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Wildfires force extra breaks in Portland Thorns' NWSL playoff-clinching victory

The Portland Thorns' Tobin Heath scored in the second half of the win over Sky Blue FC.
Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath scored in the second half of the win over Sky Blue FC.

The Portland Thorns' victory over Sky Blue FC on Wednesday, in which they qualified for the NWSL playoffs, was interrupted four times as players were given breaks because of poor air quality resulting from nearby wildfires.

The NWSL decided before the game to implement the safety measures as the state's air quality index, which measures the number of pollutants in the air, rose to what the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality considered "unhealthy" levels.

According to the Oregonian, the index...

Matildas' Samantha Kerr nominated for FIFA Best Women's Player award

Australia and Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr is a FIFA Best Women's Player nominee.

She's been hailed as the world's best female player and now Sam Kerr could have it officially confirmed by FIFA.

The Matildas superstar has been nominated for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2017 award after her stunning season at domestic and international level.

Kerr is one of 10 players in line for the honour, which will be presented at FIFA's football awards ceremony in London on Oct. 23.

The list of contenders will be whittled down to three next month, with national team coaches, captains, selected...