Hayley Raso

W-League

Thorns Down Under: Filling the Cabinet

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The regular W-League season has wrapped up. Ashleigh Sykes and Canberra couldn't quite make it six out of six Thorns in the playoffs, but five ain't bad. With Brisbane Roar, Hayley Raso and and Celeste Boureille finished top of the W-League table for the second season in a row—good luck trying to fit that plate into your trophy cabinets.

Around The Forest: Injuries abound in Houston

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Checkout how Thorns players are doing abroad, Viera praises the Crew, Chelsea fans attacked, and more!

Portland

Portland's Caleb Porter encouraged by Timbers' depth after rash of injuries | MLSsoccer.com
Add another name to the long list of soccer players who've missed games owing to unusual injuries.

Celeste Boureille

Around The Forest: U.S. Soccer not in a rush to hire next Coach

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Reports on Thorns abroad, LAFC looking at Egyptian international, MLS Playoffs start back up tonight and more!

Portland

Thorns FC Abroad | Hayley Raso scores as Brisbane Roar defeat Adelaide United | Portland Timbers
Four Thorns FC players featured in week four of Australia's Westfield W-League action, two of whom found the back of the net for their Australian club sides.

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 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.

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.

Portland Thorns

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.

Washington Spirit fall 4-0 on road against Portland Thorns

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Injuries and fatigue compounded defensive mistakes

Two corner kicks and a penalty call made the Washington Spirit's injury woes worse on Saturday afternoon as the Spirit fell 4-0 on the road against the Portland Thorns. Washington posted a good first fifteen minutes but then Portland turned the tide and scored three goals in the first half.

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.

Around The Forest: Portland Thorns Hayley Raso named to Australia’s Women's National Team

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Checkout the full MLS roster, Diego Valeri is awesome, Jose Mourinho not happy with Manchester United's summer window and more!

Portland:

Thorns FC's Hayley Raso named to Australia Women's National Team roster for Tournament of Nations | Portland Timbers
The Matildas will take on the United States, Brazil and Japan in the four-team tournament, squaring off against the USWNT in their first match on July 27 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field; kickoff is set for 7 p.

The Rest

Top 10 Thorns Stories of 2017

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From the championship to the league-leading defense to the rise of Hayley Raso, here are our ten biggest stories of the year

2017 will go down in the PTFC annals as one of the biggest years in the Thorns' history. This wasn't just the year Portland won a second championship, but perhaps the first year the team—with its biggest-in-the-world fanbase and famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) star power—really lived up to its potential.

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.

Around The Forest: NYCFC’s David Villa nervous returning to Spain squad

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Haley Raso wins NWSL honors, FC Dalls SG's teams with rivals for hurricaine Harvey relief and more

Portland:

Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso named NWSL Player of the Week | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso was named the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 18, it was announced today.