington Spirit and Kansas City Vs Portland Thorns. Who will have it?

Gianessi Mattia & Lorenzo Ceccarelli

#NWSL #PLAYOFF

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