On Soccer: Big week on tap for Portland Timbers and Thorns

Portland Thorns midfielder Rocky Rodriguez dribbles away from a Chelsea player on Aug. 20 at Providence Park in the third-place match of the Women's International Champions Cup tournament, won by the team from London. Rodriguez and the Thorns turn their attention to a big two-game week.

Sure, there's plenty of soccer left to be played in 2022 for the Timbers and the Thorns.

But, in the arc of this season, the last full week of August shapes up as a defining one for both of Portland's clubs.