Hayley Raso

Thorns Down Under: Filling the Cabinet

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The regular W-League season has wrapped up. Ashleigh Sykes and Canberra couldn't quite make it six out of six Thorns in the playoffs, but five ain't bad. With Brisbane Roar, Hayley Raso and and Celeste Boureille finished top of the W-League table for the second season in a row—good luck trying to fit that plate into your trophy cabinets.

Around The Forest: Injuries abound in Houston

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Checkout how Thorns players are doing abroad, Viera praises the Crew, Chelsea fans attacked, and more!


Portland's Caleb Porter encouraged by Timbers' depth after rash of injuries | MLSsoccer.com
Add another name to the long list of soccer players who've missed games owing to unusual injuries.


Catching up with the Reign down under

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Eight Seattle Reign FC players are on loan in Australia; let's check in on how their seasons are going

The W-League season in Australia is entering its home stretch, with teams jockeying for position in their final few games and fighting for one of the four playoff spots before next month's Grand Final.

Australian women footballers take step towards professionalism

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s women footballers took a step towards professionalism Monday with pay rises and better employment conditions agreed as the nation works to build on the success of the Matildas national team.

Until now, many players in the domestic W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses.

Washington Spirit striker Francisca Ordega joins Sydney FC on loan

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The Nigerian international will spend the winter playing in Australia's W-League

After reports in Australia broke overnight, the Washington Spirit confirmed that Francisca Ordega will play the rest of the W-League season on loan with Sydney FC this morning. Ordega has joined Sydney already, and will stay in Australia through the end of the W-League season in February before returning to rejoin the Spirit for the preseason.


Taking Attendance 7/13/2015: Leading Ladies

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Now that the US Women's National Team has won its third World Cup, the big question is whether or not the euphoria over the USA's first championship since 1999 will carry over and result in increased interest in the women's club game on these shores. As you may recall, the Women's United Soccer Association was born out of the glow from the 1999 Women's World Cup here in the States, but the WUSA only lasted three years (folding on the eve of the hastily relocated 2003 Women's World Cup).

Taking Attendance 6/10/2013: Almost Everybody

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Now that (nearly) everybody in the six primary outdoor soccer leagues in the US and Canada has had a home match, we can take our first comprehensive look at 2013 at attendance figures. I've added medians to the chart this time. (These are through games of Sunday, June 9 and, as always, corrections and additions are welcome.

Virginia Beach Piranhas

Piranhas striker Shan Jones leads W-League Honorees

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TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League announced its 2013 regular season honors today, with Virginia Beach Piranhas striker Shan Jones leading the honorees.
Virginia Beach Piranhas striker, Shan Jones

Jones, who captured the Scoring Champion and Goal Scoring Champion titles thanks to her 11 goals and 24 points in 11 games, led the Piranhas (10-1-1) to the W-League's regular season title and the top overall seed entering playoff action.

Virginia Beach Piranhas looking for host families

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Hey Soccer Fans......
The Virginia Beach Piranhas are once again looking for host families to host a Piranha in their home for the 2013 season. We have both PDL (male) and W-League (female) players in need of housing. Many of our fans have been host families in the past and have formed close ties with our players.

Piranhas announce 2013 Ticket Prices and Flexi-Pack

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Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginia Beach Piranhas announce the clubs 2013 ticket prices which include a Flexi-Pack that allows fans to combine tickets for both men's and women's games.
Season Ticket Flexi-Pack ($79.99) includes 13 tickets that can be used in any combination for regular season PDL and W-League home games.

W-League divisional alignment released, Impact and Piranhas in Northeast Division

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TAMPA, Fla. – The W-League released its divisional alignment and schedule for 2013 today, with the action slated to kick off for the 145-game regular season on Saturday, May 11. The Bay Area Breeze join the 25-team league in 2013, further strengthening the highly competitive Western Conference.

The Rest

Thorns Down Under: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Wild W-League

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Halfway through the season, two points separate first and fourth.

If the W-League left us a bit wanting last week, it certainly made up for it this week. Two high quality games on television both featuring Thorns, and an even better one they had to release highlights of because it featured Sam Kerr scoring a hat trick.

Reigning Abroad: Battle in Melbourne City

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This week in W-League action: Jess Fishlock gets a brace

Another exciting week of W-League action took place in Australia, and Seattle Reign FC players once again played a big role in their games. Here's an update on their most recent play Down Under.


Western Sydney Wanderers (Kendall Fletcher, Paige Nielsen) v.

Impact close out W-League season with a draw

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Fredericksburg closes season with tie against playoff-bound Washington
By Tom Leiss For Fredericksburg Impact: www.fasaimpact.com
Impact vs Spirit W-League (photo credit: Tom Leiss)

BOYDS, Md.—The Fredericksburg Impact closed out its third W-League season with a gutsy 1-1 tie against the Washington Spirit Reserves at the Maryland SportsPlex on Wednesday evening.

Talking with Joanna Lohman

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In part one of our interview with Joanna Lohman, the former Philadelphia Independence midfielder talks about playing in Spain and the W-League following the demise of WPS.