PORTLAND THORNS FC 2014 MEDIA GUIDE
2014 SCHEDULE DAY Sat. Sat. Sat.
DATE April 12 April 19 April 26
OPPONENT at Houston Dash at Sky Blue FC FC KANSAS CITY
TIME (PT) 5 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Sat. Sat. Wed. Wed. Sat. Wed.
May 3 May 10 May 14 May 21 May 24 May 28
at Western New York Flash SEATTLE REIGN FC at Houston Dash WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH SKY BLUE FC at Boston Breakers
4 p.m 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m.
Sat. Sun. Sat. Wed. Sat.
June 7 June 15 June 21 June 25 June 28
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH WASHINGTON SPIRIT at Washington Spirit SKY BLUE FC at FC Kansas City
7 p.m. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m.
Fri. Wed. Sun. Thurs. Sun. Wed. Sun.
July 4 July 9 July 13 July 17 July 20 July 23 July 27
CHICAGO RED STARS at Chicago Red Stars FC KANSAS CITY at Chicago Red Stars BOSTON BREAKERS at Washington Spirit at Seattle Reign FC
11 a.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m.
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Aug. 3 Aug. 10 Aug. 17
HOUSTON DASH at Boston Breakers SEATTLE REIGN FC
2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
Schedule subject to change. All games at Providence Park will be streamed in HD online at portlandthornsfc.com. Road game web streams will be available on portlandthornsfc.com.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1844 SW Morrison St. | Portland, OR 97205 Phone: (503) 553-5400 | Fax: (503) 553-5405 www.PortlandThornsFC.com www.facebook.com/ThornsFC | www.twitter.com/ThornsFC INTRODUCTION NWSL Timeline...........................................................2-6 The Crest ...................................................................... 7 THE CLUB Executive Staff.........................................................9-11 Staff Directory ............................................................ 12 Front Office Staff ...................................................13-14 Head Coach Paul Riley ................................................ 15 Assistant Coaches .................................................16-17 Extended Staff ............................................................ 18 2014 PORTLAND THORNS FC 2014 Alphabetical & Numerical Roster ....................... 19 Player Profiles........................................................20-45 2013 SEASON IN REVIEW 2013 Schedule & Results............................................ 47 Regular-Season Stats ................................................. 48 Playoff Stats ............................................................... 49 Team Stats & Honors .............................................50-51 2013 Match Reports ..............................................52-63 2013 Starting Lineups ...........................................64-66
NWSL Firsts ................................................................ 72 Seasons at a Glance ................................................... 73 NWSL College Draft History ........................................ 74 All-Time Transactions ............................................74-75 All-Time Player Register ............................................. 76 NATIONAL WOMENâ€™S SOCCER LEAGUE Teams ......................................................................... 78 NWSL Regular-Season Schedule ...........................79-81 2014 NWSL Rules and Regulations/Directory........82-86 MEDIA INFORMATION Thorns FC Media Contacts and Policies ................88-89 Directions to Providence Park .................................... 89 Local Media Directory ............................................90-91 PROVIDENCE PARK Stadium Facts and History ....................................93-95 TEAM INFORMATION Broadcast Information ................................................ 97 Broadcast/Web Stream Roster ................................... 98 About Portland ............................................................ 99
THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY Individual Career Leaders ......................................68-69 Club Records .........................................................69-71
2014 PORTLAND THORNS FC MEDIA GUIDE The 2014 Portland Thorns FC Media Guide is a publication of the Portland Thorns FC Media Relations Department. The chief editor for this publication was Mark Nelson, with contributions from Marc Kostic and Chris Metz. Interior layout and design by Ryan Wantland and Matti Jonsson. Cover design by Matti Jonsson. Team and staff headshots by Craig Mitchelldyer. Additional photography by Craig Mitchelldyer and David Blair. Special thanks to NWSL Communications and NWSL team PR directors. The information in this publication contains data updated through April 10, 2014. For updates and additional materials, please contact VP of Communications Chris Metz at (503) 553-5433 or Media Relations Coordinator Mark Nelson at (503) 553-5529.
NWSL TIMELINE November 21, 2012 – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announces the formation of a new professional women’s soccer league to begin play in Spring 2013. Portland is announced as one of eight teams in the newly formed league. December 13, 2012 – Portland’s new women’s soccer team reveals its new logo and name, Portland Thorns FC, through a creative video on the club’s website and Facebook page. December 15, 2012 – During halftime of a U.S. Women’s National Team game against China PR, U.S. Soccer unveils the league’s name as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which comprises eight teams - Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Western New York Flash, Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns FC. December 19, 2012 – Portland Thorns FC names former U.S. Women’s National Team forward and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Cindy Parlow Cone as the first head coach. January 11, 2013 – U.S. Women’s National Team players Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Rachel Van Hollebeke, along with Canada National Team forward Christine Sinclair and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and Mexico National Team defenders Luz Saucedo and Marlene Sandoval are allocated to Thorns FC as the first seven players in team history. January 18, 2013 – Thorns FC makes four picks in the inaugural NWSL Draft in Indianapolis, selecting University of Florida defender Kathryn Williamson with the eighth overall pick. Following Williamson, University of Central Florida forward Nicolette Radovcic was taken in the second round (16th overall), North Carolina midfielder Amber Brooks was drafted in the third round (24th overall) and Pepperdine goalkeeper Roxanne Barker was selected as the final pick in the draft (32nd overall).
JANUARY 18, 2013
MARCH 11, 2013
University of Florida defender Kathryn Williamson becomes the first-ever draft pick for Thorns FC, taken with the eighth overall pick in the inaugural NWSL College Draft at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Thorns FC take to the field for the first time as a club for the team’s inaugural training session at Providence Park.
March 14, 2013 – Thorns FC and Girls Inc. of NW Oregon kicked off their formal partnership at the eighth annual “Power of the Purse” event and auction that helped raise more than $250,000 for Girls, Inc. to fund after-school programming that helps empower young girls to be strong, smart and bold. March 30, 2013 – In front of a capacity crowd of 4,892 at Merlo Field, Thorns FC received second-half goals from forward Danielle Foxhoven and midfielder Allie Long in a 2-1 win against the University of Portland. The preseason friendly helped raise more than $12,000 in donations for the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s Play Smart Young Heart screening program. April 8, 2013 – Portland Thorns FC names the team’s 20-player season-opening roster.
NWSL TIMELINE April 9, 2013 - Portland Thorns FC announces a partnership with Providence Health & Services, unveiling the team’s 2013 kits featuring Providence’s logo on the front and a Parklane Mattresses logo on the back of the jersey. The primary home jersey, produced by Oregon-based sports apparel manufacturer Nike, features a solid red base with a horizontal white bar across the chest housing the team’s crest. April 10, 2013 – Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish reads a proclamation, signed by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, declaring April 10, as a day of recognition for Portland Thorns FC. April 10, 2013 – Thorns FC announce the team’s broadcast details for the 2013 NWSL season, which will see every home match at Providence Park broadcast live on Freedom 970 AM with a high-definition web stream on the club’s website. For road matches, the host team’s web stream will be available via www.portlandthornsfc.com. April 13, 2013 – Portland Thorns FC and FC Kansas City kick off the first-ever National Women’s Soccer League match at Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, Kan.
APRIL 21, 2013 Forward Alex Morgan and defender Marian Dougherty salute the crowd after each registered a goal in a 2-1 win against Seattle Reign FC in the team’s regular-season home opener in front of 16,479 fans at Providence Park. April 27, 2013 – Forward Danielle Foxhoven and Christine Sinclair register goals as Thorns FC earns it first shutout, a 2-0 road win over the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. May 7, 2013 – Forward Chistine Sinclair is named the NWSL Player of the Month for April after earning a point in three straight games during the opening month of the season.
NWSL TIMELINE May 12, 2013 â€“ Following a 2-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars, Thorns FC run their season-opening unbeaten streak to five consecutive games.
JUNE 22, 2013 Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc becomes the first Thorns player to earn NWSL Player of the Week honors after stopping seven shots, including two in second-half stoppage time, during a scoreless draw against Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. July 14, 2013 â€“ Midfielder Meleana Shim tallies the game-tying goal and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc denies Western New York forward Abby Wambach on a late-game penalty kick in a 1-1 draw at Providence Park. Additionally, LeBlanc earned her second NWSL Player of the Week nod for her performance against the Flash.
AUGUST 4, 2013
AUGUST 7, 2013
The Rose City Riveters supporters group presented its tribute to the 2013 Thorns FC team before the regular-season home finale against FC Kansas City. Thorns FC lost the nationally televised match 3-2 in front of a league-record crowd of 17,619 at Providence Park.
Despite a 2-1 loss, Portland clinched a berth in the NWSL Playoffs with two matches remaining on the regular-season schedule. Forward Alex Morgan suffered a sprained MCL in her left knee early in the loss against Boston and would miss the remainder of the regular season.
NWSL TIMELINE August 17, 2013 – Thorns FC finishes the regular season on a high note with a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC on the road at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Forward Christine Sinclair records a brace for Portland as the club locks up the third seed to the NWSL Playoffs.
AUGUST 24, 2013 Trailing 2-0 after just 25 minutes against FC Kansas City in the NWSL Semifinals at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan., Thorns FC battled back for a 3-2 win after extra time as midfielder Allie Long tallied the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of extra time. Forward Tiffany Weimer notched the game-tying goal in the 65th minute for Portland. August 28, 2013 – Forwards Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke are named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team.
AUGUST 31, 2013 Midfielder Tobin Heath scores on a phenomenal free kick in the 40th minute and takes home MVP honors as Thorns FC capture the inaugural NWSL Championship with a 2-0 triumph over top-seeded Western New York at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Forward Christine Sinclair scored the clinching goal, taking an assist from Alex Morgan, in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. Sept. 1, 2013 – Thorns FC return to Portland following the NWSL championship and are greeted by more than 1,000 fans at Portland International Airport.
NWSL TIMELINE December 5, 2013 – Head coach Cindy Parlow Cone resigns due to personal reasons. December 10, 2013 – Paul Riley, a two-time WPS Coach of the Year winner with the Philadelphia Independence in 2010 and 2011, is named head coach. January 3, 2014 – Thorns FC receive Mexico Women’s National Team forward Jackie Acevedo as part of the 2014 NWSL Allocation Process. January 13, 2014 – Signed 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner with the Germany Women’s National Team.
JANUARY 17, 2014 Thorns FC select defender Emily Menges of Georgetown University with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. In addition to Menges, Thorns FC selected Mississippi State University forward Elisabeth Sullivan in the fourth round, 31st overall. February 17, 2014 – Signed Australian international defender Stephanie Catley from Australian side Melbourne Victory. March 7, 2014 – Thorns FC announce coaching staff for 2014 season, naming Michael Demakis, former Timbers defender Scot Thompson and Skip Thorp as assistant coaches and former Timbers goalkeeper Steve Reese as goalkeeper coach. March 9, 2014 – Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan is awarded the Harry Glickman Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year at the Oregon Sports Awards, while Thorns FC is honored with the George Pasero Award as one of Oregon’s Teams of the Year. March 25, 2014 – Portland departs for its first out-of-market preseason training camp, heading to Tucson, Ariz., for an eight-day stay in the southern Arizona desert. March 28, 2014 – Thorns FC defeat the University of Arizona 10-0 in front of 1,774 fans at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. March 30, 2014 – Completing its two-game preseason schedule in Arizona, Thorns FC defeats Arizona State University 5-0 before 1,032 fans at Kino Sports Complex. April 7, 2014 – In a trade with the Western New York Flash, Thorns FC acquires highly-regarded Spanish midfielder Verónica Boquete and versatile midfielder/defender Sarah Huffman.
THE CREST Unveiled for the first time on Dec. 13, 2012, through a unique video featuring 16 members of Girls, Inc. of NW Oregon, the Portland Thorns FC crest is infused with several different elements of Rose City pride. Designed by artist and Timbers Army member Brent Diskin, the club’s green, red and black color scheme is emphasized throughout the logo. In the center sits a stylized rose, emblematic of Portland’s nickname, the Rose City. The red rose is shielded by a protective layer of thorns, the club’s namesake. Enveloping it all is the team’s name in bold white lettering. The design around the outer edges includes two four-pointed stars, also called hypocycloids, that house the letters “F” and “C” and anchor the sides of the badge. The stars are a call-out to the left-centered, directional star that is prominent on Portland’s city flag, which flies high above Providence Park in downtown Portland. Resting atop the logo is a solitary five-pointed star, signifying the team’s 2013 National Women’s Soccer League championship.
MERRITT PAULSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Merritt Paulson is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Timbers. On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer announced that the Timbers would become the league’s 18th franchise, starting play in 2011. Named to Sports Business Journal’s exclusive “Forty Under 40” class of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Paulson’s diligent efforts – an arduous process that began in 2008 – to bring a second major league sports franchise to Portland and to transform Providence Park into one of the most intimate sports venues in the country came to life during the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season in 2011. Under Paulson’s leadership, the Timbers have sold out all of their regular-season home games (51 straight) since joining MLS, have developed award-winning marketing campaigns and community outreach programs and transformed the region’s sporting landscape by creating one of the most authentic and exciting in-game experiences in sports. Paulson was elected to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors on March 2, 2014. The Board of Directors is the governing body of U.S. Soccer and adopts bylaws and policies for the federation. The board consists of elected members that represent all facets of soccer in the United States. Leading into their third MLS season in 2013, the Timbers achieved more than a 96 percent renewal rate on season tickets, marking the second straight year in which the club has had a 96 percent renewal rate or better. The club increased the number of season tickets available for a second straight season in 2013, expanding the cap to 15,250 to help meet the increased demand to attend matches at Providence Park. Additionally, the club has a Season Ticket Waiting List that numbered more than 6,500 fans, leading into the 2012 season. With a successful inaugural MLS campaign both on and off the field, Paulson was awarded the Slats Gill Award for Sportsperson of the Year for 2011 by the Oregon Sports Awards. With the honor, he became just the second non-coach to be so-honored in the history of the award, the first since Harry Glickman of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1970. Before assuming ownership of the team in 2007, Paulson was an executive at NBA Entertainment in New York, where he helped launch and develop NBA-TV and had responsibility for both marketing and business development efforts of NBA-TV and NBA LEAGUE PASS. He first moved to New York to join HBO on Demand and was part of the team that launched the first premium subscription video on-demand service. Paulson graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in English and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. From a personal standpoint, Paulson, his wife and two daughters are thrilled to live in the Portland area and are passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Paulson is on the boards of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Sports Authority and Panthera.
CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER Timbers President of Business Operations Mike Golub has more than 25 years experience in professional sports marketing and management, including a wealth of experience in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Golub assumed the position of COO with the Timbers in March 2010 and helped lead the organization during its highly successful ascendancy to Major League Soccer. In his position, Golub oversees all business operations for the Timbers and is a two-time recipient of the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year in MLS (2011, 2013). Under Golub’s guidance, the Timbers have indelibly changed the landscape of sports in Portland, while becoming a national success story and a model professional sports franchise. The Timbers have sold out all of its regularseason games, forged industry leading corporate partnerships, created a season ticket waiting list, introduced an award-winning community relations platform, Stand Together, and have created one of the best in-game stadium experiences in sports. Golub received the Doug Hamilton Executive of the Year award following the 2013 season in which the Timbers continued to see growth in key business areas, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships and local television ratings. He also received the honor in 2011 in recognition of the team’s remarkable and historic inaugural season in the league. Previously, Golub served as the Chief Operating Officer for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 2006-08, transforming the team’s business and brand into one of the most successful in professional sports. With Nike (1996-99), he was a founding member and director of Nike Sports Entertainment, a global sports marketing division that established new strategic alliances and created and administered Nike-owned sporting events. Golub also brings considerable experience in a variety of major league sports. He served as the Executive Vice President for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies from 2000-05 and was the Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Marketing Officer for the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers prior to joining the Trail Blazers in October 2006. Golub managed the National Basketball Association’s Events Division from 1991 -1996 and began his career in sports as a producer for Major League Baseball Productions. Golub graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Golub is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Portland Center Stage and serves on the Board of Directors of the Portland Business Alliance, the Children’s Cancer Association, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Sports Authority. He and his wife, Sam, and their two dogs reside in Portland.
GAVIN WILKINSON GENERAL MANAGER
Gavin Wilkinson, a long-time member of the Timbers organization and a former New Zealand international, serves as the club’s General Manager; he was appointed on January 18, 2010. He first joined the club as a player for the Timbers’ USL First Division side in 2001, before taking over as the head coach and general manager during the club’s final years in the second division from 2007-10. The Timbers finished the 2013 MLS regular season atop the Western Conference and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since joining the league in 2011. Portland held the third-best overall record in the league, just two points shy of MLS Supporters’ Shield-winners New York Red Bulls. The club finished among league leaders in goals scored and fewest goals allowed, while setting new club marks in points (57), goal differential (+21) and shutouts (15). In 2013, the Timbers assembled one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MLS history at 15 games and set an MLS single-season record with 11 home shutouts. As general manager, Wilkinson has formed the Timbers’ deeply integrated, vertical development system, which includes the Portland Timbers U-23s and Timbers Academy teams (U-18 and U-16). He was instrumental in establishing an innovative partnership with Oregon Youth Soccer Association, which encompasses the statewide Olympic Development Program and six regional training centers, as well as the adidas Timbers Alliance. Wilkinson also serves as the general manager for Portland Thorns FC, the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League champions. During his tenure as the club’s general manager and head coach from 2007-10, Wilkinson assembled a 50-29-39 record over four seasons in the USL First Division/USSF Division-2 Pro League and was a two-time USL First Division Coach of the Year (2007, 2009). He guided the club to three postseason berths, including its only semifinals appearances as a second-division club in 2007 and 2009. As head coach, Wilkinson oversaw Cascadia Cup (a fanbased derby between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) titles in 2009, 2010 and again in 2012, and was a two-time recipient of the FieldTurf Coach of the Year for the USL First Division (2007, 2009). He led the Timbers to one of the best seasons in USL First Division history in 2009, including a record-setting, 24game unbeaten streak and winning the Commissioner’s Cup. The Timbers set a new single-season, league record with the impressive streak (14-0-10), surpassing the previous mark of 15 games set in 2005. The club’s recordsetting run also ranks among the longest in U.S. Soccer history. Finishing in first place at 16-4-10 (58pts), Portland was awarded the Commissioner’s Cup as the league’s regular-season champion and earned a berth into the USL First Division semifinals. On July 9, 2012, Wilkinson assumed the duties of interim head coach for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season. Wilkinson’s 13-year professional playing career included time with clubs in six different countries, including Portugal,Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. A defender, he joined the reborn Timbers for their inaugural United Soccer Leagues season in 2001, playing in each of the club’s first six seasons and serving the dual role as a player/assistant coach from 2005-06. He finished his playing career ranked among the Timbers’ USL franchise career leaders in games (124) and minutes played (10,181). A New Zealand native, Wilkinson earned 38 caps with the New Zealand National Team and competed in the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cups. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Kienan and Brooke.
PORTLAND THORNS FC STAFF DIRECTORY
EXECUTIVE STAFF Chief Executive Officer ....................................... Merritt Paulson Chief Business Officer ...............................................Mike Golub General Manager ................................................Gavin Wilkinson Sr. VP, Operations ......................................................Ken Puckett VP, Communications ...................................................Chris Metz VP, Ticket Sales & Services ............................................Joe Cote VP, Marketing & Business Operations ........................Cory Dolich VP, Finance & Administration .............................. Kathy Jennings VP, Corporate Partnerships .......................................Todd Spear COACHING & EXTENDED STAFF Head Coach.................................................................. Paul Riley Assistant Coach ............................................... Michael Demakis Assistant Coach ..........................................................Skip Thorp Assistant Coach .................................................. Scot Thompson Goalkeeper Coach.................................................... Steve Reese Athletic Trainer......................................................Katie Donnelly Equipment Manager ..............................................Megan Lovich SOCCER OPERATIONS STAFF Administrator, Soccer Operations ...................... Sarah Aschwald ACADEMY & DEVELOPMENT STAFF Youth Sporting Director .............................................Mike Smith Director, Academy & Goalkeeping ............................ Adam Smith Manager, Youth Programs ............................................ Erik Lyslo Coordinator, Soccer Camps......................................Margit Nellis TICKET SALES & SERVICES Director, Ticket Sales ................................................Dan Gartner Director, Ticket Operations ............................................ Ben Hoel Director, Ticket Services .......................................... Chris Wilson Manager, Ticket Services ........................................Leigh Calvert Manager, Box Office ...............................................Chris Fancher Manager, Hospitality Sales .....................................Sara Wiggins Manager, Ticket Services .........................................Dan Zusman Account Executive, Group Sales .....................................Pat Rice Account Executive, Ticket Sales ............................ Craig Tomson Account Executive, Youth Soccer Sales ................Molly Brossart Coordinator, Ticket Services .................................Traci Swanson Coordinator, Ticket Services ................................... Nicole Tillett Coordinator, Ticket Services ................................... Barry Skown CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS Director, Corporate Sales .................................... Matt Kolasinski Director, Partner Activation & Suites .......................... Amy Ziskin Manager, Corporate Sales...................................... Eddie Stamm Manager, Partner Activation....................................Katie Hoffner Manager, Partner Activation................................... Kelsey Hough Manager, Partner Activation.....................................Trevor Smith
COMMUNITY OUTREACH Director, Community Relations .............................. Kristel Wissel Coordinator, Community Relations...........................Carling Leon MEDIA RELATIONS & MARKETING Director, Digital Media/Editor-in-Chief ...................Brian Costello Director, Marketing ........................................... Emily Lamunyan Director, Events & Promotions ........................... Jennifer Smoral Manager, Creative Services ......................................Alex Kocher Manager, Media Relations ........................................Marc Kostic Manager, Video Production ................................ Che Lowenstein Coordinator, Media Relations ...................................Mark Nelson Assistant, Events & Promotions ...................... Samantha Boehm Team Photographer ........................................Craig Mitchelldyer BROADCASTING Director, Broadcasting ............................................... Matt Smith Broadcaster, Play-by-Play..........................................Ann Schatz Broadcaster, Analyst ....................................... Marian Dougherty GUEST SERVICES & STADIUM OPERATIONS Director, Guest Services & Event Sales............ Ashley Highsmith Director, Operations ............................................ Ryan Utterback Manager, Environmental Services ........................Brian Kennedy Manager, Maintenance ......................................Dave Tankersley Manager, Guest Services .................................... Andrea Tolonen Coordinator, Operations & Systems .......................John Burchim Coordinator, Events .............................................Chelsey Cossey Coordinator, Guest Services ..................................... Scott Katzer Head Groundskeeper ............................................... Jesse Smith FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Executive Assistant .........................................Vanessa Rakowitz Senior Accountant ............................................Francis DeMonte Accounts Payable ........................................... MaryCate Graham Logistics Coordinator ...............................................Velvet Jones Receptionist & Internship Coordinator ...................... Lacey Price Receptionist & Game Day Coordinator................ Jeanne Nichols IT Support ................................................................. Robert Rice Assistant IT Support ..................................................Carson Bee
FRONT OFFICE STAFF
Sr. VP, Operations
VP, Ticket Sales & Services
VP, Bus. Ops. & Marketing
VP, Finance & Admin.
VP, Corp. Partnerships
Ast., Events & Promotions
Assistant IT Support
Acc. Exec., Ticket Sales
Manager, Ticket Services
Director, Digital Media
Manager, Box Office
Director, Ticket Sales
Dir., Guest Services/Events
Director, Ticket Ops.
Mgr., Partner Activation
Mgr., Partner Activation
Reception/Sr. Ops. Coord.
Coord., Guest Services
Mgr., Env. & Event Services
Mgr., Creative Services
Director, Corporate Sales
FRONT OFFICE STAFF
Manager, Media Relations
Coord., Comm. Relations
Manager, Video Production
Coord., Media Relations
Reception/Game Day Coor.
Acc. Exec., Group Sales
Coord., Ticket Services
Mgr., Partner Activation
Dir., Events & Promotions
Manager, Corporate Sales
Coord., Ticket Services
Coord., Ticket Services
Manager, Guest Services
Manager, Hospitality Sales
Director, Ticket Services
Dir., Community Relations
Director, Partner Activation
Manager, Ticket Services
PAUL RILEY HEAD COACH
Paul Riley was named the club’s head coach for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season on Dec. 10, 2013. Riley, 50, has compiled a lengthy head coaching career at the youth, collegiate and professional levels. Previously serving as head coach of the Philadelphia Independence in Women’s Professional Soccer, Riley helped build the club into one of the best teams in the league reaching the WPS Championship match in each of the team’s two seasons. A two-time WPS Coach of the Year selection (2010, 2011), Riley compiled a 21-14-7 regular-season record in two seasons at the helm in Philadelphia, including a mark of 11-4-3 during the 2011 season. Having coached at every level, Riley began his women’s coaching career with the Long Island Fury of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2005, leading the club to a national championship in its inaugural 2006 season and a second title in 2009. Riley was named WPSL Coach of the Year in 2009 and, most recently, coached the team during their 2013 WPSL campaign. With the advent of WPSL Elite in 2012, Riley took charge of the New York Fury, helping guide the club to the semifinal round of the playoffs. A native of Liverpool, England, Riley has served as a youth coach and director of coaching for Long Island-based Albertson Soccer Club since 1994, helping build one of the most well-known youth development clubs in the Northeast. Prior to coaching women’s soccer, Riley began his professional coaching career as head coach of the Long Island Rough Riders from 1998-2003, earning USL A-League Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and guiding the Rough Riders to the USL D3 Pro League championship in 2002. At the collegiate level, Riley served as head coach of the LIU Post men’s soccer team from 1990-97, registering an 88-49-13 overall record and garnering New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (now East Coast Conference) Coach of the Year recognition five times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997). As a player, Riley spent a 10-year professional career in the Northeast with the Albany Capitals (1988), New Jersey Eagles (1989-92) and Long Island Rough Riders (1994-98). A midfielder at Adelphi University from 1982-85, Riley holds the program’s all-time career record in assists (43). In his senior season in 1985, Riley recorded 47 points (15g, 17a) and helped lead the Panthers to a No. 24 national ranking. Third on the all-time list in career points (121), Riley was named to the Adelphi Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. Riley graduated from Adelphi in 1986 with a degree in journalism and English. He earned a master’s degree in marketing and advertising from LIU Post in 1989. Riley and his wife, Tracy, reside in Long Island, N.Y.
