Mark Parsons

Portland Thorns

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.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 35

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Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons returns to the show to discuss the turning point in the Thorns' regular season, the team's tactical flexibility, and the lessons from last season's playoff disappointment.

Jamie and Chris recap the Portland Timbers' deflating loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, cast aspersions on the NWSL award process, and look ahead to the NWSL semifinal.

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.

Portland Thorns vs Washington Spirit: How to Watch, Match Thread

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The Thorns take on the Washington Spirit tonight at Providence Park in their second of three consecutive home matches. After upsetting the North Carolina Courage last week in one of their more comprehensive performances to date, Portland will look to get three points out of bottom-of-the-table Washington and remain in playoff position.

Portland Thorns vs North Carolina Courage: How to Watch, Match Thread

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The North Carolina Courage comes to Providence Park today to take on the Thorns. The last time these two teams faced off in Portland was in the semifinals of the 2016 playoffs, a rollercoaster of a game that ended with the Thorns' crushing overtime elimination to the then-Western New York Flash.

This is the first of three home games for the Thorns, which, if they can pull off a result today against a very good Courage side, should put them in a good position to start turning this mediocre season around.

Thorns 2017 NWSL Draft Analysis

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Portland drafted three forwards and a midfielder in Parsons' second Draft day with the team — how will this impact the Thorns as we head into the NWSL 2017 preseason?

The fifth NWSL College that happened this Thursday, January 12th, and it was an exciting day. In an article for the ThornsFC.

Rachel Hill, Savannah Jordan Highlight Thorns 2017 Draft

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The Portland Thorns added four new players via the NWSL College Draft in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, drafting midfielder-forward Rachel Hill (#14 overall) out of UConn, forward Savannah Jordan (#18 overall) out of Florida, forward Tyler Lussi (#21 overall) out of Princeton, and midfielder-forward Caroline Flynn out of Nebraska (#40 overall).

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.

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 vs. Portland Thorns live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Can the Spirit continue their winning streak against the Portland Thorns?

Three weeks into the season, the Washington Spirit have won each of their three games. For a team that won three games total in 2013, this season is especially good. Yet, the Spirit played three weaker teams (Boston, Sky Blue, and Western New York) and have yet to be tested against a strong opponent.

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.

Match Preview: Thorns vs. Orlando

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Old friends return tonight, as Alex Morgan, Steph Catley, Kaylyn Kyle, Lianne Sanderson, and the Orlando Pride come to Providence Park.

The Portland Thorns (0-0-0) host league newcomers the Orlando Pride (0-0-0) for their first match of the 2016 National Women's Soccer League season. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:00pm at Providence Park.

Washington Spirit Preview

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The Washington Spirit open their season at home tonight against the Boston Breakers

After two offseasons of turnover, this offseason was rather quiet for the Washington Spirit. The two-time semifinalists return almost three-quarters of the 2015 squad that finished in fourth place. However, the offseason didn't start quietly for the Spirit.

Mark Parsons Live-tweets the Portland Timbers' 2-2 Draw Against Real Salt Lake

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Mark Parsons is the Portland Thorns' new head coach.

Mark Parsons loves soccer.

Mark Parsons' Twitter game is for real.

Feel a comeback is on

— Mark Parsons (@mparsons_1) March 20, 2016


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.

Report: The Amandine Henry Deal is Done

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According to Caitlin Murray reporting for ESPNW, the Portland Thorns have finalized the long-awaited signing of French midfielder Amandine Henry.

The Thorns have reportedly been pursuing Henry since late last season and hints have continued to surface linking the two parties, including a recent tweet from Thorns owner Merritt Paulson hinting at upcoming news from the Thorns.

Thorns Acquire GK Franch, 3rd Round Pick for Catley

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The Portland Thorns solidified their goalkeeper situation Thursday, adding former Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, as well as a 3rd Round Draft Pick (#21 overall) in January's 2016 NWSL College Draft.

In exchange, the Thorns sent Australian international defender Steph Catley to Orlando Pride.

Nadine Angerer is the New Portland Thorns Goalkeeping Coach

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In the wake of her retirement from professional soccer, former Portland Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won't be leaving the team after all; instead the 2013 FIFA Women's Players of the Year is rejoining the team as the new goalkeeping coach under new head coach Mark Parsons.

Angerer, 37, was a large part of the Thorns roster after joining the team in 2014, but decided to end her playing career after a final appearance in the 2015 Women's World Cup where she captained Germany to the tournament's semifinal round.

