Thorns FC Record 2-1 Win Against Orlando Pride at Providence Park

 Photo credit: Portland Thorns FC

Photo credit: Portland Thorns FC

After back-to-back road matches to begin the 2018 season, Portland Thorns FC returned to Providence Park, registering a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in the club’s home opener in front of 16,466 fans on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Christine Sinclair each recorded a goal and an assist, helping Portland extend its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches.

Sunday’s match marked the fifth regular-season meeting between the Pride and Thorns FC. Portland improved to 4-0-1 all-time against Orlando, including a mark of 3-0-0 at Providence Park. Horan has scored in three of the five meetings with Orlando, while Sinclair has scored in each of the last two matches against the Pride at Providence Park.

After two games on the road to start the season, Portland returned to Providence Park and extended its home winning streak to nine consecutive matches, including playoffs, dating back to the 2016 season. During that span, Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 21-5. 

Horan recorded her 11th career goal in the match, moving her into a tie for fifth place on the all-time goal scoring list for Thorns FC. Sinclair registered her 75th career point, claiming the top spot as Portland’s all-time career leader in points in her 90th career match for the club.

With the win, Thorns FC improved to 6-0-0 all-time in home openers, outscoring opponents 15-5. It also marked the third consecutive season Portland has squared off against Orlando in its home opener. Thorns FC have won all three home-opener meetings against Orlando.

Up next, Thorns FC remain at home, playing host to the Washington Spirit on Friday, April 20, at Providence Park. The April 20 match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available on the go90 app and online at www.go90.com

Match Summary
April 15, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                            1          2          F
Orlando Pride                            1          0         1
Portland Thorns FC                    2          0         2


Scoring Summary: 
ORL: Ubogagu (Nairn), 20
POR: Horan (Sinclair), 28
POR: Sinclair (Horan), 39

Misconduct Summary:
ORL: Pressley (caution), 85


Lineups:
POR: GK Franch, D Purce, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Hubly, D Klingenberg, M Boureille (Salem, 90+1), M Horan, F Weber (Crnogorcevic, 60), F Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Onumonu, 61)


Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Heath

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Sinclair, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Horan, Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 12 (Horan, Purce, 3); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 0

ORL: GK Harris ©, D Krieger, D Zadorsky, D Pressley, D Pickett (Elinsky, 67), M Weatherholt, M Edmonds (Evans, 77), M Nairn, F Leroux, F Morgan, F Ubogagu

Substitutes Not Used: GK Kopmeyer, M Callahan, F Gomes, D Okvist, M Creighton

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Ubogagu, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Ubogagu, 1); FOULS: 8 (Three players tied, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 6

Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referees: Alicia Messer, Joshua Haimes
4th Official: Chad Stewart
Attendance: 16,466
Weather: Showers, 49 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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Thorns FC Recognized by Portland Business Journal with Women of Influence Award

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Photo: Portland Thorns FC

Portland Thorns FC have been recognized by the Portland Business Journal’s 2018 Women of Influence Awards, honoring the region’s most influential business women from every industry and profession, it was announced today.

The award was designed to honor women who have made a difference in their communities, blazing a trail for others and leaving a mark on the Pacific Northwest community. The winners were selected from a group of nominees with the following criteria: established business leaders with a strong record of innovation in their field, women with outstanding performances in their field or a clear track record of meaningful community involvement.

In 2017, Thorns FC won their second NWSL Championship in five seasons, posting a 1-0 win over the North Carolina Courage on Oct. 14 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. With the win, Thorns FC became just the second club in league history to win multiple NWSL Championships. Thorns FC have helped set the standard as a model women’s sports team, drawing more fans than any professional women’s sports team in the world. Portland led the NWSL in attendance for a fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging a record 17,653 fans per match during the regular season. 

As part of the team’s community platform, Stand Together, players participated in the club’s annual Stand Together Week, working at various volunteer projects throughout the greater Portland area, painting houses for Habitat for Humanity, planting community gardens at Kateri Park and hula-hooping with students at recess. Additionally, Thorns FC helped host the second-annual Girl Strong Clinic, where 130 underserved girls from five area nonprofits participated in soccer drills and fun games alongside the players. In addition, throughout the season the team honored 26 young girls as the “Girls of the Game” for their positive contributions to their community.

Thorns FC were among 25 award winners honored at the Women’s of Influence Awards Luncheon in downtown Portland this week.


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Thorns FC Earn 3-2 Win on the Road Against Chicago Red Stars

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Photo: Portland Thorns FC

Playing the second game of back-to-back matches on the road, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Chicago Red Stars 3-2 at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Forward Christine Sinclair registered a brace and scored the game-winning goal, while midfielder  Lindsey Horan recorded her first goal of the season as Portland secured its first win of the 2018 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season.

Portland extended its streak to 12 games unbeaten against the Red Stars, picking up its fifth consecutive win. During their five-match winning streak, Thorns FC have outscored Chicago 12-5, while scoring at least three goals in the last three wins. Portland improved to 4-0-4 all-time at Toyota Park, winning by a score line of 3-2 in each of the last two matches.