MICHAEL DEMAKIS ASSISTANT COACH
Michael Demakis joins the Thorns FC coaching staff for his first season in 2014. An experienced assistant coach at the collegiate and professional level, Demakis is a certified strength and conditioning coach, previously serving as an assistant coach on Paul Riley’s staff with Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) club Philadelphia Independence for two seasons (2010, 2011). Demakis also served on the coaching staff with the New York Fury (WPSL Elite) and Long Island Fury (WPSL) for the last two years. The Baldwin, N.Y., native previously gained experience as a strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s New York Jets and the NHL’s New York Islanders and has been involved with Long Island-based Albertson Soccer Club as a coach and director of strength and conditioning for nearly 15 years. A former collegiate player at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Demakis began his coaching career as the strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sport teams, including men’s and women’s soccer, at Boston College from 1993-94 before joining the University of Kentucky as assistant women’s soccer coach from 1995-97.
SCOT THOMPSON ASSISTANT COACH
Scot Thompson joins the Thorns FC coaching staff for his first season in 2014. A member of the Timbers second-division side from 2004-10, Thompson is a USSF National “A” licensed coach. He has served as the head coach of the varsity girls soccer team at Oregon Episcopal School since 2006, helping the team reach three straight Oregon Class 3A/2A/1A state finals, winning back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012. The executive director of BSC Oregon youth soccer club, Thompson’s previous coaching experience includes work with the Eastside Timbers, Pateadores FC in California and the Pacific Coast Soccer Club. A fan favorite during his time on the field for the Timbers, the New York native is the team’s second-division career leader in both appearances (156) and minutes played (13,084) and has remained active with the club’s community outreach efforts since his retirement.
ASSISTANT COACH Skip Thorp joins the Thorns FC coaching staff for his first season in 2014. Thorp, a native of Bear, Delaware, joins the Thorns FC coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach with the New York Fury in 2012 and Philadelphia Independence during the club’s time in WPS. A former professional goalkeeper for the Carolina Dynamo (USL D-3 Pro League) in 1999, Thorp spent nine years as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Wake Forest University from 1999-2008. A past member of the coaching staff for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team and the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, Thorp also served on the coaching staff for the Carolina Dynamo in 1999, the Delaware Wizards (USL D-3 Pro League) and the Delaware Genies (USL W-League) in 1998. Holding a USSF National “A” license, Thorp is also the current Technical Director of Coaching at Albertson Soccer Club.
GOALKEEPER COACH Steve Reese joins the Thorns FC coaching staff as goalkeeper coach for his first season in 2014. Reese was a member of the second-division Timbers from 2007-08 during his professional career, and has gained coaching experience at the collegiate level and with the Timbers Academy. A native Oregonian, Reese has served as a goalkeeper coach for the Timbers Academy U-16 and U-18 teams since 2012 and for the Timbers U-23s side since 2013. He served as goalkeeper coach at Concordia University from 2008-11 and has been involved at the youth level as a goalkeeper coach, assistant coach and head coach for Oregon’s Olympic Development Program over the past seven years, spending time on the boys and girls ODP Region IV coaching staff. Reese began his professional playing career in Romania with FCM Bacau before returning to the United States.
EXTENDED STAFF KATIE DONNELLY - HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER Katie Donnelly enters her first season as head athletic trainer for Thorns FC. A Sonoma County, California, native, Donnelly graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the School of Kinesiology. She obtained a master’s degree in 2013 from the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Oregon and worked with the women’s soccer program, among other sports, during her time at the university.
MEGAN LOVICH - EQUIPMENT MANAGER Megan Lovich is in her second season as equipment manager for Thorns FC. A Davenport, Iowa, native, Lovich is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in marketing, advertising and Spanish. An involved athlete, and an avid long-distance runner, Lovich previously served in the marketing and promotions department for the Quad Cities River Bandits – the Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
SARAH ASCHWALD - TEAM ADMINISTRATOR Sarah Aschwald enters her second season as team administrator for Thorns FC. A Portland native, she also serves as a team administrator for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in marketing, Aschwald started her time with the club as a soccer operations intern in 2012.
2014 PORTLAND THORNS FC ROSTER ALPHABETICAL ROSTER # PLAYER 23 Acevedo, Jackie 1 Angerer, Nadine 18 Betos, Michelle 9 Boquete, Ver贸nica 22 Brooks, Amber 4 Catley, Stephanie 24 Farrelly, Sinead 17 Heath, Tobin 19 Huffman, Sarah 8 Kerr, Angie 10 Long, Allie 7 Marshall, Nikki 21 Menges, Emily 14 McDonald, Jessica 13 Morgan, Alex 2 Moros, Rebecca 25 Niemiec, Courtney 6 Shim, Meleana 12 Sinclair, Christine 11 Sullivan, Elisabeth 16 Van Hollebeke, Rachel
POS. F GK GK M M D M M D/M M M D D F F D D M F F D
HT. 5-2 5-9 5-9 5-3 5-6 5-8 5-5 5-6 5-4 5-5 5-8 5-7 5-7 6-0 5-7 5-5 5-9 5-4 5-9 5-5 5-5
NUMERICAL ROSTER # PLAYER 1 Nadine Angerer 2 Rebecca Moros 4 Stephanie Catley 6 Meleana Shim 7 Nikki Marshall 8 Angie Kerr 9 Ver贸nica Boquete 10 Allie Long 11 Elisabeth Sullivan 12 Christine Sinclair 13 Alex Morgan 14 Jessica McDonald 16 Rachel Van Hollebeke 17 Tobin Heath 18 Michelle Betos 19 Sarah Huffman 20 Katarina Tarr 21 Emily Menges 22 Amber Brooks 23 Jackie Acevedo 24 Sinead Farrelly 25 Courtney Niemiec
POS. GK D D M D M M M F F F F D M GK D/M D D M F M D
PRONUNCIATION Ahn-ger-er more-ohs
DOB 01/18/1987 11/10/1978 02/25/1988 04/09/1987 01/23/1991 01/26/1994 11/16/1989 05/29/1988 03/05/1984 03/29/1985 08/13/1987 06/02/1988 07/28/1992 02/28/1988 07/02/1989 05/06/1985 04/13/1992 09/25/1991 06/12/1983 12/28/1991 08/26/1985
van HALL-ah-beck bay-toss
men-guess ah-seh-vay-doe shih-nade far-lee nee-MICK
BIRTHPLACE Austin, Texas Lohr am Main, Germany New York, N.Y. Santiago de Compostela, Spain Evansville, Ind. Melbourne, Australia Havertown, Pa. Morristown, N.J. Danbury, Conn. San Diego, Calif. Huntington, N.Y. Thornton, Colo. Garden City, N.Y. Phoenix, Ariz. San Dimas, Calif. Manhattan, N.Y. Philadelphia, Pa. Honolulu, Hawaii Burnaby, B.C. Memphis, Tenn. Del Mar, Calif.
NATIONALITY Germany United States Australia United States United States United States Spain United States United States Canada United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States United States Mexico/United States United States United States
COLLEGE Southern Nazarene Univ. n/a Georgia n/a North Carolina n/a Virginia North Carolina Virginia Portland North Carolina Colorado Georgetown North Carolina Cal-Berkeley Duke La Salle Santa Clara Portland Mississippi State Stanford
LAST CLUB Brisbane Roar (Australia) INAC Kobe Leonessa (Japan) Melbourne Victory (Australia) Santa Clara (NCAA) Western New York (WPSL Elite) Sky Blue FC (WPS) Tyres枚 FF (Sweden) New York Fury (WPSL Elite) Mississippi State (NCAA) Western New York (WPS) Sounders Women (W-League) Seattle Reign FC (NWSL) Boston Breakers (WPS) Paris Saint-Germain (France) Boston Breakers (NWSL) Western New York (NWSL) SGS Essen (Germany) Georgetown (NCAA) Bayern Munich (Germany) Houston Aces (WPSL) FC Kansas City (NWSL) La Salle (NCAA)
* Portland Thorns FC Roster as of April 12, 2014.
ACEVEDO POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5-2 BORN: Jan. 18, 1987, in Austin, Texas PREVIOUS CLUB: Houston Aces (WPSL) COLLEGE: Southern Nazarene University @jackieacevedo12
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A rising forward for the Mexico Women’s National Team, Acevedo was allocated to Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 3, 2014, and will play her first fully professional season in Portland this year. CAREER 2013: As an impact player for the Houston Aces of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), ranked among the league’s scoring leaders with five goals and four assists in nine league appearances and earning All-WPSL Team honors ... Assist total was tied for third-best in the league ... Helped the Aces to a 12-1-0 (36pts) record, capturing both the division and conference titles as the team reached the WPSL Championship match, and she scored the team’s lone goal in the final ... 2012: Ranked third in the WPSL in scoring with 26 points, notching 12 goals in 10 games for Oklahoma FC. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Played for the Mexico Women’s National Team in a friendly against Canada at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Nov. 24, 2013, earning her first international cap ...
Was a member of Mexico’s U-20 Women’s National Team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, starting both of her appearances. As a youth, Acevedo also represented the United States at both the U-16 and U-17 levels. COLLEGE Acevedo was a three-time NAIA All-American during a standout collegiate career at Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) from 2009-11. She registered 80 goals and 41 assists in 62 games over three seasons with the Crimson Storm ... Led the nation in goal-scoring with a schoolrecord 38 goals as a senior in 2011, earning Sooner Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors for a second straight season ... Began her collegiate career in 2008 at the University of Tennessee.
ANGERER POSITION: Goalkeeper HEIGHT: 5-9 BORN: Nov. 10, 1978, in Lohr am Main, Germany PREVIOUS CLUB: Brisbane Roar (Australia) COLLEGE: n/a @NAngerer
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS The 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year winner and captain of the Germany Women’s National Team, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer signed with Portland Thorns FC on Jan. 13, 2014, as a discovery player. CAREER 2013-14: Was awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or as the Women’s World Player of the Year in January 2014 ... Helped guide Australian W-League side Brisbane Roar to the league championship game ... 2012-2013: Earned the 2013 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award for her performance with the Germany Women’s National Team during the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship and with 1. FFC Frankfurt during the 2012-13 Frauen Bundesliga campaign ... Signed with Australian W-League club Brisbane Roar in July 2013 after four-and-a-half seasons with 1. FFC Frankfurt ... Appeared in four matches for Brisbane during the 2013-14 season as she was slowed by a thigh injury early in the campaign ... Made 18 league appearances for 1. FFC Frankfurt during the 2012-13 Frauen Bundesliga season, logging 1,620 minutes as 1. FFC Frankfurt earned a third-place finish in the league before transferring to Brisbane ... 2011-12: Appeared in 12 league matches, missing time with a knee injury ... Helped 1. FFC Frankfurt reach the finals of the 2011-12 Frauen DFB-Pokal, Germany’s domestic cup competition, with a 5-1 quarterfinal win over Turbine Potsdam on Dec. 4, 2011 ... Did not play in the semifinals or final … Started four matches for 1. FFC Frankfurt in the 2011-12 UEFA Women’s Champions League, helping the club to a 5-1 aggregate win over Denmark’s Stabaek FK and a 4-2 aggregate win over French side Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 ... Did not play the remainder of the tournament due to injury as 1. FFC Frankfurt made it to the final match, falling 2-0 against Lyon of France ... 2010-11: Made 21 appearances as 1. FFC Frankfurt finished one point shy of the top of the table and qualified for the 2011-12 UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament ... Helped the club post the fewest goals against during the season, as 1. FFC Frankfurt conceded just 16 goals in 22 matches and finished with a plus-87 goal differential ... 2009-10: Started all 22 league matches for 1. FFC Frankfurt, helping the club to a thirdplace finish ... 2008-09: Played the 2008 Swedish Damallsvenskan season with Djugårdens IF ... Signed with 1. FFC Frankfurt in January 2009 and made 12 appearances during the second half of the 2008-09 Frauen Bundesliga
season ... 2007-08: Appeared in the first three matches of the season for Turbine Potsdam ... 2006-07: Started all 22 league matches for Turbine Potsdam ... 2005-06: Made 20 league appearances as Turbine Potsdam won the double, claiming the Frauen Bundesliga title and its third straight Frauen DFB-Pokal trophy ... Helped the club reach the 2005-06 UEFA Women’s Cup Final (now called UEFA Women’s Champions League), falling 7-2 on aggregate against 1. FFC Frankfurt ... 2004-05: Logged time in 19 league games for Turbine Potsdam ... Helped the team capture its second consecutive Frauen DFB-Pokal trophy ... Guided Turbine Potsdam to its first international title, winning the 2004-05 UEFA Women’s Cup 5-1 on aggregate over Swedish club Djugårdens IF ... 2003-04: Appeared in 19 league games, helping Turbine Potsdam win its first Frauen Bundesliga title as the club conceded just 17 goals in 22 matches ... Turbine Potsdam won the league and cup double, also raising the Frauen DFB-Pokal trophy ... 200203: Spent the season with Turbine Potsdam, going down to the final game of the year to decide the league champion … A scoreless draw between leaders 1. FFC Frankfurt and Turbine Potsdam saw 1. FFC Frankfurt hold on for the league title ... Angerer started and recorded the shutout in the draw ... 2001-02: Joined Turbine Potsdam before the season from FC Bayern Munich ... 2000-01: Helped Bayern Munich to a sixth-place finish in the Frauen Bundesliga ... 1999-2000: In her first season with Bayern Munich, helped the club earn promotion to the Frauen Bundesliga from the second division ... 1996-1999: Was a member of FC Wacker München. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Played all six games and conceded just one goal as the Germany Women’s National Team won its sixth consecutive UEFA Women’s European Championship with a 1-0 victory against Norway ... Saved a penalty kick in each half of the tournament’s final match ... Started each of the first three 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying matches for Germany, conceding no goals in wins over Russia, Slovenia and Croatia ... Took part in six international friendlies during the calendar year, including a 3-3 draw against the United States on April 5, 2013, in Offenbach, Germany, and a 1-0 win over Canada on June 19, 2013, in Paderborn, Germany ... 2012: Compiled an unbeaten record in three international friendlies, two draws against the United States and a draw against France ... Helped
ANGERER Germany qualify for the 2013 UEFA European Championship with shutouts against Kazakhstan and Turkey ... 2011: Started all four matches for Germany at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in her home country ... Recorded wins over Canada, Nigeria and France in the group stage, but fell in extra time against eventual champion Japan in the Round of 16 ... Earned her 100th international cap in the group stages against Nigeria ... Compiled five shutouts in international friendlies during the year, including a 1-0 win over Sweden on Oct. 26, 2011 ... 2010: Earned a 5-2-0 record in international friendlies, with both losses coming against the United States ... 2009: Appeared in all six games as Germany won its fifth straight UEFA Women’s European Championship with a 6-2 victory over England in the final ... Recorded shutouts against Norway and Iceland during the tournament ... Appeared in 10 international friendlies during the year ... 2008: Helped guide Germany to a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing ... Registered a shutout in the bronze medal match against Japan ... 2007: Was named Germany’s starting goalkeeper for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China after an ACL injury sidelined previous No. 1 goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg ... Recorded a FIFA Women’s World Cup-record streak of 540 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal as Germany won the championship, registering shutouts in all six matches ... Stopped a penalty kick taken by Brazilian star Marta in the World Cup final ... Named Best Goalkeeper following the tournament ... 2006: Tallied a 3-1-0 record in international friendlies during the year, including two shutouts ... 2005: Earned a 5-1-0 record in international friendlies … Was named backup goalkeeper for the 2005 UEFA Women’s European Championship, which Germany won ... 2004: Was named backup goalkeeper on Germany’s 2004 Olympic squad ... Did not play in a match, but earned a bronze medal as Germany defeated Sweden 1-0 in the bronze medal match in Piraeus, Greece ... 2003: Named Germany’s backup goalkeeper for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States ... Was an unused substitute during a 3-0 semifinal win over the United States in front of 27,623 fans at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. ... Appeared in four international friendly matches ... 2002: Earned playing time in seven international friendly matches ... 2001: Named a backup goalkeeper for Germany during the 2001 UEFA Women’s European Championship … Germany, the host nation, won the tournament ... Played in three international friendlies, including a shutout over China on March 6, 2001, in Augsburg, Germany ... 2000: Played in one international friendly, starting and playing 90 minutes in a 4-1 loss against Norway ... Named backup goalkeeper for Germany during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia ... Won her first Olympic bronze medal as Germany defeated Brazil 2-0 in the bronze medal match ... 1999: Logged time in three international friendlies, tallying a 2-1-0 record ... Named backup goalkeeper for Germany’s squad in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United
States ... Germany suffered a 3-2 loss in the quarterfinals against the eventual champion United States ... 1998: Played 18 minutes in a 1-1 draw against the United States in an international friendly on June 25, 1998, at St. Louis Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo. ... 1997: Appeared in three international friendlies and earned a 1-0-2 record ... Named backup goalkeeper for Germany in the 1997 UEFA Women’s European Championship ... Germany won its fourth European title ... 1996: Made her senior national team debut on Aug. 27, 1996, starting and playing the first half of a 3-0 win over the Netherlands in an international friendly. PERSONAL Involved as an ambassador for Football for Unity Worldwide ... Mother, Petra, was once a successful triathlete ... Is scared of snakes ... Owns dozens of hats and wears them on nearly all occasions ... Works a physiotherapist apprenticeship during her time playing for Turbine Potsdam ... Owns an old, green VW Bus.
POSITION: Goalkeeper HEIGHT: 5-9 BORN: Feb. 25, 1988, in New York, N.Y. PREVIOUS CLUB: Boston Breakers COLLEGE: University of Georgia @MichelleBetos
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Gaining experience as a starter for Seattle Reign FC during the first half of the 2013 NWSL season, Betos joined Thorns FC for the 2014 season following a draft-day trade on Jan. 17, 2014. CAREER 2013: Made seven appearances (all starts) for Seattle in the first half of the inaugural NWSL season ... Made 34 saves for Seattle ... Loaned to Cyprus club Apollon Limassol following the season and appeared in two Round of 32 2013-14 UEFA Womenâ€™s Champions League matches for the team ... Traded to Boston in November with midfielder Kristie Mewis ... 2012: Made five appearances for Apollon Limassol during the 2012-13 UEFA Womenâ€™s Champions League tournament, recording three shutouts ... Helped lead the New York Fury to the WPSL Elite semifinals ... 2011: Was a member of the Boston Aztec Break-
ers Reserves during the WPSL season ... Named to the All-WPSL Second Team ... 2009: Helped guide the Atlanta Silverbacks Women to the Southeast Division title and a 10-1-1 record, while earning W-League Goalkeeper of the Year honors. COLLEGE Finished her career at the University of Georgia ranked third all-time in career saves (316) and second overall with 26 career shutouts and wins (48) ... Holds the top two spots in Bulldog history for wins in a season with 18 in 2007 and 15 in 2009.
BOQUETE POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-3 BORN: April 9, 1987, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain PREVIOUS CLUB: Tyresš FF (Sweden) COLLEGE: n/a @VeroBoquete
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS The captain of Spain’s Women’s National Team and a former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Player of the Year in 2011, Boquete brings additional leadership, experience and creativity as an attacking midfielder after signing with Thorns FC for her first NWSL season on April 7, 2014. CAREER 2013: Registered six goals in 18 league matches for Swedish club Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, helping the club to a runner-up finish and a berth in the 2013-14 UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament ... 2012: Tallied eight goals in 21 league appearances for Tyresö FF as the club won the league ... Named the 2012 Damallsvenskan Midfielder of the Year ... 2011-12: Appeared in five matches for Russian side FC Energiya Voronezh, recording one goal and two assists ... Made one league appearance and played four matches in the 2011-12 UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament ... 2011: Registered five goals and four assists in 13 regular-season matches for the Philadelphia Independence in WPS, helping lead the team to the league’s championship match ... Named the 2011 WPS Player of the Year ... Four-time WPS Player of the Week ... WPS Best XI selection ... 2010-11: Scored an astounding 41 goals in 29 matches for RCD Espanyol de Barcelona in the Spanish Superliga ... Superliga Golden Boot winner ... 2010: Tallied one goal and two assists in three matches for the Chicago Red Stars in WPS ... Appeared in nine matches for the Buffalo Flash of the USL W-League, helping the club capture the league title ... Recorded nine goals and 10 assists while earning W-League championship game MVP honors and leading the league in assists ... 2009-10: Registered 23 goals in 34 games for RCD Espanyol, helping the club to a second consecutive Spanish Copa de la Reina title ... 2008-09: Tallied 13 goals in 34 games for RCD Espanyol ... 2007-08: Netted 14 goals in 29 matches for Prainsa Zaragoza of the Spanish Superliga ... 2006-07: Scored 14 goals in 26 matches for Prainsa Zaragoza ... Appeared in 28 matches for Prainsa Zaragoza, netting 12 goals. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Helped Spain reach the quarterfinals of the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship, its first appearance in the tournament since 1997 ... 2011-12: Registered 11 goals and five assists in 10 matches during the 2013
UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifying tournament, captaining Spain during qualifying .. Scored the decisive goal in the second leg, aggregate goals playoff match against Scotland in the 122nd minute of extra time, putting Spain in the tournament on Oct. 24, 2012 ... 200910: Scored four goals in eight matches for Spain in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying, but Spain fell short of reaching the tournament ... 2007-08: Tallied four goals in four matches during 2009 UEFA Women’s European Tournament qualifying, but Spain was eliminated in a two-game playoff against the Netherlands ... 2005: Made her senior national team debut on Feb. 16, 2005, in a scoreless draw against the Netherlands ... 2004: Named to the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup All-Star Team in Thailand. PERSONAL Started a petition in 2013, asking EA Sports to include female players in its FIFA series of video games.
BROOKS POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-6 BORN: Jan. 23, 1991, in Evansville, Ind. PREVIOUS CLUB: Bayern Munich (Germany) COLLEGE: University of North Carolina @abrooks22
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A two-time captain at the University of North Carolina and extremely experienced midfielder at the youth international level for the United States, Brooks was drafted by Thorns FC as the team’s third round pick (24th overall) in the NWSL College Draft on Jan. 18, 2013. After a year with FC Bayern Munich in Germany’s Frauen Bundesliga, Brooks signed with Portland for the 2014 NWSL season on January 2, 2014. CAREER 2013: Recorded four goals in 10 league appearances for Bayern Munich during the 2012-13 Frauen Bundesliga campaign ... Notched five goals in nine league games during the 2013-14 campaign ... In total, scored 10 goals in 22 games across all competitions during her time with Bayern Munich. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Earned her first international cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team, starting and logging 81 minutes in a 4-1 win over Brazil on Nov. 10, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. ... 2012: Captained the U-23 Women’s National Team in 2012, appearing in six matches and scoring three goals ... Helped lead the team to the championship of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, on March 1 ... 2011: Made six appearances with the U-23 WNT, scoring once ... 2010: Was a key substitute for the U-20 Women’s National Team during the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament, helping the team qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup ... Started all four matches at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, setting up Sydney Leroux’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Korea Republic ... Scored the opening goal in a penalty kick loss against Nigeria in the quarterfinals ... 2009: Made one appearance
(1 start) for the U-20 Women’s National Team ... 2008: Captained the U-17 Women’s National Team for two games at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand ... Appeared in all but one match during the tournament as the United States finished in second place ... 2007: Played for the U-16 National Team. COLLEGE A two-time captain for the Tar Heels, Brooks left her mark on the program through her play as a midfielder ... 2012: Started all 23 games for the National Champion Tar Heels, recording seven goals and six assists ... 2011: Started 19 games for the Tar Heels, missing only the Clemson game when she was away training with the National Team ... Tied for the team lead in assists with eight ... 2010: One of UNC’s most durable performers, she started all 23 games and played 1,701 minutes ... Was the sixth-leading scorer with 16 points and tied for fifth on the team with seven goals ... 2009: Played in 27 matches as a freshman … started the last 10 games of the season at playmaking center midfield as the Tar Heels went 10-0 in those matches and won the NCAA Championship. PERSONAL Full name is Amber Jean Brooks ... Her mother, Jean Brooks, played on Ashland University’s men’s soccer team from 1976-79 ... her father, Allan, played soccer at LeMoyne College (N.Y.) from 1975-79.
POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-8 BORN: Jan. 26, 1994, in Melbourne, Australia PREVIOUS CLUB: Melbourne Victory COLLEGE: n/a @stephcatley
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A highly touted defender for the Australia Women’s National Team, Catley helped captain the Melbourne Victory to the 2013-14 Australia W-League championship and signed with Thorns FC on Feb. 17, 2014. CAREER 2013-14: Team captain for the Melbourne Victory, the defender helped guide the team to the Australia W-League championship in February ... Earned her 50th career appearance for the Victory during the season ... Scored one goal in 14 appearances during Melbourne’s championship season ... 2012-13: Registered three goals for Melbourne in 12 league appearances ... Helped lead the Victory to the league’s championship game, falling to Sydney FC in the final ... Named W-League Young Player of the Year ... 2011-12: Appeared in all 10 regular-season matches for Melbourne, reaching the league’s semifinals round ... 2010-11: Appeared in all 10 regular-season matches as Melbourne reached the W-League semifinals ... Scored Melbourne’s lone goal in a semifinal loss against Sydney ... 2009-10: Made her professional debut for Melbourne
as a 15-year-old on Oct. 3, 2009, against Perth Glory ... Appeared in five matches (3 starts) during her first professional season. INTERNATIONAL 2014: Helped lead Australia to a seventh-place finish at the 2014 Cyprus Cup ... 2013: Appeared in several international friendly matches for the Matildas ... Named Australia U-20 Footballer of the Year ... 2012: Made her senior international debut with the Australia Women’s National Team on June 24, 2012, earning Player of the Match honors in a 1-1 draw against rival New Zealand in Wollongong, Australia ... Named Australia U-20 Footballer of the Year.
