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Thorns FC re-sign defender Emily Menges, midfielder Mana Shim

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Thorns FC re-sign defender Emily Menges, midfielder Mana Shim

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC have re-signed defender Emily Menges and midfielder Mana Shim, it was announced today.

Menges, 24, was a 2016 NWSL Best XI selection, starting all 20 games and playing every minute of every match, anchoring a defense that allowed the fewest goals in the league (19) during the regular season. In addition, Menges also earned her first call-up to the U.S. Women’s National Team in November 2016. A third-round pick by Portland in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, Menges currently ranks third in club history in games started (59) and minutes played (5,301), while ranking fourth in games played (60).

“Emily was one of the key reasons we had such a great defensive record last season,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She made great progress throughout 2016, and I look forward to supporting her on making big strides again this season.”

In 2016, Shim, 25, appeared in 14 games (9 starts), tallying one assist for Thorns FC. Originally signed by Portland on April 5, 2013, after an open tryout, the Honolulu, Hawaii, native helped guide Thorns FC to the 2013 NWSL Championship during her rookie campaign. In four seasons with the club, Shim has appeared in 68 career games (43 starts) for Portland, recording nine goals and nine assists.

“Mana showed her ability to link and create while also developing her game on the defensive side in 2016,” said Parsons. “I look forward to seeing her continue this work and be ready to help the team any way she can.”

Portland will open its preseason camp for the 2017 season on March 13. Fans interested in purchasing Thorns FC Annual Memberships for the 2017 season are encouraged to call the ticket office at (503) 553-5555 or email ticketsales@timbers.com. Additionally, tickets for the Thorns Spring Invitational presented by Tillamook at Providence Park March 26-April 1 are available for purchase online at www.thornsfc.com.

Thorns FC exercise 2017 contract options on 10 players

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Thorns FC exercise 2017 contract options on 10 players

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has exercised the 2017 contract options on 10 players. 

The players whose options were exercised for the 2017 season are: goalkeeper Adrianna Franch; defenders Meg Morris and Katherine Reynolds; midfielders Celeste Boureille, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Amandine Henry and Kendall Johnson; and forwards Nadia Nadim, Hayley Raso, and Mallory Weber.

Canada forward Christine Sinclair and USA midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Allie Long and defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett will remain on the club’s roster as Federation Players. 

Goalkeeper Michelle Betos, defender Emily Menges and midfielder Mana Shim are out of contract and have been extended new contract offers. 

Thorns FC declined the 2017 contract option on defender Jen Skogerboe and she has signed with South Korean side Suwon FMC of the WK League. 

Following the conclusion of the 2016 season, defender Kat Williamson announced her retirement as a professional soccer player.

Thorns earn home semifinal playoff game with win over Western New York

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Thorns earn home semifinal playoff game with win over Western New York

Playing their final regular-season home match, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Western New York Flash 3-2 behind goals from forward Nadia Nadim, forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir before a sellout crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on Sunday night. With the win, Portland earned a home playoff game in the NWSL semifinals.

Thorns FC (11-3-5, 38pts) finished their 2016 home schedule with a record of 8-1-1 at Providence Park as they played in front of their third sellout crowd in team history. In 10 home matches this season, Portland set a new NWSL record for total (169,449) and average (16,945) attendance in the team’s fourth season.

While they still await their opponent and exact date for their home semifinal match, tickets for Thorns FC’s first-ever home playoff game go sale to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.thornsfc.com, by phone at (888) 736-6849, or at the Providence Park box office. Thorns FC season ticket holders will receive information by email on how to purchase their tickets for the semifinal playoff match.

Thorns FC opened the scoring in the 27th minute following Nadim’s fourth converted penalty kick of the season. After midfielder Lindsey Horan played a long ball over the top that freed Nadim in behind the Western New York defense, the Denmark international was fouled inside the box. Nadim’s ensuing penalty attempt was placed into the lower left corner of the net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.

Portland scored its second of the night from a counter-attacking play. After Nadim sent in a low-driven cross from the right wing that deflected off a Flash defender, Christine Sinclair took a touch and her left-footed shot struck the left post and went into the back of the net in the 37th minute. With her goal, Sinclair has now recorded a point in seven-consecutive games dating back to 2-0 win against Chicago on June 22, extending her team record. Just before halftime, Tobin Heath’s strike from outside the 18-yard box forced goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo into a save.

