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Around the Forest: Ashleigh Sykes pens letter to Thorns fans

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Also: Bocanegra pulls name for consideration, Russell on signing with SKC, Barco is setting in at ATLUD and more!

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A letter to Thorns FC fans from Ashleigh Sykes | Portland Timbers
Joining the club in June 2017, Sykes appeared in 15 matches (13 starts) during the regular season, and started in both 2017 NWSL playoff matches as she helped Thorns FC win the 2017 NWSL Championship.

Thorns draw 0-0 with Orlando Pride

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The heavily-anticipated matchup turns out to be a chippy slog

The Thorns played the Orlando Pride to a 0-0 draw in a sluggish, chippy match in Orlando. It was a hotly-anticipated match, as Orlando needed a win today to clinch a playoff berth, and Portland needed a win to keep North Carolina from being able to clinch the Supporters Shield tomorrow.

Thorns fall 1-0 to Spirit

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Portland posts their second straight loss in a slog on the road

Portland fell 1-0 on the road against the Washington Spirit, dropping three points for the second week in a row in a sluggish game that saw missteps by the Thorns on both ends of the ball.

Recap

Washington got a number of chances in the first half, starting in the 9th minute, when Havana Solaun got a shot past Celeste Boureille in the penalty area.

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Christine Sinclair receives Order of Canada medal to go with her various other awards

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Thorns and Canada captain, second-all-time leading international goal-scorer, and all-around legend Christine Sinclair was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada today. She was appointed back in June, but didn't receive an official ceremony at that time. The Order of Canada is the second-highest honor a Canadian civilian can receive.

Adriana Leon nominated for Canada Soccer player of the year

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A good capper on a good year.

Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon has been nominated for Canada Soccer's 2017 player of the year.

It's a very nice nod to a player who was seemingly out of the squad a couple of years ago but worked her way back in, notching three goals in six games for her country on top of six goals and six assists for her club.

NWSL championship: Portland Thorns grit out 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage

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It was a messy, rough grind of a game.

Portland Thorns starting XI: Adrianna Franch, Kat Reynolds, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, Meghan Klingenberg, Amandine Henry, Lindsey Horan, Ashleigh Sykes, Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath, Hayley Raso

North Carolina Courage starting XI: Katelyn Rowland, Abby Dahlkemper, Abby Erceg, Jaelene Hinkle, Taylor Smith, McCall Zerboni, Sam Mewis, Denise O'Sullivan, Kristen Hamilton, Ashley Hatch, Lynn Williams

It was a rough start for the North Carolina Courage as they faced off against the Portland Thorns on a bright, humid day in Orlando.

Thorns Defeat Breakers 1-0, Clinch Home Semifinal

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The Portland Thorns defeated the Boston Breakers 1-0 at Jordan Field in Boston, MA, as Christine Sinclair netted her 8th goal of the season, guaranteeing the Thorns will host a semifinal for the second consecutive season.

The Thorns were unable to find much of a rhythm throughout the match, as the Breakers came out of the gate looking to disrupt the Thorns attack through physical, pressing play.

Match Preview: Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash

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The Portland Thorns (9-5-4) make their return home, as they host Rachel Daly, Poliana and the Houston Dash (7-9-2) on Saturday evening from Providence Park.

The Thorns come into the match off a disappointing 2-1 loss to FC Kansas City on Wednesday, which was delayed over two hours due to severe weather.

Match Preview: Portland Thorns at FC Kansas City

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The red-hot Portland Thorns (9-4-4) take their five-match unbeaten run (4-0-1) on the road, as they travel to Kansas City to take on a struggling FC Kansas City (4-8-5) at Children's Mercy Victory Field at 5:00pm, in a match streamed on go90.com and NWSLSoccer.com.

The Thorns and Blues are meeting for the third time this season.

Portland Thorns snap Houston’s six-game unbeaten streak

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Goals from Tyler Lussi and Emily Sonnett propelled Portland to a 2-1 victory.

After a historic streak of six straight unbeaten matches, the Houston Dash fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland. Portland's constant pressure and attack led by forwards Taylor Lussi and Hayley Russo, not to mention the strong play from midfielder Christine Sinclair wreaked havoc against Houston backline.

Match Preview: Thorns v Breakers, Part 2

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For the second week in a row, the Portland Thorns face off against the Boston Breakers. Can they manage to win?

Last week, Portland faced Boston in Boston, and managed to rally a draw, even though they were behind by two goals by the 50th minute. This was mostly because Boston is a young team; they were unable to hold onto their lead.

Portland Thorns shut out Orlando Pride 2-0 in Season Opener

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Portland beats Orlando in the season opener for the second year running

The Portland Thorns came away from the first game of the 2017 season with a 2-0 win against the Orlando Pride, on the strength of a penalty conversion by Nadia Nadim and a goal by Christine Sinclair. The match was the first to be televised under the NWSL's shiny new broadcast agreement with Lifetime, and the Thorns best-attended season opener to date, with more than 16,000 in attendance.

