Late winner sends Thorns into NWSL Championship with 2-1 win over San Diego Wave

Portland Thorns FC advanced to the 2022 NWSL Championship with a 2-1 win over San Diego Wave FC, earning their league-leading sixth playoff win in club history, on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. After conceding early in the match, Rocky Rodríguez helped Portland equalize in the 20th minute. The match saw the next 73 minutes remain scoreless, until Crystal Dunn netted the game winner in the 93rd minute to secure Portland’s spot in the final. Thorns FC will face the KC Current in the championship match at Audi Field in Washington D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. on CBS.

With the win, Thorns FC are the first team in league history to qualify for four NWSL Championship games (2013, 2017, 2018, 2022). Portland has advanced to the final more than any team in league history. This will mark Thorns FC’s first appearance in the NWSL Championship game since 2018 when the team played in the final at Providence Park. Portland’s other two trips to the NWSL Championship were on the road (2013, 2017), both of which they won.

With Sunday’s win, Thorns FC advanced to the 2022 NWSL Championship at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. on CBS.