Second-half substitute Dagny Brynjarsdottir upped Portland’s lead to 3-0, with what would be the game-winning goal in the 69th minute. After midfielder Tobin Heath played the Iceland international through on goal, her right-footed strike from inside the penalty area beat an onrushing D’Angelo and found its way into the back of the net. The assist was Heath’s ninth of the year, which ranks first in the NWSL this season.

Down 3-0, Western New York (8-6-5, 29pts) threatened late in the match after forward Jess McDonald headed in defender Liz Eddy’s cross in the 77th minute to cut the lead to two. Three minutes later, McDonald found forward Lynn Williams, whose shot beat goalkeeper Michelle Betos in the 80th minute to set up a wild finish. In stoppage-time, a long-range shot from Williams forced Betos into an acrobatic tip save over her left post to preserve the win.

Following the international break, Thorns FC close out the 2016 NWSL regular season on the road against Sky Blue FC on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Yurcak Field; kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.  

  

Notes:

  • Thorns FC played in front of their first sellout crowd of the 2016 season (21,144) and third sellout overall in team history. Additionally, it marked the sixth time Portland has drawn a crowd of more than 18,000 for a game.
  • With the sellout, Thorns FC set a new NWSL overall (169,449) and average (16,945) attendance record in the team’s 10th game at home this season. Portland previously held the previous overall attendance record (160,341) set in 2014 in 12 games played at home, while it also held the previous average attendance record (15,639) set during the 2015 season in 10 games played at Providence Park.  
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath recorded her NWSL-leading ninth assist of the season. Additionally, Heath’s assist was the 13th of her career, which moves her past midfielder Allie Long for the most in Thorns FC history.
  • Forward Christine Sinclair scored in her third consecutive match and recorded a point in her seventh straight match, extending her team record for most consecutive games with a point.
  • With her goal, forward Nadia Nadim became the sixth player to record 20 or more career points for Thorns FC.
  • With the win, goalkeeper Michelle Betos recorded her 12th career win, which is the most in Thorns FC history.
  • Defender Emily Menges played in her 59th career match for Portland and is the only player this season to play every minute of every match.
  • Portland improved to 6-2-3 in the all-time series against Western New York, including a mark of 3-1-1 at Providence Park.
  • Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 23-8 at Providence Park this season.            

THORNS FC CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT WITH 3-0 WIN OVER HOUSTON DASH

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THORNS FC CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT WITH 3-0 WIN OVER HOUSTON DASH

PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing their second home match in four days, Portland Thorns FC defeated the Houston Dash 3-0 behind a brace from midfielder Allie Long, a goal from forward Christine Sinclair and a two-assists from forward Tobin Heath in front of 13,752 fans at Providence Park on Wednesday night.

With the win, Thorns FC (10-3-5, 35pts) clinched their third playoff berth in four seasons, joining the Washington Spirit as the only other team to clinch a playoff spot in the NWSL this season.

Coming out on the attack, Thorns FC registered nine shots in the first half and created a number of goal-scoring opportunities. Portland opened the scoring in the 26th minute when forward Tobin Heath sent in a delivery from a free kick from 30-yards out into the 18-yard box picking out midfielder Allie Long, whose looping header caught Houston goalkeeper Lydia Williams off her line and made its way into the back of the net. Portland nearly doubled its lead in the 32nd minute after forward Christine Sinclair was released into space behind the Houston defense and her shot from point-blank-range was saved by Williams. Seconds later, her follow-up shot from inside the six-yard box struck the lower left post. Just before halftime, Sinclair played Long through in the box and her angled shot was kicked aside by Williams for a corner kick in the 45th minute.

Thorns FC scored their second goal of the match in the 71st minute after Heath took a touch past her defender on the left wing and picked out Long, who flicked up the ball and rifled her left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the net to notch her fourth goal in her last three appearances. Sinclair capped off the scoring in the 90th minute when Williams misjudged a cross inside the box, with the Canadian international reacting quickly to the rebound before calmly slotting in her effort from six yards out.

