Around the 70th minute of the Thorns second visit to Boston, I had a disturbing thought.
"This feels like one of those games that the Breakers are going to dominate but still lose."
Two minutes later, Hayley Raso drew both Breakers CBs to her central run, and whether by deliberate pass or lucky deflection, the ball fell cleanly to a wide open Christine Sinclair who struck across the frame into the side netting at the far post.
It was Sinclair's only shot of the night, and one of only two shots on goal and three total shots on the night for the Thorns. Boston's Natasha Dowie led her side with two of the Breakers five shots on goal, and had four of their 17 total shots. Boston created 16 chances to Portland's three. The Breakers dominated, but just couldn't get a ball to fall in their favor. It was that kind of game. It's been that kind of season.
Before the kickoff, the Breakers started the evening with an on-field celebration of Angela Salem's 100th NWSL appearance. Salem, who is a noted onion sorter off the field, played the full 90 minutes in this game, and then stopped by the mixed zone to reflect on her more than 10,000 career minutes. OK, the onion sorting is in the past - she's currently a Boston Breaker, a graduate student and an assistant with the Women's Soccer team at Springfield College. And, if her current and former teammates are to be believed, one of the best people you're likely to meet.