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Thursday Roundup: Adrianna Franch off injury report, available for Thorns

Also in today’s roundup, Red Stars land back of jersey sponsor, the Spirit put Aedo on waivers, and Morgan Andrews surprises Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Adrianna Franch and Emily Sonnett are both free and clear of the Thorns injury report ahead of Friday night’s road match in Houston. (photo copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

In the latest NWSL injury report ahead of Friday night’s clash between the Houston Dash and Portland Thorns FC, Thorns fans have received some good news.

Starting goalkeeper Adrianna Franch has been removed from the injury report after being out the past several weeks as she recovered from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in her right knee. Franch underwent the surgery at the end of April and was initially thought to be sidelined for four weeks, but her recovery took slightly longer than expected.

Defender Emily Sonnett, who was listed as questionable (lower back pain) for last weekend’s road match in Chicago but did not see the field, has also been removed from the injury list. Tobin Heath has also been upgraded from unavailable to questionable as she continues recovering from a right ankle sprain.

However, Midge Purce, who also suffered a right ankle sprain while in camp with the United States women’s national team earlier this month, will once again be unavailable for the Thorns as she continues recovering from that injury.

In other Thorns injury news, Australian-international forward Caitlin Foord was set to arrive in Portland today. Foord’s arrival with the team was delayed a few months after she sustained a ruptured lisfranc ligament in her foot that required surgery at the end of the 2017/2018 W-League season.

INJURY REPORT

HOUSTON DASH
Out: Kristie Mewis (left ACL sprain – SEI)
Questionable: Kyah Simon (left ankle sprain)

International Duty: None

PORTLAND THORNS FC
Out: Meg Morris (left hip pain), Midge Purce (right ankle sprain)
Questionable: Tobin Heath (right ankle sprain)

International Duty: None

Red Stars land back-of-jersey sponsor

The Chicago Red Stars announced on Thursday that they had signed a multi-year partnership with Magellan Corporation, a worldwide steel distributor. As part of the partnership, Magellan’s logo will be showcased on the lower back of the Red Stars jerseys. Magellan will also be showcased through signage during Red Stars home matches. Magellan will also be showcased through signage during Red Stars home matches.

“Bob and Magellan have done so many wonderful things for Chicago, its sports teams, and its charities.  We are absolutely thrilled to have Magellan on our team,” said Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler in the team’s official statement. “Magellan is a global leader and committed to all things Chicago.  Their commitment with the Red Stars organization and belief in the future of women’s professional sports is the kind of leadership our world needs.”

While the partnership finalizes one jersey sponsor for the Red Stars, the team has yet to announce a main jersey sponsor.

Spirit put Yanara Aedo on waivers

The Washington Spirit announced on Thursday that they had put Chilean-international forward Yanara Aedo on waivers.

Aedo joined the team in June 2017 but, in her calendar year with the Spirit, did not make any appearances for the pro club. Part of that was due to a right knee meniscus tear suffered during training last season.

Before arriving in D.C, Aedo played with Spanish club Valencia in September 2016. She previously was a member of the Spirit Reserves (2015-2016), helping the team clinch the USL W-League championship with her two goals in the final match against the Colorado Pride.

Andrews surprises D’Aquila with Gatorade Player of the Year

Seattle Reign FC forward Morgan Andrews presented the 2018 Gatorade National Player of the Year award to forward Isabella D’Aquila.

D’Aquila is a junior at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, where she has recorded 101 goals and 44 assists in her high school career so far. The Santa Clara commit is also a member of the U.S. U-17 team that recently qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Andrews was previously awarded back-to-back national player of the year honors in 2012-2013.

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