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Preseason trip gives Riley early look at Thorns

Preseason trip gives Riley early look at Thorns

Tim Grainey March 29, 2015 18

TUSCON, Ariz. — For the second consecutive preseason, the Portland Thorns spent a week in Arizona at FC Tucson’s two-year-old, soccer specific Kino North Stadium (capacity 2,900) and training fields. While in the Grand

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A visit to Portland Thorns open tryouts

A visit to Portland Thorns open tryouts

Dan Lauletta February 19, 2015 76

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Paul Riley does most things at least slightly differently from everyone else.  Open tryouts is no exception. “We did a proper training session both days,” the Thorns coach said Thursday following

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Thorns send Moros to KC for international spot

Thorns send Moros to KC for international spot

The Equalizer Staff January 20, 2015 37

Portland Thorns FC on Monday traded defender Rebecca Moros to FC Kansas City in exchange for an international spot in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, as reported by The Equalizer’s Dan Lauletta on Friday.

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Riley rips Kansas City turf, stadium, purported 159-degree field temperatures

Riley rips Kansas City turf, stadium, purported 159-degree field temperatures

Jeff Kassouf August 24, 2014 199

For almost a year, Portland Thorns FC players and staff have discussed how they wanted to repeat as champions on their home field. Providence Park averages about 13,000 fans per game, an anomaly in

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FC Kansas City eliminates Portland — four reasons this year was different

FC Kansas City eliminates Portland — four reasons this year was different

Dan Lauletta August 23, 2014 23

FC Kansas City waited one day short of a year to get back to the NWSL semifinals, where they coughed up a 2-0 lead at home to the Thorns in 2013.  That this year’s

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Thorns hope they’re peaking at right time as they head to Kansas City

Thorns hope they’re peaking at right time as they head to Kansas City

Jeff Kassouf August 21, 2014 15

There’s really no telling which Portland Thorns team will show up in Kansas City on Saturday. The Thorns have been Jekyll and Hyde this year, exploding to some victories to show their potential (6-1

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Boquete joins Portland Thorns FC looking to light up US league once again

Boquete joins Portland Thorns FC looking to light up US league once again

Jeff Kassouf June 6, 2014 55

Paul Riley describes her play simply as “poetry in motion.” “Magical” is another word that comes to mind for the Portland Thorns FC coach as he talks about Veronica Boquete, the defending NWSL champions’

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Morgan, Boquete, Catley set to shake things up in Portland

Morgan, Boquete, Catley set to shake things up in Portland

Jeff Kassouf June 3, 2014 39

Portland Thorns FC players had four full days off following last week’s 4-1 shellacking at the hands of an inexperienced Boston Breakers team, and the Thorns returned to training on Monday with some new

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Save the date: Riley expects Morgan, Boquete, Van Hollebeke, Catley for June 7 vs. Flash

Save the date: Riley expects Morgan, Boquete, Van Hollebeke, Catley for June 7 vs. Flash

Jeff Kassouf May 19, 2014 177

Mark those calendars: Portland Thorns FC coach Paul Riley expects to have all hands on deck — including Alex Morgan — for the June 7 home match against the Western New York Flash. Morgan

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Riley selling Thorns as underdogs vs. Seattle, but stakes are high for Portland, field

Riley selling Thorns as underdogs vs. Seattle, but stakes are high for Portland, field

Jeff Kassouf May 10, 2014 50

It’s hard to over-sell a regular season game in the National Women’s Soccer League in early May, just one-sixth of the way into the season of a league built off parity. But Saturday’s matchup

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