FARRELLY POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-5 BORN: Nov. 16, 1989, in Havertown, Pa. PREVIOUS CLUB: FC Kansas City COLLEGE: University of Virginia @lord_shin
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A dynamic midfielder with experience domestically and abroad, Farrelly joins Thorns FC for her first season in 2014, following a trade from FC Kansas City on Jan. 13, 2014. CAREER 2013: Signing with FC Kansas City for the inaugural NWSL season, she scored one goal in 16 regular-season appearances for head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s side ... Tallied her only goal of the season on April 26, 2013, in a 2-0 win over Seattle Reign FC ... Started and played 90 minutes in two UEFA Women’s Champions League matches for Cyprus club Apollon Limassol in Oct. 2013 ... Scored the gametying goal for Apollon Limasson in a second-leg match against Neulengbach on Oct. 16, 2013 ... 2012: Played for WPSL Elite side New York Fury ... Registered six goals in five UEFA Women’s Champions League matches for Apollon Limassol, including a hat-trick in a 21-0 rout of Albanian side Ada ... 2011: Was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence ... Tallied one goal and one assist in 14 regular-season games ... Scored her first career goal, the game-winner, in a 2-1 win over Western New York on July 9, 2011.
ACC Offensive Player of the Year and NSCAA First Team All-American ... Earned her fourth straight All-ACC selection ... MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... 2009: Started all 22 games ... Led the Cavaliers in scoring with eight goals and eight assists (24 pts) ... Second Team NSCAA All-America selection ... MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... 2008: Started all 23 games ... Ranked third on the team in scoring with five goals and three assists ... ACC All-Tournament Team ... First Team All-ACC ... NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All Mid-Atlantic Region. 2007: Started all 23 games ... Ranked third on the team with five goals (three game-winners) and four assists ... First Team All-ACC, Second Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic ... Top Drawer Soccer Co-National Rookie of the Year.
INTERNATIONAL Has appeared at the U-15, U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels for the United States. COLLEGE 2010: Honored as the University of Virginia’s top female athlete of 2010-11 after starting all 22 games and leading the Cavaliers with 12 goals and seven assists (31 pts) ...
HEATH POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-6 BORN: May 29, 1988, in Morristown, N.J. PREVIOUS CLUB: Paris Saint-Germain (France) COLLEGE: University of North Carolina @TobinHeath
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Highly regarded as one of the most technically gifted and skillful dribblers on the U.S. Women’s National Team, Heath has parlayed her creativity and confidence with the ball into a key role both as a starter and substitute for the national team. Heath was allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013, and returns to Portland for a second season in 2014. CAREER 2013: Joined Thorns FC in mid-July following the completion of her season with Paris Saint-Germain in France ... Named the NWSL championship game Most Valuable Player for her performance in a 2-0 win over Western New York on Aug. 31 ... Tallied the go-ahead goal on a 30-yard free kick in the championship match ... Finished the regular season with three assists in seven appearances (all starts) ... Tallied goals in consecutive NWSL playoff matches ... Recorded her first goal for Thorns FC in a 3-2 win at FC Kansas City in the semifinals of the NWSL Playoffs on Aug. 24 ... Did not play in the regular-season finale on Aug.17 at Seattle ... Tallied an assist in consecutive games from July 28-31 ... Registered her first two career NWSL assists in a 3-3 draw against Chicago on July 28 ... Made her first appearance for Thorns FC, starting and playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Western New York on July 14 ... 2012: Appeared in one match for the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite ... 2011: Played 12 matches for Sky Blue FC, registering one assist ... 2010: Was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the expansion Atlanta Beat ... Played in three matches before suffering a serious ankle injury which would ultimately require surgery ... Traded to Sky Blue FC on Dec. 10, 2010. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Registered one goal and four assists in nine games (7 starts) in 2013 ... 2012: Heath appeared in 26 matches (16 starts) for the United States during a busy 2012 campaign … Registered three assists in six matches during the 2012 London Olympics ... Finished the year with four goals and seven assists, both career highs ... 2011: Played in 15 games (2 starts), scoring one goal and adding two assists ... Appeared in four matches as a substitute during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup ... Played in the tournament’s quarterfinal, semifinal and final match in her first World Cup at the senior international level ... 2010:
Missed the year as she recovered from illness and a major ankle injury sustained during the WPS season ... 2009: Was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year ... Appeared in two matches for the U.S. , both against Canada ... 2008: Made her national team debut in March against Finland in the Four Nations Tournament ... At 20-years-old, was the youngest player named to the 2008 Beijing Olympics roster ... Made three substitute appearances during the tournament ... Earned 17 caps for the team during the year ... Youth National Teams: Started for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 ... Was a standout player during the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup ... Also saw time with the U-21, U-17 and U-14 National Teams. COLLEGE Won a second consecutive, and third overall, NCAA Championship with North Carolina as a senior in 2009, helping the team to a 23-3-1 record …Was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Finished her UNC career with 19 goals and 32 assists … Was the first runner-up for the Hermann Trophy as a senior … Helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship as a junior and was named a Second-Team All-American in 2008 … Was named a freshman All-American on North Carolina’s title-winning team in 2006. PERSONAL Noted for her laid back style and attitude off the field, Heath enjoys playing most sports is also a talented tennis player … Has also tried out her skills on a surfboard and was known to skateboard around campus at UNC … Her juggling and ball trick skills have been featured several times on YouTube with a 2011 video titled “Trick Shot Battle” with Yael Averbuch registered 40,000 hits in four days and is currently nearing the 220,000 views mark.
HUFFMAN POSITION: Midfielder/Defender HEIGHT: 5-4 BORN: March 5, 1984, in Danbury, Conn. PREVIOUS CLUB: Western New York Flash COLLEGE: University of Virginia @shuffman14
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A versatile player, Huffman joins Thorns FC for the 2014 NWSL season following a trade with Western New York on April 7, 2014. CAREER 2013: Appeared in 14 games (11 starts) for Western New York during the inaugural NWSL season in 2013 ... Started each of Western New York’s two playoff games, playing 72 minutes during the NWSL Championship Game ... 2012: After the WPS suspended operations, played for Pali Blues of the W-League … Helped the team to an undefeated season and the Western Conference championship title … 2011: Played with magicJack in its first season of play … The team finished third in the regular season before being eliminated in the second round of the WPS playoffs … 2010: Started her second season with the Washington Freedom … Stayed with the team when it moved to Florida and was renamed magicJack … 2009: Was the top pick in the 2008 WPS draft, selected by the Washington Freedom … 2008: Played in Norway for Røa IL, helping lead the team to a Norwegian Women’s Cup … 2007: Was a member of the W-League Champion Washington Freedom. INTERNATIONAL Was a member of the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-21, and U-23 United States national women’s soccer teams … 2010: Was called to play with the senior team for two friendlies in China … Made her USWNT debut in a July friendly against Sweden … 2007: Capped her time with the U-21 team
with her third Nordic Cup title … 2005: Helped the U-21 squad to a second Nordic Cup … 2004: Won the Nordic Cup with the U-21 side … 2002: Helped the U-19 women win the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship. COLLEGE Huffman attended the University of Virginia ... 2005: Ended her career with 28 assists, currently fourth most in school history, while also tallying 12 career goals … Earned her second Soccer America MVP, Soccer Buzz Player of the Year finalist and VaSID Player of the Year award … Honored on the NSCAA and Soccer Times All-American Third Teams … Again a Soccer Buzz All-American, this time on the Second Team … Earned her third-consecutive NSCAA All-Region honor … 2004: Set a Virginia record with 14 assists on the season … Was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and was also Co-MVP of the ACC Tournament as the Cavaliers won the first conference championship in school history … Beat UNC 1-1 in penalty kicks … Named the Soccer America MVP, a Player of the Year finalist and VaSID Player of the Year … Was a First Team Soccer Buzz All-American … Named an NSCAA and Soccer Times Second Team All-American and NSCAA All-Region … 2003: Played in 20 games and started in them all … Finished the year with nine points on two goals and five assists … Named NSCAA All-Region … 2002: Was named to the ACC All-Freshman team.
KERR POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-5 BORN: March 29, 1985, in San Diego, Calif. PREVIOUS CLUB: Sky Blue FC (WPS) COLLEGE: University of Portland @wozkerr11
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A former standout at the University of Portland and a onetime member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Kerr joins Thorns FC for a second season in 2014. The San Diego native was the club’s second round (16th overall) selection in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft on Feb. 7, 2013. CAREER 2013: Tallied one assist in 15 regular-season matches (9 starts) ... Notched an assist in a 3-2 comeback win over FC Kansas City in the NWSL semifinals on Aug. 24 ... Started both the playoff semifinal and NWSL Championship games ... Recorded her first career NWSL assist in a 2-0 win against Seattle on June 16 ... Attempted a season-high three shots in a scoreless draw against Western New York on Aug. 10 ... 2011: Traded to Sky Blue FC from Atlanta in late 2010 ... Made 13 appearances for Sky Blue FC in the 2011 WPS season ... Played alongside Thorns FC midfielders Tobin Heath and Allie Long with Sky Blue FC ... 2010: Was traded to the Atlanta Beat from St. Louis Athletica in Feb. 2010, making 22 appearances (19 starts) for the club ... Ranked second on the team in minutes played with 1,709 ... Scored her first career goal in a 6-1 loss against FC Gold Pride on Aug. 28, 2010 ... 2009: Drafted in the third round (15th overall) by St. Louis Athletica in the 2008 WPS General Draft ... Appeared in 19 matches (all starts) for St. Louis in 2009, finishing third on the team in minutes played with 1,637. INTERNATIONAL 2009: Made four appearances (2 starts) for the U.S. Women’s National Team … Recorded her second career goal on March 4, 2009 – the game-winner – in a 2-0 victory against Denmark at the 2009 Algarve Cup in Portugal ... 2008: Going three years between national team appearances, she earned five caps in 2008 and scored her first career goal ... Scored her first career goal on Jan. 18, 2008, in the 80th minute of a 4-1 win against Finland at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China ... 2005: Earned her first cap for the senior U.S. Women’s National Team on July 24, 2005, in a 3-0 win against Iceland at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ... Entered the match as a late substitute for midfielder Shannon Boxx ... 2004:
Helped the Women’s U-19 National Team to a third-place finish at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand ... Registered a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win against Brazil in the third-place match ... Won the tournament’s Silver Ball as second most outstanding player and the Bronze Shoe as third-leading scorer ... Played alongside Thorns FC defender Rachel Van Hollebeke. COLLEGE Helped the University of Portland to an NCAA National Championship in 2005, recording a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win against UCLA in the title game ... Played alongside Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair with the Pilots ... Assisted on one of Sinclair’s two goals in the championship game ... Redshirted the 2004 college season in order to focus on the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand with the U.S. Women’s U-19 National Team ... Played for Portland from 2003, 2005-07, finishing her career with 19 goals and 34 assists (72 points) in 88 games. PERSONAL Maiden name is Angie Woznuk ... Brother, Joe, played soccer at UCLA for two seasons ... Married former University of Portland baseball player Adam Kerr on Aug. 29, 2009.
LONG POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-8 BORN: Aug. 13, 1987, in Huntington, N.Y. PREVIOUS CLUB: New York Fury (WPSL Elite) COLLEGE: University of North Carolina @ALLIE_LONG
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A former U-20 Women’s National Team midfielder for the United States, Long returns to Thorns FC for her second season after signing with the club on Jan. 31, 2013. The Long Island native has experience abroad with popular French club Paris Saint-Germain. CAREER 2013: Finished the season ranked fourth on the team in scoring with three goals and three assists ... Tallied the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of extra time in a 3-2 win over FC Kansas City in the NWSL semifinals on Aug. 24 ... One of three players to start all 22 regularseason matches ... Finished the regular-season ranked first on the team in minutes played (1,956) ... Recorded assists against Seattle Reign FC (Aug. 17), FC Kansas City (Aug. 4) and Washington (May 19) ... Scored a picturesque bending shot to the far upper corner, in a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC on July 31 ... Scored her second goal of the season on June 6 against FC Kansas City, deflecting an Alex Morgan shot around the goalkeeper ... Scored her first career NWSL goal in the 35th minute of a 2-0 road win at Chicago on May 12 ... 2012: Signed with the New York Fury (WPSL Elite) in April 2012 and helped guide the club to a late-season run to the playoff semifinals ... Joined Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Division 1 Féminine on a six-month contract from Oct. 2011-March 2012 ... Scored a brace during PSG’s second-leg UEFA Women’s Champions League match against FFC Frankfurt ... Registered eight goals in 16 appearances across all competitions for PSG, including four goals in 12 league matches (9 starts) ... Sustained a foot injury near the end of her contract with PSG ... 2011: Signed with Sky Blue FC (WPS) and finished the season ranked second on the team in minutes played (1,575) after appearing in all 18 matches ... 2010: Scored two goals in 22 appearances (all starts) during her second season with the Washington Freedom (WPS) ... 2009: Selected as the seventh overall pick in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Washington Freedom ... Played in 19 games (11 starts), scoring two goals during her rookie season.
INTERNATIONAL 2010: Called into camp with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team from Jan. 13-20, 2010 ... Named to former head coach Pia Sundhage’s roster for U.S. Women’s National Team matches against Sweden on July 13 and 17 ... Did not make the 18-player game-day roster for either match ... 2009: Earned a call to training camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team from Dec. 13-20, 2009 ... 2007: Earned experience with the U-21 Women’s National Team in the spring of 2007 ... 2006: Was a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team which competed in 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, falling in the semifinals of the tournament ... Appeared in five of the team’s six games during the competition ... Scored a goal against Argentina in a 4-1 win for the United States during the group stage. COLLEGE An NCAA national champion in 2008 at the University of North Carolina, Long was a strong addition to the Tar Heels’ midfield following her transfer from Penn State after the 2006 season ... Appeared in 38 games (36 starts) during two seasons in Chapel Hill, recording eight goals and five assists (21pts) for head coach Anson Dorrance ... Began her collegiate career at Penn State University in 2005 ... In two years with the Nittany Lions, Long played in 46 games and was a two-time All-Big 10 Conference selection. PERSONAL Full name is Alexandra Linsley Long ... Teamed up with two of the world’s best players in Abby Wambach (USA) and Homare Sawa (Japan) while with the Washington Freedom … Has a younger brother, Patrick.
MARSHALL POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-10 BORN: June 2, 1988, in Thornton, Colo. PREVIOUS CLUB: Western New York (WPSL Elite) COLLEGE: University of Colorado @MarshallNikki17
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A versatile defender who can play anywhere along the back line, Marshall also has skills as an attacking player, evidenced by her collegiate career at the Univ. of Colorado, where she holds the program career record for goals (42). Marshall returns to Portland for her second NWSL season in 2014, after originally signing on Jan. 31, 2013. CAREER 2013: Started all 22 regular-season matches for Portland during the inaugural NWSL season ... Finished the season with 1,871 minutes played, ranking her among team leaders ... Tallied one assist during the season ... Recorded an assist during the NWSL Playoffs, assisting Tiffany Weimer’s game-tying goal in the 65th minute of the NWSL semifinals against FC Kansas City on Aug. 24 ... 2012: Helped the Western New York Flash win the WPSL Elite championship ... Named MVP of the championship match against the Chicago Red Stars ... 2011: Played six matches for magicJack during the 2011 season before being traded to Boston in July 2011 ... Appeared in seven matches for the Boston Breakers ... 2010: Selected seventh overall in the 2010 WPS Draft by the Washington Freedom ... Started 25 matches as a rookie for Washington. INTERNATIONAL 2011: Called into camp twice during the year with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team ... Played three matches as the U-23 Women’s National Team earned the title at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 21 to March 2, 2011 ... 2009: Called into camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team from April 11-19, 2009, in Portland, Ore. ... 2008: Started all six matches for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World
Cup in Chile ... Named Sierra Mist Woman of the Match in the championship game, a 2-1 win against North Korea ... Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team qualify for the World Cup, starting all five matches during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament ... Recorded a goal and an assist in the final of the Four Nations Tournament in La Serena, Chile, beating the host country 5-1 ... 2007: Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team to a second-place finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil. COLLEGE Served as a forward at the University of Colorado from 2006-09, finishing her four-year career as the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 42 goals ... After setting a single-season record with 17 goals as a freshman in 2006, the Mead, Colo., native, went on to post program records in career points (93) and all-time game-winning goals (18), as well as numerous single-season and single-game records, including the fastest goal in Buffaloes’ history 23 seconds into a match against Saint Mary’s College in 2009 ... In all, Marshall amassed 17 program records in four seasons. PERSONAL Full name is Nicole Sue Marshall ... Young sister, Shaye, played four years for Colorado (2009-12), teaming up with Nikki during the 2009 season ... Spent several seasons after college as an assistant coach with the Univ. of Northern Colorado women’s soccer team.
MENGES POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-7 BORN: July 28, 1992, in Garden City, N.Y. PREVIOUS CLUB: n/a COLLEGE: Georgetown University @em_meningitis3
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS The team’s third-round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, Menges joins Thorns FC for her rookie season in 2014. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Called into camp with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team from Dec. 14-21, 2013. COLLEGE Concluded her career at Georgetown University as one of the most decorated players in program history earning NSCAA First Team All-American honors as a senior in 2013. The Garden City, N.Y., native was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and helped captain the Hoyas’ defense to 23 shutouts over her final two seasons, including a schoolrecord 13 clean sheets as a junior in 2012. Over the course of her four-year career, Menges appeared in 84 games (83 starts), scored two goals and helped the Georgetown defense post 40 shutouts. A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2012 and 2013.
McDONALD POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6-0 BORN: Feb. 28, 1988, in Phoenix, Ariz. PREVIOUS CLUB: Seattle Reign FC COLLEGE: University of North Carolina
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A versatile forward, McDonald joined Thorns FC on Nov. 27, 2013 via a trade with Seattle Reign FC. CAREER 2013: Recorded three goals and two assists in 16 appearances (9 starts) during the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season playing for the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC ... Made nine appearances (3 starts) for the Red Stars, recording one assist before being waived on June 28 ... Signed with Seattle Reign FC for the remainder of the regular season ... Appeared in seven games (6 starts) for Seattle, logging three goals and one assist ... 2012-13: Started all 13 of her appearances for Australian W-League side Melbourne Victory, helping lead the team to the 2013 Grand Final against Sydney FC ... 2010: Was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the Chicago Red Stars ... Made five appearances in her first professional season. INTERNATIONAL Has made appearances for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. Women’s National Teams ... Helped the U-20 Women’s National Team qualify for the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scoring a goal in 4-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinals of CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying in Puebla, Mexico. COLLEGE Was the second-leading scorer for North Carolina as a junior in 2009, recording nine goals and six assists as the Tar Heels won their second consecutive NCAA title ... Played a key role in the Tar Heels’ 2008 National Championship,
recording five goals and 10 assists in 21 games during her sophomore season in Chapel Hill ... Attended Phoenix College for two years before transferring to UNC ... A member of the honors program at Phoenix College ... Played soccer, basketball and track as a freshman... As a sophomore she played basketball and track to allow her to have three years of eligibility at North Carolina. PERSONAL Older brother is Brandon McDonald, a former defender for the LA Galaxy (2008), San Jose Earthquakes (2009-11), D.C. United (2011-13) and Real Salt Lake (2013) ... Husband, Courtney, played football at West Virginia University ... Has a son named Jeremiah.
MORGAN POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5-7 BORN: July 2, 1989, in San Dimas, Calif. PREVIOUS CLUB: Seattle Sounders Women (W-League) COLLEGE: University of California-Berkeley @alexmorgan13
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A dynamic forward and one of the most popular players on the U.S. Women’s National Team and worldwide, Morgan was added to the Thorns FC roster through the National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013. Morgan returns to Portland in 2014 for her second season with the club. CAREER 2013: Voted as the Supporters’ Player of the Year by fans ... Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Logged an assist on Portland’s second goal in the NWSL championship game after coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute ... Sustained a mild MCL sprain in her left knee on Aug. 7 against Boston and missed the final two regularseason matches, as well as the NWSL semifinals against FC Kansas City on Aug. 24 ... Finished the season as the league leader in shots (82) and shots on goal (44) ... Was the team’s Golden Boot winner after leading the club in scoring with eight goals and five assists (21pts) ... Earned a point in four straight games from July 21-Aug. 4 ... Tallied her eighth goal on Aug. 4 against FC Kansas City ... Scored in a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC on July 31 ... Registered a goal and assist in a 2-1 win at Boston on July 21 ... Tallied a goal and two assists on June 6 against FC Kansas City, becoming the first Thorns FC player to record a multi-assist game ... Earned a point in four straight games from April 21-May 16 ... Registered her fourth goal in a 2-0 win over Washington on May 19 ... Scored a goal in back-toback matches May 4-12 ... Tallied her second goal of the season, a 12th-minute penalty kick, in a 2-1 road win at Washington on May 4 ... Scored her first goal in the 52nd minute of a 2-1 win against Seattle Reign FC on April 21 ... 2012: Played for the Seattle Sounders FC Women in the W-League ... 2011: Taken first overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and helped the club to the WPS title in its first year ... Played 689 minutes in 13 games for the Flash, starting six, and had four goals and three assists … Played 106 minutes of the championship game during the penalty-kick win against Philadelphia. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Has registered four goals and four assists in seven matches ... Tallied a three-assist performance in a 5-0 win against China PR on March 8 ... 2012: Had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, pounding in 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories ... Was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the first time
... Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Abby Wambach (31 in 2004) ... Her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Mia Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991) ... Finished third in the voting for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and attended the Gala Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland ... Became a starter for the first time in the fifth game of the year, a 4-0 victory against Canada in the championship of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver, B.C. ... She torched Canada with two goals and two assists and would go on to start every game but one the rest of the year ... Ended the year with 31 matches played and 27 starts ... Started all six games at the London 2012 Olympics, her first, playing all but 27 minutes of the tournament ... Scored three goals in the Olympics, two against France in the opening match, including the crucial equalizer to make it 2-2, and one of the most dramatic goals in women’s soccer history in the 123rd minute of the semifinal against Canada ... The game-winner against Canada at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, was the latest goal ever scored in FIFA history ... Her looping header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly came just moments before the final whistle ... Also had four assists at the Olympics, which included setting up Abby Wambach goals against North Korea and in the quarterfinal against New Zealand, and the first goal in the Olympic Final to Carli Lloyd ... Played in four games at CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, starting just the final, and had four goals and six assists ... Her two goals against Canada in Olympic qualifying started a three-game streak in which she scored two goals in each game, which included a last-gasp winner against New Zealand during a 2-1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at FC Dallas Stadium ... In the third-place match of the Algarve Cup against Sweden in Portugal, she registered her first career hat trick ... Had nine multiplegoal games on the year, including her second career hat trick, which came against Ireland at Providence Park in Portland as she scored three times in a 21-minute span at the end of the first half ... Scored in 18 of her 31 matches ... Was named the FOX Soccer Player of the Year for men or women ... 2011: Had a breakout performance at the Women’s World Cup, her first at the senior level, when she came off the bench for five of the six games and became, along with Abby Wambach, one of two U.S. players to score in the World Cup semifinal and championship game ...
MORGAN Scored the third and game-clinching goal in the 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal and then tallied against Japan in the final to open the scoring ... Also had an assist to Wambach in the championship game, becoming the first U.S. player to get a goal and an assist in the World Cup final ... Played in 19 total matches, starting just two, but scored six goals with two assists ... Scored three goals at the Algarve Cup in Portugal and was given the Top Scorer Award ... Named one of 10 players on the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year ... 2010: Earned her first career cap on March 31 against Mexico in Salt Lake City, coming on at halftime in a match played on a snow-covered field ... Played in eight matches, all off the bench, and scored one of the most important goals in recent U.S. history when she came into the first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy in Padova on Nov. 20 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to give the USA a 1-0 victory ... Scored her first career goal on Oct. 2 against China in Chester, Pa., tallying the tying goal in the 1-1 draw with seven minutes left … Was the youngest player on the U.S. team at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament where she played in four games and scored two goals against Guatemala and Costa Rica ... 2009: Earned her first call-up to the senior side in December … 2008: Finished her U-20 career with 10 career caps and five goals … Four of those goals came at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup where she won the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament and Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer ... Scored against France, twice against Argentina and then in the championship game against Korea DPR in the 42nd minute after a slaloming run ... Played in four games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, scoring one goal against Cuba while picking up three assists. COLLEGE Concluded her college career at California in the fall of 2010 tied as the third all-time scorer in school history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in points (107) ... Had she not missed numerous games as a senior while playing for the national team, likely would have finished atop both lists ... Played in 67 games in her college career, starting 61 and firing 272 shots ... Was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection ... As a senior, she played in only 12 games due to national team commitments but still led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and was first in the nation for the majority of the season in goal scoring ... She capped off her career by being named on NSCAA FirstTeam All-American ... She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior despite only playing in 12 matches ... One of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport ... She led her Bears to the NCAA tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice ... As a junior in 2009, she led Cal in goals (14), assists (8), points (36), shots (97) and shots on goal (55) and tallied three game-winning goals ...
As a sophomore in 2008 she led Cal in points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39) ... As a freshman in 2007, she started 15 of the 17 games she played in but missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle ... Led Cal in points (18) and goals (8) ... Tallied game-winning goals against San Diego State, Saint Mary’s and No. 1 Santa Clara ... Posted a hat trick against Saint Mary’s and had two goals at Arizona State ... In the spring, she scored a hat trick in Cal’s 3-2 win against North Carolina. PERSONAL Full name is Alexandra Patricia Morgan ... Graduated in December 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy ... Walked in the Just Dance 4 runway show during New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2012 and would love to have the experience again ... Has a cat named Brooklyn that has six toes on both front feet ... Enjoys shopping ... Enjoys doing Vinyasa Yoga and recently started doing spin classes, especially enjoys FlyWheel ... Supports Barcelona, but enjoys watching all good soccer.
