Seattle Reign FC’s inaugural season in the North American Women’s Soccer league came to an end with a result that is already all too familiar for the new team — a loss.
Christine Sinclair scored twice as playoff-bound Portland (11-6-5) defeated Seattle (5-14-3) for the fourth time this year, 2-1, and completed the season-series sweep at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
The loss was Seattle’s fourth in a row.
Megan Rapinoe gave the Reign a 1-0 lead in the third minute, but Sinclair equalized in the eighth minute.
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Sinclair added another goal in the 83rd minute to secure the win for the Thorns, which had already locked up a spot in the four-team postseason.
Jess Fishlock almost tied it up for the Reign in second-half stoppage time, but her long-distance lob was punched over the bar by Portland goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.