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Not all blowouts are created equal

Photo Copyright Daniela Porcelli for The Equalizer

Two matches in the Pacific Northwest, two lopsided results.

Portland Thorns FC and Reign FC, once of Seattle and now of Tacoma, were on opposite ends of a pair of blowout matches last week. Portland trounced the Houston Dash, 5-0 at home on Wednesday, scoring four goals in the opening 23 minutes. Reign FC, meanwhile, conceded twice in the opening 14 minutes to the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday en route to a 4-0 loss.

Each of the matches offered tastes of what the wild National Women’s Soccer League summer: an unpredictable sprint to the finish line which sometimes can produce head-scratching results. Reasons differed for the losses by Houston and Reign FC, but one-sided results are nothing new to the National Women’s Soccer League – even if they seem counterintuitive to the conventional wisdom that it is the most competitive league in the world.

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