MOROS POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-5 BORN: May 6, 1985, in Manhattan, N.Y. PREVIOUS CLUB: INAC Kobe Leonessa (Japan) COLLEGE: Duke University @BeccaMoros
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A defender with experience in the United States and abroad, Moros joins Thorns FC for the 2014 NWSL season on Nov. 27, 2013. CAREER 2013: Helped lead Japanese side INAC Kobe Leonessa to its third consecutive Nadeshiko League championship ... Also logged time in Japanâ€™s domestic cup competition, making 10 appearances in the tournament as INAC Kobe Leonessa finished as runners-up ... 2012: In her first season playing in Japan, Moros played a part of in INAC Kobe Leonessaâ€™s second straight league title ... 2011: Began the WPS season with magicJack, but was traded midseason to the Western New York Flash ... Made 10 appearances to help lead the Flash to the WPS championship, playing a pivotal role in a defense that finished tied for the fewest goals allowed during the regular season ... 2010: Started 24 games for the Washington Freedom in WPS ... Scored her only goal of the season in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Independence on May 30, 2010 ... 2009: Was the 36th overall selection in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Washington Freedom ... Appeared in 20 games during the inaugural
WPS season, registering two goals. INTERNATIONAL Has youth international experience for the United States at the U-21 and U-23 levels. COLLEGE Was a three-time NSCAA All-American selection and fouryear letterwinner at Duke University ... Played for the Blue Devils from 2003-06 ... Appeared in 86 games for Duke, recording 15 goals and 20 assists in her career.
NIEMIEC POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-9 BORN: April 13, 1992, in Philadelphia, Pa. PREVIOUS CLUB: n/a COLLEGE: La Salle University @CourtneyNiemiec
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A defender who made the squad following an open tryout, Niemiec joins Thorns FC for her first professional season in 2014, signing on April 9, 2014. COLLEGE Earned Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year recognition in 2012 and was one of La Salle Universityâ€™s most consistent defenders during her senior season, garnering a first-team all-conference mention following the 2013 season ... Anchoring a defense that allowed only 18 goals in 2013, Niemiec helped the Explorers to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth ... A Philadelphia native, Niemiec recorded eight goals and 14 assists for La Salle, while featuring in 87 matches for the program as a four-year starter.
POSITION: Midfielder HEIGHT: 5-4 BORN: Sept. 25, 1991, in Honolulu, Hawaii PREVIOUS CLUB: Santa Clara (NCAA) COLLEGE: Santa Clara University @meleanashim
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS After impressing in an open tryout and signing with the team, Shim tallied five goals in her rookie season in 2013, and returns to Thorns FC for the the 2014 season after originally signing with the club on April 5, 2013. CAREER 2013: Named the team’s 2013 Newcomer of the Year after tallying five goals and two assists in 19 appearances (17 starts) during her first professional season in 2013 ... Ranked third on the team with 12 points ... Started each of the team’s two NWSL playoff games ... Became the first Thorns FC player to score a goal in four straight matches (July 14-31) ... Scored in the 65th minute of a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC on July 31, adding an assist in the match ... Scored in the 55th minute of a 3-3 draw with Chicago on July 28 ... Tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of a 2-1 win at Boston on July 21 ... Scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Western New York on July 14 ... Tallied her first professional goal in the 66th minute of a 2-0 win over Seattle on June 16, adding her first professional assist on the game’s opening goal, becoming the second Thorns FC player to record three or more points in a match (1g, 1a) ... Was one of just two Thorns FC players to record a goal and an assist (3pts) in a match for Portland in 2013. INTERNATIONAL 2014: Helped lead the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team to the Six Nations Tournament championship, scoring a goal in a 2-1 win over Norway in the final ... 2013: Was invited to training camp with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in December ... 2012: Selected to the roster for a three-game trip to Norway with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in June ... Appeared in both matches for the U-23s in the Three Nations Tournament (June 15 vs. Sweden, June 17 vs. Norway) as the United States won the competition ... Started and played 90 minutes in a friendly
against Norway on June 19 ... Called into training camp with the U-23s from May 13-20. COLLEGE 2012: Registered three goals and one assist in 19 games for the Broncos ... Tallied the opening goal in a 2-1 win against Long Beach State in the first round of the NCAA tournament ... Served as team captain during her senior season at Santa Clara ... Named to the NCAA Division I Women’s All-West Regional third team ... 2011: Was an All-West Coast Conference second-team selection as a junior, recording four goals and four assists in 21 games ... Converted all three of her penalty kick attempts during the season ... 2010: Named to the All-WCC honorable mention list as a sophomore ... Scored one goal and added three assists during the season ... Was one of just four players to appear in all 22 games for Santa Clara, totaling 1,660 minutes played ... 2009: As a true freshman, appeared in 20 of the team’s 23 matches during the year ... Scored her first collegiate goal on Oct. 1, 2009, against Stanford ... Played in all three NCAA tournament matches for the Broncos, including a start against Oklahoma State in a Second Round victory. PERSONAL Pronounced “mel-LAY-ah-na” ... Goes by “Mana” (MAHnah) ... Enjoys yoga (with her mom) and surfing (with her dad), hiking, reading, meditating and coaching youth soccer ... Volunteers with various organizations when she can.
SINCLAIR POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5-9 BORN: June 12, 1983, in Burnaby, B.C. PREVIOUS CLUB: Western New York (WPS) COLLEGE: University of Portland @sincy12
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A two-time NCAA national champion with the University of Portland (2002, 2005) and Olympic bronze medalist (2012), Sinclair currently ranks third on the all-time international goal-scoring list for women’s soccer, trailing only Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, and is noted as one of the best strikers in women’s soccer. Sinclair returns to Thorns FC for a second season after being allocated to the team Jan. 11, 2013. CAREER 2013: Named the team’s Most Valuable Player for 2013 ... Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Tallied the clinching goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time in a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash in the NWSL championship game on Aug. 31 ... Scored four goals in the last six regular-season games, including a brace against Chicago (July 28) and a brace at Seattle (Aug. 17) ... Ranked second on the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists (18pts) ... Started 20 of the team’s 22 regular-season games, missing two games due to national team duty for Canada (June 1 and June 16) ... Tallied a point in three straight matches from April 13-27 ... Named the NWSL Player of the Month for April ... Recorded the club’s first-ever goal, a game-tying penalty kick in the 67th minute, in a 1-1 draw against FC Kansas City on April 13 ... 2011: Was named the most valuable player of the WPS championship match after giving the Western New York Flash a 1-0 lead in the final, before the team eventually beat the Philadelphia Independence on penalty kicks ... 2010: Led FC Gold Pride to the league title during the 2010 season ... 2009: Sinclair was selected as the eighth overall pick in the WPS Initial International Draft by FC Gold Pride in 2009 ... 2006-08: Helped the Vancouver Whitecaps Women (USL W-League) win the championship in 2006. INTERNATIONAL 2013: A finalist for FIFA Ballon d’Or, Sinclair tallied three goals in nine games for Canada in 2013 ... Assisted on the game-tying goal in a 1-1 international friendly against France on April 4 ... Scored goals against Finland (March 8) and the Netherlands (March 11), helping Canada reach the final of the 2013 Cyprus Cup ... 2012: Scored a careerhigh 23 goals in 22 games for Canada, helping lead her country to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics ... Recorded a hat trick against the United States on Aug. 6 in a thrilling 4-3 loss in an Olympic semifinal match at Old
Trafford in Manchester, England ... Finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals ... 2011: Scored once in three matches for Canada at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup ... Won a gold medal at the 16th Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, following the World Cup ... Scored an 87th-minute equalizer in the gold-medal match against Brazil on Oct. 27, which Canada went on to win 4-3 on penalties ... 2010: Became the first Canadian women’s soccer player to score 100 goals on Feb. 20, 2010, in a friendly against Poland ... Helped Canada win the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup with six goals in the competition, including the game-winning goal (a penalty kick) in the championship match against Mexico ... 2009: Recorded four goals in seven matches ... 2008: Helped Canada reach the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, scoring two goals including one against the United States in a 2-1 extra-time loss in the quarterfinals ... 2007: Scored 16 goals in 13 games for Canada, including three goals in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China … Her 16 goals scored was, at the time, a career-high and a national record for goals in a season ... 2006: Scored 13 goals and helped Canada reach the final of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup before losing to the United States ... 2005: Scored four goals in seven matches ... 2004: Scored six goals in nine matches during the year as Canada finished third in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament ... 2003: Made her 50th appearance for Canada on Sept. 4, becoming the seventh Canadian women’s player ever to reach the milestone ... Scored three goals during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Canada earned fourth place in the tournament ... Finished the year with 11 goals in 17 games … 2002: Represented Canada at the 2002 Algarve Cup and helped her country to a second-place finish at the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup as a 19-year-old ... Led Canada to a second-place finish in the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup ... Earned the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and the Golden Shoe as the top scorer with 10 goals ... 2001: Earned a spot on the team’s roster for the Algarve Cup prior to her 18th birthday, scoring four goals in four games during the tournament … Finished the year with six goals in 12 games … 2000: Set a then-national scoring record as a 17-year-old with 15 goals during the year … Recorded 10 goals in seven games during June of 2000, one off the Canadian record for most goals in a month … Earned her first cap at the age of 16 on March 12, 2000, against China
SINCLAIR in the Algarve Cup … Scored her first goal two days later against Norway … Finished the year with 15 goals in 18 games. COLLEGE Made an immediate impact on the University of Portland program upon her arrival in 2001, recording 23 goals and eight assists in her freshman season, which was enough to lead all NCAA Division I freshman in scoring ... Followed that up with a spectacular sophomore season in which she tallied an NCAA-leading 26 goals and helped lead the Pilots to the national championship ... In order to play for Canada during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Sinclair used a redshirt and returned in 2004 to score 22 goals and win the Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player ... As a senior in 2005, she set the all-time NCAA Division-I scoring record with 39 goals and helped lead the Pilots to
their second national championship ... In recognition of her accomplishments, she won a second consecutive Hermann Trophy ... Finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in points (252) and goals (110). PERSONAL Comes from a soccer family as her uncles Bruce and Brian Gant both played professionally for the Portland Timbers during the team’s NASL era … Also a basketball and baseball player growing up ... She is an avid Liverpool supporter and served as Canada’s flag bearer during the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies.
SULLIVAN POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 5-5 BORN: Dec. 28, 1991, in Memphis, Tenn. PREVIOUS CLUB: n/a COLLEGE: Mississippi State University @esullivan02
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A fourth-round pick (No. 31 overall) in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, Sullivan joins Thorns FC for her rookie season in 2014 as the first-ever college draftee out of Mississippi State University. COLLEGE Sullivan rewrote the record books at Mississippi State University, finishing her four-year career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (39) and points (92) – setting a Bulldogs’ single-season record with 16 goals as a senior. As a junior in 2012, the Memphis, Tenn., native became the first MSU women’s soccer player to earn all-conference honors since 2003. Sullivan earned All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors in her junior and senior seasons.
POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-9 BORN: April 10, 1987, in Whitefish, Mont. PREVIOUS CLUB: SGS Essen (Germany) COLLEGE: University of Missouri @katarr19
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A defender with experience abroad, Tarr joins Thorns FC for her first NWSL season in 2014, signing on April 9, 2014. CAREER 2012-13: Appeared in 11 league matches and one DFB Women’s Pokal match for SGS Essen in Germany’s Frauen Bundesliga ... Tallied her only goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against USV Jena on Oct. 3, 2012 ... 2011-12: Made 11 appearances in all competitions for SGS Essen, including three appearances in the Bundesliga Cup ... 2010-11: Appeared in a Bundesliga-career high 20 league matches for SGS Essen ... Registered three goals in her first season with the Frauen Bundesliga club ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over FC Köln on Oct. 24, 2010 in the DFB Women’s Pokal tournament ... 2010: Appeared in 10 matches during the second half of the season for Tennis Borussia Berlin ... 2009: Played in 14 games for the Buffalo Flash of the semi-pro USL W-League.
ing the most minutes of any field player, and anchored a defense that set school records in fewest goals allowed (19) and most shutouts in a season (12) ... Ranks seventh all-time in career games played (82) and ninth all-time in career games started (75) in the Missouri record books, and tallied five goals and two assists over her four years as a letter-winner.
COLLEGE All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2007 ... Chosen to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in 2008 for her role in the Tigers first league title in program history ... Started all 23 games for Missouri as a senior, accumulat-
VAN HOLLEBEKE POSITION: Defender HEIGHT: 5-5 BORN: Aug. 26, 1985, in La Jolla, Calif. PREVIOUS CLUB: Boston Breakers (WPS) COLLEGE: Stanford University @Rachel_BVH
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS A standout for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Van Hollebeke (formerly Buehler) joined Thorns FC for their inaugural season after being allocated to the team via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013, and returns for a second season in 2014. CAREER 2013: Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Named the Thorns FC Defender of the Year ... Started and played the full 90 minutes in 20 of the team’s 22 regular-season games, finishing the year with two assists ... Recorded an assist on July 21 in a 2-1 win at Boston ... Added a second assist on Aug. 4 in a 3-2 loss against FC Kansas City in Portland’s regular-season home finale ... Started both NWSL playoff games en route to winning the inaugural NWSL championship ... Missed matches on June 1 and June 16 due to U.S. Women’s National Team duty. ... 2012: Signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Beat before the WPS folded ... 2011: Signed with the Boston Breakers and played 895 minutes over 10 matches, starting them all ... Scored one goal, the third of her professional club career, and helped the Breakers to the WPS playoffs ... 2010: Played in and started 22 matches for FC Gold Pride, scoring one goal while captaining the club to the WPS title ... Named a starter in the WPS All-Star Game and to the WPS Best XI ... Committed just 13 fouls over 1,958 minutes ... 2009: Allocated to FC Gold Pride for the inaugural WPS season ... Started 17 matches, playing every minute of each game as she anchored the back line ... Registered one goal and one assist and committed just 10 fouls in more than 1,530 minutes. INTERNATIONAL 2013: Earned her 100th cap on March 6 against Iceland at the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... 2012: Played in 31 of the USA’s 32 matches, starting 26, and had one goal and four assists, doubling her career assist total to that point ... Her 2,433 minutes marked the first time she had played more than 2,000 minutes in a year for the USA ... Earned her 98th career cap in the final match of the year, putting her in position to be the 29th female player to play 100 times for the United States ... Started all six games at the 2012 Olympics, playing all but 38 minutes of the tournament in helping the USA to the gold medal, her second ... Played four matches at Olympic qualifying, starting three games, and scored her one goal of the year against the
Dominican Republic, giving her three for her career ... 2011: A full-time starter for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011, she played in 19 of the USA’s 20 matches, starting 18 ... The only match she missed came when she was suspended for the Women’s World Cup semifinal after getting a controversial red card in the quarterfinal win against Brazil ... Started all five games she played in the Women’s World Cup in Germany and scored her first-ever World Cup goal in the 2-0 victory over Korea DPR to clinch the USA’s opening match of the tournament ... It was just her second career goal ... Was second on the team in minutes played with 1,608 ... 2010: Had a breakthrough year, becoming a starter and named co-captain ... Started 17 matches and led the team in minutes played with 1,474, playing in the central defense and at outside back ... Played four matches in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament and scored her first career goal against Haiti in a 5-0 win ... Played all 180 minutes in the two-leg Women’s World Cup playoff against Italy ... 2009: Played in all eight matches, making five starts, including a win against Germany in Germany at the end of October ... Also started the final two matches at the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Solidified her role as an impact player on the USA’s back line as she passed 30 career caps ... 2008: Made her first WNT roster and debuted for the full team in March of 2008 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting and playing the entire game against China ... Earned the first 23 caps of her career in 2008, playing well enough to earn a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team ... Played in two matches at the Olympics, starting one, in which she played all 90 minutes against New Zealand in group play ... Started eight total matches during the year and picked up one assist ... 2007: Attended training camps throughout the winter and spring with the Women’s National Team and participated in the Residency Training Camp ... 2006: Got her first call-up to training camp in July 2006 ... Played extensively with the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team (earning 17 U-21 caps), playing in the Nordic Cup in Sweden (2005), Norway (2006) and Finland (2007), while winning the title in 2005 and 2007 ... Was a starter for the USA in two FIFA youth world championships ... Played on the U.S. team that took third place in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand and on the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada, but suffered a torn ACL at the beginning of the championship game in Edmonton ... She had started five of six games in the tournament to that point,
VAN HOLLEBEKE scoring a goal off a penalty kick against England ... Started all five games at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Canada in 2004, playing every minute while scoring two goals with one assist ... Finished her U-19 international career with 30 U-19 caps ... In 2003, she did not play with the U-19s as she was recovering from another ACL injury, this one to her other knee, which came on the first day after returning to the field after rehabbing her first torn ACL ... Played with the U-17 and U-16 National Teams. COLLEGE Finished a decorated career at Stanford in the fall of 2007 and was named by the NCAA Honors Committee as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award ... A three-year captain for the Cardinal, she was an All-Pac-10 Conference first-team selection ... She was an NSCAA First-Team All-American Scholar Athlete and was chosen as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year ... As a red-shirt senior, she started all 23 of Stanford’s games during one of the school’s most successful years ever ... As a redshirt junior in 2006, she was an All-Pac-10 first team selection and named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, one of two players in the conference to be named to both first teams ... She was also an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first team selection ... Started all 23 games for the Cardinal, one of four Stanford players to start every game ... Led the defense to 15 shutouts and a
0.55 goals-against average ... As a redshirt sophomore in 2005, she started all 20 games for the Cardinal and earned Second Team All-Pac-10 accolades ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team ... Tallied two goals on the year, both game-winners during the Stanford Nike Invitational ... Her first collegiate goal came against Santa Clara ... Followed up with her second goal two days later against Colorado College ... As a sophomore in 2004, she redshirted the season, spending the fall with the U.S. Under-19 National Team … As a freshman in 2003, she played in 15 games and made eight starts. PERSONAL Full name is Rachel Marie Buehler Van Hollebeke ... Married Bobby Van Hollebeke in San Diego in 2012 ... Father, Donald, a heart surgeon, was a member of Stanford’s water polo and wrestling teams ... She is one of 27 Buehlers to have attended Stanford ... Enjoys going to the beach, rocking out to oldies, trying new restaurants, reading novels, and hanging out with her family, friends and husband Bobby ... Loves to hike and be in nature, and to explore the many places to which the U.S. WNT travels ... Loves to go to farmers markets on the weekends … Has a vast collection of fun socks … Considers ladybugs her lucky charm.