Sinclair tallied her eighth and ninth career goals in 14 matches against the Red Stars. Her nine goals is the most against a single NWSL team. Notably, Sinclair has scored in four consecutive road matches against Chicago, dating back to 2015 season. In addition, Sinclair has tallied at least one goal in five of the six NWSL seasons against the Red Stars.

Horan tallied her first goal of the 2018 season and the 10th of her Thorns FC career in the match. With the goal, Horan became the sixth player in club history to register double-digits goals. She now ranks sixth all-time in career goals. Sinclair recorded her fifth career brace in the match, which is tied for the most by a single player in club history.

Thorns FC took an early 1-0 lead when Horan was first to the loose ball inside the box following a corner kick delivery from defender Meghan Klingenberg. Swiveling away from goal, Horan let the ball bounce and volleyed the ball into the far corner of the net in the ninth minute. 

Defender Emily Sonnett thwarted a Red Stars attack in the 15th minute. Defender Arin Gilliland intercepted a pass near midfield and quickly played a pass up field to forward Summer Green, who fired a shot from the edge of the box, but Sonnett recovered and slid back in front of Green to block the attempt.

The Red Stars tied the match in the 31st minute when forward Alysa Mautz’s close-range shot from the right side of the box deflected off of Klingenberg and into the back of the net.

Continuing to threaten the Red Stars defense, Klingenberg floated in a cross from the left flank that picked out Horan, whose header flashed over the crossbar in the 38th minute. Seconds later, forward Mallory Weber pounced on a poor clearance by Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, sending a chipped shot that missed inches over the crossbar. 

Portland reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the 40th minute. Sinclair chased down a back pass to Naeher inside the Chicago box, taking a touch from just outside the left edge of the six-yard box and rolling the ball into the empty net.

Thorns FC increased their advantage to 3-1 in the 65th minute after Sinclair placed her penalty attempt low and into the far corner past Naeher. Portland was awarded the penalty after Chicago midfielder Danielle Colaprico was whistled for a handball inside the box.  

Chicago pulled a goal back just two minutes later as Mautz’s completed her brace, getting on the end of a cross from Sofia Huerta and converting from center of the box in the 67th minute. Huerta nearly leveled the match for a third time with a powerful long-distance strike in stoppage time that hit the crossbar.

Next up, the NWSL will take a league-wide break for the upcoming April FIFA window and Thorns FC will return to action when they play host to the Orlando Pride in their home opener at Providence Park on Sunday, April 15; kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream available at www.go90.com.

Portland Thorns FC (1-1-0, 3pts) vs. Chicago Red Stars (0-1-1, 1pts) 
March 31, 2018 – Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Ill.)

Goals by Half                            1          2          F
Portland Thorns FC                    2          1         3
Chicago Red Stars                     1          1         2


Scoring Summary: 
POR: Horan, 9
POR: Mautz (Huerta), 31
POR: Sinclair, 40
POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 65
CHI: Mautz (Huerta), 67


Misconduct Summary:
POR: Boureille (caution), 58
CHI: Colaprico (caution), 64


Lineups:
POR: GK Franch, D Reynolds, D Hubly, D Sonnett, D Klingenberg, M Purce (Salem, 90+2), M Horan, M Boureille, F Weber (Ball, 72), F Sinclair ©, F Lussi (Onumonu, 46)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Yu

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Horan, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Horan, Sinclair, 2); FOULS: 12 (Horan, 4); OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1

CHI: GK Naeher, D Comeau, D Naughton, D Johnson, D Gorden, M Stanton (Yenney, 85), M Colaprico, M Huerta, F Mautz, F Gilliland, F Green (Vasconcelos, 80)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Boyd, M Kaskie

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Huerta, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Mautz, 2); FOULS: 9 (Huerta, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2

Referee: Greg Dopka
Assistant Referees: Gjovalin Bori, Jeffrey Swartzel
4th Official: Ethan Buege
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 44 degrees

Thorns FC Sign Midfielder Sandra Yu as National Team Replacement Player

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Portland Thorns FC have signed midfielder Sandra Yu as a National Team Replacement player, it was announced today.

Yu, 22, will serve as a national team replacement for midfielder Andressinha, who was named to the Brazil Women’s National Team roster for the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which serves as qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Yu was selected by Portland in the first round (8th overall) of the 2018 NWSL College Draft out of Notre Dame.

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. 

Sandra Yu
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-4
Born: Nov. 5, 1995
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
College: Notre Dame 


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Thorns FC Sign Forward Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic

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Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has signed Swiss international forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević. She will be added to the roster pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

“With the injury to Caitlin Foord it was imperative we added a quality option to help our attacking group,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for Thorns FC. “Ana is a talented player and a tremendous addition to this team.”

