The clash for the crown in the National Women's Soccer League promises to be one for the ages. Keep track of this game with our detailed guide.

We are one game away from putting an end to the 2022 NWSL season, and what a game it will be to conclude an exciting seasons. On one side, one of the title contenders from Day One in the campaign. On the other, one of the best "Cinderella Stories" in all of U.S. sports.

The Portland Thorns take on the Kansas City Current with their sights set on one more title. The Current on the other hand will want to add glory to their season by putting the cherry on top of a wonderful campaign by lifting what would be their first title. It seems like a battle of experience against youth, but it may go way beyond that.

Added to the fine tactics displayed by both teams, this will also be a match of interesting individual battles, especially when it comes to goalscorers. The Thorns will have Sophia Smith trying to lead the line and add to her 14-goal haul in the regular season, while the Current will rely on Lo'eau LaBonta to continue with her goalscoring prowess. LaBonta scored seven times during the season, and she already added one more in the team's first playoff match. Will any of these players be able to score more goals for their cause?

The game is set to kick off at 20:00 ET, but there is more to keep in mind before it begins. Have a look at some of the key points we came up with ahead of the start of the 2022 NWSL Championship game.

Portland Thorns vs Kansas City Current - Team news

The Thorns make it to this game after playing only one playoff match following their No.2 finish in the regular season. That game concluded with a 2-1 win in stoppage time thanks to a late strike by Crystal Dunn, who became the only player in NWSL history to score one goal in at least four NWSL playoff matches. Team captain Christine Sinclair is the only surviving member of the team's two NWSL Championship seasons, and she will want to add one more when the team takes the pitch this Saturday.

On the other side of the pitch, the Kansas City Current reach the title match after playing in every round of the NWSL Playoffs. Their first match concluded in a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash, and their semi-final tie concluded with a two-nil victory over the OL, who had finished the season as the top team in the league. The Current finished the 2021 season in last place, but they have experienced a complete turnaround this season, and reaching the crown would mark one of the best stories in this league's history. If the Current want to take the title home, then they must overcome quite a list of absences, something their rivals will not have to deal with.

Portland Thorns - No injured players.

Kansas City Current - Injured: Jaycie Johnson, Claire Lavogez, Sam Mewis, Mallory Weber, Lynn Williams.

Portland Thorns vs Kansas City Current: Head-to-head

  • This will be the fifth game between these teams since the Current joined the league. So far, the Thorns have won two games while the other two have ended in draws.

  • The Current are looking for their first-ever title across all competitions.

  • The Thorns are looking for their third NWSL Championship. They won previously in 2013 and in 2017.

  • The most recent match between these teams had the Current as hosts and ended in a one-all draw.

Broadcast info: Portland Thorns vs Kansas City Current


Match details, result and original broadcast info

Portland Thorns 2 - 0 Kansas City Current

October 29, 2022 8:00pmAudi Field (Washington, District of Columbia)

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