Meghan Klingenberg

Thorns vs Red Stars: Match Thread, How to Watch

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The Thorns (8-4-4, W-L-T) face the Chicago Red Stars (8-3-5) at 5 pm PT on the road. Chicago and Portland are second and third in the table, respectively, with Chicago coming off a road draw against Orlando, and Portland off a win at home against Houston. The matchup also features the second- and third-strongest defenses in the league, with Portland at 14 goals against, and Chicago at 15.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Chicago Red Stars

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The Thorns take on the Chicago Red Stars on the road tomorrow. It's a top-of-the-table-type matchup that will bump Portland into second place if they get the win. It's also, unlike the last time these teams met, way back in April, a fixture between two squads that have legitimately proven they belong in the top four positions.

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 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.

Thorns Training Report: Week 7

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Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, and Mark Parsons spoke with media today after training. Heath largely talked about her involvement with the Thorns Development Academy, announced last week. For fans, though, the bigger Heath news is that she will travel to New Jersey this weekend, and is expected to be available off the bench—though Parsons said she likely won't play.

Portland Timbers

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 7 LIVE at The Civic Taproom

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Jamie and Chris go on the road to record an episode in front of a live audience at The Civic Taproom just one-half block from Providence Park.

In the first segment, Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter joins the crew to talk about the Timbers' preseason and tactical adjustments he expects to see from the league in 2016.

Soccer Made in Portland LIVE Details

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Jamie and Chris will record this week's Soccer Made in Portland live at The Civic Taproom on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:00 p.m. The Civic Taproom is located just one-half block north of Providence Park at 621 SW 19th Avenue.

The show will feature guest appearances from Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter, Portland Thorns manager Mark Parsons, and a media roundtable in which Timbers color commentator Ross Smith and Caitlin Murray of the Portland Tribune and The Guardian will join Jamie and Chris to answer questions from the audience.

Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit add five via the NWSL Draft

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New coach Jim Gabarra had a couple of weaknesses to strengthen, but did he find the necessary players?

The 2016 NWSL preseason began in earnest on Friday in Baltimore, as 40 players were taken in the draft. The league will soon embark on its fourth season, which is something the WUSA and WPS were not able to say.

Washington Spirit 2014 Preview: Catching Up and a New Outlook

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To summarize the Spirit offseason: CHANGE. And after a last-place finish (3-14-5, 14 points), it was about time.

As the second NWSL season is set to begin Saturday, Washington prepares for a Sunday home opener at the Maryland SoccerPlex against Western New York. But we have a lot to get caught up on first.

Washington Spirit Select Crystal Dunn as the NWSL’s Top Draft Pick

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Owners of the top pick in today's NWSL College Draft, the Washington Spirit selected Crystal Dunn from the University of North Carolina.

In an instant, Mark Parsons upgraded his team rather significantly, with the addition of Dunn.

Dunn, 21 has earned eight caps for the United States Women's National Team.

Washington Spirit game recap: Hijinks, shenanigans, and oh yeah...a win!

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The Washington Spirit (2-14-4, 10 points) earned its first home win and the first shutout of the season. With the loss, Chicago (7-8-5, 26 points) was eliminated from playoff contention.

The game was suspended twice by lightning alerts and abandoned in the 81st minute due to a 12 a.m. curfew.

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Match recap: Washington Guts It Out To Defeat Chicago 1-0

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With a win over Chicago, the Washington Spirit to finish 2-1 in its last three games, all taking place within eight days.

The Spirit (2-2-0) rebounded from Wednesday's loss in Seattle with an inspired 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars (1-1-0) Saturday night in front of 1,822 in Lisle, Illinois.

Match recap: Washington Spirit Break Scoreless Streak In Emotional 1-1 Draw With FC Kansas City

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When Washington Spirit players, coaches, and staff stood in a circle prior to the game, an unmistakable message was sent: This is a unified team.

The team has talked up the fresh start after a tumultuous week highlighted by a coaching change. And a fresh start, it was. The re-energized Spirit team took to the field with a new confidence belied their last place standing.

The Rest

Around The Forest: Why Landon Donovan came out of retirement

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Also: Parson's talks Thorns draft picks, David Villa wants to be a part of the World Cup, DaMarcus Beasley re-signs with Houston and more!


2018 NWSL College Draft | Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons discusses the selections | Portland Timbers
With back-to-back picks in the first round and a trade into the third round, it was a busy day for Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons and his staff at the 2018 NWSL College Draft in Philadelphia.

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.

NWSL: Houston Dash no convence. Resumen general de la Jornada 7

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Larga Jornada 7 fue la que se vivió esta semana en la Liga americana. Los nueve equipos participaron y mientras que algunos dejaron ir algunos puntos otros pudieron sumarlos. ¿La sorpresa? La reina tropieza con la piedra del empate.

Washington Spiritrecibió en casa a Sky Blue FC abriendo esta jornada empatando a tres goles.