Holding a 21-10 shot advantage in the game, Portland created scoring opportunities throughout the evening. After dispossessing the ball from a Houston Dash defender, forward Nadia Nadim’s shot from the right edge of the penalty area was saved by Williams in the 10th minute. Four minutes later, Heath beat her defender on the left wing and fired a shot that forced Williams into a save. In the 58th minute, midfielder Lindsey Horan found herself in space at the top of the box and her long-range shot was saved by Williams. Continuing to apply pressure, Heath dribbled past her defender inside the box and sent in a pass across the mouth of the goal that was latched onto by Sinclair, whose shot was saved off the line by a Houston defender in the 67th minute.

Next up, Thorns FC will play host to the Western New York Flash in the final regular-season home game at Providence Park on Sunday, Sept. 11. The match on Sept. 11 kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a live national broadcast on FS1. With a win or a draw against Western New York, Portland would clinch home-field advantage in the NWSL semifinals.

Notes:

Midfielder Allie Long scored her 26th regular-season goal, which ranks third all-time in the NWSL.

Long recorded her fourth brace with Thorns FC.

Midfielder Tobin Heath registered two assists, placing her in first place in the NWSL for assists (8). Additionally, the two assists moved Heath into a tie for first place with Allie Long for the most assists in team history (12).

With the shutout and win, goalkeeper Michelle Betos tied Karina LeBlanc for the most wins (11) and shutouts (7) in team history.

The shutout was Portland’s seventh of the season.

Portland improved to 4-2-1 in the all-time series against Houston, including a mark of 2-1-0 at Providence Park.

Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 20-6 at Providence Park this season.

THORNS FC CLAIM THREE POINTS WITH 5-1 WIN OVER BOSTON BREAKERS

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THORNS FC CLAIM THREE POINTS WITH 5-1 WIN OVER BOSTON BREAKERS

Playing the first of three straight home games in eight days, Portland Thorns FC received a hat-trick from forward Nadia Nadim and goals from forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Allie Long to earn three points with a 5-1 win against the Boston Breakers in front of 17,152 fans Sunday at Providence Park.

With the win, Thorns FC (9-3-5, 32pts) currently sit in second place in the NWSL standings, four points behind the Washington Spirit (36pts), while holding a three-point lead over Chicago (29pts) and a four-point advantage over Western New York Flash (28pts).

Sinclair, playing her first game since a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride on June 24, opened the scoring for Portland in the 14th minute from a set-piece play. After Nadim sent in a delivery from a corner kick into the six-yard box, Sinclair was first to the loose ball and placed her shot into the back of the net. In the 24th minute, defender Meghan Klingenberg picked out midfielder Lindsey Horan, who brought the ball down with her chest and quickly fired a shot that was kicked aside by Boston goalkeeper Libby Stout. Moments later, forward Hayley Raso’s follow-up shot from just inside the 18-yard box missed the target.

After a Boston defender was whistled for a handball inside the box just before halftime, Nadim stepped up to the penalty spot and tucked her right-footed finish into the lower right-hand corner of the net to double Portland’s lead in the 41st minute.

Holding a 10-6 shot advantage in the second half, Thorns FC created a number of goal-scoring opportunities. Portland scored their third goal of the game after Sinclair sent in a low-driven cross from the right wing into the area that picked out Long, who placed her curling effort past Stout in the 48th minute.

In the 79th minute, Thorns FC scored their second goal of the half when Long played a ball in behind the Boston defense that left Nadim in a one-on-one situation with the opposing goalkeeper. Nadim took a touch past a sprawling Stout and calmly placed her shot into the back of the net. After Boston (3-13-1, 10pts) scored its lone goal of the game in the 84th minute, Nadim completed her hat-trick in stoppage time. Following a passage of play when second-half substitute Tobin Heath fired a shot at Stout, who made a one-handed save, Nadim rose highest to the rebound and finished her header from inside the six-yard box.

Next up, Thorns FC will play host to the Houston Dash at Providence Park on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The match on Sept. 7 kicks off at 7 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.

Notes:

·         Forward Nadia Nadim tallied her second career hat-trick. Her first three-goal game came on Aug. 9, 2014 as a member of Sky Blue FC against Western New York Flash.

·         Portland improved to 6-5-0 in the all-time series against Boston, including a mark of 4-1-0 at Providence Park.

·         Forward Christine Sinclair appeared in her 60th career match for Thorns FC.