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE & RESULTS DATE April 13 April 21 April 27 May 4 May 12 May 16 May 19 May 25 June 1 June 6 June 16 June 22 June 30 July 6 July 14 July 21 July 28 July 31 Aug. 4 Aug. 7 Aug. 10 Aug. 17
OPPONENT at FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC at Chicago Red Stars at Washington Spirit at Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit at Seattle Reign FC Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC at Sky Blue FC at FC Kansas City Boston Breakers Western New York at Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC FC Kansas City at Boston Breakers at Western New York at Seattle Reign FC
RESULT 1-1 D 2-1 W 2-0 W 2-1 W 2-0 W 0-1 L 2-0 W 1-0 W 0-2 L 4-3 W 2-0 W 0-0 D 0-2 L 0-2 L 1-1 D 2-1 W 3-3 D 3-1 W 2-3 L 1-2 L 0-0 D 2-1 W
RECORD GOALSCORER (GOALKEEPER) 0-0-1 (1pts) Sinclair (PK) 67 (LeBlanc) 1-0-1 (4pts) Dougherty 45; Morgan 52 (LeBlanc) 2-0-1 (7pts) Foxhoven 70; Sinclair 81 (LeBlanc) 3-0-1 (10pts) Morgan (PK) 12; Washington 51 (LeBlanc) 4-0-1 (13pts) Morgan 3; Long 35 (LeBlanc) 4-1-1 (13pts) (LeBlanc) 5-1-1 (16pts) Sinclair 41; Morgan 86 (LeBlanc) 6-1-1 (19pts) Sinclair (PK) 84 (LeBlanc) 6-2-1 (19pts) (Lewis) 7-2-1 (22pts) Morgan 13; Wetzel 20; Foxhoven 48; Long 66 (LeBlanc) 8-2-1 (25pts) Foxhoven 48; Shim 66 (LeBlanc) 8-2-2 (26pts) (LeBlanc) 8-3-2 (26pts) (LeBlanc) 8-4-2 (26pts) (LeBlanc) 8-4-3 (27pts) Shim 38 (LeBlanc) 9-4-3 (30pts) Morgan 24; Shim 86 (LeBlanc) 9-4-4 (31pts) Sinclair 23, 63; Shim 55 (LeBlanc) 10-4-4 (34pts) Morgan 36; Shim 65; Long 73 (LeBlanc) 10-5-4 (34pts) Foxhoven 51; Morgan 89 (LeBlanc) 10-6-4 (34pts) Weimer 52 (LeBlanc) 10-6-5 (35pts) (LeBlanc) 11-6-5 (38pts) Sinclair 8, 83 (LeBlanc)
REGULAR-SEASON RECORD: 11-6-5, 38 pts (Home: 5-4-2; Away: 6-2-3)
POSTSEASON SCHEDULE & RESULTS DATE Aug. 24 Aug. 31
OPPONENT at FC Kansas City at Western New York
RESULT ROUND 3-2 W (AET) Semifinals 2-0 W Championship
GOALSCORER (GOALKEEPER) Heath 33; Weimer 65; Long 103 (LeBlanc) Heath 40; Sinclair 90+2 (LeBlanc)
POSTSEASON RECORD: 2-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0; Away: 2-0-0) RECORD IN ALL COMPETITIONS: 13-6-5 (Home: 5-4-2; Away: 8-2-3)
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW REGULAR-SEASON STATISTICS NO 13 12 6 10 9 21 2 20 19 17 16 7 8 5 14 15 4 3 24
POS F F M M F M D M F M D D M D M D D/M D/M M D F
PLAYER GP Alex Morgan 18 Christine Sinclair 20 Meleana Shim 19 Allie Long 22 Danielle Foxhoven 21 Nikki Washington 11 Marian Dougherty 19 Courtney Wetzel 16 Tiffany Weimer 10 Tobin Heath 7 Rachel Buehler 20 Nikki Marshall 22 Angie Kerr 15 Kathryn Williamson 22 Becky Edwards 10 Jazmyne Avant* 4 Casey Ramirez 4 Emilee Oâ€™Neil 4 Elizabeth Guess 4 Tina Ellertson 3 Jessica Shufelt* 4 Own goals received Thorns FC Opponents
GS 18 20 17 22 7 10 19 6 5 7 20 22 9 22 10 2 1 1 1 0 0
MIN 1525 1783 1416 1956 997 776 1666 602 522 630 1800 1871 762 1944 900 212 159 141 67 40 31
G 8 8 5 3 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A 5 2 2 3 0 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 22 1980 22 22 1980
POS GOALKEEPER GP GK Karina LeBlanc 21 GK Cris Lewis^ 1 Own goals committed Thorns FC Opponents
GS 21 1
MIN SH 1890 114 90 2
P 21 18 12 9 8 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SH SOG CK OFF 82 44 0 22 53 26 1 10 25 13 2 1 23 9 3 4 23 10 7 7 6 4 17 3 11 3 0 1 2 1 2 0 20 10 2 2 17 11 30 0 1 1 1 0 7 3 0 1 12 5 24 2 0 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
88 290 146 92 67 280 124 83 SV 92 0
1980 116 92 1980 139 105
GA GAA SHO 23 1.10 7 2 2.00 0 1 25 1.14 32 1.45
FC 21 14 17 29 12 12 6 2 4 13 14 15 7 7 18 5 2 1 3 1 0
FS 25 8 11 18 15 15 7 2 3 11 8 17 2 9 17 1 0 0 0 1 1
C 4 2 1 2 1 3 2 0 0 4 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 203 192 34 192 203
PG 2 0
PA 4 0
W 11 0
L 5 1
T 5 0
* = No longer on team. Only Thorns FC statistics listed here. ^ = Indicates amateur player status SCORING BREAKDOWN BY MIN. - HOME (11 games) MIN. 0-15 16-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76-90 TOTAL POR 1 2 4 5 5 2 19 Opp. 1 2 4 3 4 3 17
SCORING BREAKDOWN BY MIN. - ROAD (11 games) MIN. 0-15 16-30 31-45 46-60 61-75 76-90 TOTAL POR 3 1 1 2 2 4 13 Opp. 4 0 0 0 2 2 8
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW POSTSEASON STATISTICS NO 17 19 10 12 7 8 13 2 6 16 5 9 20 24
POS M F M F D M F D M D D F D/M D
PLAYER GP GS Tobin Heath 2 2 Tiffany Weimer 1 0 Allie Long 2 2 Christine Sinclair 2 2 Nikki Marshall 2 2 Angie Kerr 2 2 Alex Morgan 1 0 Marian Dougherty 2 2 Meleana Shim 2 2 Rachel Buehler 2 2 Kathryn Williamson 2 2 Danielle Foxhoven 2 2 Courtney Wetzel 2 0 Tina Ellertson 2 0 Own goals received
MIN 137 64 210 210 210 185 19 210 210 210 177 127 56 41
G 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thorns FC Opponents
POS GOALKEEPER GP GK Karina LeBlanc 2 Own goals committed Thorns FC Opponents
SH SOG CK OFF 5 4 5 0 4 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 8 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FC 3 0 8 0 2 0 0 2 1 4 3 2 0 0
FS 3 0 5 3 4 0 1 2 0 3 2 1 0 0
C 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
GA GAA SHO 2 0.86 1 0
2 0.86 5 2.14
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW TEAM STATISTICS STATISTICS BY HALF GOALS SCORED 1st Half Thorns FC 12 Opponents 11
2nd Half 20 14
Total 32 25
CORNER KICKS Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 47 48
2nd Half 45 35
Total 92 83
SHOTS Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 131 126
2nd Half 159 154
Total 290 280
OFFSIDES Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 28 14
2nd Half 28 20
Total 56 34
SHOTS ON GOAL Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 58 57
2nd Half 88 67
Total 146 124
YELLOW CARDS Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 9 8
2nd Half 20 10
Total 29 18
FOULS COMMITTED1st Half Thorns FC 99 Opponents 101
2nd Half 104 91
Total 203 192
RED CARDS Thorns FC Opponents
1st Half 0 0
2nd Half 0 0
Total 0 0
INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-GAME HIGHS Goals: ................. 2, 2x (last: Sinclair, Aug. 17 at SEA (8’, 83’) Assists: ...............2, 2x (last: Heath, July 28 vs. CHI (23’, 63’) Points:...............4, 2x (last: Sinclair, Aug. 17 at SEA (2 goals) Shots:...................................... 10, Morgan, July 31 vs. SBFC Shots on Goal:........................... 6, Morgan, July 31 vs. SBFC Corners: ........................................ 11, Heath, July 21 at BOS Offsides:.......................4, 2x (last: Morgan, May 16 at SBFC) Fouls Committed:............................ 5, Long, April 21 vs. SEA Fouls Suffered:.............................4, Heath, July 31 vs. SBFC Cautions:...........1, 29x (last: Marshall/Shim, Aug. 17 at SEA) Ejections: ......................................................................... n/a GOALKEEPERS Shots Faced: .............................10, LeBlanc, Aug. 10 at WNY Saves: .......................................10, LeBlanc, Aug. 10 at WNY Goals Allowed: .............. 3, 2x (last: LeBlanc, July 28 vs. CHI)
MISC. STATISTICS Quickest Goal:............................ 3’, Morgan, May 12 at WSH Quickest Goal Against:....................3’, Cuellar, April 13 at KC Game-Winning Goals after 75’:......86’, Shim, July 21 at BOS Game-Tying Goals after 75’:..........................................None Braces:..................................2, Sinclair, July 28 vs. CHI (23’, 63’); Aug. 17 at SEA (8’, 83’) Own Goals Received:.....................................................None Own Goals Committed:........Marshall, July 31 vs. SBFC (17’) Ejections:.......................................................................None Opp. Ejections:...............................................................None
SEASON’S LONGEST STREAKS Games with Goal:....................................4, Shim, July 14-31 Games with Assist: ...........2, 2x (last: Heath, July 28-Aug. 4) Games with Point:.......... 4, 3x (last: Morgan, July 21-Aug. 4) Games with a Shot:....... 8, 3x (last: Sinclair, June 30-Aug. 7) Games with Shot on Goal:.......... 8, Morgan, April 13-May 25 Games with a Corner Kick: ........... 7, Heath, July 14-Aug. 10 Games with Offside:................... 7, Morgan, April 21-May 25 Games with Foul Committed:..........6, Morgan, July 6-Aug. 4 Games with Foul Suffered: ........ 8, Morgan, April 13-May 25 Games with Caution:..............................4, Heath, July 14-31 Games with Ejection: ....................................................... n/a Consecutive Starts:............................. 22, Three players tied Consecutive Minutes: ..........1871, Kathryn Williamson, April 13-Aug. 10 GOALKEEPERS Scoreless Streak (minutes):.. 225, LeBlanc, May 16-25; June 6 Consecutive Shutouts: .........2, 2x (last: LeBlanc, June 16-22 Consecutive Starts:...................13, LeBlanc, June 6-Aug. 17 Consecutive Minutes in Goal: 1170, LeBlanc, June 6-Aug. 17
THORNS FC PENALTY KICK SUMMARY DATE MIN OPP PLAYER GOALKEEPER April 13 67’ @KC Sinclair Barnhart May 4 12’ @WSH Morgan Harris May 25 84’ @SEA Sinclair Solo
RESULT Goal Goal Goal
OPPONENT PENALTY KICK SUMMARY DATE MIN OPP PLAYER GOALKEEPER May 4 86’ WSH Matheson LeBlanc June 6 34’ KC Holiday LeBlanc June 16 84’ SEA Nairn LeBlanc July 14 84’ WNY Wambach LeBlanc
RESULT Goal Goal Save Save
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW TEAM STATISTICS & HONORS CATEGORICAL RECORDS Overall: Day Games: Night Games: On Grass: On Turf: Scoring First: Opponent Scoring First: One-Goal Games: Leading at Half: Trailing at Half: Tied at Half: Leading at 75’: Trailing at 75’: Tied at 75’: Outshooting Opponent: Outshot by Opponent: Shots Even: When Scoring 0 Goals: When Scoring 1 Goal: When Scoring 2 Goals: When Scoring 3 Goals: When Scoring 4+ Goals: When Allowing 0 Goals: When Allowing 1 Goal: When Allowing 2 Goals: When Allowing 3 Goals: When Allowing 4+ Goals: Pacific Time Zone: Central Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone: Red-Black-Black Unis: White-Black-White Unis: On FOX Soccer: Wednesday: Thursday: Saturday: Sunday: April: May: June: July: August:
2013 SEASON HONORS HOME 5-4-2 3-1-1 2-3-1 0-0-0 5-4-2 4-0-1 1-4-1 2-2-0 3-0-1 0-3-0 2-1-1 5-0-1 0-3-0 0-1-1 3-2-2 2-2-0 0-0-0 0-3-0 0-0-1 3-1-0 1-0-1 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-1-1 0-2-0 1-1-1 0-0-0 5-4-2 0-0-0 0-0-0 5-4-2 0-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-2-0 3-1-2 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-2 0-1-0
ROAD 6-2-3 0-1-0 6-1-3 1-0-1 5-2-2 4-1-0 2-1-1 4-1-0 2-0-0 0-1-1 4-1-2 3-0-0 0-1-0 3-1-3 3-0-0 2-2-3 1-0-0 0-1-2 1-1-1 5-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3-0-2 3-0-1 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 2-0-0 2-1-1 2-1-2 1-0-1 5-2-2 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 4-0-3 2-1-0 1-0-1 3-0-0 0-1-1 1-0-0 1-1-1
OVERALL 11-6-5 3-2-1 8-4-4 1-0-1 10-6-4 8-1-1 3-5-2 6-3-0 5-0-1 0-4-1 6-2-3 8-0-1 0-4-0 3-2-4 6-2-2 4-4-3 1-0-0 0-4-2 1-1-2 8-1-0 1-0-1 1-0-0 5-0-2 5-1-2 0-4-0 1-1-1 0-0-0 7-4-2 2-1-1 2-1-2 6-4-3 5-2-2 0-1-1 1-1-0 1-1-0 4-2-3 5-2-2 2-0-1 4-1-0 2-2-1 2-1-2 1-2-1
NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NAME WEEK GK Karina LeBlanc Week 11 GK Karina LeBlanc Week 14
REASON 7 Saves, Shutout 5 Saves, PK Save
NWSL PLAYER OF THE MONTH NAME MONTH REASON FWD Christine Sinclair April 2013 2 goals, 1 assist NWSL BEST XI SECOND TEAM DEF Rachel Buehler FWD Alex Morgan FWD Christine Sinclair NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MVP MID Tobin Heath 2013 FIFA BALLON D’OR FWD Alex Morgan (10-player shortlist) FWD Christine Sinclair (10-player shortlist) 2013 FIFA WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR Cindy Parlow Cone (10-coach shortlist) 2013 CONCACAF FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FWD Alex Morgan 2013 BMO CANADIAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR FWD Christine Sinclair
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 1 at FC Kansas City 1 April 13, 2013 - Verizon Wireless Field (Overland Park, Kan.) Att. 6,784 Christine Sinclair scored the first goal in the club’s NWSL franchise history with a penalty kick in the 67th minute of a season-opening draw against FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. Sinclair tallied the game-tying goal as Thorns FC overcame an early deficit in the first-ever NWSL match. Forward Renae Cuellar tallied the opening goal for FC Kansas City just three minutes into the match. Scoring Summary: KC: Cuellar (Robinson), 3 POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 67
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall (O’Neil, 62), M Washington (Wetzel, 90), M Kerr (Foxhoven, 64), M Edwards, M Long, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan KC: GK Barnhart, D Sauerbrunn, D Robinson, D Sesselmann, D Buczkowski, M Loyd (Jones, 72), M Mathias (Kelly, 77), M Scott, M Mewis (Tymrak, 81), M Holiday, F Cuellar
Portland Thorns FC 2 vs. Seattle Reign FC 1 April 21, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 16,479 Playing in front of a record-setting crowd of 16,479, Thorns FC earned a win against Pacific Northwest neighbors Seattle Reign FC in the team’s inaugural home opener. Defender Marian Dougherty tallied the first-ever Thorns FC goal at Providence Park with a glancing header just before the stroke of halftime. Forward Alex Morgan netted her first goal of the season just seven minutes into the second half. Scoring Summary: POR: Dougherty (Washington), 45 POR: Morgan (Sinclair), 52 SEA: Fishlock (unassisted), 74
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Washington, M Kerr (Foxhoven, 76), M Edwards, M Long (Wetzel, 80), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan SEA: GK Betos, D Zurrer, D Barnes (Ruiz, 84), D Deines, D Reed, M Kyle, M Noyola (Dallstream, 54), M Fishlock, M Winters, M Nairn, F Bogus (Larsen, 66)
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 2 at Chicago Red Stars 0 April 27, 2013 - Benedictine Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) Att. 2,855 Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made three saves and forward Danielle Foxhoven netted the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute as Thorns FC earned its first shutout of the season. Forward Christine Sinclair added her second goal of the year, linking up with Alex Morgan in the 81st minute. Scoring Summary: POR: Foxhoven (unassisted), 70 POR: Sinclair (Morgan), 81
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall, M Edwards, M Long (Wetzel, 89), M Kerr (Foxhoven, 46), F Washington, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan (Guess, 90) CHI: GK McLeod, D Hemmings, D Moscato, D Quon, D Vandenbergh, M Bywaters (Sitch, 68), M Boxx (Dominguez, 78), M Chalupny, M Osborne, M Mautz (McDonald, 71), F Masar
Portland Thorns FC 2 at Washington Spirit 1 May 4, 2013 - Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, Md.) Att. 5,011 Forward Alex Morgan provided the opening goal with an early penalty kick and midfielder Nikki Washington doubled the lead after halftime with a low, curling drive inside the far right post for a 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit. Finishing even on shots, 11-11, goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made six saves as Portland earned its third straight win. Scoring Summary: POR: Morgan (penalty kick), 12 POR: Washington (unassisted), 51 WSH: Matheson (penalty kick), 86
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall (Avant, 64), M Edwards, M Long (Wetzel, 83), M Shim (Foxhoven, 90+3), M Washington, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan WSH: GK Harris, D Hodak (Spencer, 75), D Gayle, D Huster, D Krieger, M Lindsey (capt.), M Matheson, M Wells (McCarty, 46), M Roberts, F Miller, F Ochs
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 2 at Chicago Red Stars 0 May 12, 2013 - Benedictine Sports Complex (Lisle, Ill.) Att. 1,329 Facing off against the Chicago Red Stars for the second time in three games, Thorns FC scored twice in the opening 35 minutes for a second consecutive shutout against the Windy City club. Forward Alex Morgan recorded a point in her third straight game, staking Portland to an early lead in the third minute. Midfielder Allie Long registered her first goal of the season with a low strike in the 35th minute helping guide Thorns FC to a fourth consecutive victory. Scoring Summary: POR: Morgan (Marshall), 3 POR: Long (Washington), 35
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall, M Edwards, M Long, M Shim (Wetzel, 84), M Washington (Foxhoven, 56), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan (Shufelt, 89) CHI: GK McLeod, D Vandenbergh, D Hemmings, D Moscato, D Quon, M Sitch (Santacaterina, 46), M Fowlkes, M Osborne (McDonald, 72), M Bywaters, M Chalupny, F Masar (Mautz, 29)
Portland Thorns FC 0 vs. Sky Blue FC 1 May 16, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 11,055 Playing at home for just the second time in their first six games, Thorns FC faced a tough test against Sky Blue FC, falling 1-0 on a late game-winning goal. Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made five saves, but substitute midfielder Taylor Lytle unleashed a long distance strike to the upper left corner with 10 minutes remaining in regulation as Thorns FC suffered their first-ever loss. Scoring Summary: SBFC: Lytle (Goodson), 80
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall, M Edwards, M Long, M Shim (Foxhoven, 63), M Washington (Kerr, 84), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan SBFC: GK Cameron, D Rampone (capt.), D Foord, D Goodson, D Johnson (Lytle, 78), M Makoski, M Schmidt, M Freels, F Adams (Thompson, 90), F Oâ€™Hara, F De Vanna
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 2 vs. Washington Spirit 0 May 19, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 12,474 Forwards Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan tallied goals in each half as Thorns FC earned their first home shutout of the 2013 season. Taking a long pass from midfielder Allie Long, Sinclair settled the ball near the top of the box and deftly guided a shot inside the far left post for a 1-0 lead just minutes before halftime. Late in the second half, substitute midfielder Courtney Wetzel tallied her first career NWSL assist with a long pass through the middle of the field that freed Morgan for a one-on-one with Washington goalkeeper Chantel Jones. Scoring Summary: POR: Sinclair (Long), 41 POR: Morgan (Wetzel), 86 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall, M Edwards, M Long (Shufelt, 90), M Shim (Kerr, 79), M Washington (Wetzel, 71), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan WSH: GK Jones, D Hodak, D Huster, D Gayle, D Krieger, M Roberts, M Lindsey (capt.), M Matheson, M Wells (Spencer, 71), F McCarty (Miller, 65), F Ochs
Portland Thorns FC 1 at Seattle Reign FC 0 May 25, 2013 - Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.) Att. 3,324 Forward Christine Sinclair converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute as Thorns FC earned their sixth victory in eight games with a 1-0 road win against Seattle Reign FC before 3,324 fans at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The shutout, Portlandâ€™s fourth of the season and second straight clean sheet, kept Thorns FC level on points with Sky Blue FC at the top of the National Womenâ€™s Soccer League standings with 19 points. Scoring Summary: POR: Sinclair (penalty kick), 84
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Buehler, D Williamson, D Marshall, M Edwards, M Long, M Shim (F Foxhoven, 67), M Kerr ( Wetzel, 76), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan SEA: GK Solo, D Barnes, D Meier, D Kyle, D Dallstream, M Fishlock, M Winters, M Nairn, F Bogus (Larsen, 86), F Cameron, F Noyola
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 0 vs. Chicago Red Stars 2 June 1, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 12,446 Playing without any of its allocated players for the first time in 2013, Thorns FC conceded a goal in each half in a 2-0 loss against the Chicago Red Stars at Providence Park. Despite a pair of close chances in the first 30 minutes that saw Red Stars goalkeeper Taylor Vancil stop shots from Thorns FC midfielder Angie Kerr and forward Meleana Shim, Chicago gained the lead off a set piece in the 35th minute. Amateur goalkeeper Cris Lewis made her first career NWSL start for Portland. Scoring Summary: CHI: Bywaters (Wenino), 35 CHI: Santacaterina (Vandenbergh), 61
Lineups: POR: GK Lewis^, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Marshall, D Avant, M Kerr (Shufelt, 64), M Edwards (capt.), M Wetzel, M Long, F Shim (Washington, 64), F Foxhoven (Guess, 79) CHI: GK Vancil, D Hemmings, D Fuss, D Wenino, D Vandenbergh, M Santacaterina, M Sitch, M Masar (McDonald, 83), M Bywaters (Mautz, 67), F Chalupny (capt.), F Grings
Portland Thorns FC 4 vs. FC Kansas City 3 June 6, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 10,886 In a back-and-forth affair, forward Alex Morgan registered a goal and two assists, becoming the first Thorns FC player for record four points in a match as Portland earned an exciting 4-3 win over FC Kansas City at Providence Park. Midfielder Courtney Wetzel scored her first career NWSL goal in the 20th minute. Scoring Summary: POR: Morgan (unassisted), 13 POR: Wetzel (Dougherty), 20 KC: Holiday (penalty kick), 34 POR: Foxhoven (Morgan), 48 KC: Holiday (Robinson), 56 POR: Long (Morgan), 66 KC: Tymrak (Holiday), 81 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Wetzel, M Shim (Foxhoven, 46), M Edwards, M Long (Avant, 84), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan KC: GK Barnhart, D Robinson, D Buczkowski, D Sauerbrunn, D Mathias, M Farrelly, M Holiday, M Mewis, M Scott, F Tymrak, F Cuellar (Jones, 37)
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 2 vs. Seattle Reign FC 0 June 16, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 13,802 Forward Danielle Foxhoven and midfielder Meleana Shim each scored goals to help guide Thorns FC to a 2-0 win over Seattle Reign FC. Foxhoven netted her second goal in as many games with a curling strike in the 48th minute and Shim recorded her first professional goal and assist in the win. Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made four saves, including a diving stop on an 84th-minute penalty kick from Seattle midfielder Christine Nairn to preserve the shutout. LeBlanc notched her fifth clean sheet as Portland reached the midway point of season tied with Sky Blue FC atop the league standings. Scoring Summary: POR: Foxhoven (Shim), 48 POR: Shim (Kerr), 66 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc (capt.), D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Marshall, D Avant, M Washington (O’Neil, 60), M Wetzel, M Long, M Guess (Foxhoven, 46), M Kerr (Shufelt, 86), F Shim SEA: GK Betos, D Barnes, D Deines (Ruiz, 73), D Reed, D Dallstream, M Noyola, M Nairn, M Meier, M Winters (capt.), F Taylor (Cameron, 77), F Larsen (Bogus, 56)
Portland Thorns FC 0 at Sky Blue FC 0 June 22, 2013 - Yurcak Field (Piscataway, N.J.) Att. 3,002 Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made seven saves, including two in second-half stoppage time, to help Portland record a scoreless draw against Sky Blue FC and improve its road record to an undefeated 4-0-2 mark. With the draw, Portland registered its second consecutive shutout, marking the second time that Thorns FC have earned back-to-back clean sheets in 2013. Thorns FC ran their unbeaten to three straight games with the draw. Scoring Summary: None
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D O’Neil (Ramirez, 65), D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall; M Kerr, M Wetzel (Shim, 63); F Weimer, F Sinclair (capt.) (Foxhoven, 73), F Morgan SBFC: GK Cameron, D Goodson, D Johnson, D Rampone (capt.), D Foord, M Makoski, M Lytle, M Freels, M O’Hara, F De Vanna, F Adams (Schmidt, 77)
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 0 at FC Kansas City 2 June 30, 2013 - Verizon Wireless Field (Overland Park, Kan.) Att. 4,774 FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday scored on a deflected long-distance shot and Thorns FC suffered their first road loss of the 2013 season at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. FC Kansas City doubled its lead in the 71st minute when a pass was deflected into the penalty box by Thorns FC midfielder Angie Kerr. The ball looped over the Portland defense and Merritt Mathias was able to flick it into the goal past goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who was rushing off her line to stop the threat. Scoring Summary: KC: Holiday (Robinson), 10 KC: Mathias (Robinson), 71
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Washington (Kerr, 62), M Weimer (Foxhoven, 46), M Wetzel (Shim, 72), M Long, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan KC: GK Barnhart, D Mewis, D Sesselmann, D Sauerbrunn, D Robinson, M Tymrak, M Buczkowski, M Scott, M Holiday, F Jones (Mathias, 46), F Henderson (Cuellar, 83)
Portland Thorns FC 0 vs. Boston Breakers 2 July 6, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 12,436 Despite outshooting Boston 20-16, Thorns FC conceded a brace to forward Sydney Leroux in a 2-0 loss against the Boston Breakers at Providence Park. Leroux scored twice in the opening 38 minutes, with both goals assisted by U.S. Women’s National Team teammate Heather O’Reilly. Forward Alex Morgan registered a season-high eight shots, putting a header just wide of the right post in the 14th minute as Portland remained in second place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings. Scoring Summary: BOS: Leroux (O’Reilly), 11 BOS: Leroux (O’Reilly), 38
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Wetzel, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall (Foxhoven, 67), M Washington (Kerr, 56), M Weimer, M Shim, M Long, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan BOS: GK Naeher, D King, D McNeill, D Whitehill, D Avant, M Wilkinson (Evans, 69), M Nogueira (Dragotta, 87), M O’Reilly, M Lohman, F Sanderson (Schoepfer, 89), F Leroux
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 1 vs. Western New York 1 July 14, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 13,021 Midfielder Meleana Shim scored her second goal of the season and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made five saves, including an 84th-minute stop on a penalty kick, as Thorns FC earned a 1-1 draw against the Western New York Flash at Providence Park. The match marked the Thorns FC debut of U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team midfielder Tobin Heath, who spent the first half of the season playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain. Scoring Summary: WNY: Wambach (Kerr), 37 POR: Shim (Sinclair), 38
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Weimer (Foxhoven, 68), M Long, M Shim (Kerr, 87), M Heath, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan WNY: GK Franch, D Sahlen, D Taylor, D Reynolds, D Johnson, M Salem, M Zerboni (capt.), M Huffman (Wells, 85), M Perez, F Kerr (Robinson, 83), F Wambach
Portland Thorns FC 2 at Boston Breakers 1 July 21, 2013 - Dilboy Stadium (Somerville, Mass.) Att. 2,978 Midfielder Meleana Shim scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute and forward Alex Morgan added a goal and an assist for Thorns FC in a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the Boston Breakers in front of a sellout crowd 2,978 at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. Shim, who has scored a goal in consecutive matches, provided the game-winning goal with a low, hard drive from the right side of the penalty box in the 86th minute. Scoring Summary: BOS: Sanderson (Simon), 13 POR: Morgan (Buehler), 24 POR: Shim (Morgan), 86
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Heath, M Long, M Shim, F Foxhoven (Weimer, 70), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan BOS: GK Phillips, D King, D McNeill, D Whitehill (capt.), D Avant, M Nogueira (Schoepfer, 77), M Lohman, M Sanderson, M Oâ€™Reilly, F Simon, F Leroux
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 3 vs. Chicago Red Stars 3 July 28, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 12,534 Forward Christine Sinclair recorded a brace and midfielder Meleana Shim tallied a goal in her third straight game, but Thorns FC conceded two goals in the final 15 minutes of a 3-3 draw against the Chicago Red Stars at Providence Park. Midfielder Tobin Heath tallied her first two assists of the season for Portland. Scoring Summary: POR: Sinclair (Heath), 23 POR: Shim (Morgan), 55 CHI: Mautz (unassisted), 60 POR: Sinclair (Heath), 63 CHI: Mautz (Quon), 75 CHI: Sitch (unassisted), 86 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall (Oâ€™Neil, 72), M Heath, M Long, M Shim, F Foxhoven (Kerr, 88), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan (Weimer, 74) CHI: GK McLeod, D Quon, D Santacaterina, D Fuss, D Vandenbergh (Dominguez, 85), M Osborne, M Leon, M Chalupny (capt.) (Mautz, 17), M Sitch, F Hoy, F Masar (Grings, 59)
Portland Thorns FC 3 vs. Sky Blue FC 1 July 31, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 13,769 Midfielder Meleana Shim netted her fourth goal in as many games and midfielder Tobin Heath logged her third assist in the last two games as Thorns FC earned a 3-1 win over visiting Sky Blue FC at Providence Park. Thorns FC attempted a season-high with 25 shots, including 13 on goal, as forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Allie Long added goals in the match. Scoring Summary: SBFC: Own Goal (Marshall), 17 POR: Morgan (Shim), 36 POR: Shim (unassisted), 65 POR: Long (Heath), 73
