NWSL game goes ahead with breaks; ‘oxygen tanks’ available

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Due to the widespread forest fires in Oregon a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) game saw players take 15 minute breaks throughout due to concerns over the air quality in Portland on Wednesday.

Several days of hazy conditions in the Rose City had seen air quality deteriorate as the smoke from the nearby fires caused plenty of problems.

Despite the air quality not being deemed acceptable before the game took place in front of 17,986 fans at Providence Park, it went ahead anyway with the Portland Thorns beating Sky Blue FC 2-1.

The Thorns clinched a playoff spot with the victory, while Sky Blue have now gone 20 games without a win.

The scene inside of Providence Park was the following, as the hazy conditions were clear for all to see.