Tarr, 27, hopes to play next season. She said she will continue for four months with with physical therapy for the knee, and focus on improving her overall strength.
“I’ve got the feeling that if I do everything (the trainers) ask me to do, I’ll be playing next season,” Tarr said.
Tarr is also coaching youth players and is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Clark College women’s soccer team.
Ellertson, a 2000 Hudson’s Bay graduate who has played for the United States in the Women’s World Cup, was a perfect fit to coach the Thorns startup academy program, according to Riley.
“She’s got a great philosophy. I think she’s the right person to do it,” Riley said, adding that he had tried to acquire Ellertson to play for his Women’s Pro Soccer team in Philadelphia. “I think she has the right temperament.
“I think she’ll be a great role model — a great female coach,” Riley said. “I would like more coaches in our league to be female. I think having the Thorns Academy run by a female is brilliant.”
After his first season in the NWSL, Riley said this league is much more stable than the WUSA and the WPS, two women’s soccer leagues that came and went. Portland — which averaged more than 13,000 fans per home game — is significant.