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty (Ramirez, 84), D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Heath, M Long, M Shim (Wetzel, 77), F Foxhoven, F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan SBFC: GK Loyden, D Adams (Lisonbee-Cutshall, 38), D Goodson, D Rampone (capt.), D Johnson, M Rangel (De Vanna, 56), M Bock, M Schmidt, M Lytle, F Freels, F Ocampo (Thompson, 82)
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 2 vs. FC Kansas City 3 Aug. 4, 2013 - Providence Park (Portland, Ore.) Att. 17,619 Forwards Danielle Foxhoven and Alex Morgan tallied goals in the second half, but a late comeback attempt fell short as Thorns FC suffered a 3-2 loss against FC Kansas City in the regular-season home finale at Providence Park. The attendance mark of 17,619 was the largest in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, topping Portland’s previous mark of 16,479 set against Seattle Reign FC on April 21 at Providence Park. Scoring Summary: KC: Holiday (Mathias), 23 KC: Holiday (Tymrak), 55 KC: Mewis (unassisted), 73 POR: Foxhoven (Buehler), 51 POR: Morgan (Long), 89 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall (Weimer, 75), M Heath, M Long, M Shim, F Foxhoven (Guess, 80), F Sinclair (capt.), F Morgan KC: GK Barnhart, D Sesselmann, D Sauerbrunn (capt.), D Robinson, D Mewis, M Mathias (Jones, 84), M Buczkowski, M Scott, M Tymrak (Farrelly, 80), F Holiday, F Henderson (Noyola, 55)
Portland Thorns FC 1 at Boston Breakers 2 Aug. 7, 2013 - Dilboy Stadium (Somerville, Mass.) Att. 3,012 Thorns FC conceded the game-winning goal to midfielder Heather O’Reilly in the 84th minute of a 2-1 loss against the Boston Breakers at Dilboy Stadium, but still clinched a berth in the NWSL Playoffs. Forward Tiffany Weimer opened the scoring for Portland with a goal in the 52nd minute, but Boston tallied twice in the final 22 minutes. Forward Alex Morgan sustained a sprained left MCL early in the match and would sit out the final two regular season games. Scoring Summary: POR: Weimer (unassisted), 52 BOS: Sanderson (Leroux), 68 BOS: O’Reilly (Whitehill), 84
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Ramirez, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Foxhoven, M Long, M Shim (Ellertson, 86), M Heath, F Morgan (Weimer, 13), F Sinclair (capt.) BOS: GK Naeher, D Avant, D McNeill, D Whitehill (capt.), D King, M Wilkinson (Evans, 66), M Lohman (Schoepfer, 81), M O’Reilly, M Sanderson, F Leroux, F Simon (Moscato, 87)
2013 SEASON MATCH RECAPS Portland Thorns FC 0 at Western New York 0 Aug. 10, 2013 - Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) Att. 7,606 Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made a season-high 10 saves, including five in each half, as Thorns FC battled to a scoreless draw with the Western New York Flash before 7,606 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. LeBlanc registered her seventh shutout of the season, coming up with a late save on a long-distance free kick by Flash defender Brittany Taylor in second-half stoppage time. Scoring Summary: None
Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson (Ellertson, 71), D Buehler, D Marshall, M Kerr (Weimer, 79), M Long, M Shim, M Heath, F Foxhoven, F Sinclair (capt.) WNY: GK Franch, D Johnson, D Taylor, D Huffman, D Reynolds, M Lloyd, M Martin (Wells, 73), M Kerr (Robinson, 88), M Salem, F Wambach (capt.), F Perez (DiMartino, 61)
Portland Thorns FC 2 at Seattle Reign FC 1 Aug. 17, 2013 - Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.) Att. 3,855 Forward Christine Sinclair registered a brace to lead Thorns FC to a come-from-behind, 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC in the regular-season finale before a sellout crowd of 3,855 at Starfire Sports Complex. After conceding the game’s opening goal to Seattle forward Megan Rapinoe in the third minute, Sinclair responded with a goal in each half to record her second brace of the season for Thorns FC. Sinclair netted the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute. Scoring Summary: SEA: Rapinoe (unassisted), 3 POR: Sinclair (Long), 8 POR: Sinclair (Weimer), 83 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty (Ramirez, 51), D Williamson (Ellertson, 73), D Buehler, D Marshall, M Kerr, M Long, M Shim, M/F Weimer, F Sinclair (capt.), F Foxhoven (Wetzel, 82) SEA: GK Solo, D Reed (Dallstream, 88), D Kyle, D Barnes, D Cox (Cuellar, 76), M Winters, M Fishlock, M Deines, M Van Egmond (Bogus, 64), F Nairn, F Rapinoe
2013 POSTSEASON MATCH RECAPS No. 3 Portland Thorns FC 3 at No. 2 FC Kansas City 2 (AET) Aug. 24 2013 - Verizon Wireless Field (Overland Park, Kan.) Att. 4,016 Midfielder Allie Long scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute as Thorns FC erased a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win after extra time against FC Kansas City in an NWSL Playoffs semifinal match at Verizon Wireless Field. Forward Tiffany Weimer logged a goal and an assist, tallying the game-tying goal in the 65th minute while midfielder Tobin Heath scored her first goal for Thorns FC in the 35th minute. Scoring Summary: KC: Tymrak (Robinson), 12 KC: Henderson (Mathias), 25 POR: Heath (Kerr), 35 POR: Weimer (Marshall), 65 POR: Long (Weimer), 103 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Kerr (Ellertson, 106), M Long, M Shim, M Heath (Wetzel, 74), F Sinclair (capt.), F Foxhoven (Weimer, 56) KC: GK Barnhart, D Mewis, D Sesselmann (Farrelly, 106), D Sauerbrunn, D Robinson, M Scott, M Buczkowski, M Tymrak, M Mathias (Jones, 82), F Holiday, F Henderson (Loyd, 74)
No. 3 Portland Thorns FC 2 at No. 1 Western New York 0 Aug. 31, 2013 - Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, N.Y.) Att. 9,129 Midfielder Tobin Heath and forward Christine Sinclair registered a goal in each half as Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 2-0 to win the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Championship before 9,129 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium. Heath, the game’s MVP, gave Portland a 1-0 lead minutes before the end of the first half with a picturesque free kick from nearly 30 yards away from goal. Down a player after defender Kat Williamson was ejected in the 56th minute, Thorns FC faced five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half, but forward Christine Sinclair sealed the championship with a late goal. Scoring Summary: POR: Heath (unassisted), 40 POR: Sinclair (Morgan), 90+2 Lineups: POR: GK LeBlanc, D Dougherty, D Williamson, D Buehler, D Marshall, M Kerr (Wetzel, 80), M Long, M Shim, M Heath (Ellertson, 63), F Foxhoven (Alex Morgan, 71), F Sinclair (capt.) WNY: GK Franch, D Taylor, D Johnson, D Barczuk (Zerboni, 55), D Huffman (DiMartino, 72), M Salem, M Lloyd, M Reynolds, M Martin, F Wambach, F Kerr (Robinson, 84)
2013 SEASON LINEUPS April 13 at FC Kansas City (D 1-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall (O’Neil 62’) M Washington (Wetzel 90’) M Kerr (Foxhoven 64’) M Edwards M Long F Sinclair © F Morgan
April 21 vs. Seattle (W 2-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington M Kerr (Foxhoven 76’) M Edwards M Long (Wetzel 80’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
April 27 at Chicago (W 2-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington M Kerr (Foxhoven 54’) M Edwards M Long (Wetzel 89’) F Sinclair © F Morgan (Guess 89’)
Subs not used: GK Gay, M Shim
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant, D O’Neil, M Shim, F Shufelt
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant
Referee: Kari Seitz Weather: Partly Cloudy, 64 degrees
Referee: Josh Wilkens Weather: Overcast, 51 degrees
Referee: Katja Koroleva Weather: Overcast, 60 degrees
May 4 at Washington (W 2-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall (Avant 64’) M Washington M Shim (Foxhoven 89’) M Edwards M Long (Wetzel 83’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
May 12 at Chicago (W 2-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington (Foxhoven 56’) M Shim (Wetzel 84’) M Edwards M Long F Sinclair © F Morgan (Shufelt 89’)
May 16 vs. Sky Blue FC (L 0-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington (Kerr 85’) M Shim (Foxhoven 63’) M Edwards M Long F Sinclair © F Morgan
Subs not used: GK Gay
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant, M Guess, M Wetzel, F Shufelt
Referee: Christina Unkel Weather: Breezy, 66 degrees
Referee: Kari Seitz Weather: Mostly Sunny, 55 degrees
Referee: Josh Wilkens Weather: Cloudy, 55 degrees
May 19 vs. Washington (W 2-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington (Wetzel 71’) M Shim (Kerr 78’) M Edwards M Long (Shufelt 89’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
May 25 at Seattle (W 1-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr (Wetzel 76’) M Edwards M Long M Shim (Foxhoven 67’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
June 1 vs. Chicago (L 0-2) GK Lewis^ D Dougherty D Williamson D Marshall D Avant M Kerr (Shufelt 64’) M Edwards © M Wetzel M Long F Shim F Foxhoven (Guess 79’)
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant, M Guess, F Foxhoven
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Avant, M Guess, F Shufelt
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Davis^, D/M O’Neil, M Dutra^
Referee: Robert Sibiga Weather: Partly Cloudy, 57 degrees
Referee: Margaret Domka Weather: Partly Cloudy, 61 degrees
Referee: Christina Unkel Weather: Mostly Sunny, 72 degrees ^ - Indicates amateur player
2013 SEASON LINEUPS June 6 vs. FC Kansas City (W 4-3) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Wetzel M Shim (Foxhoven 46’) M Edwards M Long (Avant 84’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
June 16 vs. Seattle (W 2-0) GK LeBlanc © D Dougherty D Williamson D Marshall D Avant M Washington (O’Neil 60’) M Wetzel M Long M Kerr (Shufelt 87’) M Guess (Foxhoven 46’) F Shim
June 22 vs. Sky Blue FC (L 0-1) GK LeBlanc D O’Neil (Ramirez 65’) D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr M Wetzel (Shim 63’) M Long M Weimer F Sinclair © (Foxhoven 73’) F Morgan
Subs not used: GK Gay, M Guess, M Kerr, M Washington
Subs not used: GK Gay, GK Lewis^, D Davis^, M Dutra^
Subs not used: GK Gay, M Guess, M Washington, F Shufelt
Referee: Miguel Panduro Weather: Partly Cloudy, 77 degrees
Referee: Robert Sibiga Weather: Partly Cloudy, 64 degrees
Referee: Kari Seitz Weather: Clear, 85 degrees
June 30 at FC Kansas City (L 0-2) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Washington (Kerr 62’) M Weimer (Foxhoven 46’) M Wetzel (Shim 72’) M Long F Sinclair © F Morgan
July 6 vs. Boston (L 0-2) GK LeBlanc D Wetzel D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall (Foxhoven 67’) M Washington (Kerr 56’) M Weimer M Shim M Long F Sinclair © F Morgan
July 14 vs. Western New York (D 1-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Weimer (Foxhoven 68’) M Long M Shim (Kerr 87’) M Heath F Sinclair © F Morgan
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil
Subs not used: GK Gay, M Guess, F Shufelt
Subs not used: GK Gay, M Guess, M Washington, D/M Wetzel
Referee: Christina Unkel Weather: Partly Cloudy, 79 degrees
Referee: Robert Sibiga Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees
Referee: Ted Unkel Weather: Sunny, 85 degrees
July 21 at Boston (W 2-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Heath M Long M Shim M Foxhoven (Weimer 70’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
July 28 vs. Chicago (D 3-3) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Heath M Long M Shim M Foxhoven F Sinclair © F Morgan
July 31 vs. Sky Blue FC (W 3-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty (Ramirez 84’) D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Heath M Long M Shim (Wetzel 77’) M Foxhoven F Sinclair © F Morgan
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M Wetzel, M Guess, M Kerr
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Ramirez, D/M Wetzel, M Guess
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Ellertson, D/M O’Neil, M Kerr, F Weimer
Referee: Robert Sibiga Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75 degrees
Referee: Kari Seitz Weather: Partly Cloudy, 72 degrees
Referee: Margaret Domka Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees ^ - Indicates amateur player
2013 SEASON LINEUPS Aug. 4 vs. FC Kansas City (L 2-3) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall (Weimer 75’) M Heath M Long M Shim M Foxhoven (Guess 80’) F Sinclair © F Morgan
Aug. 7 at Boston (L 1-2) GK LeBlanc D Ramirez D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Heath M Long M Shim (Ellertson 86’) M Foxhoven (Wetzel 61’) F Sinclair © F Morgan (Weimer 13’)
Aug. 10 at Western New York (D 0-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson (Ellertson 71’) D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr (Weimer 79’) M Long M Shim M Heath F Foxhoven F Sinclair ©
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil, D Ramirez, D/M Wetzel, M Kerr
Subs not used: GK Gay, D Dougherty, D/M O’Neil, M Kerr
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil, D Ramirez, D/M Wetzel
Referee: John McCloskey Weather: Clear, 85 degrees
Referee: Elvis Mahmutovic Weather: Partly Cloudy, 85 degrees
Referee: Margaret Domka Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 degrees
Aug. 17 at Seattle (W 2-1) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty (Ramirez 51’) D Williamson (Ellertson 73’) D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr M Long M Shim M Weimer F Sinclair © F Foxhoven (Wetzel 82’)
NWSL PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS Aug. 24 at FC Kansas City (W 3-2, AET) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr (Ellertson 106’) M Long M Shim M Heath (Wetzel 74’) F Sinclair © F Foxhoven (Weimer 56’
NWSL PLAYOFFS - CHAMPIONSHIP Aug. 31 at Western New York (W 2-0) GK LeBlanc D Dougherty D Williamson D Buehler D Marshall M Kerr (Wetzel 80’) M Long M Shim M Heath (Ellertson 63’) F Sinclair © F Foxhoven (Morgan, 71’)
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil, M Heath
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil, D Ramirez, F Morgan
Subs not used: GK Gay, D/M O’Neil, D Ramirez, F Weimer
Referee: Christina Unkel Weather: Clear, 71 degrees
Referee: Christina Unkel Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees
Referee: Kari Seitz Weather: Cloudy, 55 degrees
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS GAMES PLAYED 1. Allie Long (2013) ..................................................... 22 2. Nikki Marshall (2013) ............................................. 22 3. Kathryn Williamson (2013)...................................... 22 4. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ....................................... 21 5. Karina LeBlanc (2013) ............................................ 21
FOULS SUFFERED 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................. 25 2. Allie Long (2013) ..................................................... 18 3. Nikki Marshall (2013) ............................................. 17 4. Becky Edwards (2013) ............................................ 17 5. Two players tied at 15 fouls suffered.
GAMES STARTED 1. Allie Long (2013) ..................................................... 22 2. Nikki Marshall (2013) ............................................. 22 3. Kathryn Williamson (2013)...................................... 22 4. Karina LeBlanc (2013) ............................................ 21 5. Two tied at 20 starts.
FOULS COMMITTED 1. Allie Long (2013) ..................................................... 29 2. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................. 21 3. Becky Edwards (2013) ............................................ 18 4. Meleana Shim (2013).............................................. 17 5. Nikki Marshall (2013) ............................................. 15
MINUTES PLAYED 1. Allie Long (2013) ................................................ 1,956 2. Kathryn Williamson (2013)................................. 1,944 3. Karina LeBlanc (2013) ....................................... 1,890 4. Nikki Marshall (2013) ........................................ 1,871 5. Rachel Buehler (2013) ....................................... 1,800
SHOTS 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................. 82 2. Christine Sinclair (2013) ......................................... 53 3. Meleana Shim (2013).............................................. 25 4. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ....................................... 23 5. Allie Long (2013) ..................................................... 23
GOALS 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................... 8 2. Christine Sinclair (2013) ........................................... 8 3. Meleana Shim (2013)................................................ 5 4. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ......................................... 4 5. Allie Long (2013) ....................................................... 3
SHOTS ON GOAL 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................. 44 2. Christine Sinclair (2013) ......................................... 26 3. Meleana Shim (2013).............................................. 13 4. Tobin Heath (2013) .................................................. 11 5. Two players tied at 10 shots on goal.
ASSISTS 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................... 5 2. Allie Long (2013) ....................................................... 3 3. Tobin Heath (2013) .................................................... 3 4. Christine Sinclair (2013) ........................................... 2 5. Three others tied at 2 assists.
CORNER KICKS 1. Tobin Heath (2013) .................................................. 30 2. Angie Kerr (2013) .................................................... 24 3. Nikki Washington (2013) ......................................... 17 4. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ......................................... 7 5. Allie Long (2013) ....................................................... 3
GAME-WINNING GOALS 1. Christine Sinclair (2013) ........................................... 3 2. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................... 2 3. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ......................................... 2 4. Meleana Shim (2013)................................................ 2 5. Two others tied at 1 game-winning goal.
OFFSIDES 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................. 22 2. Christine Sinclair (2013) ......................................... 10 3. Danielle Foxhoven (2013) ......................................... 7 4. Allie Long (2013) ....................................................... 4 5. Nikki Washington (2013) ........................................... 3
GAME-WINNING ASSISTS 1. Alex Morgan (2013)................................................... 2 2. Allie Long (2013) ....................................................... 1 3. Nikki Marshall (2013) ............................................... 1 4. Meleana Shim (2013)................................................ 1 5. Two others tied at one game-winning assist.
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS GAMES PLAYED IN GOAL 1. Karina LeBlanc........................................................ 21 2. Cris Lewis^............................................................... 1 GAMES STARTED IN GOAL 1. Karina LeBlanc........................................................ 21 2. Cris Lewis^............................................................... 3
WINS 1. Karina LeBlanc........................................................ 11 SAVES 1. Karina LeBlanc........................................................ 92 SHUTOUTS 1. Karina LeBlanc.......................................................... 7
MINUTES PLAYED IN GOAL 1. Karina LeBlanc................................................... 1,890 2. Cris Lewis^............................................................. 90 ^ - Indicates amateur player
CLUB RECORDS WINS Most Wins, Season 11 (2013) Most Consecutive Wins, Season 4 (2013) Most Consecutive Home Wins, Season 2 (2013) Most Consecutive Road Wins, Season 4 (2013) Most Consecutive Games Unbeaten, Season 5 (4-0-1, 2013) Most Consecutive Home Games Unbeaten, Season 3 (1-0-2, 2013) Most Consecutive Road Games Unbeaten, Season 6 (4-0-2, 2013) Largest Margin of Victory 2, 5 times (Last: July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) LOSSES Most Losses, Season 6 (2013) Most Consecutive Losses, Season 2, 2 times (2013) Most Consecutive Home Losses, Season 1 (2013) Most Consecutive Road Losses, Season 1 (2013) Most Consecutive Games Winless, Season 4 (2013) Most Consecutive Home Games Winless, Season 3 (0-1-2, 2013) Most Consecutive Road Games Winless, Season 2, 2 times (0-1-1 both times; 2013) Largest Margin of Defeat 2, 2 times (Last: July 6, 2013 vs. Boston)
DRAWS Most Draws, Season 5 (2013) Most Consecutive Draws, Season 1 (2013) Most Consecutive Home Draws, Season 2 (2013) Most Consecutive Road Draws, Season 1, 3 times (2013) SHUTOUTS Most Shutouts, Season 7 (2011) Most Consecutive Shutouts, Season 2, 2 times (2013) SHUTOUTS AGAINST Most Games Shutout, Season 6 (2013) Most Consecutive Games Shutout, Season 3 (2013) Most Consecutive Scoreless Minutes, Season 332 (2013) GOALS Most Goals, Season 32 (2013) Most Goals, Game 4 (June 6, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) Most Goals Both Teams, Game 7 (June 6, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) Most Goals Both Teams, Half 5, (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago, 2-3, 2nd Half) Fewest Goals Both Teams, Game 0, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Earliest Goal Scored 3rd min. (Morgan, May 12, 2013 at Chicago)
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY CLUB RECORDS GOALS (cont.) Latest Goal Scored 89th min. (Morgan, Aug. 4, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) Shortest Time to Score Two Goals 7 min., 2 times (Last: June 6, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) Shortest Time to Score Three Goals 37 min. (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Most Goals Allowed, Season 25 (2013) Most Goals Allowed, Game 3, 3 times (Last: Aug. 4, 2013 at FC Kansas City) Most Goals Allowed, Half 3 (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago, 2nd Half) Opponents Earliest Goal 3rd min. (April13, 2013 at FC Kansas City) Opponents Latest Goal 86th min., 2 times (Last: July 31, 2013 vs. Chicago) Opponents Shortest Time to Score Two Goals 11 min. (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Opponents Shortest Time to Score Three Goals 26 min. (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago)
SHOTS ON GOAL Most Shots on Goal, Season 146 (2013) Most Shots on Goal, Game 13 (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Most Shots on Goal, Half 7 (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC, 2nd Half) Most Shots on Goal Both Teams, Game 17, 3 times (Last: July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Fewest Shots on Goal, Game 3, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Fewest Shots on Goal, Half 0, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York, 1st) Fewest Shots on Goal Both Teams, Game 6 (June 1, 2013 vs. Chicago)
ASSISTS Most Assists, Season 24 (2013) Most Assists, Game 3, 2 times (Last: July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Most Assists Both Teams, Game 5 (June 6, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) Most Assists, Half 5 (Aug. 4, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City)
SAVES Most Saves, Season 92 (2013) Most Saves, Game 10 (Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Most Saves, Half 5, 4 times (Last: Aug. 17, 2013 at Seattle, 2nd Half) Most Saves Both Teams, Game 14 (July 14, 2013 vs. Western New York) Fewest Saves, Game 0 (June 1, 2013 vs. Chicago) Fewest Saves, Half 0, 7 times (Last: Aug. 4, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City, 2nd) Fewest Saves Both Teams, Game 3 (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago)
SHOTS Most Shots, Season 290 (2013) Most Shots, Game 25 (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Most Shots, Half 14 (July 6, 2013 vs. Boston, 2nd Half) Most Shots, Both Teams, Game 37 (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Fewest Shots, Game 7, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Fewest Shots, Half 3, 5 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York, 2nd) Fewest Shots Both Teams, Game 17 (April 13, 2013 at FC Kansas City)
FOULS COMMITTED Most Fouls Committed, Season 203 (2013) Most Fouls Committed, Game 13, 3 times (Last: June 16, 2013 vs. Seattle) Most Fouls Committed, Half 8, 2 times (Last: June 16 vs. Seattle, 1st Half) Most Fouls Committed Both Teams, Game 26, 2 times (Last: July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Fewest Fouls Committed, Game 4 (May 12, 2013 at Chicago) Fewest Fouls Committed, Half 1, 3 times (July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC, 2nd Half) Fewest Fouls Committed Both Teams, Game 10, 2 times (Last: Aug. 4, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City)
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY CLUB RECORDS FOULS SUFFERED Most Fouls Suffered, Season 192 (2013) Most Fouls Suffered, Game 15 (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Most Fouls Suffered, Half 9, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10 at Western New York, 2nd Half) Most Fouls Suffered, Both Teams 26, 2 times (Last: July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Fewest Fouls Suffered, Game 2 (June 22, 2013 at Sky Blue FC) Fewest Fouls Suffered, Half 0 (Aug. 17, 2013 at Seattle, 2nd Half) Fewest Fouls Suffered Both Teams, Game 10, 2 times (Last: Aug. 4, 2013 vs. FC Kansas City) OFFSIDES Most Offsides, Season 56 (2013) Most Offsides, Game 8 (May 16, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Most Offsides, Half 4, 2 times (Last: May 16, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC, 2nd Half) Most Offsides Both Teams, Game 9 (May 16, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Fewest Offsides, Game 0 (Aug. 17, 2013 at Seattle) Fewest Offsides Both Teams, Game 2, 3 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) CORNER KICKS Most Corner Kicks, Season 92 (2013) Most Corner Kicks, Game 11 (July 21, 2013 at Boston) Most Corner Kicks, Half 7, 2 times (Last: July 21, 2013 at Boston, 1st Half) Most Corner Kicks Both Teams, Game 17 (July 21, 2013 at Boston) Fewest Corner Kicks, Game 1 (Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Fewest Corner Kicks Both Teams, Game 3, 2 times (Last: Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) CAUTIONS Most Cautions, Season 29 (2013) Most Cautions, Game 3, 2 times (Last: May 25, 2013 at Seattle) Most Cautions, Half 2, 5 times (Last: Aug. 17, 2013 at Seattle, 2nd Half) Most Cautions Both Teams, Game 6 (April 21, 2013 vs. Seattle) Fewest Cautions, Game 0, 4 times (Last: Aug. 7, 2013 at Boston)
CAUTIONS (Cont.) Fewest Cautions Both Teams, Game 0, 2 times (Last: Aug. 7, 2013 at Boston) EJECTIONS Most Ejections, Season 0 (2013) Most Ejections, Game n/a Most Ejections Both Teams, Game: n/a PENALTY KICKS Most Goals Scored on Penalty Kicks, Season 3 (2013) Most Penalty Kick Attempts, Season 3 (2013) Most Penalty Kick Attempts, Game 1, 3 times OPPONENT RECORDS Most Goals by Opponent, Game 3, 3 times (Last: Aug. 4, 2013 vs. KC; 2-3) Most Assists by Opponent, Game 2, 6 times (Last: Aug. 7, 2013 at Boston) Most Shots by Opponent, Game 20 (June 22, 2013 at Sky Blue FC) Most Shots on Goal by Opponent, Game 10 (Aug. 10, 2013 at Western New York) Most Corner Kicks by Opponent, Game 8, 2 times (Last: Aug. 7, 2013 at Boston) Most Fouls Committed by Opponent, Game 15 (July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Most Offsides by Opponent, Game 5 (June 22, 2013 at Sky Blue FC) Most Saves by Opponent, Game 9, 2 times (Last: July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC) Most Cautions by Opponent, Game 3, 2 times (Last: July 28, 2013 vs. Chicago) Most Ejections by Opponent, Game n/a OPPONENT INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Most Goals, Game 2, 4 times (Last: Lauren Holiday, Aug. 4, 2013 vs. KC) Most Assists, Game 2, 2 times (Last: Heather Oâ€™Reilly, July 6, 2013 vs. Boston) Most Points, Game 5 (Lauren Holiday, June 6, 2013 vs. KC; 2g, 1a) Most Saves, Game 9, 2 times (Last: Jill Loyden, July 31, 2013 vs. Sky Blue FC)
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY THORNS FC FIRSTS IN THE NWSL
Portland Thorns FC made their NWSL debut April 13, 2013, against FC Kansas CIty at Verizon Wireless Field in Overland Park, Kan. The club’s first Starting XI in the NWSL included (back L to R) Kathryn Williamson, Marian Dougherty, Becky Edwards, Karina LeBlanc, Allie Long, Alex Morgan, (front L to R) Christine Sinclair, Angie Kerr, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Nikki Marshall and Nikki Washington. Portland made its home debut April 21, 2013, at Providence Park against Seattle Reign FC.
