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Christine Sinclair has hat trick, Thorns down Reign 4-1

September 30, 2020, 10:24pm Soccer

Christine Sinclair had three goals and the Portland Thorns beat OL Reign 4-1 on Wednesday night in a National Women's Soccer League fall series match. Read story

FILE - This is an Aug. 30, 2015, file photo showing Portland Thorns' Nadine Angerer before an NWSL soccer match against the Washington Spirit in Portland, Ore. Former German national team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has suddenly and unexpectedly found herself on the bench for the Portland Thorns, poised to play as the team navigates injuries at the Challenge Cup tournament. The 42-year-old goalkeeping coach for the Thorns retired from playing five years ago.

Thorns goalkeeper coach Nadine Angerer pressed into duty

FILE - This is an Aug. 30, 2015, file photo showing Portland Thorns' Nadine Angerer before an NWSL soccer match against the Washington Spirit in Portland, Ore. Former German national team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has suddenly and unexpectedly found herself on the bench for the Portland Thorns, poised to play as the team navigates injuries at the Challenge Cup tournament. The 42-year-old goalkeeping coach for the Thorns retired from playing five years ago.

July 21, 2020, 8:16pm Soccer

Former German national team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has unexpectedly found herself on the bench for the Portland Thorns, poised to play if needed as the team navigates the Challenge Cup tournament. Read story

Portland Thorns' Morgan Weaver, rear, celebrates with teammate Simone Charley (38) after scoring against the North Carolina Courage during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Friday, July 17, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

Thorns topple top seed Courage 1-0 in NWSL Challenge Cup

Portland Thorns' Morgan Weaver, rear, celebrates with teammate Simone Charley (38) after scoring against the North Carolina Courage during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Friday, July 17, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

July 17, 2020, 12:40pm Soccer

Rookie Morgan Weaver scored in the 68th minute to send the Portland Thorns into the semifinals of the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup with a surprising 1-0 victory Friday. Read story

OL Reign forward Sofia Huerta (20) controls the ball as Portland Thorns midfielder Celeste Boureille (30) defends during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Monday, July 13, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

Thorns winless after one more draw

OL Reign forward Sofia Huerta (20) controls the ball as Portland Thorns midfielder Celeste Boureille (30) defends during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Monday, July 13, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

July 13, 2020, 10:36pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns will face top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup after wrapping up the group stage with a scoreless draw with the rival OL Reign on Monday. Read story

Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Bella Bixby looks on as North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams (9) scores against her during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

Stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1

Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Bella Bixby looks on as North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams (9) scores against her during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah.

June 27, 2020, 12:52pm Soccer

Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday. Read story

Portland forward Christine Sinclair and the Thorns will open the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020. And the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NWSL takes field first as other pro leagues chart futures

Portland forward Christine Sinclair and the Thorns will open the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020. And the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic.

June 26, 2020, 3:23pm Soccer

The National Women’s Soccer League opens its Challenge Cup tournament Saturday and the pressure is on as it becomes the first professional team sports league to play in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

Heath, Rapinoe among players opting out of NWSL tournament

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

June 23, 2020, 8:07pm Soccer

U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Portland Thorns to open NWSL tourney

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

June 1, 2020, 7:14pm National Sports

The National Women’s Soccer League has set the schedule for the opening round of its tournament starting later this month in Utah, with the Portland Thorns playing the defending champion North Carolina Courage on the opening day. Read story

Washington State forward Morgan Weaver (6) was selected by the Portland Thorns with the second pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft. The league was supposed to start its season this weekend.

NWSL had momentum heading into now suspended soccer season

Washington State forward Morgan Weaver (6) was selected by the Portland Thorns with the second pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft. The league was supposed to start its season this weekend.

April 18, 2020, 3:22pm Soccer

A four-year starter at Washington State, Morgan Weaver said one of her greatest strengths as a player is that she's a good learner. But for now, like the rest of the NWSL's players, she's learning to be patient. Read story

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (18), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and defender Abby Dahlkemper, right, celebrate the team's 8-0 win over Panama in a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston.

Thorns acquire defender Becky Sauerbrunn from Royals

U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (18), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and defender Abby Dahlkemper, right, celebrate the team's 8-0 win over Panama in a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston.

March 3, 2020, 2:19pm Soccer

The Portland Thorns have acquired veteran U.S. national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn from the Utah Royals. Read story