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Thorns, Blues renew rivalry with different looks

Thorns, Blues renew rivalry with different looks

Jeff Kassouf April 24, 2014 12

Watching from high above Yurcak Field last Saturday, there was a moment early in the match that told a lot about this year’s Portland Thorns FC. Defensive midfielder Amber Brooks had just dropped in

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Riley preaching progress, not perfection in Portland

Riley preaching progress, not perfection in Portland

Jeff Kassouf April 22, 2014 80

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Paul Riley walked into the locker room at Yurcak Field on Saturday and wrote a simple message on the whiteboard: ‘Progression, not perfection.’ The Portland Thorns FC coach preached that in

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Gulati: Decision on US women’s coach by mid-May

Gulati: Decision on US women’s coach by mid-May

Jeff Kassouf April 20, 2014 303

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati says the federation has “three or four” candidates for the vacant women’s national team coaching position and he hopes a decision will be made by mid-May. “I’m pretty sure

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The Lowdown: 2013 finalists return winners

The Lowdown: 2013 finalists return winners

Dan Lauletta April 15, 2014 31

The opening minutes of Saturday’s Portland Thorns’ game went just about how coach Paul Riley envisioned it. One team a bit nervous for the opener, the other quickly pouncing to take advantage. The only

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2014 NWSL preview: Portland Thorns FC

2014 NWSL preview: Portland Thorns FC

Jeff Kassouf April 10, 2014 58

When Portland Thorns FC players take the field on Saturday for their 2014 opener, last year’s champions will be starting anew almost as much as their opponent, the expansion Houston Dash. Thorns FC enter

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McDonald making her case in Thorns’ preseason

McDonald making her case in Thorns’ preseason

Tim Grainey March 29, 2014 31

TUCSON, Ariz. — In a preseason exhibition held in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, defending NWSL champions Portland Thorns dominated the University of Arizona’s Women’s Team in a 10-0 win before over 1,700 fans at the

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The Lowdown: Thorns reworking, Spirit retooling

The Lowdown: Thorns reworking, Spirit retooling

Dan Lauletta December 24, 2013 376

This edition of The Lowdown takes a look at the Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns FC rosters.  Both teams have been busy in recent weeks, but they could not have been farther apart on

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Riley the right fit for Thorns’ intangible needs

Riley the right fit for Thorns’ intangible needs

Jeff Kassouf December 10, 2013 100

Paul Riley embraces the underdog role. He’s blue collar and he instills that in his teams. He fights for everything and settles for nothing. And that’s exactly what Portland Thorns FC need. Riley, introduced

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Paul Riley named new Portland Thorns FC coach

Paul Riley named new Portland Thorns FC coach

Jeff Kassouf December 10, 2013 20

Paul Riley is headed to Portland. As reported last week, the Englishman is the new Portland Thorns FC coach after Cindy Parlow Cone unexpectedly stepped down Thursday after leading Portland to the inaugural NWSL

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All eyes on Portland this week as big moves loom

All eyes on Portland this week as big moves loom

Jeff Kassouf December 10, 2013 132

Most of the offseason NWSL activity has come from the Pacific Northwest due to Seattle Reign FC’s rebuild, but the Reign’s neighbors to the south are set for a big week. Cindy Parlow Cone

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