THORNS FC STATISTICAL NWSL FIRSTS INDIVIDUAL Goal Brace Hat Trick Gm-winning Goal Assist Gm-winning Assist Penalty Kick Goal Penalty Kick Miss Shot Foul Committed Foul Suffered Caution Ejection Corner Kick Offsides Save Shutout Substitution
DATE April 13 July 28 n/a May 25 April 21 April 21 April 13 n/a April 13 April 13 April 13 April 13 Aug. 31 April 13 April 13 April 13 April 27 April 13
OPP @KC CHI
PLAYER Sinclair (67’) Sinclair (23’, 63’)
SEA SEA SEA @KC
Sinclair (84’ PK) Washington (45’) Sinclair (52’) Sinclair (67’)
@KC @KC @KC @KC @WNY @KC @KC @KC @CHI @KC
Washington (17’) Long (12’) Washington (9’) Washington (70’) Williamson (57’)^ Kerr (21’) Foxhoven (80’) LeBlanc (71’) LeBlanc O’Neil/Marshall (62’)
TEAM Win Home Win Road Win Loss Home Loss Road Loss Draw Home Draw Road Draw Shutout Home Shutout Road Shutout
DATE OPP April 21, 2013 SEA April 21, 2013 SEA April 27, 2013 @CHI May 16, 2013 SBFC May 16, 2013 SBFC June 30, 2013 @KC April 13, 2013 @KC July 14, 2013 WNY April 13, 2013 @KC April 27, 2013 @CHI May 19, 2013 WSH April 27, 2013 @CHI
SCORE 2-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY SEASONS AT A GLANCE YEAR 2013
OVERALL W L D GF GA SO 11 6 5 32 25 7
HOME W L D GF GA SO 5 4 2 19 17 2
AWAY W L D GF GA SO 6 2 3 13 8 5
SEASONS AT A GLANCE CLUB Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit Western New York Flash
OVERALL GP W L D GF GA SO 3 1 2 0 3 5 0 4 2 1 1 7 5 2 4 1 2 1 7 9 0 4 4 0 0 7 2 2 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 2 2 0 0 4 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 1
HOME GP W L D GF GA SO 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 3 5 0 2 1 1 0 6 6 0 2 2 0 0 4 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
AWAY GP W L D GF 2 1 1 0 3 2 2 0 0 4 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0
GA SO 3 0 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
* - Regular-season records only
ALL-TIME REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE 2011
HOME GAMES 11
HOME AVERAGE 13,320
ROAD GAMES 11
ROAD AVERAGE 4,048
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY DRAFT HISTORY 2013 NWSL COLLEGE DRAFT-JANUARY 18, 2013 ROUND (OVERALL) PLAYER First (No. 8) Kathryn Williamson Second (No. 16) Nicolette Radovcic Third (No. 24) Amber Brooks Fourth (No. 32) Roxanne Barker
POSITION Defender Forward Midfielder Goalkeeper
NWSL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT-FEBRUARY 7, 2013 ROUND (OVERALL) PLAYER POSITION First (No. 8) Tina Ellertson Defender Second (No. 16) Angie Kerr Midfielder Third (No. 24) Michele Weissenhofer Forward Fourth (No. 32) Marian Dougherty Defender Fifth (No. 40) Jessica Shufelt Forward Sixth (No. 48) PASS 2014 NWSL COLLEGE DRAFT-JANUARY 17, 2014 ROUND (OVERALL) PLAYER POSITION Third (No. 25) Emily Menges Defender Fourth (No. 31) Elisabeth Sullivan Forward
HOMETOWN McKinney, Texas Rockaway, N.J. New Hope, Pa. Irvine, Calif.
COLLEGE Florida Central Florida North Carolina Pepperdine
HOMETOWN Vancouver, Wash. El Cajon, Calif. Naperville, Ill. Lakewood, Colo. Rochester, N.Y.
COLLEGE Washington Portland Notre Dame Santa Clara Connecticut
HOMETOWN Garden City, N.Y. Memphis, Tenn.
COLLEGE Georgetown Mississippi State
ALL-TIME NWSL TRANSACTIONS DEC. 19, 2012 Named Cindy Parlow Cone as team’s first head coach. JAN. 11, 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan, defender Rachel Buehler and midfielder Tobin Heath, Canada National Team forward Christine Sinclair and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and Mexico National Team defenders Luz Saucedo and Marlene Sandoval allocated to Thorns FC through NWSL national team allocation process. JAN. 18, 2013 Selected defender Kathryn Williamson (Florida) in the first round (eighth overall), forward Nicolette Radovcic (Central Florida) in the second round (16th overall), midfielder Amber Brooks (North Carolina) in the third round (24th overall) and goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine) in the fourth round (32nd overall) of the inaugural 2013 NWSL College Draft. FEB. 6, 2013 Signed midfielders Becky Edwards, Allie Long, Nikki Washington and defender Nikki Marshall.
FEB. 7, 2013 Selected defender Tina Ellertson in the first round (eighth overall), midfielder Angie Kerr in the second round (16th overall), forward Michele Weissenhofer in the third round (24th overall), defender Marian Dougherty in the fourth round (32nd overall) and forward Jessica Shufelt in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft. FEB. 20, 2013 Signed defender Jazmyne Avant as a Discovery Player. FEB. 21, 2013 Signed forward Danielle Foxhoven as a Discovery Player. APRIL 5, 2013 Signed goalkeeper Adelaide Gay, midfielder/defender Emilee O’Neil, midfielder Meleana Shim and midfielder/defender Courtney Wetzel as Discovery Players. APRIL 24, 2013 Acquired midfielder Elizabeth Guess off waivers. JUNE 18, 2013 Signed forward Tiffany Weimer from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring.
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY ALL-TIME NWSL TRANSACTIONS JUNE 20, 2013 Waived defender Jazmyne Avant. JUNE 21, 2013 Signed defender Casey Ramirez from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring.
JAN. 10, 2014 Houston Dash select midfielder Meleana Shim with the fourth pick of the NWSL Expansion Draft and midfielder Becky Edwards with the eighth pick.
JULY 10, 2013 Waived forward Jessica Shufelt.
JAN. 13, 2014 Signed German international goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, the winner of the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.
JULY 31, 2013 Signed defender Tina Ellertson, the team’s first round pick in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft.
Traded goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc to the Chicago Red Stars for a second-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
SEPT. 6, 2013 Waived defender Nikki Marshall.
Acquired midfielder Sinead Farrelly from FC Kansas City in exchange for the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.
SEPT. 24, 2013 Assistant coach John Galas resigns to take role as sporting director and head coach of PDL club Lane United FC. NOV. 26, 2013 Defender Marian Dougherty announces her retirement. NOV. 27, 2013 Acquired forward Jessica McDonald and the rights to defender Rebecca Moros from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for forward Danielle Foxhoven. DEC. 4, 2013 Loaned midfielder Allie Long to English club Chelsea Ladies FC for the 2013 International Women’s Club Championship.
JAN. 17, 2014 Selected defender Emily Menges (Georgetown) in the third round (25th overall) and forward Elisabeth Sullivan (Mississippi State) in the fourth round (31st overall) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft. Acquired midfielder Meleana Shim from the Houston Dash in exchange for the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft and midfielder Nikki Washington. Acquired goalkeeper Michelle Betos from the Boston Breakers in exchange for the 34th overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. Acquired the 31st overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft from the Washington Spirit in exchange for forward Tiffany Weimer. Thorns FC used the pick to draft forward Elisabeth Sullivan.
DEC. 5, 2013 Head coach Cindy Parlow Cone announces her resignation.
FEB. 8, 2014 Waived defenders Emilee O’Neil and Casey Ramirez.
DEC. 10, 2013 Named Paul Riley as head coach.
FEB. 17, 2014 Signed defender Stephanie Catley.
DEC. 11, 2013 Acquired defender Nikki Marshall and the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft and a second-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
APRIL 7, 2014 Acquired midfielder Verónica Boquete and defender/ midfielder Sarah Huffman from Western New York in exchange for defender Kathryn Williamson, midfielder Courtney Wetzel and Portland’s first-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
JAN. 2, 2014 Waived goalkeeper Adelaide Gay and midfielder Elizabeth Guess.
APRIL 9, 2014 Signed defenders Courtney Niemiec and Kat Tarr.
Signed midfielder Amber Brooks from German Frauen Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.
PORTLAND THORNS FC NWSL HISTORY ALL-TIME NWSL PLAYER AND COACH REGISTER A Avant, Jazmyne....................................................... 2013 B Buehler, Rachel ....................................................... 2013 D Dougherty, Marian .................................................. 2013 E Ellertson, Tina ......................................................... 2013 Edwards, Becky ...................................................... 2013 F Foxhoven, Danielle.................................................. 2013
M Marshall, Nikki ........................................................ 2013 Morgan, Alex ........................................................... 2013 O O’Neil, Emilee ......................................................... 2013 R Ramirez, Casey ....................................................... 2013 S Shim, Meleana ........................................................ 2013 Shufelt, Jessica ...................................................... 2013 Sinclair, Christine .................................................... 2013
G Gay, Adelaide .......................................................... 2013 Guess, Elizabeth ..................................................... 2013
W Washington, Nikki ................................................... 2013 Weimer, Tiffany ....................................................... 2013 Wetzel, Courtney ..................................................... 2013 Williamson, Kathryn ................................................ 2013
H Heath, Tobin ............................................................ 2013
HEAD COACHES Parlow Cone, Cindy ................................................. 2013
K Kerr, Angie............................................................... 2013
ASSISTANT COACHES Berry, Nate .............................................................. 2013 Galas, John ............................................................. 2013
L LeBlanc, Karina ....................................................... 2013 Long, Allie ............................................................... 2013
END OF SEASON AWARDS 2013 Thorns FC Golden Boot ............................... Alex Morgan Thorns FC Most Valuable Player ..........Christine Sinclair Thorns FC Supporter’s Player of the Year ... Alex Morgan Thorns FC Defender of the Year ..............Rachel Buehler Community Player of the Year.................Becky Edwards Newcomer of the Year ............................. Meleana Shim
NATIONAL WOMENÕS SOCCER LEAGUE
2014 NWSL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE *As of March 13, 2014 (All Times ET)
Sunday, May 11 Western New York Flash vs. Sky Blue FC FC Kansas City vs. Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash
Saturday, April 12 Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC
8 PM 8 PM
Sunday, April 13 Washington Spirit vs. Western New York Flash Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers
4 PM 7 PM
8 PM 10 PM
Thursday, May 15 Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars
6:30 PM 6 PM 7 PM
Sunday, April 20 Boston Breakers vs. Houston Dash
Wednesday, May 14 Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC vs. FC Kansas City
Saturday, April 19 Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City Chicago Red Stars vs. Western New York Flash Sky Blue FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
3 PM 6 PM 6 PM
Saturday, May 17 Washington Spirit vs. Western New York Flash
Sunday, May 18 6:30 PM
Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City vs. Houston Dash
6:30 PM 6 PM
Wednesday, April 23 Wednesday, May 21 Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit
10 PM Portland Thorns FC vs. Western New York Flash 10 PM Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC 7 PM FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC 8 PM
Saturday, April 26 Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit
10 PM 8 PM
Sunday, April 27 Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash
Friday, May 23 Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars
6:30 PM 7 PM
Saturday, May 24 Portland Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC
Wednesday, April 30 Sunday, May 25 FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC
8 PM 7 PM
Boston Breakers vs. FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC vs. Western New York Flash
7 PM 7 PM
Saturday, May 3 Monday, May 26 Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City Washington Spirit vs. Seattle Reign FC Western New York Flash vs. Portland Thorns FC Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers
8 PM 6:30 PM 7 PM 7 PM
Wednesday, May 7 Western New York Flash vs. FC Kansas City Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Wednesday, May 28 Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
7 PM 7 PM
Saturday, May 10 Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC
Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash
7 PM 7 PM
Saturday, May 31 Western New York Flash vs. Houston Dash
Sunday, June 1
2014 NWSL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE Boston Breakers vs. Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC
6:30 PM 6 PM
Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC vs. Sky Blue FC
Wednesday, June 4 FC Kansas City vs. Western New York Flash Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit
8 PM 8 PM
Saturday, June 7 Portland Thorns FCWestern New York Flash FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
10 PM 8 PM 10 PM
Sunday, June 8 Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash
Sunday, June 15 Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC
Saturday, July 5 9 PM
Sunday, July 6 6 PM 7 PM
Wednesday, July 9 Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC
5 PM 2 PM
7 PM 7 PM 7 PM
Friday, July 4
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers
Saturday, June 14 Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers Western New York Flash vs. Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash
Houston Dash vs. Western New York Flash 9 PM 7 PM
9 PM 8 PM 9 PM
Wednesday, July 2
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Wednesday, June 11 Houston Dash vs. Western New York Flash Boston Breakers vs. Washington Spirit
Saturday, June 28
Friday, July 11 Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers
Wednesday, June 18 Saturday, July 12 Western New York Flash vs. Chicago Red Stars
7 PM Western New York Flash vs. Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC
Thursday, June 19 Boston Breakers vs. Seattle Reign FC
Saturday, June 21 Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC FC Kansas City vs. Chicago Red Stars
3 PM 6 PM
Thursday, July 17 Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC
Sunday, June 22 Western New York Flash vs. Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers
Sunday, July 13 Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City
6:30 PM 8 PM
7 PM 8 PM
9 PM 8 PM
Friday, July 18 Western New York Flash vs. FC Kansas City
Wednesday, June 25 Sunday, July 20 Portland Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC
10 PM Portland Thorns FC vs. Boston Breakers Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Friday, June 27 Western New York FlashBoston Breakers
5 PM 6 PM 7 PM
2014 NWSL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE Wednesday, July 23 Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC
Saturday, August 9 7 PM
Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit
Sunday, August 10
Friday, July 25 Western New York Flash vs. Boston Breakers Saturday, July 26 Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash
Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC 8 PM
Sunday, July 27 FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC
6 PM 7 PM
Wednesday, August 13 7 PM 8 PM
Saturday, August 16 Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars vs. Western New York Flash
9 PM 7 PM
Thursday, July 31 Sky Blue FC vs. Western New York Flash
Western New York Flash vs. Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars vs. Boston Breakers
Wednesday, July 30 Houston Dash vs. Seattle Reign FC Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City
9 PM 8 PM 10 PM
6:30 PM 8 PM
Sunday, August 17 Boston Breakers vs. Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC
6:30 PM 5 PM
7 PM Saturday, August 23 / Sunday, August 24
Saturday, August 2 Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC
6:30 PM 8 PM
Semifinal #1 Semifinal #2
Saturday, August 30 / Sunday, August 31 Sunday, August 3 Final Boston Breakers vs. Western New York Flash Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash
6:30 PM 5 PM
Wednesday, August 6 FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash
8 PM 10 PM
2014 NWSL RULES AND REGULATIONS 2014 NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE RULES OF COMPETITION
card. A second suspension of one game would result after the awarding of an additional three cards as would a third suspension after the awarding of card number eleven.
SINGLE TABLE: NWSL Playoffs Format Teams will be aligned into a single table: Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars Houston Dash FC Kansas City Portland Thorns FC Seattle Reign FC Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit Western New York Flash REGULAR SEASON: Each of the nine (9) NWSL clubs will play 24 games, 12 at home and 12 away. POINT SYSTEM: Teams will receive three points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. REFEREES: All referees in NWSL are either USSF (United States Soccer Federation) or CSA (Canadian Soccer Association) National Referees. Referees for all NWSL games will be trained, assigned and evaluated by PRO (Professional Referee Organization). GAME CLOCK: The official game time for all National Women’s Soccer League games will be managed on the field by the referee. If necessary, the referee may also allot extra time (a.k.a. “stoppage time”) at the end of each period (first half, second half, and if applicable, first overtime period and second overtime period during playoff matches) to allow for injuries, time-wasting or other disturbances. The stadium clock will display the time from 0:00 to 45:00 and from 45:00 to 90:00. For statistical purposes, the minutes for goals, substitutions, yellow cards, etc., will be listed from the first minute until the 90th minute. A goal scored at 15 minutes 10 seconds will be listed as having been scored in the 16th minute. Events occurring during stoppage time will follow the international norm by being demarcated with a “+” sign and the extra minutes. For example, a goal scored three minutes into first half stoppage time will be officially identified as happening at “48+”.
WHO QUALIFIES: Four clubs, the top four in points from the League standings at the end of the regular season, qualify for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs. The two Semifinals will be decided by a single knockout game, the winner of which will advances to the Championship Game. If the aggregate score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary. The NWSL Championship will be a single championship match hosted by the finalist with the most regular season points. If the two finalists have the same number of regular season points, the tiebreakers for playoff qualification will be applied to determine the host team. If the score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by kicks from the penalty mark, if necessary. Team-Standings Tie-Breaking Procedures The team awarded the highest position in the NWSL standings will be the team with the greatest number of points (three points for a win, one point for a tie, zero points for a loss). In the event that two teams finish the regular season with an equal number of points, the following system will be used to break the tie: When two or more teams are tied in the standings on points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), the following tiebreakers will be used in the sequence below, until one team ranks ahead of the other(s): 1) The highest position shall be awarded to the team with the better win/loss record in current Regular Season games against all other teams equal in points. (head-tohead competition) 2) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team with the greater goal difference against all other teams during the Regular Season. (goal differential)
GAME DAY ROSTERS: Each team can nominate 18 players for a game day roster. Teams are allowed three substitutions per game.
3) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team scoring the greatest number of total goals against all other teams during the Regular Season. (total goals)
CAUTIONS AND SUSPENSIONS: A Player will be suspended for one game upon receiving her fifth yellow card -regardless of the nature of the infraction which resulted in her being awarded the yellow
4) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the procedures described in this section shall be applied only to games played on the road by each team against all other teams during the Regular Season. (road 1-3)
2014 NWSL RULES AND REGULATIONS 5) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the procedures described in this section shall be applied only to games played at home by each team against all other teams during the regular season. (home 1-3) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position in the standings shall be determined by the toss of a coin. The first tiebreaker in a three-way tie is also head-to-head, but it is determined via points-per-game versus the other two teams. If two teams are tied in points-per-game headto-head, the next tie breaker is goal difference. NOTE: If two clubs remain tied after another club with the same number of points advances during any step, the tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the two-club format. ROSTER RULES AND REGULATIONS Roster Composition The full roster shall be no less than 18 and no more than 20 total Players. All Players are eligible for selection as part of the game-day squad during the Regular Season and Playoffs Games. Once preseason begins, Teams must make a decision on Non-Contracted Players, whose rights they hold, within 10 days once the Player reports. For Players whose rights a Team holds from the previous Season, the decision must be made by March 10, 2014. Domestic Players A domestic Player is either a U.S. Citizen, a permanent resident (Green Card holder) or the holder of certain other special status (e.g., has been granted refugee or asylum status). There is no limit as to the number of domestic Players on a Team’s roster within general roster limits. International Players Each Team has three (3) international slots which may be traded, with the only condition being time (slots can be traded for one year, two years or forever). With trades, there is no limit on the number of international slots a Team may have. Any Player who does not qualify as a domestic Player in the U.S. shall be considered an international Player. Any international Player must occupy an international slot on a Team’s roster (with the exception of Canadian or Mexican Allocated Players). Allocated Players The term “Allocated Player” refers to a Player who is designated by her Federation to play in the League. Amateur Players An amateur Player is any person other than a professional Player. An amateur Player may not receive or retain any remuneration for playing except expenses directly related to a game or games which have actually been incurred by the Player.
SOURCES OF PLAYERS Teams may add Players to their roster through one of the following mechanisms: A. Allocations B. College Draft C. Trades D. Discovery E. Waivers F. Injury Replacement G. Goalkeeper Replacement H. Amateur Call-up In order for a Team to add a Player to its roster, it must use one of the above mechanisms. Once it has been determined that a Player may be added pursuant to one of the above mechanisms, it must then be determined if the Player’s addition would be within the relevant roster limits and guidelines. College Draft The 2014 NWSL College Draft will be held on Jan. 17 in Philadelphia, consisted of four rounds of nine (9) picks for a total of 36 player selections. All Players who have exhausted their college eligibility or who will graduate in the 2013-14 year are eligible for the College Draft. Players must be registered by Jan. 15, 2014 to be part of the College Draft. If a Player is eligible and does not register, that Player will not be able to be on the Roster of a NWSL Team until Jan. 1, 2015 – at which point that Player will become eligible as a Discovery Player. The draft order is based upon the Teams’ on-field performance during the previous year. If Teams are tied, the Tie Breaking Procedures set forth in Exhibit 6 shall be utilized. Undrafted Players A Player who is on the College Draft List and is undrafted may be added to a Team’s Roster via a Discovery claim on a first-come, first-serve basis. If more than one Team selects the same Player on the same day, priority will be determined in accordance with the League’s Discovery Order. College Protected List If a college Player is drafted by a Team in the College Draft, the League will attempt to sign the College Player to a contract in a salary range predetermined by the League Office. Any college Player who has refused to sign an NWSL contract or who has refused to report to the Team to be evaluated does not need to be placed on waivers and may remain college protected. A Player on the College Protected List is not a roster Player and may not play for the Team, since she has not signed a Player contract. A college Player would come off a Team’s College Pro-
2014 NWSL RULES AND REGULATIONS tected list by the Roster Compliance Date of the following Preseason (March 9, 2015) if she is not contracted by that Team. Any Player not signed at that point will become available to be claimed as a Discovery Player. The Player would then be available to all Teams through the Discovery process. Discovery A discovery player is a domestic or international Player who is currently not under contract with the League. A team may claim her rights by adding her to their Discovery List. The term “Discovery Player” may refer to both players on the Discovery List and those players under contract with the league who have been acquired through Discovery Process. A Discovery Player request must be made to the League on an official Discovery Player Request Form (Exhibit 8) during the “Discovery Period.” If approved by the League, the Player will be added to the Team’s Discovery List. Teams may take a Player off their discovery list at any point in time. Teams may sign up to 10 Players from the Discovery List per year during the designated Discovery Periods: six (6) in the period of September 3 – March 10 as well as an additional four (4) in the period of March 11 – August 31. If a signed Discovery Player is traded, the Player will continue to occupy one of her former Team’s 10 Discovery List slots. The Player will not count as a Discovery Player on her new Team’s Discovery List. Teams may not trade Discovery player “rights” or “slots” to another team.
Players. Teams may not structure trades such that a Player may not play against her previous Team. The League should be consulted early in any trade discussions so that Player salaries and other Player Agreement provisions can be confirmed, Team Salary Cap impacts can be determined, any Draft positions to be traded can be confirmed, and any other matters, including the Players’ physical condition, can be discussed. Teams must respond fully to all inquiries in anticipation of a trade regarding Player injuries, illnesses, or other matters, and provide copies of medical records as requested. It is anticipated that Team trainers and physicians will communicate directly on these matters. A Team’s failure to respond fully and accurately may result in sanctions imposed by the League as set forth under “Binding Agreement and Approval”. There is, however, no prohibition against Teams trading an injured Player. Trades of Signed Discovery Players/Slots Teams may trade signed Discovery Players that were on their discovery lists, but may not trade Discovery Player “rights” or “slots.” If a Team trades one of its signed Discovery Players, the Player will still count against its 10 Discovery slots for the Season. That is, the Player’s name will remain on the Team’s Discovery list for the remainder of the Season. Trades of Allocated Players Trades involving Allocated Players may take place regardless of the nationality of the Allocated Players. Teams trade an Allocated Player for any another Player or College Draft Pick.
Trades Players may be acquired in trades with League approval. See Standard Trade Agreement Form.
Trades for International Roster Spots Teams may trade International roster spots, provided that the only condition can be the length of time the slot is traded (e.g., a slot can be traded for 1 year, 2 years or forever).
All Player trades are subject to League approval and to salary cap as well as roster size and composition constraints. Player trades cannot be made for finite periods (i.e., Players may not be “loaned” by one Team to another or temporarily swapped by Teams).
Trades for College Draft Picks Teams trading college draft picks may not place conditions on those draft picks.
Trades may not be conditioned upon a Player passing a physical examination or unwound because she failed to do so – it is a case of “buyer beware.” Teams are advised to undertake any inquiries regarding a Player’s medical condition before executing a Trade Agreement. It is also a case of “buyer beware” with regard to a Player failing to report to her new Team. Bona fide consideration (either an exchange of Players, future Draft choices) is required in each trade of a Player. No financial consideration is permitted. Teams are able to trade future draft picks and International slots as well as
Teams are only permitted to trade selections for the next College Draft. The sole exception to this is that Teams will be permitted to trade selections from the next two College Drafts during the period of time from the conclusion of a Season through the end of the subsequent draft. Trade Deadline No trades may take place between the Roster Freeze and the NWSL Championship. National Team Call ups If a National Team Player is being called up for a National Team match, a team may bring in an Amateur player to
2014 NWSL RULES AND REGULATIONS count towards the 20 roster spots. The team is not to pay a salary to the amateur player, but may cover necessary expenses.
Player, unexpectedly rehabilitates and recovers prior to the end of the Season, she will nonetheless be barred from playing for the Team through the end of the Season.
Disabled List In the event a Player suffers an injury that will prohibit the Player from participating for at least 45 days, a Player may be added to a Team’s roster as a “Disabled List” replacement as set forth below. Any Player placed on the Disabled List will have to remain unavailable for a minimum of 45 days.
Goalkeeper Replacement It is up to each Team to structure its roster to ensure that it has the best make-up to field a Team throughout the year. Teams are required to carry two (2) goalkeepers. In the case of an injured goalkeeper, and where a Team has less than two available goalkeepers, a Team will be able to add a goalkeeper to its roster until its injured goalkeeper is back to full participation with the Team. This must be done within the salary cap.
Disabled List replacement Players must be signed prior to the Roster Freeze Date. Any Player coming off the Disabled List following the Roster Freeze Date may be added to the Roster, but Teams must comply with the relevant Roster limits. Where the League determines that a Player has sustained an injury that will prohibit the Player from participating for at least 45 days during the League Season, it may provide the Team roster relief, provided the full amount of the injured Player’s salary is charged to the Team’s Salary Cap in the relevant Season. Therefore, the Team is given Roster relief, but not Cap relief. In the event where a Team has two (2) or more Players on its Disabled List, Salary Cap relief may be considered by the League. Teams that carry or can create extra salary cap room will therefore be able to temporarily replace Players who are on the Disabled List. The budget number for the replacement Player will be calculated in the same manner as any other roster Player. Also, if the Player suffering the injury is an international Player, the Team may replace such Player with an international Player. Season-ending Injury Replacement Where the League determines based on certification from a Team’s medical staff that a Player has received an injury that is beyond reasonable doubt Season ending, it may provide the Team roster relief, provided the full amount of the injured Player’s salary (or any settlement amount paid to that Player) is still charged to the Team’s Salary Cap in the relevant Season. In the event of such a determination, the injured Player shall not be eligible to play for the Team again during the Season in question. Therefore, the Team is given Roster relief, but not Salary Cap relief. Also, if the Player suffering the Season-ending injury is an international Player, the Team may replace such Player with an international Player. Unexpected Recovery from Season-ending Injuries In the event a Player, who had suffered a Season-ending injury and had been replaced on the Roster by another
Waivers Players may be added to a Team’s roster from the Waiver wire, through a Waiver Draft or “On- going Waivers.” See Waiver Request Form. Current NWSL Players Waived Teams may waive Players based on performance at any time prior to the Roster Freeze date during the NWSL Season. Teams may not waive Players between the Roster Freeze date and the date of NWSL Championship. A Team wishing to waive a Player must first obtain a favorable medical examination of the Player – an “exit physical”, and then submit its waiver request to the League. Claiming Period Provided the League approves the Player being placed on waivers pursuant to the above, it will distribute a waiver notice to all Teams. A Team claiming the Player must notify the League of the measures it will take to remain roster compliant, if any such moves are necessary. Notice must be received by the League from a Team claiming a waived Player within the “Waiver Claiming Period.” The “Waiver Claiming Period” shall commence on the day (the “Waiver Period Commencement Date”) the League gives notice to Teams and shall expire at 5:00 p.m. EST on the first business day after the Waiver Period Commencement Date (the claiming period is 24 hours). If a Team claims a Player and no other Team claims the same Player during the Waiver Claiming Period (having regard to the time of League deadlines, set forth in the Competition Calendar attached to this document), the Player shall be assigned to the claiming Team. Waiver Order The waiver draft order is determined via reverse order of the standings from the previous Season until Teams have played at least three (3) League games. If the waiver takes place prior to all Teams playing in at least three (3) League games priority shall be granted based upon the prior year’s performance according to their point totals through the end of the Regular Season.