·         Defender Emily Menges played in her 57th career match for Portland and is the only player this season to play every minute of every match.

·         Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 17-6 at Providence Park this season.

·         Goalkeeper Michelle Betos tallied four or more saves in a match for the 13th time in her Thorns FC career.

THORNS FC FALL 3-1 ON THE ROAD AGAINST SEATTLE REIGN FC

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THORNS FC FALL 3-1 ON THE ROAD AGAINST SEATTLE REIGN FC

Playing their first game following a 25-day league-wide break, Portland Thorns FC conceded an early goal against Seattle Reign FC and were unable to mount a comeback, falling 3-1 in front of 5,888 fans on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The match was the final of four regular-season meetings between Portland (8-3-5, 29pts) and Seattle (6-5-5, 23pts) this season and Thorns FC’s ninth road match of the 2016 season. Despite the loss – just their second on the road this season – Thorns FC still have the second best road record in the NWSL this season (3-2-4) and have scored in seven of their nine away from Providence Park. 

Trailing after a pair of goals from Seattle Reign FC forward Manon Melis in the 27th and 50th minute, Portland registered 10 of their total 16 shots in the second half to make a late push in the game. Midfielder Allie Long, making her first appearance since a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride on June 26, tallied her first goal of the 2016 season in the 91st minute when she got on the end of midfielder Tobin Heath’s delivery from a set piece and her right-footed flick from inside the area was placed over Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to make it a 2-1 game. 

After Portland pushed bodies forward looking for a late equalizer, Seattle made it a 3-1 game in the 94th minute after second-half substitute Megan Rapinoe’s left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard was placed into the back of the net. 

Portland created a number of scoring opportunities in the first half as forward Nadia Nadim’ fired a header on frame that was saved by Kopmeyer in the third minute. After midfielder Lindsay Horan played a through ball that released Nadim behind the Seattle defense, Nadim’s shot was saved in the 11th minute. Heath threatened late in the first half for Portland after her low-driven shot from the left edge of the 18-yard box was saved by Kopmeyer in the 41st minute. 

Thorns FC return to the Rose City for their next match at Providence Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, against the Boston Breakers. The match on Sept. 4 kicks off at 4 p.m. (Pacific) and will feature a live national broadcast on FS1.    

Notes:

·         Midfielder Allie Long and defender Katherine Reynolds appeared in their 75th career NSWSL match.

·         With her sixth assist of the season, midfielder Tobin Heath became the third player in club history to register double-digit career assists (10).

·         Defender Emily Menges and forward Nadia Nadim are the only two players to start all 16 matches for Portland this season.

·         Goalkeeper Michelle Betos registered four or more saves in a match for the 12th time in her Thorns FC career.

THORNS FC FALL 3-0 ON THE ROAD AGAINST HOUSTON DASH

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THORNS FC FALL 3-0 ON THE ROAD AGAINST HOUSTON DASH

Portland Thorns FC conceded an early goal against the Houston Dash and were unable to mount a comeback, falling 3-0 in front of 5,561 fans on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The meeting was the first of two between Portland (7-2-5, 26pts) and Houston (3-7-1, 13pts) this season and Thorns FC’s eighth road match of the 2016 season. Portland looked dangerous in the opening minutes as midfielder Hayley Raso created two scoring chances, sending a shot wide of the target in the fourth minute and again in the 15th minute, chasing down a back pass to the Houston goalkeeper and delivering a shot just past the left post.

The Dash tallied a goal in the first half and added a pair in the second half to register the win as forward Rachel Daly and midfielders Amber Brooks and Kealia Ohai all scored goals for Houston. Daly opened the scoring in the seventh minute, collecting a pass in the box from Ohai and finishing off the underside of the crossbar.

Thorns FC nearly equalized in the 25th minute. Dribbling down the right side, midfielder Mallory Weber slotted a well-timed cross to the feet of forward Nadia Nadim. The Danish international did well to hold off her defender and lay the ball off for midfielder Celeste Boureille, but Boureille sent her close-range attempt just over the crossbar. Minutes later, goalkeeper Michelle Betos, who finished the match with five saves, kept Houston off the board with a diving save in the 27th minute, pushing Daly’s free kick from the edge of the box just wide of the right post.

