The third-winningest coach in NWSL history is staying in the Rose City.
According to the Portland Thorns, the club has signed head coach Mark Parsons to a multi-year contract extension.
“Mark has done a fantastic job, and this extension is a well-deserved recognition of his results and potential,” Thorns FC owner Merritt Paulson said in a statement. “We are excited and proud to have Mark here long term and look forward to seeing his continued development as a top soccer manager.”
In his four seasons with Portland, Parsons has overcome many feats. He was named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2016 in credit to the Thorns 12-3-5 record, including an 8-1-1 mark at home. His team claimed the 2016 NWSL Shield, finishing top of the league in the regular season.
In 2017, Parsons and the Thorns hoisted the NWSL Championship trophy after a physical match against the Courage at Orlando City Stadium. The following year, Portland made its second back-to-back appearance in the NWSL Championship. This time, the Thorns lost 3-0 to the Courage. Thorns FC made their fourth-consecutive playoff appearance and their sixth appearance in seven seasons in 2019.
“I am humbled for the opportunity to commit long term to this incredible club, and I am very grateful to Merritt and Gavin for their trust and commitment,” Parsons told Richard Farley of Timbers.com. “It’s an honor to work alongside such talented staff and an ambitious group of players who relentlessly chase improvement each day. My family is proud to call Portland our home and be in such a special community with the best fans and atmosphere in women’s sport.”
At 33, Parson's time in Portland has just begun, and Thorns FC believe he's not only the coach of now, but of the future as well.