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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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Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 28 with Caleb Porter

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Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter returns to the show to talk youth development, his team's late-game yips, and the end of the summer transfer window. Jamie and Chris recap the Timbers' 2-2 draw at Houston, run down the latest injury list, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' weekend showdown with the Houston Dash.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 27

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Jamie and Chris return to rehash the Portland Timbers' meltdown against Real Salt Lake, to discuss the resurrection in Vancouver, and to look back at a key six-point week for the Portland Thorns.

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Around The Forest: Portland Thorns Hayley Raso named to Australia’s Women's National Team

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Checkout the full MLS roster, Diego Valeri is awesome, Jose Mourinho not happy with Manchester United's summer window and more!


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The Matildas will take on the United States, Brazil and Japan in the four-team tournament, squaring off against the USWNT in their first match on July 27 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field; kickoff is set for 7 p.

Washington Spirit

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.

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.

Washington Spirit go toe-to-toe with Portland Thorns, but drop 2-1 decision

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Despite plenty of chances, Washington's NWSL winless streak extended to four at Providence Park

A familiar pattern returned once again for the Washington Spirit, who fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns despite creating enough chances to win the game. Havana Solaun gave Washington a lead in the 58th minute, but close-range finishes from Allie Long and Mallory Weber gave the home side a win that kept them in third place overall.

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.

2017 Gold Cup semifinals set, Michael Carrick to Colorado?, and more: Freedom Kicks for 7/21/2017

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More talk about nipples, bite marks, and the surface of the sun than normal, because the soccer world is getting weird

Hey everyone! Still reeling from Wednesday night? Yup. Spent most of Thursday trying not to deal with soccer's current harsh realities, and I've got to say it helped a little bit.

Tobin Heath

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.

Christine Sinclair

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: Portland Thorns vs. Houston Dash

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The Portland Thorns (9-5-4) make their return home, as they host Rachel Daly, Poliana and the Houston Dash (7-9-2) on Saturday evening from Providence Park.

The Thorns come into the match off a disappointing 2-1 loss to FC Kansas City on Wednesday, which was delayed over two hours due to severe weather.

Match Preview: Portland Thorns at FC Kansas City

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The red-hot Portland Thorns (9-4-4) take their five-match unbeaten run (4-0-1) on the road, as they travel to Kansas City to take on a struggling FC Kansas City (4-8-5) at Children's Mercy Victory Field at 5:00pm, in a match streamed on go90.com and NWSLSoccer.com.

The Thorns and Blues are meeting for the third time this season.

Portland Thorns snap Houston’s six-game unbeaten streak

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Goals from Tyler Lussi and Emily Sonnett propelled Portland to a 2-1 victory.

After a historic streak of six straight unbeaten matches, the Houston Dash fell 2-1 to the Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park in Portland. Portland's constant pressure and attack led by forwards Taylor Lussi and Hayley Russo, not to mention the strong play from midfielder Christine Sinclair wreaked havoc against Houston backline.

Seattle Reign

Reign vs. Thorns: Photos

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Seattle Reign fall to the Portland Thorns, 2-1.

Match recap: Portland Thorns dismantle Seattle Reign

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Seattle must nearly win out to keep their playoff hopes alive

It was an easy narrative to latch onto — Seattle Reign FC responds well to adversity, and the squad typically comes back after putting in disappointing performances the week prior. They could do the same against their fiercest rivals after blowing two leads on the road against Sky Blue.

Laura Harvey: The Architect

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She's why Seattle Reign is ready to beat the Portland Thorns.

After a disappointing 2016 season that saw one of the most talented squads fall short of the playoffs, this year's Seattle Reign FC team is pushing to reclaim their spot in the championship match. Despite losing four key starters in the offseason, Laura Harvey's squad is still in the hunt for the postseason.

The Rest

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 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.

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.

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.

Report: Savannah Jordan returns from injury

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Jordan returns, Cox released

The Portland Thorns had a couple announcements today. First former Florida and Glasgow City forward Savannah Jordan has been activated from the 45 day disabled list, she's also been immediately added to the active roster.

With one going on the list, sadly someone has to come off.

Kick Off time moved for Portland Thorns vs Houston Dash

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At least it's a dry heat?

The NWSL has decided to move the Portland Thorns vs Houston Dash on August 5 from a 12:30pm start to 11am because of severe heat that is hitting the Northwest with temperatures to be in the 100's all week long.

This will try to combat both the heat in the stands and on the turf.

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.