Seven weeks ago, FC Kansas City silenced the most talented attack in the National Women's Soccer League.
Not this time.
Portland FC jumped on FC Kansas City for two early scores before hanging on for a 4-3 win in front of its home crowd of 10,886 on Thursday.
Playing the first match in a three-game road trip, the Blues got a pair of goals from midfielder Lauren Cheney and the first career professional score from Erika Tymrak, but Portland countered with two from Alex Morgan and one each from Courtney Wetzel and Dani Foxhoven.
FC Kansas City, 3-3-1, trailed for the entire night following Morgan's goal in the 13th minute. Portland pushed the advantage to two goals three times, with FC Kansas City answering each time. But the Blues failed to net the equalizer after Tymrak scored in the 81st minute.
Cheney scored the first of her two goals on a penalty kick, awarded after forward Renae Cuellar was taken down in the goalie box. Cuellar left the game with a left ankle sprain. X-rays didn’t reveal a break.
The Blues will return to action Sunday in Seattle.