Crnogorčević, 27, joins Portland from Frauen-Bundesliga side FFC Frankfurt, where she has played the last seven seasons. During her time in Germany, Crnogorčević helped lead Frankfurt to the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League title and a German Cup in 2014. Across all competitions in the Frauen Bundesliga, Crnogorčević appeared in more than 190 matches, tallying 41 goals for both Frankfurt and Hamburger SV.

“Ana brings class, experience and a proven record at the club and international level to Portland,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She is a versatile forward with a winning mentality and has a great desire to be the best. She competes with a tireless attitude and her ability to create and score will be a great addition to our roster.”

At the international level, Crnogorčević is the Switzerland Women’s National Team’s all-time leading goal scorer with 50 goals in 101 appearances. Crnogorčević helped lead Switzerland to its first-ever berth in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and the Women’s European Championships in 2017. At the 2015 World Cup in Canada, she played in all four matches, helping Switzerland to the Round of 16, recording a goal and an assist.

Crnogorčević will arrive in Portland following the upcoming April FIFA window.

Ana-Maria Crnogorčević
Pronunciation: Sir-na-GORE-cha-vitch
Position: Forward
Height: 5-8
Born: Oct. 3, 1990

Hometown: Steffisburg, Switzerland
Last Club: FFC Frankfurt
College: n/a
Citizenship: Switzerland/Croatia

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Thorns FC Fall 1-0 to NC Courage in 2018 Season Opener

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Photo: NWSL

Opening the 2018 NWSL regular season, Portland Thorns FC fell 1-0 to the North Carolina Courage in front of 4,210 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday afternoon. Midfielder Debinha notched the game-winning goal in the 70th minute for North Carolina.

Midfielder Midge Purce and forward Ifeoma Onumonu made their Thorns FC debuts in the match. Defender Kelli Hubly earned her first career professional start. Additionally, defender Elizabeth Ball made her professional debut in the match, logging 12 minutes as a second-half substitute. Purce and Hubly played all 90 minutes, while Onumonu logged 61 minutes.

Thorns FC were without the services of a number of key players in the opener as a result of injury or international duty, including defender Emily Menges, midfielder Tobin Heath and forward Hayley Raso in addition to newly-acquired Australian internationals Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter, and Brazilian international Andressinha.

The 1-0 result against the Courage marked the first time Thorns FC have fallen in a season opener since the first season of the NWSL in 2013. Entering Saturday’s fixture, Thorns FC were unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1) season-opening matches.

Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch made a critical stop near the end of the opening 45 minutes to keep the match scoreless. Diving to her right, Franch reacted to quickly to parry away a diving header from point-blank range at the left post from North Carolina forward Jessica McDonald in the 37th minute.

Portland had a chance early in the second half. Forward Mallory Weber created a turnover just outside the Courage box in the 49th minute. Dribbling down the left side, Weber cut back towards the middle and fired a curling shot that went wide of the right post.

On the counter-attack, North Carolina opened the scoring in the 70th minute. Receiving a pass near the edge of the box from midfielder Denise O’Sullivan, Debinha delivered a powerful strike into the top, right corner of the goal.

Looking for a late equalizer, Purce looked to dribble around North Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo in one-on-one situation. D’Angelo came off her line quickly trying to knock the ball away, sliding through Purce inside the box, but was not whistled for the foul.

Next up, Thorns FC travel to face the Chicago Red Stars in the second of back-to-back road matches on Saturday, March 31, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.; kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream available at www.go90.com

Match Report:

Goals by Half                            1          2          F
Portland Thorns FC                    0          0          0
North Carolina Courage              0          1          1


Scoring Summary: 
NCC: Debinha (O’Sullivan), 70


Misconduct Summary:
POR: Sonnett (caution), 33
POR: Horan (caution), 35
NCC: Hinkle (caution), 51


Lineups:
POR: GK Franch, D Reynolds, D Hubly, D Sonnett, D Klingenberg, M Purce, M Horan, M Boureille, F Weber (Ball, 78), F Sinclair ©, F Onumonu (Lussi, 61)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Eckerstrom, M Salem, F Morris

TOTAL SHOTS: 3 (Three players tied, 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 1 (Sinclair, 1); FOULS: 14 (Klingenberg, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3

NCC: GK D’Angelo, D Mathias, D Dahlkemper, D Erceg ©, D Hinkle, M Dunn, M Zerboni, M O’Sullivan (Hamilton, 78) , M Debinha (Speck, 90+1), F McDonald (Jenkins, 67), F Williams

Substitutes Not Used: GK Rowland, D Chapman, F Crouse, D Kurtz

Thorns FC Sign Defender Kelli Hubly as National Team Replacement Player

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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

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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.
 

PORTLAND THORNS FC
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

FEDERATION PLAYERS (FED): 4
INTERNATIONAL ROSTER SPOTS FILLED (INTL): 4

Key:
ACTIVE ROSTER:
FED – Federation Player
INTL – International Roster Spot

ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE LIMIT:
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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