Thorns Sign Parsons, Angerer to Contract Extensions

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The 2016 NWSL Shield-winning Portland Thorns have signed Head Coach Mark Parsons and Director of Goalkeeping Nadine Angerer to contract extensions, the team announced Tuesday.

Parsons, 30, led the Thorns to their best regular season finish, as they won the 2016 NWSL Shield for the league's best regular season record at 12-3-5, 41 points, and was named the 2016 NWSL Coach of the Year.

Washington Spirit will face WNY Flash in NWSL Championship

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Western New York upset the Portland Thorns, making the Spirit the favorites to win the final in Houston

The Washington Spirit will face the Western New York Flash in the NWSL Championship after the Flash upset the Portland Thorns this evening. Two first half goals gave the Flash the lead but in less than a minute after the second goal, Christine Sinclair scored for the Thorns.

Recap: Portland Thorns 5 - Boston Breakers 1

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Nadia Nadim's hat trick leads the Thorns to their biggest victory of the season.

The Portland Thorns (9-3-5, 32 pts.) defeated the Boston Breakers (3-13-1, 10 pts.) in front of 17,152 at Providence Park, as Nadia Nadim netted the first hat trick by a Thorn since July 2014, when Christine Sinclair scored 3 goals in an 11 minute period against the Breakers.

Boston Breakers lose 5-1 away to Portland Thorns

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It was their second-worst defeat of the season

STARTING XI: Libby Stout, Kylie Strom, Kassey Kallman, Whitney Engen, Julie King, Katie Schoepfer, Stephanie Verdoia, Louise Schillgard, Kristie Mewis, Kyah Simon, Natasha Dowie

The Boston Breakers started off looking strong against the Portland Thorns, or at least much stronger than they did against the Houston Dash a short four days ago.

Match Recap: Portland Thorns 2 - Chicago Red Stars 0

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The Thorns leap to the top of the table and extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches after their 2-0 victory over the Red Stars Wednesday night.

The Portland Thorns (5-0-5, 20 points) defeated the Chicago Red Stars (5-2-3, 18 points) 2-0 in front of 16,931 at Providence Park in a battle for the top of the NWSL table.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars

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The Thorns and Red Stars fight for the top of the table Wednesday evening at Providence Park.

The NWSL's best meet as the Portland Thorns (4-0-5, 17 points) take on the league-leading Chicago Red Stars (5-1-3, 18 points) at Providence Park Wednesday evening. The match will be streamed live on YouTube at 7:00pm.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [7:00]

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The Portland Thorns have wrapped up their gruelling four match road trip, returning to Portland with their undefeated record intact. While on the road, the Thorns became the first -- and so far only -- team to take points off of the Washington Spirit in their 0-0 draw two weeks ago. Now the league leading Spirit are coming to Providence Park and both sides will have to put their undefeated records on the line in tonight's match.

Portland Thorns at Boston Breakers: How to Watch, Preview, Match chat [2:00]

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The Portland Thorns are on the road today and set to take on the Boston Breakers in just their third match of the season. Despite going 1-0-1 in their first two games, Mark Parsons' freshly reconstructed side has yet to put their stamp on the season, and this road trip will be a good opportunity to do so against a struggling Breakers side.

Amandine Henry: The Biggest Signing in League History?

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Already considered among the best, Henry could become the best player in the world over the next couple of years.

It wouldn't be much if a stretch to call Amandine Henry the biggest signing in Portland Thorns history.

The 26 year-old French star has built quite the resume over her professional career, most recently named to the first-ever FIFPro Women's World XI, which comes on the heels of a runner-up finish in the 2015 UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe and winning the Silver Ball and the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

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Once a Thorn: A Brief Tribute to Allie Long

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Remember 2015?

It seems like ancient history now—the lowest point in the Thorns' still-short history, when, under the not-so-watchful eye of Paul Riley, the team went 6-5-9 and missed the playoffs. Nadine Angerer was still a player, the NWSL had yet to break the infamous three-year curse, and Alex Morgan, weirdly, was still in Portland.

USA v. Canada: Schedule, lineups, how to watch on TV, online

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Megan Rapinoe travels up the I-5 Corridor to B.C. Place.

On Thursday, November 9, Seattle Reign FC's Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women's National Team travels up the I-5 corridor for a match against their CONCACAF rivals, Canada. The match is the first of two against Canada and will air on ESPN2.

Bethlehem announcement today, profits and more Union bits, SoB Movie now on DVD, more news

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Union announcement in Bethlehem today. Did the Union turn a profit in 2014? Sons of Ben movie released on DVD. More news.

Women's Football Fans, This One's for You (Women's World Cup Erotica—No Lie)

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You can get it cheapest right at Go Deeper Press, but if you like to spend an extra buck or so when you're shopping, you can get it pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold.
Enjoy the cup!

