The city of Portland is known across the NWSL league as one of the best places in the country to play soccer professionally.
Many players have said that the fanbase has been nothing but supportive and the game day experience is second-to-none, including for the away team as well.
One of those players is four-year Thorns goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom who on Tuesday afternoon, officially announced her retirement:
“I’m so grateful to have had the chance to call Portland home for the last four years,” said Eckerstrom. “What an incredible experience it has been to play for this city and our amazing fans. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out onto the field at Providence Park on game day. Thank you, Mark, Nadine, Gavin, Merritt, and the entire Thorns organization for allowing me the opportunity to live out my dream. This team will forever hold a special place in my heart.”
The 27-year-old came into the league as the first goalkeeper selected in the 2016 NWSL College Draft as the 26th overall selection to the Western New York Flash.
After one season in New York, Eckerstrom came to the Portland Thorns in 2017. In 20 career regular-season matches with the club, Eckerstrom played 1,800 minutes, registering 71 saves and five shutouts.
In 2020, Eckerstrom appeared in six of the Thorns’ 10 matches where she recorded a 0.67 goals-against average, recording 32 saves and a pair of shutouts.
“It has been an honor to play this game alongside such inspiring strong women. I’m excited about the continued growth of the league and so happy I had the opportunity to play a role in its history. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and will forever be cheering on the Thorns.”
“On behalf of Thorns FC, I would like to thank Britt for her time with us and for her contributions to the club, both on and off the field,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer. “We respect and support this decision and wish Britt all the best in her future endeavors.”
Read more on the Timbers/Thorns website here.