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Paulson: Thorns FC deposits top 3,500

Portland Thorns FC season ticket deposits continue to rise to what could result in unprecedented numbers for a women’s soccer team.

On Dec. 21, owner Merritt Paulson tweeted that season ticket deposits had topped 2,000 and we pointed out that such a figure would already mean more season tickets sold than any WPS team ever achieved. That figure would also be on pace to top any WUSA number.

Now, Paulson reveals that deposits have topped 3,500:

So, if those deposits all turn into season ticket purchases — and the number continues to go up — Portland Thorns FC will be the best supported women’s soccer team of all-time before even playing a game.

But the “if” is critical here.

Paulson acknowledges that over half of those deposits are Portland Timbers season ticket holders, which means it did not cost them any money to make a deposit. Non-season ticket holders only need to plunk down $25 to reserve a ticket and all deposits are refundable.

So if, say, stars like Megan Rapinoe, who is rumored to be headed to Lyon this spring for a short spell, don’t end up in Portland jerseys, perhaps some fans will pull their commitments. The supporters culture in Portland for the Timbers has been one of the best in MLS, which bodes well for Thorns FC’s hopes of turning all these deposits into hard cash and butts in the seats.

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