Morgan Weaver Christine Sinclair Portland Épines Lyon WICC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Morgan Weaver came off the bench and scored in the 87th minute to give the Portland Thorns a 1-0 win over Lyon in the Women’s International Champions Cup final on Saturday night.
Barcelona beat Houston Dash 3-2 in the third-place game earlier on Saturday at Providence Park.
Portland’s Rocky Rodriquez threw a left-footed shot in the 79th minute that looked like it could break the scoreless deadlock, but it hit the post.
Weaver, who was coming out of an ankle injury and coming on in the 82nd, broke through with his shot from a difficult angle against Lyon goalkeeper Christiane Endler. After the goal, the crowd chanted “Mor-gan Wea-ver! Mor-gan Wea-ver!
“I think it’s just the mentality that everyone has on this team that we want to win,” said Weaver. “If it’s your moment, it’s your moment, and if it’s not, you’re still in the moment with the team, and that’s all that really matters.”
The Thorns advanced to the title game 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Dash. Lyon beat Barcelona 3-2 in the opening game of the event which started on Wednesday night.
Lyon saw the return of the American Catarina Macario, who played for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Thorns also welcomed back their Olympians, including Christine Sinclair, who won gold with Canada, as well as Americans Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn and Lindsey Horan.
Lyon, winner of the 2020 UEFA Champions League, are the title holders of the WICC 2019. Barcelona qualified for the event as leaders of the Spanish league 2020.
The Thorns advanced to the tournament as winners of the NWSL Fall Series, while the Dash won last summer’s Challenge Cup in Utah.
In the previous match Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put Barcelona ahead before Rachel Daly equalized. Shea Groom gave Dash the lead, but Alexia Putellas equalized again with a penalty in the 72nd minute and scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute.
New York-based Relevent Sports Group, which hosts the International Champions Cup for men’s club teams every summer, added women’s competition in 2018. Last year’s event was canceled due to the outbreak. of coronavirus.
The organizers present the event as the international championship for women’s professional club teams. Relevent plans to add two more teams to the women’s tournament next year and eight clubs in 2023.