2014 NWSL RULES AND REGULATIONS In the offseason, once a Team claims a Player from waivers, it is moved to the bottom of the Waiver Draft claiming order. New expansion Teams shall be at the bottom of the waiver order. If there is more than one expansion Team in a given year, they shall be listed in reverse priority order of the College Draft order. Multiple Claims for Same Player (Out of Season) In the event a Player is requested by more than one Team on the same day the League shall assign the Player to the Team with the lowest points per Regular Season Game average during the previous League Season and then move up from lowest to highest. Once a Team wins a tie it is moved to the bottom of the Waiver Draft Claiming Order.
Amateur Players During National Team call-ups U.S. amateur players will be called in by teams. An amateur call-up form will be submitted and amateur players will sign an Amateur standard agreement. They must be registered amateur players with US Soccer. Teams may cover necessary expenses. Players are expected to be located in the local market. If there are no local amateur players for any team, the NWSL will work with the teams to set up appropriate guidelines. Roster Freeze No changes (including waiving players) may be made to a Team’s Roster from the “Roster Freeze Date” through the day after the League Championship Game. The Roster Freeze and Trade deadline date is July 31, 2014.
Waiver Forms All waiver forms should be submitted to the League Office.
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SEASON CREDENTIALS Season media credentials will be issued to accredited newspaper, magazine, television, radio and online outlets making reasonable requests. Portland Timbers 2014 season media credentials will be honored for Portland Thorns FC games. INDIVIDUAL-GAME CREDENTIALS Individual game credentials may be requested through the Thorns FC media relations department no later than 48 hours before kickoff by emailing email@example.com. Any unauthorized use of media credentials, including receiving player autographs and posing for pictures with players, will result in forfeiture of credential privileges. Credentials are property of Thorns FC and can be revoked at any time. ROAD CREDENTIALS Members of the Thorns FC media travelling to road games should submit requests for credentials to the Thorns FC media relations department no later than five business days prior to the road game by emailing thornsfccommunications@ portlandtimbers.com. Thorns FC cannot guarantee credentials or access at visiting venues. MEDIA ENTRANCE AND WILL CALL Media members can pick up credentials at the media entrance, located at GATE 5 on SW 20th Ave., along the west side of Providence Park. The media entrance opens three hours before kickoff. Each media member must pick up his or her own credentials by presenting proper photo identification. All media must enter through GATE 5 unless otherwise arranged with the Thorns FC media relations department. PARKING Thorns FC will distribute a limited number of parking passes good for the US Bank parking lot across 20th Street from Providence Park. Additionally, a small number of single-game parking passes will be made available. Media members seeking parking passes are advised to submit their requests as early as possible, as space is limited. Please note that Thorns FC will not be able to accommodate all requests. ACCESS AT GAMES AND OTHER TEAM FUNCTIONS Unless otherwise noted, credentialed media will have access to all team-related functions, including training sessions and team press conferences.
Mark Nelson Coordinator, Media Relations Office: (503) 553-5529 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAINING SESSIONS In general, training sessions are open to the media, though all or portions of individual sessions may be closed on occasion at the discretion of the technical staff. No media members are allowed in the locker room before, during or after training sessions. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS The press box is fully equipped with wireless internet access. Media members will find tags with the network ID and password on the press table along with other game information packets. LOCKER ROOM ACCESS No members of the media will be granted access to the Thorns FC locker room at any point. FIELD ACCESS Only credentialed photographers - print and TV - are allowed on the field during the game. Media credentials do not grant field access during the game unless authorized by a member of the Thorns FC media relations department. POST-GAME PROCEDURE Following the conclusion of the game, a representative from the Thorns FC media relations department will escort media down to the post-game press conference near to the locker rooms on the event concourse level (ELC). Players from the home team will be available to media post-game in a press conference format, while players from the visiting team will be available in a mixed-zone area outside the team locker rooms or in a location near the field of play. The mix-zone will begin 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match. Locker rooms will not be open to media at any point. INTERVIEWS Players and coaches are available for interviews after most training sessions. Media members requesting an interview with Thorns FC players, coaches or administrators should make arrangements with the Thorns FC media relations department if they are unable to attend a training session.
TIMBERS MEDIA CONTACTS & POLICIES PRESS BOX The press box is located above the seating bowl along the west side of the stadium. To get to the press box from the media entrance, enter the seating bowl from the concourse and take the stairs through section 222 until you reach a gated walkway. The walkway leads directly to the south end of the press box. For media members needing elevator access, please use the suite elevator located on the Northwest part of the concourse. The press box, which opens three hours before kickoff, is for working media members with valid credentials only. It is a workplace, therefore cheering and loud noises are strictly prohibited. It is important that even media members with season credentials notify Thorns FC media relations department of their intentions to cover a game in order to receive press box seating. Abuse of press box privileges will result in forfeiture of media credentials. The press box phone number is (503) 553-5503. FOOD AND BEVERAGES Press meals are available in the press box to working members of the media only.
sible only from the field, where photographers may set up and store equipment. For questions relating to access and on-field photography, please contact the Photo Marshal. GAME NOTES/STATISTICS Game notes and statistics will be available in the press box before the game. In-game statistics will be distributed throughout the press box during halftime and within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the game. Please contact the Thorns FC media relations staff with any questions or concerns. MEDIA GUIDES A full PDF version of the media guide will only be available at www.portlandthornsfc.com. All statistical and biographical information will continually be updated online. E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST Requests to be added to the Thorns FC media distribution list and receive all team press releases and media advisories should be e-mailed to the Thorns FC media relations department at email@example.com.
PHOTOGRAPHERS All still photographers must wear the photo bib issued to them at the media entrance (GATE 5). There is a photo work room, located under Section 99 of the East grandstand and is acces-
DIRECTIONS TO PROVIDENCE PARK FROM SOUTH: Travel I-5 NORTH to I-405 exit 299B toward City Center/US-26 West/Beaverton. Merge onto I-405 North via exit 1A. Take Providence Park/Salmon St. Exit 2A. Turn slight RIGHT onto SW 14th Ave. Turn LEFT onto SW Taylor St. Turn RIGHT onto SW 18th Ave. Turn LEFT onto SW Morrison St to stadium. NW
FROM NORTH: Travel I-5 SOUTH to I-405 exit 302B toward Beaverton/US-30 West. Merge onto I-405 SOUTH exit 302B to Couch St. Exit 2A. Take exit 2A to Burnside. Proceed STRAIGHT to 15th Ave. Turn RIGHT on Morrison St. to the stadium.
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FROM AIRPORT: Start out going WEST on NE Airport Way toward NE 148TH Ave. Merge onto I-205 S / Veterans Memorial HWY toward Portland/Salem. Merge onto I-84 W / US-30 W via EXIT 21B toward Portland. Take the I-5 S exit on the LEFT toward Salem/Beaverton. Take the exit toward City Center / Morrison St. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Morrison Bridge. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ramp. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto SW Washington St. Turn LEFT onto SW 13TH Ave. Turn RIGHT onto SW Morrison St. Arrive at 1844 SW Morrison St.
TIMBERS LOCAL MEDIA DIRECTORY PRINT ASSOCIATED PRESS 121 SW Salmon St., Suite 1450 Portland, OR 97204 (503) 228-2169 www.ap.org Sports Editor Anne Peterson (@AnnieMPeterson) firstname.lastname@example.org THE OREGONIAN (@OregonianSports) 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 (503) 221-8556 www.oregonlive.com/oregonian Sports Editor Seth Prince (@seth_prince) (503) 294-5069; email@example.com Beat Writer Geoffrey C. Arnold (@GeoffreyCArnold) (503) 705-8080; firstname.lastname@example.org Beat Writer Jamie Goldberg (@jamiebgoldberg) (503) 853-3761; email@example.com Sports Desk firstname.lastname@example.org PORTLAND TRIBUNE (@ThePortlandTrib) 6605 SE Lake Road Portland, OR 97222 (503) 226-6397 www.portlandtribune.com Sports Editor Steve Brandon (503) 819-6850; email@example.com Beat Writer Stephen Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org THE COLUMBIAN (@TheColumbian) P.O. Box 180 Vancouver, WA 98666 (360) 694-3391 www.columbian.com Sports Editor Greg Jayne (360) 759-8059; email@example.com Beat Writer Paul Danzer (@Col_Timbers) (360) 735-4521; firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Desk email@example.com
STATESMAN JOURNAL (@Salem_Statesman) 280 Church St. NE Salem, OR 97301 (503) 399-6773 www.statesmanjournal.com Sports Producer Pete Martini (503) 399-6730; firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Desk (@SJSports) email@example.com EL HISPANIC NEWS (@ElHispanicNews) (503) 228-3139 Editor Julie Cortez firstname.lastname@example.org
TELEVISION KPTV-TV (FOX, Ch. 12) (@Fox12Oregon) 14975 NW Greenbrier Parkway Beaverton, OR 97006 (503) 906-1249 www.kptv.com Sports Desk (503) 548-6920 KATU-TV (ABC, Ch. 2) (@KATUNews) 2153 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 (503) 231-4222 www.katu.com Sports Director Craig Birnbach (@CBirnbachKATU) (503) 231-4617; email@example.com Sports Anchor Nate Bynum (@NateBynumKATU) (503) 231-4222; firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Desk email@example.com KGW-TV (NBC, Ch. 8) (@KGWSports) 1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 98201 (503) 226-5000 www.kgw.com Producer Ben Lacy (503) 226-5000; firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Anchor Joe Becker (@joebkgw) (503) 226-5111; email@example.com Sports Anchor Michael Berk (@MichaelBerkKGW) (503) 226-5119; firstname.lastname@example.org
TIMBERS LOCAL MEDIA DIRECTORY KOIN-TV (CBS, Ch. 6) (@KOIN_Local_6) 222 SW Columbia St. Portland, OR 97201 (503) 464-0600 www.koinlocal6.com Sports Anchor Dan Christopherson (@DanKOINSports) (503) 464-0769; email@example.com Sports Anchor Tim Becker (@TimBeckerKOINtv) firstname.lastname@example.org ROOT SPORTS (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) 3626 156th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98006 (425) 641-0104 UNIVISION (@UNIVISIONkunp) 2153 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 (503) 231-4222 www.kunptv.com Sports Reporter Enrique Caizero (@ecaizero) ECaizero@kunptv.com
RADIO 750 THE GAME (@750AMTheGame) 1211 SW 5th Ave., 6th Floor Portland, OR 97204 (503) 517-6200 www.750thegame.com Producer Fletcher Johnson (@Fletch_Johnson) email@example.com KXL 101 FM News (@KXLNews) 1211 SW 5th Ave., 6th Floor Portland, OR 97204 (503) 517-6200 www.kxl.com Sports Jay Allen (@PDXJay) (503) 936-2002; firstname.lastname@example.org
1190 KEX (@1190KEX) 4949 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97239 (503) 323-6400 www.1190kex.com Sports Director Scott Lynn (@ScottLynnKEX) email@example.com FOX Sports 620 AM (@foxsportspdx) 13333 SW 68th Parkway Tigard, Oregon 97223 (503) 248-0620 www.foxsportsradio620.com LA PANTERA 940 AM 1665 James St. Woodburn, OR 97071 (503) 981-9400 www.lapantera940.com
ONLINE/BLOGS ROSE CITY SOCCER PRESS (@rosecitysp) www.rosecitysoccerpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org STUMPTOWN FOOTY (@StumptownFooty) www.stumptownfooty.com PROSTAMERIKA (@ProstSoccer) www.prostamerika.com email@example.com PQ MONTHLY (@PQmonthly) www.pqmonthly.com Shaley Howard (@ShaleyHoward) Shaley@pqmonthly.com
KPAM 860AM (@KPAM860) 6605 SE Lake Rd. Portland, OR 97222 (503) 223-4321 www.kpam.com 1080 THE FAN (@1080TheFan) 0700 SW Bancroft St. Portland, OR 97239 (503) 223-1441 www.1080thefan.com Producer Jason Swygard (@FANswag) firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVIDENCE PARK RENOVATION
Already steeped in sports and entertainment history, Providence Park underwent a $40 million renovation for Major League Soccer, making it the most intimate, exciting and authentic soccer facility in the United States. The renovation elevated the facility to MLS standards and enhanced the fan experience of attending an event by increasing the functionality of the venue and introducing new amenities. Providence Park and Turner Construction, who oversaw the stadium’s recent renovation project, were recognized by EngineeringNews Record and named to the organization’s list of the Best of the Best Projects for 2011. Providence Park earned the award for Best Sports/Entertainment project, recognized for its excellence in design and construction. Some of the new features include the east side KeyBank Club, an expanded adidas Timbers Team Store, new concession stands and more group and family viewing decks. Additionally, the renovation helped the park’s ability to be a year-round community center and play host to more than 250 events annually, including Portland State football and an array of youth sports and communitybased events.
RENOVATION PROJECT DETAILS FIELD The playing surface shifted to the West and the North to make for a more intimate and closer-to-the-action feel. It also affords more space on the East and South sides of the stadium to create new seating areas. A brand new FieldTurf Revolution playing surface was installed in advance of the 2014 season. NEW SEATING AREAS A new seating area along the east side of the stadium was installed, running parallel to the east sideline and 18th Avenue. The top of the new stands begins at the widened public concourse at street level and extends down to the field. These new seats have industry-leading leg room and width, with a majority of the new seats covered by a new roof. More than 1,100 of the new seats are premium club seats, with the highest level of fan amenities, including a separate entrance and access to the new KeyBank Club restaurant. VIEWS The renovation design achieves the imperative of preserving substantial views into the stadium from 18th Avenue and to the city from within Providence Park. WIDMER SOUTHERN FRONT Contiguous to the new east side seating areas is the Widmer Southern Front, a bar area and seating/staging platform located behind the south goal. The area features four rows of fixed seating behind the goal, in addition to an expansive, 9,250-square-foot
PROVIDENCE PARK RENOVATION area that serves as a unique new gathering place for fans, offering a variety of food and Widmer Brothers beverage options and a distinctive vantage point. During events, the Southern Front serves as a group picnic area and/or performance area. The area can accommodate concert staging, which increases Providence Park’s ability to efficiently and cost-effectively host concerts. EAST-SIDE AMENITIES AND PUBLIC AREAS In conjunction with the construction of the new east-side seating area, several other new public areas were built, including: • KeyBank Plaza - At the 18th Avenue and Morrison Street corner of Providence Park is the extended KeyBank Plaza. The existing open plaza was extended in to the stadium towards the field, where fans can catch a glimpse of the renovated stadium. During nonevent times, the KeyBank Plaza is open to the public, with views of the field. • adidas Timbers Team Store - A 1,000 square-foot team store now sits adjacent to the newly extended public plaza at 18th Avenue and SW Morrison. The store is open to the public during non-event hours. • Concession Stands/Restrooms - New concession stands and restrooms were added on the east side concourse to service the new seating areas. • KeyBank Club - As part of the new east side seating area, the new KeyBank Club will service the 1,100-plus midfield club seats. This 5,200 square-foot club has views to the field, private entrances and becomes the first sit-down restaurant in the 85-year history of the stadium. The club space is also available for rental for private functions during non-event times. • Community Room - The new 2,200 square-foot Community Room was built adjacent to the KeyBank Club. This multi-purpose space can be used extensively for a variety of community and corporate events both during non-event hours and during events. • Budweiser Balcony, Group and Family Decks - Integrated into the design of the new east-side seating areas are three new openviewing decks, including the Budweiser Balcony overlooking the northeast corner of the field. These areas provide excellent views to the field for groups and can also accommodate temporary bleacher seating to increase the capacity for larger events. ACCESS ROAD The access road connecting 18th Avenue to the playing field on the south end of Providence Park was widened and improved as part of the renovation, increasing the stadium’s ability to host concerts and other non-sporting events by greatly increasing the speed and cost efficiency of event load-in and load-out. PROVIDENCE SPORTS CARE CENTER Integrated into the new east-side seating area is the new Providence Sports Care Center. Completely privately funded, this 12,000sq. ft. facility serves the neighborhood and provides daily activity on a year-round basis to the east side of the stadium. LARGE FORMAT VIDEO/BROADCAST FACILITIES To meet MLS requirements and industry standards, new video and broadcast facilities were included in the renovation. These include new camera positions and new permanent broadcast cabling. To enhance the fan experience, a new, 37-by-20-foot HD video scoreboard was installed at the south end of the stadium, new field-side LED boards were added to various areas of the seating bowl, and new television monitors were placed in the concourse to serve the new seating areas. PRESS BOX The existing press box was brought up to league requirements. New furniture, fixtures and equipment (“FF&E”), improved broadcast booths and press working areas, introduction of air conditioning/heat, and windows that open were all installed, bringing the press area up to industry standards. TEAM AREAS Both the Timbers locker room and training areas, and the visiting areas, were updated and improved to meet league requirements. PROJECT TIMELINE Foundation work for the new east- and south-side seating structures and other preparatory work commenced in February 2010. Construction work ceased during the Timbers’ 2010 season and began again in September of 2010. All work was completed in time for the Timbers’ home opener on April 14, 2011.
PROVIDENCE PARK Originally built on top of a creekbed for just $500,000 in 1926, Providence Park has played host to an array of historical events during its time. Those events, which date back before the construction of the stadium to the original Multnomah Field, are not just limited to the sporting landscape, but include notable political and entertainment occurrences as well. Over the years, the names and games have changed, from football to baseball to soccer (and even ski jumping and dog racing). But some parts have stayed the same. Certain pieces of the stadium have been in place since the beginning; the upper seating bowl and wood benches still remain from the original construction of the facility over 85 years ago. Now, after undergoing the largest-scale seating addition in its storied history, Providence Park is ready for a new, exciting chapter to be written on its illustrious timeline. THROUGH THE YEARS 1893 The two-year-old Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club, now known as the MAC, leased this plot of pasture land in an area known as Tanner Creek Gulch and called it Multnomah Field. From the start, it was home to all popular outdoor athletic events of the day.
left the fanatical crowd in hysteria. 1977 Pele’s New York Cosmos defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, in Soccer Bowl ‘77 in front of a record 35,548 fans.
1909 Multnomah Field hosted the 27th President of the United States William H. Taft, with 20,000 school children in attendance.
1980 Portland State quarterback Neil Lomax threw for seven firstquarter touchdowns in a 105-0 win over Delaware State.
1926 The stadium was formally dedicated on Oct. 9 as the University of Washington’s football team beat the University of Oregon, 23-9. More than 24,000 fans were in attendance.
1981 The stadium underwent a significant renovation, including the addition of a laminated, wood-beamed roof, rare in today’s construction world because of the inflated cost of timber.
1933 Still searching for a main tenant to occupy the stadium, Oregon lawmakers approved pari-mutuel betting. The Multnomah Kennel Club became the stadium’s lone major tenant until 1955.
1985 The USFL’s Portland Breakers played one season at Civic Stadium. 1991 Rodney McCray crashed through the “Flav-R-Pac” outfield sign chasing a fly ball, earning him blooper immortality.
1966 The MAC sold the stadium to the City of Portland for $2.1 million. 1955 The Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants played the first overtime game in NFL history, with the Rams prevailing 23-17 in the exhibition contest.
2000 The stadium underwent its largest renovation as more than 750 tons of steel were added to the facility as part of substantial seismic upgrades to the park to bring minor league soccer and Triple-A baseball back to Portland.
1957 Elvismania hit Portland, as Elvis Presley played for 14,000 screaming fans. Arriving to Multnomah Civic Stadium in a white convertible Cadillac, The King put on a 40-minute show that
2010 Foundation work began on converting the stadium into a soccerspecific facility in preparation for the Portland Timbers’ first season in MLS in 2011.
BROADCAST INFORMATION Four Portland Thorns FC matches will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, while all matches will be available via a live, high-definition webstream on www. portlandthornsfc.com. All NWSL home teams will provide live streaming video of their matches, which will be made available on www.portlandthornsfc.com for all of the team’s games. Along with the four games televised on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, all games at Providence Park will be streamed in high definition. On the road, the host team’s webstream will be provided. Supplementing match broadcasts, sister-station 750 The Game (KXTG)
airs a weekly, two-hour talk show, “Talk Timbers,” each Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. “Talk Timbers” features interviews with coaches, players and club representatives and covers both Timbers and Thorns FC. BROADCASTERS On the call for Thorns FC will be a broadcast team featuring accomplished sports broadcaster Ann Schatz (play-by-play) and former Portland Thorns FC defender and U.S. Women’s National Team veteran Marian Dougherty (analyst). Schatz, who has more than 30 years of experience in the sports broadcasting field, rejoins the Thorns FC DAY Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Wed. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sun. Sat. Wed. Sat. Fri. Wed. Sun. Thurs. Sun. Wed. Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun.
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broadcast team for a second year after serving as the team’s play-by-play announcer during the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. After moving to the Rose City in 1989, Schatz worked at KOIN-TV before becoming the sideline reporter for Portland Trail Blazers basketball from 1999 until 2005. She turned her focus to the college ranks working with CBS Sports and, most recently, the Pac-12 Network calling women’s soccer, basketball and softball games. Originally from Omaha, Neb., Schatz played both basketball and softball at Creighton University, where she earned a degree in journalism and mass communications. Dougherty is in her first year in the broadcast booth after helping lead Thorns FC to the inaugural NWSL championship as a defender during the 2013 season. A U.S. Women’s National Team veteran with playing experience at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, Dougherty scored the first-ever home goal for Thorns FC at Providence Park with a glancing header in the 45th minute of a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC on April 21, 2013, in front of 16,479 fans. A graduate of Santa Clara University, the Denver native also played for the Chicago Red Stars and Florida-based club magicJack during her professional playing career. BROADCAST portlandthornsfc.com/CSNNW (delay) portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com/CSNNW portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com/CSNNW portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com/CSNNW portlandthornsfc.com portlandthornsfc.com
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THORNS FC WEBSTREAM/TV ROSTER
1 Nadine Angerer
2 Rebecca Moros
4 Stephanie Catley
6 Meleana Shim
7 Nikki Marshall
8 Angie Kerr
9 Ver贸nica Boquete
10 Allie Long
11 Elisabeth Sullivan
12 Christine Sinclair
13 Alex Morgan
14 Jessica McDonald
16 Rachel Van Hollebeke
17 Tobin Heath
18 Michelle Betos
19 Sarah Huffman
20 Katarina Tarr
21 Emily Menges
22 Amber Brooks
23 Jackie Acevedo
24 Sinead Farrelly
25 Courtney Niemiec
Known as “The City of Roses,” among other nicknames, Portland is the largest city in Oregon and the secondlargest in the Pacific Northwest. Located just 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Portland sits at the convergence of the Willamette (pronounced will-LAM-et) and Columbia Rivers. About 50 miles to the east sits the permanently snowcapped Mt. Hood, which is the state’s highest peak and part of the Cascade mountain range. Because of its proximity to both the coast and the mountains, Portland is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor thrills. Whether it’s backpacking, biking or just walking through the city’s many parks, the mild summer months provide the perfect opportunity for Portland’s 529,000 residents to get out and enjoy the sunshine. A popular stop among Portland’s visitors is its pedestrian-friendly downtown. Resembling some of Europe’s finest cities, downtown Portland boasts blocks just half the size of most American city blocks. Coupled with plenty of independent shops and food carts, there is no wonder why Portland is often referred to as the United States’ most European city. Portland boasts a plethora of microbreweries and because of that, some have dubbed it the “Microbrew Capital of the World.” With more than 30 independently run breweries within city limits, including the renowned Widmer Brothers Brewery (the home of America’s Original Hefeweizen), the next pint is rarely more than a block away. DID YOU KNOW? • The Portland Saturday Market is the largest continuously operating open-air crafts market in the United States. • Powell’s City of Books, occupying an entire city block, is the world’s largest independent bookstore. • The name of the city was decided via a coin flip between a settler from Boston and one from Portland, Maine. • The Port of Portland is the largest wheat export port in the United States. • Portland’s Junior Rose Festival Parade is the largest children’s parade in America. • Portlandia is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the world (the Statue of Liberty is the first). • Portland is known as the epicenter of America’s craft-brewing renaissance. • Portland is home to both the world’s smallest dedicated park, Mill Ends Park (24 inches in size), and the nation’s largest forested city wilderness (5,000-acre Forest Park). • There are 37,000 acres of parks in the Portland metro area. • Portland’s nicknames include “Rose City,” “City of Bridges” and “River City.” • The city of Portland was officially incorporated on February 8, 1851. • There is no sales tax in Oregon. Photos courtesy of Portland Oregon Visitors Association.
Portland Thorns FC 2014 Media Guide