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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.

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Four-goal Dutch win women’s Euro for first time

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – A brace from Vivianne Miedema led hosts Netherlands to a 4-2 win over Denmark and their first women’s Euro title in Enschede on Sunday.

Miedema pulled the hosts level at 1-1 on ten minutes and added her second goal two minutes from the end to round off the scoring, with Lieke Martens and skipper Sherida Spitse also scoring for the champions.

Denmark stun Germany in women’s Euro quarters

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women’s Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times overall, dominated the eventful game postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain, but Denmark’s counter-attacking was eventually too much for them.

Denmark stun Germany in women’s Euro quarters

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women’s Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times overall, dominated the eventful game postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain, but Denmark’s counter-attacking was eventually too much for them.

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Afghan-born Dane Nadim says sport key to opening closed doors

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Heelsum (Netherlands) (AFP) – Having fled her native Afghanistan with her family as a child, Nadia Nadim has found a new home in Denmark, whose shirt she is wearing at the women’s Euro tournament in the Netherlands.

The 29-year-old striker with the Portland Thorns in the US National Women’s Soccer League left her home with her mother and four sisters in 2000, after her father had been murdered by the Taliban.

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 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.

Portland Thorns Trade Down, Pick Up Forward Nadia Nadim

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In the early morning before today's 2016 NWSL College Draft the Portland Thorns were already making moves. It had been rumored for last several days that the Thorns could potentially be moving the second pick and that is exactly what they did, sending it, along with two picks in the 2017 College Draft, to Sky Blue FC.

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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 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 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.

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.

MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs Houston Dash

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Thorns can lock in a playoff berth with win over Houston Wednesday night

Portland Thorns FC have a chance to secure a 2016 NWSL playoff berth with a win against the Houston Dash Wednesday night at Providence Park. The Thorns could also potentially lock in a home playoff game for the first time in club history should they beat Houston and both Chicago Red Stars and Western New York Flash lose.

Recap: Portland Thorns 5 - Boston Breakers 1

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Nadia Nadim's hat trick leads the Thorns to their biggest victory of the season.

The Portland Thorns (9-3-5, 32 pts.) defeated the Boston Breakers (3-13-1, 10 pts.) in front of 17,152 at Providence Park, as Nadia Nadim netted the first hat trick by a Thorn since July 2014, when Christine Sinclair scored 3 goals in an 11 minute period against the Breakers.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 2, Western New York Flash 0

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Goals from Christine Sinclair & Nadia Nadim push Thorns to top of NWSL in statement performance. Amandine Henry makes Thorns debut in the win.

Second half goals from Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim lead Portland Thorns FC to a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash Friday afternoon in Rochester, NY.

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.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Portland Thorns FC vs Washington Spirit

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Thorns face Spirit for second time in three weeks, return to Providence Park for first time since home opener

After an extensive four match road swing, Portland Thorns FC finally return to the Rose City to take on the Washington Spirit Saturday night. The match marks the second meeting in three weeks for the two clubs and the final meeting of the 2016 regular season.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 1, Seattle Reign FC 1

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Thorns extend unbeaten run to five games, earn first point at Memorial Stadium

Two goals in three minutes left things equal between Portland Thorns FC and Seattle Reign FC Saturday night as the Cascadia rivals played out a physical 1-1 draw. Nadia Nadim opened the scoring in the 47th minute and Beverly Yanez leveled the score minutes later.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 3, Oregon State 0

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Nadia Nadim opens her Thorns account with three goals in the victory

Forward Nadia Nadim scored a hat trick and Portland Thorns FC earned its first win of 2016 with a 3-0 win over Oregon State University Wednesday night at Providence Park in front of 3,252 fans. Nadia Nadim opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, doubled the lead in the 58th and secured her hat-trick in the 68th.

NWSL Week 19: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

The final week of the regular season in the National Women's Soccer League is at hand and promises to be an exciting and dramatic finishto the year.

The action kicked off on Wednesday night as the playoff dreams of the Western New York Flash came tumbling to an end after a 3-2 loss to Sky Blue FC.

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NWSL Announces New Allocation Process

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Lost among the acquisitions of Nadia Nadim and Emily Sonnett in the NWSL College Draft was the announcement of a new player acquisition process for Canadian and United States' internationals not current attached to an NWSL club.

The league's Press Release states that "An Unattached Subsidized Individual (USI) is an Individual whom a Federation has designated as a potential Subsidized Player (formerly referred to as an "Allocated Player"), but whose rights are not currently controlled by an NWSL club.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, USOC dates for Reading and Harrisburg, more

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Curtin on Mbolhi benching, McCarthy starting, injury update, and more. Draws for opening USOC rounds announced. Keller, Schmid, and Meyernick in National Soccer Hall of Fame. More.

NWSL: Los Semifinalistas. Resumen general de la Jornada 19

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Los dos últimos espacios disponibles para disputar los playoffs ya están ocupados y los equipos son: Washington Spirit y Portland Thorns

El miércoles inició la última jornada de la fase regular con dos partidos, el primero entre WNY Flash y Sky Blue de transmisión por ESPN2, en donde Sky Blue consiguió una victoria de 3-2 sobre las flash que ya no alcanzaron estar entre los cuatro finalistas.

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Houston and Portland Set to Play Saturday

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Gametime has been moved from 2:30CST to 1:00CST due to heat.

Between the Tournament of Nations and the UEFA Women's EURO, both Houston and Portland are likely to see some adjustments this weekend. None of the Dash players were called up for EURO 2017, but Lydia Williams, Andressinha, Bruna, Jane Campbell, Morgan Brian, and Carli Lloyd were called up for national team duty for Australia and Brazil.