Portland Thorns: The Season in 8 Minutes

Looking back at the just-ended soccer season (video)

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We'll miss you, Thorns.Your Saturday defeat at the hands of Kansas City at a sparsely attended game in Kansas City's Durwood stadium was somewhat undignified. You seemed fatigued, not playing as a team and confused by the opposing defense. Whatever. Your second season was uneven, in part because of the weight of the prior year's championship that seemed to slow you down. It was also bumpy due to injuries ...   More
Saturday, August 23, 2014 by

Hotseat: Portland Thorns Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer

The reigning Women’s World soccer player of the year talks about playing goalkeeper for the Thorns and life in Portland.

If you were to pass Nadine Angerer on Hawthorne Boulevard, you might assume she’s another laid-back Portlander, out for a stroll in pegged sweat pants and fedora. Unless you’re a fan of the    More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 KATE WILLSON

National Women’s Soccer League Looks to Build Female Fanbase for Survival


The National Women’s Soccer League is struggling in its second season under tight budgets and low turnout, according to a New York Times story published yesterday. The Portland Thorns FC won the league’s inaugural championship last year and has averaged more than 13,000 fans at home games. But for the league to succeed, it needs to build a fan base that will pay to attend ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by Kate Willson

Thorns Coach Quits

Cindy Parlow Cone cites family as reason for decision


The Trail Blazers’ impressive early-season toughness and the Timbers’ deep run in the playoffs may have Portland dreaming of titles—but it only took the Portland Thorns FC one season to win as many championships as the two marquee men’s franchises have in their entire history put together. As Thorns writer Jonanna Widner pointed out in October, "you can't argue with hardware."Which makes it ...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Portland Timbers and Thorns Say They Support Gay Marriage Initiative


The Portland Timbers and Thorns are joining the fight to legalize same sex marriage in Oregon.The announcement today by the soccer teams' owner Merritt Paulson marks the first major U.S. professional sports teams to endorse a same sex marriage ballot campaign, according to a release by Oregon United for Marriage, which is gathering signatures to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to overturn ...   More
Friday, October 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Rip City vs. No Pity: Hey, What About the… Thorns?

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Last November, we learned of the creation and the birth of a local franchise, Portland Thorns FC. Local media gathered up their Alex Morgan B-roll and then settled into a regular-season holdin   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 JONANNA WIDNER

Best of Portland 2013: Best Fun and Games

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BEST PITCHING COACH In most professions, Doug Drabek wouldn’t be a retiree. The former major leaguer and current pitching coach for the Hillsboro Hops (hillsborohops.com) certainly doesn’t look   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 WW Staff

Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Portland’s pro women’s soccer team strives to reach the playoffs in its first season.

It’s taken a few years, but Portland is finally back to living up to its nickname as Soccer City USA. In fact, it’s become the hottest place for soccer in the nation. A lot of the heat is    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GEOFF GIBSON


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