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Long: ‘We were lucky to get away with 3 points’

Allie Long scored the game-winner in Portland's season-opener vs. Houston. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

Portland Thorns FC didn’t exactly open their title-defense in style, but the 1-0 road victory over the Houston Dash on Saturday was the start the needed, and goal scorer Allie Long acknowledged postgame that her team didn’t play as well as they would have liked.

“We were lucky to get away with the three points,” Long told reporters.

“I’m happy that the first game is out of the way, because we can only learn from it, but we are so much better than that. We are so much better on the ball.”

[MORE: Match recap | Encouraging start for Dash]

A shutout in game one is a welcomed sight for the Thorns, are built to outscore opponents and hope German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer comes up big, as she did on Saturday.

“Paul (Riley) is attack-minded. He doesn’t care if they get five goals, as long as we have six, he said,” Long said.

The Oregonian has the full video below, from the scrum that included our Dan Lauletta, who has some injury news from the match as well:

Dash coach Randy Waldrum tells Lauletta that the left knee injury that forced midfielder Brittany Bock off the field in the 23rd minute does not initially look too serious:

And Thorns coach Paul Riley is hopeful that his center back, Rachel Van Hollebeke, won’t be out for too long:

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