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Thorns draw with Houston

Portland readies for home match against Orlando Saturday
Staff report

Forward Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic recorded her first goal of the season and helped the Portland Thorns earn a 1-all draw at Houston Wednesday night in NWSL action.

Portland improved to a tie for fourth place with the Orlando, which will play at Providence Park Satuday at 12:30 p.m. The game is set to be carried on Lifetime.

Crnogocevic's goal came in the 25th minute and was her first in the league since joining the team from Germany's FFC Frankfurt. At 27, she is the leading goal scorer for the Swiss national team and led her German side to the 2015 UEFA Champions League title.

Houston tied the match in the 57th minute. The Thorns dominated much of the match, holding possession of the ball for nearly 70 percent of the 90 minutes and attempting 541 passes - more than double those of the Dash. But, even with completing more than 80 percent of their passes, the team managed just four shots on goal.

Christine Sinclair recorded an assist on the lone Thorns goal, which was her 10th assist with the team.


Thorns, U.S. Nationals smile after meeting

Portland, US both score twice in entertaining preseason match-up
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Midway into the first half Wednesday, Morgan Weaver of the U.S. National U-23 team was warming up near her teams' bench when a fan walked over to her.

"You know it's okay to smile," the fan said. "We're happy you're here."

Weaver got onto the field a short time later and had an assist in the second half as the U.S. team rallied for a 2-2 tie with the host Portland Thorns at Merlo Field.

Ifeoma Onumonu and Mallory Weber scored for the Thorns, who spent most of the match defending against a solid attack from their younger peers, who found a way past Portland starter Adrianna French twice.

Portland, which lost the first of its three preseason matches Saturday against Chicago, plays host to Houston Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in its final match to ready for the NWSL season that begins March 24.

The Thorns, last season's league champions, play two games on the road before returning to Providence Park for their home opener April 15.

Portland's scores were off a counterattack, and a corner kick. Ifeoma Onumonu took a full-speed pass from Lindsay Horan midway into the first half and booted it past U.S. goalie Bella Geist, and then Mallory Weber headed home a corner from Meghan Klingenberg in the 33rd minute to double the lead.

The U.S. players controlled the ball, unofficially, for more then half of the 45 minutes and managed five shots, one of which caused French to make a solid save.

The nationals continued their attack in the second half and found the net in the 58th and 90th minute with both goals by Catarina Macario. The first was unassisted, while Weaver has an assist on the second.

Portland played its full complement of 21 players, subbing more than half in the second 45 minutes.

Regular starters Christine Sinclair, Emily Sonnett and Horan returned from international duty to start for the Thorns for the first time.


Portland Thorns Schedule




18    UTAH ROYALS FC, 7:30 p.m. Sat.
25    At Chicago Red Stars 4 p.m., Sat.
29    At North Carolina Courage 4 p.m., Wed.

6     ORLANDO PRIDE 7:30 p.m., Wed.
9     HOUSTON DASH 7:30 p.m., Sat.
16   REIGN FC 1:30 p.m., Sat.
22   At Utah Royals FC 7 p.m., Fri.
30   SKY BLUE FC 7:30 p.m., Sat.

12    REIGN FC 7 p.m., Fri.
20    At Washington Spirit 4 p.m., Sat.
28    At Houston Dash 4 p.m., Sun.

5     At Orlando Pride 2 p.m., Sun.
11   SKY BLUE FC 7:30 p.m., Sat.

1     At North Carolina Courage 4 p.m., Sat.
9     CHICAGO RED STARS 7:30 p.m., Sun.
15   ORLANDO PRIDE 7:30 p.m., Sat.
29   At Reign FC 12 noon, Sat.

2     At Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m., Wed.
12   At Washington Spirit 4 p.m., Sat.
26   At Sky Blue FC 4 p.m., Sat.

