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Flash off to Portland

The WNY Flash found out Sunday where they are headed for the NWSL playoffs – and it will be a long road trip.

The Flash (9-6-5) will play the Portland Thorns FC (12-3-5) in the semifinal round of the playoffs. The game will be held in Portland on Sunday. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

The Thorns beat Sky Blue FC on Sunday night to capture the regular-season championship and the top playoff seed. That matched them against the fourth-seeded Flash.

Portland has won both regular-season games between the teams, including a 3-2 win on Sept. 11.

The Flash beat Boston on Saturday to clinch the last playoff spot. Washington will play Chicago on Friday in the other semifinal. The championship game will be staged in Houston on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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