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Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 11

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' win over Minnesota United, weigh the future of the Timbers' 4-3-2-1, and recap the Portland Thorns 2-1 win over the Orlando Pride.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 10

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Jamie and Chris return to re-hash the Portland Timbers' meltdown in Orlando, discuss whether referees in North American soccer need to be more transparent in their accountability measures, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' home opener against the Orlando Pride.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 4

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' first trip to Tucson, the signing of Samuel Armenteros and the fallout therefrom, and how the Portland Thorns are going to handle Caitlin Foord's injury.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 2

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Jamie and Chris return to the microphone to discuss a busy two weeks for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns including the imminent acquisition of Andy Polo, Justin Meram trade rumors, the end of the Allie Long Era in Portland, and the arrivals of Caitlin Foord and Andressinha.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 1

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Chris and Jamie return after the holiday break to catch up on a very eventful month of December for the Portland Timbers, look ahead to the rest of the winter transfer season, and discuss how Tobin Heath's lingering ankle injury may affect her NWSL season and the Portland Thorns.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 37

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Jamie and Chris take to the microphone to discuss the Portland Timbers' 4-0 win over D.C. United, revel in the Portland Thorns' NWSL title, and look ahead to some crucial offseason decisions facing Mark Parson, Gavin Wilkinson, and the Thorns front office.

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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.

Around The Forest: Timbers to begin construction on expansion after the season

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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you're not watching? And more!


Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns | OregonLive.com
Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 33

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Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, weigh Diego Valeri's MLS record-setting run of goals in eight consecutive games, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' visit to the Orlando Pride.

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Portland Thorns Defeat Orlando Pride 2-1

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On a rainy home opener, the Portland Thorns came out on top over the Orlando Pride in a fast-paced and physical soccer game.

Tobin Heath made her return to the Thorns bench but did not see minutes. Angela Salem, who was expected to be unavailable, was recalled to the team from college in order to fill out the bench, which was still not full.

Portland Thorns vs. Orlando Pride: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [3:00]

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The 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns have their long-awaited homecoming this afternoon and will take on Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride in their home opener for the third year running.

Portland is 1-1-0 in fourth place going into this match, while the Pride are in eighth with a win and a draw.

Portland Thorns vs Orlando Pride: Coverage Hub

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Following an international break, the Portland Thorns are finally back in town for their home opener, on the heels of a 3-2 win against the Chicago Red Stars two weeks ago. Portland's roster is still depleted, missing not just Hayley Raso and Andressinha, who are both still away on international duty, but Tobin Heath and Emily Menges, who have yet to work their way off the injury report.

2018 Portland Thorns Schedule Released

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Thorns to finish the regular season away at Seattle

The NWSL schedule has officially been announced. After two away games, the Portland Thorns open the season at home against the Orlando Pride on Sunday, April 15.

The Thorns start the season on the road at North Carolina in the first Lifetime Game of the Week on March 24 at 12:30 PM PST.

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.

Emily Menges

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.

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.

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Boston Breakers fold after ownership deal falls through

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The end of an era.

UPDATED 1/25/18 10:00 PM ET: Added tweets from Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson regarding the status of the Breakers before the decision was made to fold the team.

A new ownership deal that could have kept the Boston Breakers local but moved them down to the Union Point land development in Weymouth has fallen apart, and with no new ownership able to step in on such short notice, the team will fold.

Adriana Leon nominated for Canada Soccer player of the year

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A good capper on a good year.

Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon has been nominated for Canada Soccer's 2017 player of the year.

It's a very nice nod to a player who was seemingly out of the squad a couple of years ago but worked her way back in, notching three goals in six games for her country on top of six goals and six assists for her club.

Thorns Defeat Breakers 1-0, Clinch Home Semifinal

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The Portland Thorns defeated the Boston Breakers 1-0 at Jordan Field in Boston, MA, as Christine Sinclair netted her 8th goal of the season, guaranteeing the Thorns will host a semifinal for the second consecutive season.

The Thorns were unable to find much of a rhythm throughout the match, as the Breakers came out of the gate looking to disrupt the Thorns attack through physical, pressing play.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Portland Thorns

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Can Rose Lavelle help Boston put the ball in the net?

As we come to the close of the 2017 NWSL season, there's a lot to contemplate about the Boston Breakers. They have three games left and are currently on a four-game losing streak with a 3-11-7 record for 9th place overall. They've had injuries galore, including the hamstring injury that derailed Rose Lavelle's rookie season and forced the team to rearrange the rest of their season.

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Thorns FC: Opportunity Knocks

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In the 2016 NWSL semifinal, the then-Western New York Flash took on the Portland Thorns and, under the somnolent gaze of center referee Marco Vega, beat the living bejesus out of them.

No, I'm not talking about the final score.

I mean that Western New York's players took the opportunity given them by a referee who considered anything less than forty stitches or a gunshot wound incidental contact to whale the tar out of Portland's key players.

