PORTLAND THORNS Overview
An "embarrassment of riches" is the most appropriate term to describe the talented roster that Mark Parson is back to manage for his second year with the 2016 NWSL Support Shield winners.
2017 NWSL SEASON PREVIEW
No matter how you slice it, the Portland Thorns had a tremendously successful season last year. Supporter Shield winners, the Thorns allowed the fewest goals of any team, while scoring the second most. Their one blemish? A shocking exit from the playoffs at home against the Western New York Flash. Thorns' players have made it clear they have not forgotten that crushing defeat. With nearly every player returned, can anyone stop them? Read more to see.
HOME SWEET HOME
Widely considered to be the best place to play, Providence Park is shaping up to be a fortress in Rose City.
COMEBACK KID: WILL THIS BE THE YEAR THAT ADRIANNA FRANCH RETURNS TO HER ROOKIE FORM?
As a rookie in 2013, Adrianna Franch anchored a Western NY Flash's backline that would dominate the league on their way to earning the first-ever NWSL Supporter Shield.. A series of injuries has set the Oklahoma-native back ever since, but this looks to be the year she returns to top form.