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United States' Sophia Smith challenges for the ball with England's Millie Bright, bottom, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

Thorns’ Sophia Smith named National Women’s Soccer League MVP

United States' Sophia Smith challenges for the ball with England's Millie Bright, bottom, during the women's friendly soccer match between England and the US at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

October 27, 2022, 4:30pm Soccer

Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith has been named the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League Most Valuable Player. Read story

FILE - Portland Timbers president Merritt Paulson speaks during a soccer news conference announcing the firing of Timbers coach John Spencer on July 9, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Paulson, who also owns the Portland Thorns women soccer team, has removed himself from a decision-making role with the National Women's Soccer League club until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous scandals around the league.

Paulson steps away as CEO of Timbers, Thorns amid scandal

FILE - Portland Timbers president Merritt Paulson speaks during a soccer news conference announcing the firing of Timbers coach John Spencer on July 9, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Paulson, who also owns the Portland Thorns women soccer team, has removed himself from a decision-making role with the National Women's Soccer League club until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous scandals around the league.

October 11, 2022, 10:51am Latest News

Merritt Paulson removed himself Tuesday as the chief operating officer of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. Read story

FILE - Portland Timbers team president and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, left, speaks as team owner Merritt Paulson, right, listens during an MLS soccer news conference on Jan. 8, 2018, in Portland, Ore. Wilkinson and Paulson have been removed from any decision-making roles with the Portland Thorn's National Women's Soccer League club until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous scandals around the league.

Thorns fire execs, Louisville apologizes following report

FILE - Portland Timbers team president and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, left, speaks as team owner Merritt Paulson, right, listens during an MLS soccer news conference on Jan. 8, 2018, in Portland, Ore. Wilkinson and Paulson have been removed from any decision-making roles with the Portland Thorn's National Women's Soccer League club until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous scandals around the league.

October 5, 2022, 5:45pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns have dismissed a pair of team executives in the wake of an investigation into misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League. Read story

FILE - Portland Thorns fans hold signs during the first half of the team's NWSL soccer match against the Houston Dash in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

Thorns owner Paulson steps away after damning abuse report

FILE - Portland Thorns fans hold signs during the first half of the team's NWSL soccer match against the Houston Dash in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

October 4, 2022, 3:10pm Soccer

Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson has removed himself from a decision-making role with the National Women’s Soccer League club until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous scandals around the league. Read story

Portland Thorns midfielder Olivia Moultrie is the youngest player to score a goal in NWSL history.

Portland Thorns’ Moultrie proud of stand she took to play in NWSL

Portland Thorns midfielder Olivia Moultrie is the youngest player to score a goal in NWSL history.

August 8, 2022, 6:33pm Soccer

It’s been a little more than a year since Olivia Moultrie signed with the Portland Thorns after suing to join the National Women’s Soccer League at just 15 years old. Read story

United States' Sophia Smith, second from right, is congratulated by a teammate after scoring her side's second goal against Jamaica during a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Thorns’ Smith helps U.S. women soccer beat Jamaica 5-0 at W Championship

United States' Sophia Smith, second from right, is congratulated by a teammate after scoring her side's second goal against Jamaica during a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 7, 2022.

July 7, 2022, 6:42pm Soccer

The U.S. women's national team qualified for the 2023 World Cup on Thursday night at the CONCACAF W Championship. Read story

Olivia Moultrie of the Portland Thorns became the youngest player to score a goal in National Women's Soccer League history when the 16-year-old midfielder scored in a 4-0 win over the Houston Dash on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Portland Thorns’ Olivia Moultrie becomes NWSL’s youngest goal scorer

Olivia Moultrie of the Portland Thorns became the youngest player to score a goal in National Women's Soccer League history when the 16-year-old midfielder scored in a 4-0 win over the Houston Dash on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

June 12, 2022, 7:44pm Soccer

Olivia Moultrie became the youngest player to score a goal in National Women’s Soccer League history as the Portland Thorns routed the Houston Dash 4-0 on the road Sunday. Read story

Portland Timbers supporters cheer prior to the MLS Cup soccer match against New York City FC on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Portland, Ore.

Timbers, Thorns to play mixed match to benefit Ukraine

Portland Timbers supporters cheer prior to the MLS Cup soccer match against New York City FC on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Portland, Ore.

April 13, 2022, 2:36pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns and the Portland Timbers announced Wednesday that the clubs will host PTFC For Peace — a mixed teams, U.S. first division charity match to raise funds for Ukrainian children and families affected by the war. Read story

Portland Thorn's Lindsey Horan has been loaned to French club Lyon through the summer of 2023. Horan has been with the Thorns since 2016. In addition to the loan to Lyon, Portland announced Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, that she had signed a contract extension with the Thorns through the 2025 season.

Portland’s Lindsey Horan sent to French club Lyon on loan

Portland Thorn's Lindsey Horan has been loaned to French club Lyon through the summer of 2023. Horan has been with the Thorns since 2016. In addition to the loan to Lyon, Portland announced Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, that she had signed a contract extension with the Thorns through the 2025 season.

January 27, 2022, 4:00pm Soccer

Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan has been loaned to French club Lyon through the summer of 2023. Read story

FILE - Portland Thorns goalie Karina LeBlanc, right, celebrates with teammates and fans after their 2-0 win over the Seattle Reign in a National Women's Soccer League match in Portland, Ore., April 21, 2013. The Portland Thorns have named former goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc as the team's new general manager. LeBlanc is currently the head of women's soccer for the confederation for North and Central America and Caribbean soccer. She plans to step down from that post to focus on the Thorns.  "I know women's football will continue to be a major priority at Concacaf. I am proud of how we were able to move the game forward. I loved the work I did there, but I missed being around the game, players and the energy of Portland," LeBlanc said in a statement Monday, Nov.

Thorns appoint former goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc as GM

FILE - Portland Thorns goalie Karina LeBlanc, right, celebrates with teammates and fans after their 2-0 win over the Seattle Reign in a National Women's Soccer League match in Portland, Ore., April 21, 2013. The Portland Thorns have named former goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc as the team's new general manager. LeBlanc is currently the head of women's soccer for the confederation for North and Central America and Caribbean soccer. She plans to step down from that post to focus on the Thorns.  "I know women's football will continue to be a major priority at Concacaf. I am proud of how we were able to move the game forward. I loved the work I did there, but I missed being around the game, players and the energy of Portland," LeBlanc said in a statement Monday, Nov.

November 1, 2021, 10:24pm Soccer

Karina LeBlanc is ready to lead the Portland Thorns out of recent turbulence as the team's new general manager. Read story