Tobin Heath returns to active roster

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I have come to bring you good news via the Portland Thorns twitter account:

Tobin Heath has been activated from the disabled list and the club has added her to the active roster. #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/HvKG1Dx7Ml

— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) August 29, 2017

You read that right.

North Carolina Courage

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.

NWSL Champions! Portland Thorns Beat North Carolina Courage 1-0!

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The Portland Thorns ground out a hard-fought 1-0 victory against the North Carolina Courage to take home the NWSL Cup today, beating the league leading side and taking revenge for their semifinal loss last year.

With a trophy on the line, the Thorns and Courage both came out looking to defend, defend, and defend, playing a physical match where chances were few and far between.

NWSL Final - Portland Thorns vs. North Carolina Courage: How to Watch, Match Thread

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The Portland Thorns meet The North Carolina Courage in this year's NWSL final Saturday at 1:30 PM Pacific Time. While it won't be marked as one on the record books, the match is largely a rematch of last years semi-final 4-3 loss against the Western New York Flash.

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How to Watch

Match Time: 1:30p.

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL Championship online

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The defending champs and the league's most popular team are looking to win it all today in Orlando

Even before the 2017 NWSL season kicked off, the the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns were exceedingly common picks to make this year's final. It made perfect sense: North Carolina, in their previous identity as the Western New York Flash, won last year's title by breaking the Washington Spirit's hearts with last-gasp goal and penalty kicks, while the Thorns won last year's NWSL Shield and appeared to be improved for this year.

Storylines: Portland Thorns vs North Carolina Courage, NWSL Championship 2017

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The Thorns head to Orlando for a chance at their second NWSL championship

The season is spent. In Portland, the leaves are turning and the rain is back. But in Orlando, it's still a balmy eighty degrees, and one thing remains for the Thorns: to bring home the championship trophy this Saturday.

The Rest

ATF: Minnesota United Close To Signing First Ever DP Darwin Quintero

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Also: Maxi Urruti signs new deal, Merritt Paulson and his role in women's soccer, Kljestan looking forward to date against NYRB, Gareth Southgate has words for Dele Alli and more!


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At first glance, the move looks like a no-brainer.

Portland Thorns 0, North Carolina Courage 0: Half Time

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On a rainy day in Cary, North Carolina, the Portland Thorns played the North Carolina Courage in what was widely billed as as championship grudge match.

Parsons opted for starting the players most familiar with the team already. Kelli Hubly won the place in defense over new signing Elizabeth Ball, and Celeste Boureille got the start ahead of Angela Salem.

Thorns FC: Under the Lights but Still Somewhat in the Dark

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Green Shoots at Merlo

Welcome back to a new season of Thorns FC!

Well, preseason, then, for both the Portland Thorns and my column. Just as the team is reassembling and preparing for a new NWSL season, it's time for us to begin taking a look at that team and preparing for the 2018 campaign.

Thorns to Host Preseason Tournament at University of Portland

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The Portland Thorns will be hosting a preseason tournament this year, per a team press release—except, due to ongoing construction at Providence Park it will be held at the University of Portland's Merlo Field.

The same four teams that came to Portland for last year's Spring Invitational—Houston, Chicago, and the USWNT U-23s—will be in the Rose City again.

Christine Sinclair receives Order of Canada medal to go with her various other awards

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Thorns and Canada captain, second-all-time leading international goal-scorer, and all-around legend Christine Sinclair was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada today. She was appointed back in June, but didn't receive an official ceremony at that time. The Order of Canada is the second-highest honor a Canadian civilian can receive.

Major Link Soccer: Bayern Munich midfield prospect to switch from Germany to U.S.

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Timothy Tillman could have a promising future in red, white and blue. Also, Raheem Sterling is the poster boy for xG.


Seattle Reign FC acquired U.S. international midfielder Allie Long form the Portland Thorns yesterday in a somewhat complex trade that also sent Rebekah Stott and Katie Johnson to Sky Blue FC.

Some Soccer News for Oct 17, 2017

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It's Day 290 of 2017.

Huge congrats to the Portland Thorns - NWSL Champions for 2017.


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(Based solely on science using the 5 previous games, with no bias for prior standing or projections - just results.

News roundup: Portland Thorns claim crown

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Steel claim 8 seed in USL Eastern Conference, Gulati defiant, and the rest of the day's news.

Portland Thorns Close Out Regular Season with 3-1 Win Over Chicago Red Stars

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On to the playoffs!

The Portland Thorns took care of business at Providence yesterday, defeating the Chicago Red Stars 3-1. For the Thorns, who would not have dropped in the standings regardless of the result, nothing was actually on the line. Third-place Chicago, meanwhile, came into the match with no possibility of moving up in the table.

SFPI NWSL Power Rankings (Week of Sep 10)

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Home Sweet Home Playoff Games Edition

We are now into the Home Stretch! And the Portland Thorns, for the second consecutive season, will start their playoff run at home, thanks to a big road win, and a couple other favorable results around the league. 4 teams claim biggest winner climbing 1 spot, while the biggest loser is FC Kansas City falling 2 after drawing Chicago at home.

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.