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Recap: Spirit hang on to 1-1 draw at Portland Thorns

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Aubrey Bledsoe's late PK save on Lindsey Horan helped the Spirit hang on to a valuable road point

Despite the fact that Portland Thorns FC were short-handed, tonight's game was always going to be a tough one for the Washington Spirit, who have not had much success in Oregon over the years. However, the visitors dug deep, limiting the Thorns to just 12 shots despite intense late pressure and getting an 87th minute penalty kick save from Aubrey Bledsoe en route to a 1-1 draw.

Here Are Your 2018 Portland Thorns

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With pre-season over, it's time to get things started for real

You know the season is getting near when rosters are released, and that's exactly what your NWSL Champion Portland Thorns did today. They return a whopping 14 players from last year's championship team. Some of the players returning are top goal getters Hayley Raso and Christine Sinclair, Keeper of the Year Adrianna Franch, and NWSL Second XI selections: Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, and Emily Menges.

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 battle their way past North Carolina Courage to take 2017 NWSL Championship

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It wasn't pretty, but the Thorns won via Lindsey Horan's second half goal

The Portland Thorns won their second-ever NWSL Championship today in Orlando, defeating the North Carolina Courage 1-0. Lindsay Horan's 50th minute goal was the deciding factor in a game short on chances and high on physical play.

Houston Dash vs Portland Thorns Final Score: Horan earns draw with heartbreaking late goal

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Lindsey Horan netted a late free kick goal in the 90+1 minute to earn a draw for Portland Thorns FC.

Following a lengthy weather delay, the Houston Dash drew a tough 1-1 result against Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Lindsey Horan stunned the Dash in the 90+1 minute with a late equalizer goal.

Boston loses 2-0 away at Portland

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Bad start, tough finish.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Allysha Chapman, Christen Westphal, Megan Oyster, Julie King, Emilie Haavi, Angela Salem, Rose Lavelle, Rosie White, Natasha Dowie

It started with calamity as the Boston Breakers took on the Portland Thorns in the away leg of their two back-to-back games.

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 Fight Back to Draw Seattle Reign 2-2

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The Portland Thorns came back from a slow start to salvage a point against their rivals, the Seattle Reign, in this evening's 2-2 draw at Providence Park.

The Thorns were under pressure form the visitors from the opening whistle and that pressure paid off for Seattle almost immediately. As the first minute of play ticked down, the Reign were already on the board as Jess Fishlock battled past Lindsey Horan at the top of the Thorns box then ripped a shot past the dive of Adrianna Franch.

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.

Tobin Heath named NWSL Player of the Week

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Health tallied a goal and an assist in the Thorns 4-1 win.

With a goal and her league-leading 5th assist, Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath was named the NWSL Player of the Week for Week 6.

Tallying the assist on Lindsey Horan's 26th minute goal off a corner kick, Heath then scored her first goal of the 2016 season and first career goal at Providence Park in first half stoppage time of the Thorns 4-1 victory over the Washington Spirit.

6 Thorns Named to USWNT Roster for June Friendlies

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National Team camp opens May 27.

Six members of the Portland Thorns have been named to Jill Ellis' 25 player roster for two friendlies against Japan on June 2 and June 5.

Keeper Adrianna Franch, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett and midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long will join the United States Women's National Team on May 27, meaning they will miss the Thorns' May 29 match against Seattle at Providence Park.

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 Schedule Released; Are You Ready for the Reign?

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The Portland Thorns tweeted about their home opener yesterday, but today the full schedule came out for the 2016 NWSL season.

The Thorns will kick things off this year at home on April 17th with the arrival of new NWSL side, the Orlando Pride, giving Thorns fans a chance to see superstar Alex Morgan once again after the blockbuster trade at the center of the reshaping of the Thorns' roster.

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ATF: Thorns Remain Unbeaten In Home Openers

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Also: Wondo starts on the bench, Lindsey Horan is a monster, CCL fever is back, USMNT to play England and more!

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Lindsey Horan continues to step up when it matters most | Portland Timbers
Two weeks, time with her national team, and a week spent recovering from a calf injury couldn't derail the Lindsey Horan we last saw in Chicago.

WATCH: Lindsey Horan opens the scoring in the NWSL Championship

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Thorns take the lead!

GOAL! Horan wide open on a set piece & isnt missing that. Hard to tell if Henry touches it, which would make Horan offside. #NCvPOR #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/lfncHi15YZ

— GolazoJuice (@GolazoJuice) October 14, 2017

Lindsey Horan opens the scoring in the NWSL Championship.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs Boston Breakers

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Thorns take strong midfield play on the road to face the Boston Breakers

Portland Thorns FC (1-0-1, 4pts) follow up a 1-1 road draw against FC Kansas City with a trip to Boston to face the Breakers Sunday afternoon.The match will be the 10th meeting between the two clubs.

Portland rallied from a goal down to rescue a point in Kansas City.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs FC Kansas City

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Thorns begin stretch of four-straight road matches against the defending champions

Following a comeback 2-1 over the Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC (1-0-0, 3pts) face a difficult task of traveling to FC Kansas City (0-1-0, 0pts) for the first road match of the 2016 NWSL season.

