OREGON YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE
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THE THORNS ARE BACK & READY TO GO! The new look Portland Thorns kicked oﬀ their schedule with games against the Orlando Pride, and FC Kansas City to start their 2016 NWSL season! Last month we celebrated the Timbers and MLS returning to our lives. This month we celebrate the ﬁrst Portland team to win a na;onal championship as the Portland Thorns kick their season oﬀ in style in the 2016 NWSL. With a new coach, a completely revamped squad, several top college draH picks, some returning stars and the addi;on of World Cup winners, this season has all the poten;al to be a colossal step forward aHer the disappointment of last years season. Head Coach Mark Parsons has tested mul;ple line ups in the pre-season tournament where the Thorns faced
ac;on against Houston, SeaMle, and the Oregon State Beavers. The season opened up with a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride, featuring two former Thorns players, Alex Morgan, and Kaylyn Kyle, and con;nued with an exci;ng 1-1 ;e away against FC Kansas City at the Swope Soccer Village. At the ;me of publishing the Thorns were preparing to take on the Boston Breakers in their quest to go 2-1 to start the 2016 season. We are so excited to see the Riveters back in the stands, and can’t wait to see what this season holds.
“I think we have to focus on each game, and each week, and these opening games to see where this group is at. We’ve got to pick up points and start well.” -Mark Parsons
04.13.16 Head Coach Portland Thorns