Lindsey Horan Named NWSL Player of the Week
Lindsey Horan of Portland Thorns FC has been named NWSL Player of the Week after leading her side with a brace to edge Sky Blue FC in Week 8. The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.
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Horan, who turned 23 on May 26th, recorded a brace for the Thorns in the first half to help deliver a 2-0 road victory over Sky Blue on Saturday. Portland extended their unbeaten streak to six games, the longest active streak in the league. Coach Mark Parsons and his squad currently sit in third place in the standings — three points behind the North Carolina Courage but with a game in hand on the league leaders.
The Golden, Colorado, native got on the end of a free kick sent into the box by forward Nadia Nadim in the 20th minute and powered a header into the far corner past Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. Horan then extended Portland’s advantage in the 42nd minute when she executed a well-timed run into the box and slotted home a low cross from Meghan Klingenberg.
The U.S. international played all 90 minutes against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field, registering four shots (two on target) and completing 74.4 percent of her 39 total passes in the match.
It is the first time in her NWSL career that she has recorded a brace. The 5-foot-9 midfielder has also put her aerial prowess on full display during her time in the NWSL with four of her seven goals resulting from headers — and all but one of those coming from set pieces.
It is the first time Horan has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the 12th time a member of the Thorns has won the award.
The Portland Thorns FC will return to action on Saturday, June 17, at 10 p.m. ET against Sky Blue FC at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.
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