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Lindsey Horan’s Strike in Chicago Wins NWSL Goal of the Week

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Lindsey Horan won the NWSL Goal of the week for Week 2 in the fan vote for her volley into the top corner in the 9th minute to open the scoring in the Thorns' game against the Chicago Red Stars last Saturday.

After such a hectic 90 minutes, it's easy to forget how excellent Horan's early goal was.

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.

Match Preview: Thorns vs FC Kansas City

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The Thorns will face FC Kansas City at home tomorrow night, in the second match of a grueling three-game week. Portland gutted out an uninspiring 0-0 draw the last time these two teams met, in May, and with both squads still struggling to find the back of the net reliably, this match looks likely to be a slog in a similar mold.

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.

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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.

What We Learned on (Fall?) Vacation: Notes from the Women’s International Break

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While the NWSL was on hold for the week, the Thorns' internationals were on duty with their national teams. Lindsey Horan, Allie Long, and (gasp) Tobin Heath all saw minutes for the US, while Amandine Henry and Nadia Nadim played for France and Denmark, respectively. While most of these matches were friendlies, there were still some Thorns-related highlights worth sharing:

Lindsey Horan scored against New Zealand

In the second of two outings against the Football Ferns, Lindsey Horan scored a great diving header, getting on the end of a long ball by Sam Mewis:

Was just a matter of time ⏰.

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 RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 4, Washington Spirit 1

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Thorns remain only unbeaten team in NWSL after handing Spirit first loss of 2016

A goal and an assist from Tobin Heath powered Portland Thorns FC to a dominant 4-1 over the Washington Spirit Saturday night in front of 15,823 fans at Providence Park. With the win, Portland remains the only unbeaten side in the NWSL after handing the Spirit their first loss of 2016.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 1, FC Kansas City 1

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Thorns salvage a point on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City as Horan scores in second-straight match

Lindsey Horan scored her second goal in as many matches to rescue a point for Portland Thorns FC as the club battled to a 1-1 draw on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City Saturday night in front of 3,022 at Swope Soccer Village.

Julie Johnston brace leads USWNT to win over Colombia

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It may not have been as lopsided as the two sides' prior meeting, but the U.S. Women's National Team dispatched Colombia with ease in Sunday's friendly.

Defender Julie Johnston led the way with a brace as the USWNT topped Colombia, 3-0. The victory was the Americans'second win over Colombia in five days following Wednesday's7-0 thrashing.

Union top Rowdies, USMNT faces Paraguay at Linc in June, Pulisic, USWNT tops Canada, more

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Union settle Rowdies. US to face Paraguay in Copa Centenario at the Linc. Pulisic gets first start with Dortmund. US tops Canada for CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification title. MOre.

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USWNT scores six in victory over South Korea

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded another one of their big wins, blasting six past South Korea at Sahlen's Stadium in Cary, North Carolina.

The scoring came early and it came often, starting with a third minute goal from Samantha Mewis, followed by another goal in the 20th minute. For the second, Lindsey Horan put a ball into the box and it ended up at the feet of Mewis, who scored from close range at the stadium where she plays with her club, North Carolina Courage.

Lindsey Horan enjoying the best soccer of her career after move to midfield

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Lindsey Horan became a title winner for the first time in her career last Saturday when the Portland Thorns lifted the NWSL Championship trophy. The midfielder also collected an individual prize of her own, earning MVP honors on the day after scoring the game's lone goal and dominating the midfield.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Curtin says team is better and further ahead than it was this time last year. Lots of Union bits. More news.

USWNT qualifies for Olympics behind Morgan hat trick vs. Trinidad & Tobago

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The U.S. Women's National Team qualified for this summer's Olympics in style with a convincing performance against Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night in Houston.

The Americans were on the board just minutes into the qualifying match, and comfortably controlled the game from there on out courtesy of an Alex Morgan hat trick.

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Morgan at the double as USA women thrash New Zealand

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Chicago (AFP) – Alex Morgan scored twice as the United States thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a women’s international football friendly on Tuesday.

US star Morgan came on as a second-half substitute to take her international goals tally to 77 as the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions swept aside their Kiwi opponents at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.

Morgan at the double as USA women thrash New Zealand

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Chicago (AFP) – Alex Morgan scored twice as the United States thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a women’s international football friendly on Tuesday.

US star Morgan came on as a second-half substitute to take her international goals tally to 77 as the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions swept aside their Kiwi opponents at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.

United States vs. Japan live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Can the US improve in its second match against Japan?

Unlike in the World Cup final, the United States women's national team got off to a rough start against Japan on Thursday. Since last summer, Japan hired a new coach and ushered in a wave of young players. Despite the personnel changes, the Nadeshiko displayed its trademark technical ability and patience.

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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.

Abby Smith wins save of the week

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Hi Jill.

Abby Smith was nominated for NWSL save of the week in week six, alongside Nicole Barnhart, Alyssa Naeher and Haley Kopmeyer. Smith won for her 24th minute leaping parry to keep Nadia Nadim's strike out of the net.

You can see all of the save nominees below:

That wasn't Smith's only crucial stop of the game.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 11

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Lindsey Horan of the Portland Thorns and the U.S. Women's National Team joins the show to talk about her path to the pros and balancing club and country, while Chris and Jamie recap the Portland Timbers' draw with Real Salt Lake and discuss whether it's time to worry about the backline.

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