Thorns FC Sign Defender Kelli Hubly as National Team Replacement Player

 Photo: DePaul Blue Demons

Photo: DePaul Blue Demons

Portland Thorns FC have signed defender Kelli Hubly as a National Team Replacement player, it was announced today.

Hubly will serve as national team replacement for forward Hayley Raso, who is away on international duty with the Australia Women’s National Team in preparation for the 2018 AFC Asian Cup. In 2017, Hubly appeared in two matches for Thorns FC as a substitute, making her debut for the club on July 15 against the North Carolina Courage.

National Team Replacement players can be signed when a national team player is away on international duty and will not count against the team’s 20-player roster limit. 

Kelli Hubly
Position: Defender
Height: 5-9
Born: Aug. 9, 1994
Hometown: Elk Grove, Ill. 
College: DePaul University

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Thorns FC Announce 2018 Season-Opening Roster


Portland Thorns FC today announced the team’s season-opening roster for the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League campaign. Thorns FC open the 2018 NWSL season with an away match Saturday against the North Carolina Courage, and will be featured in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The 2018 roster features 14 players from the 2017 NWSL Championship team. Notably that list includes NWSL Second XI selections: midfielder Lindsey Horan, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Menges and 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Adrianna Franch. The team also returns its top two goal-scorers from 2017: forward Christine Sinclair, who tallied a team-high eight goals, and forward Hayley Raso, who concluded the 2017 campaign with six goals and three assists.

Portland also made several new key acquisitions, including Brazilian international midfielder Andressinha and Australian international defender Ellie Carpenter and forward Caitlin Foord. Andressinha, Carpenter and Raso will arrive in Portland following the conclusion of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for their respective national teams. In addition, Thorns FC added defender Midge Purce, midfielder Angela Salem and forward Ifeoma Onumonu through the NWSL Dispersal Draft and have also signed defender Elizabeth Ball. Purce, Salem and Onumonu do not count against the club’s active roster limit.

Other key players who are returning for the 2018 season, include defenders Emily Sonnett, who tallied three goals and one assist in her second season, and Katherine Reynolds, who both helped anchor the top defense in the league in 2017 as well as goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom, midfielder Celeste Boureille and forwards Tyler Lussi, Meg Morris and Mallory Weber.

ROSTERED PLAYERS (21 of 20 spots filled):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch
DEFENDERS (7): Elizabeth Ball, Ellie Carpenter (INTL-AUS, PEN), Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Midge Purce (DD), Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett (FED-USA) 
MIDFIELDERS (5): Andressinha (INTL-BRA, PEN), Celeste Boureille, Tobin Heath (FED-USA), Lindsey Horan (FED-USA), Angela Salem (DD)
FORWARDS (7): Caitlin Foord (INTL-AUS, PEN), Tyler Lussi, Meg Morris, Ifeoma Onumonu (DD), Hayley Raso (INTL-AUS, PEN), Christine Sinclair (FED-CAN), Mallory Weber


FED – Federation Player
INTL – International Roster Spot

D45 (45-Day Disabled List): Any player on the 45-Day disabled list
SEI (Season Ending Injury List): Any player on the season ending injury list
NTR (National Team Replacement): Any player replacing a player who is with their National Team
GKR (Goalkeeper Replacement): Any goalkeeper replacing a goalkeeper on the roster due to injury
MAT (Maternity): Any player out for an extended period due to maternity
LOA (Loan): Any player who is loaned out to another club
PEN (Pending): Any player signed that will join club on a future date
DD (Dispersal Draft): Contracted players (including allocated players) and 2018 College Draft picks acquired via the Dispersal Draft

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Thorns FC Open 2018 Preseason Slate Against Chicago Red Stars

 Photo: Portland Thorns FC

Photo: Portland Thorns FC

In their first preseason match of the 2018 season, Portland Thorns FC fell 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland in the first of three preseason matches for the club during the Thorns FC Spring Invitational presented by Tillamook Yogurt.

The Houston Dash and U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team kicked off the three-day tournament in the first match of the day. Houston scored a goal in each half, while the U.S. U-23s registered a second-half goal in a 2-1 win for the Dash. Forward Veronica Latsko opened the scoring for Houston and defender Amber Brooks notched the second goal. For the U.S., forward Catarina Macario scored off a direct free kick to put the U-23s on the board.

Game format
Portland opened its preseason with the first of three matches at the Thorns Spring Invitational presented by Tillamook Yogurt. A total of 18 players appeared in the match for Portland.

New faces
Four players made their preseason debuts for Thorns FC in a 1-0 loss to Chicago, including midfielders Sandra Yu, Midge Purce, Angela Salem and forward Ifeoma Onumonu.

Key chances
Portland generated the first chance of the match when forward Ifeoma Onumonu won the ball near midfield and played a quick through pass to forward Mallory Weber making a run down the middle of the field. Weber was able to beat her defender, earning a one-on-one opportunity with Chicago goalkeeper Emily Boyd as she fired a shot high to the left corner of the goal, but Boyd made a finger-tip save in the seventh minute.

Less than two minutes later, midfielder Celeste Boureille quickly switched the point of attack, delivering a pass to defender Meghan Klingenberg running down the left flank. Klingenberg dribbled back towards the top of the box and fired a shot from distance in the ninth minute that was saved.

Onumonu again helped create two quality chances in the 19th and 38th minutes. First, Onumonu was able to get behind the Chicago defense and dribble end line down the right side, sending a low, hard pass across the goal box for Weber running towards the back post. Weber slid in towards the goal, but her shot was saved and Onumonu’s attempt at the rebound was cleared in a scramble near the goal line. Near the end of the first half, Onumonu settled a free kick chipped into the box by Klingenberg, turning and firing a shot near the spot to force a save.

Thorns FC had several scoring opportunities in the second half. In the 49th minute, defender Katherine Reynolds played a long free kick into the box near the penalty spot, defender Kelli Hubly jumped up and flicked a header just wide of the left post. Forward Simone Charley had two chances just miss the target, settling a bouncing ball in the box and sending a shot from the right wing that skipped just past the left post in the 71st minute, while in the 73rd minute she directed a glancing header just past the left post.

Goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom, who finished the match with five saves, made a diving stop to deny a shot from a tight angle at the right post by midfielder Lauren Kaskie. Less than five minutes later, Chicago tallied the lone goal of the match, when defender Arin Gilliland received a pass from forward Yuki Nagasato near the edge of the box and dribbled towards goal before placing shot into the right corner of the goal in the 62nd minute.

Next Game
Next up, Thorns FC will square off against the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team on Wednesday, March 14; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). 

Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars (NWSL Preseason) 
March 11, 2018 – Merlo Field (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                            1          2          F
Portland Thorns FC                   0          0          1         
Chicago Red Stars                    0          1          0          

Scoring Summary: 
CHI: Gilliland (Nagasato) 62

Misconduct Summary:

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Eckerstrom, D Purce (Smith, 83), D Reynolds, D Menges ©, D Klingenberg (Yu, 46), M Boureille (Celedon, 80), M Herndon, M Hubly (Boulos, 68), F Morris (Salem, 46), F Weber (Charley, 60), F Onumonu (Eckler, 60)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch


CHI: GK Boyd, D Comeau, D Johnson, D Naughton, D Gorden (Mautz, 59), M Colaprico (Huerta, 59), M DiBernardo © (Kaskie, 35), M McCaffrey (Stanton, 59), M Vasconcelos (Buckingham, 59), F Nagasato (Kerr, 72), F Green (Gilliland, 59)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Naeher


Attendance: 3,822
Weather: Sunny, 67 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

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