NWSL Wrap: Portland go down in the Championship decider

It was heartbreak at the final hurdle for two Aussies in the NWSL decider on Sunday morning (AEST).

Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter both started for Portland Thorns, who were playing a home final but were the underdogs against the Premiers North Carolina Courage.

Despite their best efforts, periods of domination and some real clear-cut chances Portland were unable to withstand the might of North Carolina, who won 3-0.

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Two goals came in the first half, with goals in the 13th and 40th minute. Portland dominated much of the opening stages of the second half, but it was North Carolina who scored again in the 64th minute to put it out of sight.

Foord played the full 90 minutes at the point of the attack and was heavily involved, with 20 touches on the ball and two key passes which, on another day, could have led to goals.

On the right-hand side of the defence was Ellie Carpenter, who had a huge task in keeping Brazillian winger Debinha quiet. The young Aussie made two key tackles, and made 14 passes.

She came off late in injury time with what looked like a bit of a knock.

The injured Hayley Raso was also on hand to help cheer on her Portland side, and accepted her medal also after the match.

Attention will now turn to the pair of blockbuster friendlies the Westfield Matildas have on the horizon: France on October 6, and England on October 10.