The Dash doubled their lead midway through the second half. Brooks finished a cross into the box by defender Becca Moros at the back post in the 68th minute, while Ohai added the third goal in the 83rd minute, sending a close-range shot off the fingertips of a diving Betos into the back of the net.

Thorns FC return to the Rose City for their next match at Providence Park on Saturday, July 30, against Seattle Reign FC. The match on July 30 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and features a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.   

Notes:

  • Defender Kat Williamson made her 65th career NWSL start and her 45th career start for Thorns FC in the match.
  • Midfielder Maureen Fitzgerald earned her first professional start in the match, making her second appearance this season for Portland.
  • Defender Jennifer Skogerboe made her first NWSL start and her first start for Portland in the match.
  • Defender Emily Menges and forward Nadia Nadim are the only two players to start all 14 matches for Portland this season.
  • Goalkeeper Michelle Betos registered four or more saves in a match for the 10th time in her Thorns FC career.

Heath, Horan Klingenberg, Long named to USWNT roster for 2016 Olympics

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Heath, Horan Klingenberg, Long named to USWNT roster for 2016 Olympics

Portland Thorns FC midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Allie Long and defender Meghan Klingenberg were named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the Rio 2016 Olympics, while defender Emily Sonnett will travel to Rio as an alternate, it was announced today. 

The Rio 2016 Olympics will mark the first time Horan, Klingenberg and Long have been selected to an Olympic roster, while Heath has been named to her third consecutive Olympic roster. 

Heath helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. At the London 2012 Olympics, Heath played in all six games (4 starts), tallying three assists, while she appeared in three games at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For Thorns FC this season, Heath has tallied a NWSL-best five assists in nine matches.

Earning her first spot on a U.S. roster for a major international tournament, Horan has 19 caps and three goals for the United States. With the national team in 2016, Horan has played in 13 games (10 starts), registering two goals and three assists. In the NWSL, Horan currently ranks among the league leaders with four goals in 10 games (all starts), playing in her first season with Thorns FC.

Klingenberg, an alternate at the London 2012 Olympics, is one of three players to appear in all 14 matches for the United States in 2016. In her first season for Portland, Klingenberg has started and played in nine games, helping lead a Thorns FC defense that is tied for the league lead in fewest goals allowed (9). 

The Olympics also will mark Long’s first inclusion on a U.S. roster for a major international tournament. Thorns FC’s all-time leading goal scorer (22), Long has appeared in more matches (74) and logged the most minutes (6,458) of any player in the history of the club. Long, who has earned nine caps and tallied two goals for the United States, has played in five matches (4 starts), scoring two goals and recording an assist in 2016.

The United States will play its final send-off match before departing for Brazil against Costa Rica on Saturday, July 22, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.; kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPN. In group play at the Olympics, the United States will square off against New Zealand (Aug. 3), France (Aug. 6) and Colombia (Aug. 9). The quarterfinals are set to take place on Aug. 12 and the semifinals on Aug. 16. The tournament concludes with the gold and bronze medal matches on Aug. 19.

Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

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Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Playing their second game in five days, Portland Thorns FC rallied in the final 10 minutes with a pair of goals from midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan to remain unbeaten through their first 11 games this season, earning a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in front of 7,143 fans Sunday evening at Camping World Stadium.

Taking to the road for the seventh time – the most of any team in the league this season through their first 11 games – Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) kept their unbeaten streak intact, making it the second-longest unbeaten streak in NWSL history. In addition, Portland is now unbeaten in seven consecutive road games (3-0-4), setting a new club record for the longest road-unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history.

Portland registered its third straight win and handed Orlando (5-6-0, 15pts) its first loss of the season at home, battling back to score the equalizer after forward Jasmyne Spencer sent a powerful strike from distance into the top left corner of the goal in the 67th minute. Just nine minutes after entering the match as a substitute, Brynjarsdottir tallied her third goal of the season in the 80th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Building from the back, defender Emily Sonnett delivered a pinpoint long-range pass to the head of forward Christine Sinclair, who flicked the ball on for Brynjarsdottir running towards the edge of the box. Brynjarsdottir was able to beat the Orlando defender to the ball and calmly chipped it past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris inside the right post.