3     WASHINGTON SPIRIT 7:30 p.m., Sat.
9     At Houston Dash 5:30 p.m., Fri.
18   UTAH ROYALS FC 12:30 p.m., Sun.


NOTE - Olympic Games soccer tournament runs July 22 - August 8


Thorns ramp up to opener

International players return as schedule begins Saturday at home
April 9, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The Portland Thorns have one of, if not the top, rosters in women's pro soccer - when it's available. The top-notch roster will be an issue this season, though, as the team heads into its season opener Saturday at home.

Portland plays host to Boston Saturda at 7 p.m. at Providence Park. Last season's match in Portland with the Breakers ended as a 6-5 win for the Thorns. Their two matches in Boston were draws.

The Thorns won the National Women's Soccer League title in the league's inaugural year - 2013, with a roster that included Christine Sinclair, Alex Morgan, and still have much of that roster together. But, as many as 10 players, though, may be gone for as much as a month while the Women's World Cup plays out in Canada during June and early July. Players will be with their national teams in the month prior as well, so some of the roster will be gone for as long as two months.

Sinclair is the standout forward for Canada, as is Morgan with the U.S. Thorns players are set to represent three other nations as well: Australia, England and Germany when the Cup begins June 6 across Canada.

Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath are expected to return to Portland from national team duty this week, while Sinclair remains with Canada's team for a series of friendly matches. Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer is with the German team, and Stephanie Catley is with Australia.

The U.S. faces Australia in its WWC opener, June 8 in Winnepeg.

The NWSL begins its third season Friday with a match in Houston featuring the host Dash against Washington. The league has the same line-up of nine teams with Kansas City as the reigning champion. 

Portland reached the playoffs last season, but lost to Kansas City in the semifinals just two weeks after setting a league record for attendance with 19,123 fans showing up for a game Aug. 3.



Thorns, Timbers keep adding players

Portland preps for beginning of both seasons with draft additions
Jan. 18, 2013

Portland Thorns FC selected Kathryn Williamson, a defender from the University of Florida, with the eighth overall pick in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft on today at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. 

In the following rounds, Thorns FC drafted University of Central Florida forward Nicolette Radovcic in the second round (16th overall), University of North Carolina midfielder Amber Brooks in the third round (24th overall) and Pepperdine University goalkeeper Roxanne Barker with the final pick of the draft (32nd overall).

The Chicago Red Stars selected UCLA forward Zakiya Bywaters with the first overall pick in the draft, which lasted four rounds, totaling 32 picks.  

Williamson, 23, a four-year starter at center back for the Gators, appeared in 81 matches (80 starts) and earned the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010. Florida advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of Williamson’s four seasons on the team, as well as capturing SEC titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. 

“I’m very excited about our four college draft picks. They’re all very technical players and players that I can see jumping into a game right away,” said Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone. “They’re all going to be wonderful professionals.” 

A native of McKinney, Texas, Williamson attended a week-long training camp with the U-23 Women’s National Team at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in January 2011. The two-time NSCAA All-American defender missed a large portion of the 2012 season after sustaining a knee injury, but was able to return to the field in time to help lead the Gators to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament.



The Portland Timbers selected defender Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, a product of the Portland Timbers U-23s and a standout at the University of Washington, in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday.

Portland selected Tucker-Gangnes with the No. 34 overall pick in the second round and he was the club’s only pick in the 2013 SuperDraft. The Timbers acquired the selection Thursday morning prior to the draft in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes.

“Dylan played for the Timbers U-23s – a good, solid player and is a good distributor of the ball,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager. “Caleb was very impressed with him and followed his college career. We have several coaches that have worked with Dylan and spoke very highly of him. We are delighted to keep him in Portland.”

Tucker-Gangnes played for the Timbers U-23s during the 2011 Premier Development League season. He started 13 regular-season games, logging 1,047 minutes and scoring two goals, and ranked among team leaders in both games played and minutes. Tucker-Gangnes was a part of the 2011 squad that helped the Timbers U-23s qualify for their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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