PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Thorns’ season couldn’t be going any better. They’re sitting atop the National Women’s Soccer League’s opening-season standings and drawing more than 11,000 fans to home games. And they’ve got Alex Morgan.
But just a few hours’ drive north, the Seattle Reign are struggling with a roster unexpectedly missing its star power, and with no wins and four total goals so far.
The two contrasting teams paint a picture common to many startups: successes and snags.