Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 NWSL: Portland Thorns Preview, Depth Chart & Key Players

2013: 11-5-6 (3rd Place/Won League Championship Finals)

Head Coach: Paul Riley
Key Returners: Christine Sinclair F (20gp 8g 2a), Alex Morgan F (18gp 8g 5a), Allie Long M (22gp 3g 3a), Meleana Shim M (19gp 5g 2a)

Key Newcomers: Nadine Angerer G (Germany), Michelle Betos G (7gp - Seattle)

Analysis: The NWSL benefitted greatly with Portland winning the league’s first title last season. The team is connected to MLS-club Portland Timbers, plays in the same stadium, averaged over 13,000 fans a game and they also have two of most high profile players in the women’s game in Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan who performed what was expected of them last season. The biggest concern with the Thorns this season is overall depth  they did add  experienced German keeper Nadine Angerer who has played 250 professional games. To give a comparison, Sinclair who has now played 195 games for Canada, has only played 75 games in what would be regarded a pro league.
2014 Prediction: 3rd Place

Key Players

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