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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 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 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.

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.

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.

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Smith and Lavelle called up for USA friendlies in Europe

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Will Abby Smith get her first international cap?

Jill Ellis has named her 21-player USWNT roster for their upcoming June friendlies against Sweden and Norway.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

Rose Lavelle is in the lineup; given her most recent performances with the WNT and her current form in NWSL, it was almost a given she would be called in.

Oyster and Lavelle called up to USWNT before Russia friendlies

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Lavelle returns and Oyster gets her first callup.

Rose Lavelle and Megan Oyster have been called up to the latest USWNT camp ahead of their two friendlies against Russia.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

This is Oyster's first callup to national team.

United States vs. Sweden 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The U.S. women's national team seek three more points in their second group game, this time against Sweden.

If you've been watching this World Cup, you know it's been a pretty awesome tournament so far. These teams aren't letting down.

With one win in the bag, the USWNT look for another tonight against Sweden.

USA vs. Costa Rica TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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The U.S. may have already punched their ticket for the World Cup, but there's still a trophy to be won.

Although the United States women's national team booked their tickets to Canada with their 3-0 win over Mexico on Friday, there's still one match left to play in the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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USWNT tops Germany to win inaugural SheBelieves Cup

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Three of Europe's best came across the Atlantic to give the U.S. Women's National Team a challenge in the SheBelieves Cup this March, and all three fell to the reigning World Cup champion.

The USWNT defeated Germany atFAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., to win the inaugural competition, which hosted the No.

Crystal Dunn’s blast powers USA women past England [VIDEO]

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Crystal Dunn and the reigning World Cup champion USA got off to a flying start with a win in their opening game of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup tournament.

Dunn's goal in the 72nd minute was all the US national women's team would need in a 1-0 victory over world number five England at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Crystal Dunn’s blast powers USA women past England [VIDEO]

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Crystal Dunn and the reigning World Cup champion USA got off to a flying start with a win in their opening game of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup tournament.

Dunn's goal in the 72nd minute was all the US national women's team would need in a 1-0 victory over world number five England at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Sapong targets 20 goals, Union and league news, USWNT faces T&T tonight, more

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Union face Tampa Bay on Saturday. Sapong targets 20 goals in 2016. USWNT face Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic qualification semis tonight. Lloyd named to FIFPro World XI. More.

Lloyd, Solo among four USWNT players named to FIFPro World XI

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For the first time in the organization's history, FIFPro has released a Women's World XI, and it includes several U.S. Women's National Team stars.

Sports Illustrated revealed on Thursday that Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Julie Johnston andMeghan Klingenberg have been named to the inaugural FIFPro Women's World XI.

Orlando Pride add Harris to roster via expansion draft

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The Orlando Pride's roster is beginning to take shape.

Orlando added nine players to its squad on Monday via the NWSL Expansion Draft. The Pride used the first and second picks on U.S. Men's National Team players Meghan Klingenberg and Ashlyn Harris, respectively, but will be sending Klingenberg to the Portland Thorns as part of the trade for star forward Alex Morgan that was agreed upon last week.

All hail Maidana, the blame for Union’s culture problem, more news

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Maidana named to multiple Team of the Week lists. Smallwood on the blame for the Union's culture of blowing it. More news/

USWNT vs. Iceland TV/streaming info, lineup, previews, prediction, and gamethread

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With a win against Iceland today, the U.S. could seal their spot in the Algarve Cup final.

With six points in the bag, the U.S. women's national team are well-positioned to win their Algarve Cup group and advance to the tournament's final. It's on.

Kickoff time: 1:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Municipal Stadium (Lagos, Portugal)

TV/Streaming: Well, there is none for this game.

In Pictures: United States 6-0 Costa Rica

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand at PPL Park on Sunday night as the US defeated Costa Rica to win the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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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.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Nogueira, new trialist, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Nogueira hopes to return. New tiralist at left back. More news.

USA pierde ante Francia en partido amistoso

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Este domingo se jugó el partido amistoso entre Francia y Estados Unidos en Liorent, Francia. La escuadra de Jill Ellis sufrió un revés al caer 2-0 ante Les Bleues de Phillipe Bergeroo. Ambos equipos salieron con un 4-4-2, las estadounisenses con bajas considerables; las lesiones de Rapinoe, Rampone y Leroux y la ausencia de Hope Solo por suspensión.

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Dash place three on U.S. women’s World Cup roster

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Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and Meghan Klingenberg of the Dash have been named to the U.S. national team's 23-player roster for the 2015 World Cup thi summer in Canada.

Lloyd, 32, is on her third World Cup team. A midfielder, she has earned 192 caps for the U.S. national team. Klingenberg, 26, and Brian, 22, are making their first World Cup team appearances.

U.S. women reignite confidence, comfortably put 6 past Haiti

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After lackluster performances against Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala, the U.S. women's national team ran away with a 6-0 win over Haiti to advance to the CONCACAF Women's Championship semifinals.

A 6-0 win over Haiti was more than enough for the U.S. women's national team to top their group in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, secure their spot in the semifinals, and guarantee at least a playoff berth for the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The Rest

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.

The Sports Update: Meghan Klingenberg on Women’s World Cup

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The Dash's Meghan Klingenberg discusses the Women's World Cup that begins Saturday.