The Chicago Red Stars gave Portland a run for their money during the first half but they ran out of steam in the second as they slumped to a 2-0 loss at home. They conceded their first goal in the 70th minute when Danielle Foxhoven picked up a loose ball in the box and struck it home, and eleven minutes later Christine Sinclair struck the decisive goal after a remarkable run.
For the hour-plus in which Chicago were level, Erin McLeod was more or less single-handedly keeping her team in the game. The goalkeeper was excellent, thwarting plays from Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, Allie Long and Nikki Washington, but that she was under so much pressure was an indictment of the rest of her side's overall play.
Portland were on top throughout. Morgan and Marian Dougherty had good chemistry flowing between them in the first half as Dougherty got Morgan involved in many offensive plays but neither side was able to produce any strong results for their sides. Much of the time Chicago sat back in their half as Portland commanded the pitch.
In the 11th minute, the Thorns could have opened up the game from a free kick. Angie Kerr's delivery found Alex Morgan, whose header ended up on target, but McLeod was on high alert to thwart the danger away. The Morgan even managed to get on the end of the cross was a minor miracle, as she was surrounded by a swarm of blue shirts and still managed to get free.
Having survived the first half, the Red Stars picked up their pace a little in the second, seeing much more of the ball and assembling better offensive plays. Lori Chalupny built up a nice run down the left side in the second half surpassing four Thorn players to reach the 18-yard box but her shot was too low with not enough added force to make much of an impact on goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. Moscato impressed with a nice block to cut out a ball that was intended for Morgan, and she immediately set up a (short-lived) counterattack to find Taryn Hemmings.
The moments reserved for the highlight reel appeared in the second half as Morgan took a powerful strike on goal which was deflected and mishandled by McLeod. The loose ball was found by Danielle Foxhoven who slotted it straight into the net to give the Thorns the lead. Neither team would settle down as the Thorns pushed for another goal and once again it was Morgan with an assist. Sinclair managed to skirt around three blue shirts to curl the back around McLeod and hit the back of the net.
Chicago played an ok game with Lori Chalupny in particular playing through a battering from the Thorns but Ella Masar and Leslie Osborne deserve some credit as they kept the play alive and attempted to push the Thorns back. However, they were never going to recover from a 2-0 deficit, and despite the spirited way they played out the match, it didn't result in anything positive.