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Match preview: Thorns vs Houston Dash

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The Thorns head on the road tomorrow to brutally-hot, possibly stormy Houston to take on the Dash. With a home win and two hard road losses in the rearview mirror, here's what to expect:

Starting XI

With Nadia Nadim, Amandine Henry, and the only recently-healthy Dagny Brynjarsdottir no longer with us (until the beginning of August, at the earliest, anyway), Mark Parsons has some shuffling to do.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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The Thorns travel to Piscataway, New Jersey this Saturday to face Sky Blue FC. It's the first of another two-game away/home series, with the Thorns again getting the privilege of

Portland will start what's become their usual XI: Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Allie Long, Amandine Henry, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Hayley Raso, Christine Sinclair, and Nadia Nadim at forward.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Breakers

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Portland will have their hands full shutting down Rose Lavelle (and trying to score a dang goal)

Portland stays on the road this Friday, heading to Boston for the first of a two-game series against the Breakers.

The Thorns should start the same group as last week: AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Lindsey Horan, Amandine Henry, and Allie Long at midfield, and Nadia Nadim, Christine Sinclair, and Hayley Raso at forward.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs Houston Dash

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Thorns can lock in a playoff berth with win over Houston Wednesday night

Portland Thorns FC have a chance to secure a 2016 NWSL playoff berth with a win against the Houston Dash Wednesday night at Providence Park. The Thorns could also potentially lock in a home playoff game for the first time in club history should they beat Houston and both Chicago Red Stars and Western New York Flash lose.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 2, Western New York Flash 0

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Goals from Christine Sinclair & Nadia Nadim push Thorns to top of NWSL in statement performance. Amandine Henry makes Thorns debut in the win.

Second half goals from Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim lead Portland Thorns FC to a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash Friday afternoon in Rochester, NY.

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MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 3, Houston Dash 0

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Thorns celebrate playoff berth with dominant win, Long tallies brace and Sinclair scores late

On the night they clinched a playoff berth, Portland Thorns FC put in an overwhelming display to down the Houston Dash 3-0 in front of 13,752 fans at Providence Park. Two goals from Allie Long were complemented by a late Christine Sinclair goal to secure all three points.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 1, Chicago Red Stars 1

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Thorns FC remains lone unbeaten club in NWSL as captain Christine Sinclair scores first of the season

Forward Christine Sinclair scored her first goal of 2016 as Portland Thorns FC earned a point on the road in a 1-1 draw with Chicago Red Stars Sunday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs Seattle Reign FC

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With six U.S. internationals away, Thorns put unbeaten streak on the line against the Reign

Portland Thorns FC are putting their team-record six-game unbeaten run to the test when Seattle Reign FC come to the Rose City Sunday afternoon. The Thorns are facing their Cascadia rivals for the second time in three weeks and for the second of four meetings this season.

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NWSL newcomers lead Canada to Win Algarve Cup

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Beckie and Zadorsky goals lead Canada over Marta and Brazil

After starting the Algarve Cup with a loss to Denmark, Canada knocked off Belgium and Iceland, both by a goal, to meet Brazil in the final match. The last time the two teams met was in Brazil during the December tournament which saw Marta collide with goalkeeper Erin McLeod before leading the Brazilian team to win in a 3:1 end.

‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup

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Last year, Brazil seemed listless at times against Croatia and drew Mexico on home soil.

This year, the Canadian Women's National Team has the same 4 points, albeit in even less convincing fashion.

Granted, the Canadians aren't the heavy favorites the Selecao were going into the men's tourney last year, but there were definitely those who felt that the home crowds would instigate Christine Sinclair & Co.

‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup

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Last year, Brazil seemed listless at times against Croatia and drew Mexico on home soil.

This year, the Canadian Women's National Team has the same 4 points, albeit in even less convincing fashion.

Granted, the Canadians aren't the heavy favorites the Selecao were going into the men's tourney last year, but there were definitely those who felt that the home crowds would instigate Christine Sinclair & Co.

The Rest

Thorns FC: Talking Thorns - The Forwards

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This is the first of a series examining the 2017 Thorns with an eye towards trying to figure out what we might see from PTFC in 2018. Let's begin with the first line of attack.

Thorns FC has five forwards rostered as of December 10, 2017: Christine Sinclair, Savannah Jordan, Tyler Lussi, Hayley Raso, and Ashleigh Sykes.

Portland beats Washington Spirit 2-1

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Portland edged out the Spirit 2-1 at home in a narrowly-contested, often nervy battle that saw the Thorns go down a goal before digging their way out to get the win.

Contrary to expectations, the Thorns stuck with the triple-center back formation they deployed against North Carolina last week, with Katherine Reynolds joining Emily Sonnett and Emily Menges for her first start of the season.

Around The Forest: Germany tops FIFA rankings after Confederations Cup win

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John Terry signs with Aston Villa and more that you may missed this weekend.

Portland:

City player finding new soccer adventures | Sports | The Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne native appeared in four matches, including two starts, for the U.S. U17 national soccer team, which placed second in May's CONCACAF Championship.

Houston Dash vs Portland Thorns Final Score: Long nets brace to snap Dash two-game winning streak

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Allie Long's brace leads Portland's 3-0 victory over Houston

Allie Long's two-goal performance led Portland to a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dash at Providence Park on Wednesday night.

Heading into Portland for a midweek contest, the Dash had been playing at the caliber they looked destined to be from the start of the season.