Thorns sign Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn to three-year contracts


Two of the nation’s best midfielders will be in Portland for years to come.

The Portland Thorns announced Wednesday they have signed Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn to three-year contracts. Both players elected to sign with the team and relinquished their NWSL allocations from U.S. Soccer, but are still contracted players with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“Having the ability to sign two of the top players in the game to contracts with Thorns FC is an important move for our club that highlights our commitment as well as the growth of the NWSL in the global soccer landscape,” Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer said in a release.

Lindsey and Crystal are important individuals when it comes to our short-term goals and for the long-term success of this club.

- Gavin Wilkinson on Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn

Since coming to Portland in 2016, Horan has played in 88 career matches across all competitions while adding 28 goals and 11 assists. She earned NWSL Best XI honors in three-consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019) and earned MVP honors during the Thorns’ NWSL Championship game in 2017.

The star midfielder also played a pivotal run in Portland’s run to win the NWSL Shield in 2016 and NWSL Championship in 2017.


Dunn was acquired by the Portland Thorns as part of a three-team trade in October. Prior to joining the Thorns, she began her professional career as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft with the Washington Spirit and played the last three seasons (2018-20) with the Courage.

Along the way, Dunn has snagged the NWSL MVP award and the Golden Boot after a league-best 15 goal performance in 2015. She has also earned NWSL Best XI honors in 2015 and 2018, and appeared in 89 games (81) starts, and recorded 31 goals and 20 assists.  

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Both Horan and Dunn are competing for the USWNT in the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, Florida. The U.S. will take on Argentina on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. PT.