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Lauletta: No Horan in midfield, but it was defense that failed Thorns
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The Portland Thorns got an early look into life without Lindsey Horan on Sunday evening at Yurcak Field. A right hip injury ruled the National Women’s Soccer League’s reigning MVP out of the match against Sky Blue FC, and with World Cup call-ins looming this week, Horan won’t be seen in a Thorns kit again until sometime after the tournament ends for the United States.

It looked like the match was going to be a referendum on what life without Horan might look like. And while the Thorns certainly missed Horan, who was absent for only the third time in the last three seasons, the story was more about the back line. The Thorns have now conceded six goals over two matches, and the season-opening shutout against the Orlando Pride looks more and more like a product of the Pride’s ineptitude.

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