Emily Sonnett

Meghan Klingenberg

Recap: Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 1-0 on the road

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Portland snapped their five-game winless streak today with a 1-0 win against the Washington Spirit. The game saw a mostly listless offensive performance by the Thorns, punctuated by Ellie Carpenter's first goal in a Thorns jersey late in the second half.

The Thorns fielded a lineup close to their best XI this week, but with a new shape: a 4-2-1-3 with Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Meghan Klingenberg starting on the back line, Andressinha and Lindsey Horan in the double pivot, Christine Sinclair in the number ten role, Tobin Heath and Midge Purce on the wings, and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic at striker.

Recap: Thorns draw USA U-23s 2-2

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The U23 national team drew the Thorns 2-2 in Portland's second preseason match at Merlo field.

Portland started a lineup mostly consisting of likely starters: with AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, and Katherine Reynolds started on defense, with Emily Menges resting in favor of Elizabeth Ball.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Reign

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Portland wraps up their three-game week this Saturday with a road trip to Seattle. Hopefully, the Thorns' decisive home win on Wednesday will give them the confidence to keep playing an attacking game, which they'll need in taking on a scrappy, quick-scoring Seattle Reign side.

Projected starting XI

I don't expect a repeat of the Dagny-at-right-back experiment we saw on Wednesday, for reasons to be enumerated below.

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.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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Portland starts back up after the international break with a rematch at home against Sky Blue this Saturday. After shutting them out on the road two weeks ago, the Thorns look to have the upper hand coming home, much like they did against Boston in the last away-home series.

More likely than not, the Thorns will start almost the same lineup as they did in New Jersey: AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Emily Sonnett, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Amandine Henry, Allie Long, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim up top—with the only change being Hayley Raso instead of Mallory Weber as the third forward.

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.

6 Thorns Named to CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Rosters

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Six members of the Thorns have been named to CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying rosters the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday.

Christine Sinclair and Rhian Wilkinson have been named to Canada's roster for the qualifiers, which take place from February 10-21 in Houston and Frisco Texas, with both finalists qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking place in August, while Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, and Emily Sonnett have all been named to the United States' roster.

Stephanie McCaffrey named to USWNT Olympic qualifying roster

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McCaffrey joins four other forwards on the 20-player roster.

Stephanie McCaffrey has been named to the 20-player roster for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, taking place February 10-21 in Frisco and Dallas, TX.

The full roster is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (7): Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)

Though listed as a forward, McCaffrey has been used recently in more of a midfield role, providing width and service while also drawing in defenders.

Portland Thorns

Recap: Thorns fall to Reign 2-3 at home

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The Portland Thorns lost to their rivals from the north today in a wild nail-biter of a game that saw the Thorns dominate the run of play, but ultimately fall short thanks to a penalty kick and a first-half set-piece goal. The loss was extra painful, as the game was a homecoming for three former Thorns players: Jodie Taylor, Michelle Betos, and, worst of all, Allie Long.

Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 0: Half Time

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On a rainy day in Cary, North Carolina, the Portland Thorns played the North Carolina Courage in what was widely billed as as championship grudge match.

Parsons opted for starting the players most familiar with the team already. Kelli Hubly won the place in defense over new signing Elizabeth Ball, and Celeste Boureille got the start ahead of Angela Salem.

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.

Portland Thorns vs Orlando Pride semifinal: Match Thread

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Hold onto your hats. The Girls in Red host the Orlando Pride today at 12:30, the first of two NWSL semifinals to decide who heads to Orlando next week for the championship match. This is a matchup between the league's strongest defense, anchored by Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Katherine Reynolds, and its best offense, led by Alex Morgan and Marta.

Portland Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 4-0

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The Thorns shut out the Washington Spirit 4-0 today, the Thorns' sixth straight home win and 12th win of the season. The win means that with a Sky Blue loss or draw tomorrow, Portland will clinch a playoff berth.

With Hayley Raso sitting out due to yellow card accumulation, Mark Parsons started Allie Long at striker.

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.

Portland Thorns at Seattle Reign: How to Watch, Match Thread [7:30]

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The Portland Thorns take on the Seattle Reign tonight for the second of three matchups between the two teams this season. Both teams are playing their third game this week, with the Reign having been at home all week; they came away with a win against Chicago on Wednesday, thanks to a pair of penalty kicks, and a draw against Kansas City the previous Saturday, playing almost the entire match with 10 women after Lauren Barnes earned a straight red in the fourth minute.

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.

Merritt Mathias gets angry and that's fine

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The unfair standards we place on female athletes.

The NWSL disciplinary committee suspended Seattle Reign player Merritt Mathias three games for violent conduct, referring to an incident during a Reign vs. Portland Thorns match when Mathias tussled with Thorns defender Emily Sonnett over the ball and ended up pulling her hair.

Portland Thorns 2017 Draft Prediction

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January 12th is the NWSL draft — what will the Portland Thorns for with their four draft picks?

When the 2016 season began, it began with 12 new faces -- Portland's new coach, Mark Parsons, shook up the lineup and brought in some amazing new talent. Thanks to the new players, the team was able to perform amazingly.

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.

Five Thorns Called in to USWNT Training Camp on July 1

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Five members of the Portland Thorns have been named among the selections by United States Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis for the pre-Olympic friendlies against South Africa on July 9 in Chicago.

Defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, and midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Allie Long were all named to the 24 player roster.

Thorns Release Preseason Roster

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9 players return from the 2015 roster.

The Portland Thorns released their 2016 preseason roster as they opened preseason camp today.

New faces to the Thorns include Danish international Nadia Nadim, Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, United States internationals Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, NWSL veterans Adriana Franch and Katherine Reynolds, and Thorns draftee McKenzie Berryhill.

Thorns Preseason Depth Chart

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The Thorns spent another off season rebuilding their roster

The Portland Thorns made several changes over the off season, as Mark Parsons took over as head coach, reshaping roster by adding several internationals, including United States internationals Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, and Adriana Franch, among others.

Portland Thorns Select Emily Sonnett With No. 1 Pick, Pick Up Top Allocation Spot

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While there was no surprise when the Portland Thorns picked Emily Sonnett with the first overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, things took a surprising turn minutes later when the Thorns traded away their third overall pick to the Boston Breakers in exchange for the top spot in the newly announced allocation order.

NWSL College Draft Preview: The Top Selections

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Emily Sonnett is the consensus top draft pick, but after that the Thorns could go many ways.

The Portland Thorns own the top two selections in this Friday's NWSL College Draft, as well as the#21 overall pick. The draft will begin at 7:00am, and selections will be announced via social media and streamed here.

Sydney FC

ATF: MLS announce first ever eMLS Cup

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Also: Thorns open camp under chilly conditions, NYRB and Whitecaps looking to deal, CCL gets underway, USSF releases their financials and more!

Portland

Thorns FC Abroad | Emily Sonnett, Sydney FC fall in W-League Grand Final | Portland Timbers
Despite a hard-fought campaign by Thorns FC on-loan players Emily Sonnett and Caitlin Foord, Sydney FC's quest for their third club championship fell just short as back-to-back-champion Melbourne City completed their Westfield W-League Grand Final three-peat with a 2-0 victory over the Sky Blues.

Thorns Down Under: Showing Up

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Crunch time is well and truly on in the W-League, and Thorns are not just involved — they are stepping up to win their teams points and making their presence felt. In all three games involving Thorns, their contributions were decisive. In the absence of any transfer news as of yet, it's satisfying to be reminded of just how much quality there is across the team.

Lindsey Horan

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!

Portland

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.