- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The National Women’s Soccer League will hold its championship match at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

In the league’s first two seasons, the championship match was hosted by the higher-seeded team. Commissioner Jeff Plush said Monday the league’s owners decided before the season to move the championship to a predetermined location.

The Oct. 1 championship will be televised by FOX Sports 1.

Providence Park is home to the NWSL’s Portland Thorns, who lead the league in home attendance with an average of more than 15,000 fans a game.

A match last month between the Thorns and the Seattle Reign drew a sellout of 21,144, the largest crowd in league history and the second-largest, stand-alone crowd for a women’s professional soccer game in the United States.

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