With both teams pushing for the game-winning goal late in the match, Sinclair quickly switched the point of attack, finding forward Hayley Raso racing down the left side of the field. Raso dribbled into the box and cut back towards the middle, sending a short pass to the feet of Horan, who placed her shot perfectly into the right side of the net in the 90th minute for her team-leading fourth goal of the season to put Thorns FC in front 2-1.

Defensively, Portland remains the only team in the NWSL this season that has not conceded multiple goals in a match. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos made three critical saves, including a double save in the 28th minute as she made a kick save on a point-blank range attempt from midfielder Dani Weatherholt and sprung back to her feet to make a diving stop on Spencer’s shot off the rebound.

Thorns FC return to the Rose City for back-to-back home matches, starting with a game against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, July 2, at Providence Park. Saturday’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.   

Notes:

  • Portland’s 11-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest unbeaten streak in league history, while the club also set a new record for the longest-road unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history (7 games).
  • Two of Lindsey Horan’s four goals this season have come against Orlando – both were game-winners that came after the 80th minute.
  • Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Horan scored in both regular-season matches against Orlando this season.
  • Portland has scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Horan’s 90th-minute goal was the latest regular-season game-winner in Thorns FC history.
  • Midfielder Hayley Raso recorded her first career NWSL assist and point in the match.
  • Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 8-4 on the road this season.
  • Portland improved to 5-0-0 all-time against expansions sides in their inaugural seasons. Posting a record of 2-0-0 against Orlando this season and a mark of 3-0-0 against the Houston Dash in their first season (2014).
  • Defender Katherine Reynolds made her 70th career NWSL appearance in the match.
  • Defender Emily Menges earned her 50th career start in the match, becoming only the third player in club history to reach this milestone along with Christine Sinclair and Allie Long.
  • Forward Christine Sinclair has tallied a point in four consecutive matches (June 12-June 26)

Portland Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) at Orlando Pride (5-6-0, 15pts) 
June 26, 2016 – Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

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

Scoring Summary
ORL: Spencer, 67
POR: Brynjarsdottir (Sinclair), 80
POR: Horan (Raso), 90

Misconduct Summary
ORL: Alleway (Caution), 43
POR: Raso (Caution), 90+2

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Betos, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Menges, D Klingenberg, M Henry (Weber, 90+2), M Horan, M Long, M Heath (Raso, 62), F Nadim (Brynjarsdottir, 71), F Sinclair ©

Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch, M Boureille

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Heath, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Heath, 2); FOULS: 8 (Heath, Henry, 2); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3

ORL: GK Harris, D Bélanger, D Monica, D Alleway, D Catley, M Weatherholt (Witteman, 89), M Kyle (Edwards, 87), M Edmonds, F Spencer, F Morgan ©, F Burkenroad (Fields, 58)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Dorsey, D Pressley, M Evans, F Hagen

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Morgan, Spencer, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Spencer, 2); FOULS: 9 (Kyle, Spencer, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3

Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Hayden Oscanoa
4th Official: Janessa Gunn
Attendance: 7,143
Weather: Partly cloudy, 93 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

Thorns FC's Christine Sinclair named to Canada Women's National Team roster for Rio 2016 Olympics

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Thorns FC's Christine Sinclair named to Canada Women's National Team roster for Rio 2016 Olympics

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair was named to the Canada Women’s National Team roster for the Rio 2016 Olympics, it was announced today. This marks the third time Sinclair has been selected to represent Canada at the Olympics.

Sinclair, 33, made her first appearance at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, appearing in four games and scoring two goals. At the London 2012 Olympics, Sinclair led Canada to the bronze medal, tallying six goals in six games, including a hat-trick in the semifinals against the United States. The Canada Women’s National Team captain currently ranks second all-time in career international goals (162), having made 243 appearances with the national team.

Now in her fourth season with Thorns FC, Sinclair has appeared in five matches (4 starts) this season, scoring two goals. In four seasons with the club, Sinclair has played in 57 matches, logging 4,816 minutes and has tallied 19 goals and six assists.

Canada opens group play on Aug. 3 against Australia and plays its other two group matches against Zimbabwe on Aug. 6 and Germany on Aug. 9. The quarterfinals are set to take place on Aug. 12 and the semifinals on Aug. 16. The tournament concludes with the gold and bronze medal matches on Aug. 19.