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2013 Portland Thorns FC season

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Portland Thorns FC
2013 season
President Merritt Paulson
Head Coach Cindy Parlow Cone
Stadium Jeld-Wen Field
Portland, Oregon
(Capacity: 20,438)
National Women's Soccer League League: 3rd
Playoffs: Champions
Top goalscorer Alex Morgan
Christine Sinclair (8 goals)
Highest home attendance 16,479
Lowest home attendance 11,055

The 2013 season was the Portland Thorns‍ '​ inaugural season in the newly created National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's professional soccer in the United States. The Thorns ended the 22-game regular season with a 10-6-6 record, qualifying them for the NWSL playoffs. In their semi-final game the team beat FC Kansas City 3-2 in extra time, qualifying them to play Western New York Flash in the championship. The Thorns beat the Flash 2–0, making Portland Thorns FC the NWSL champion.

Background

The league's founding was announced on November 21, 2012, with Portland as a host for one of eight teams.[1][2] At that time it was announced by Portland Timbers' owner Merritt Paulson that the Timbers would own the team.[2]

The chosen team, Portland Thorns FC, was announced on December 13, 2012, accompanied by the unveiling of its logo.[3][4][5] Both the name and logo were intended to invoke Portland's nickname of the Rose City.[3][6]

Cindy Parlow Cone was announced as the first head coach on December 19, 2012.[7]

Club

Executive staff

Majority Owner & President Merritt Paulson
Chief Operating Officer Mike Golub
General Manager / Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Jeld-Wen Field (20,438 / 110x70 yards)

Last updated: February 11, 2013
Source: Portland Timbers

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Cindy Parlow Cone
Assistant Coach John Galas

Last updated: February 11, 2013
Source: [1]

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Roster

In the National Women's Soccer League's (NWSL) inaugural season, the eight founding clubs filled out their rosters through numerous mechanisms. First, teams are allocated national team players from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Next, teams go through the NWSL College Draft, a free agency period, the NWSL Supplemental Draft, and the signing of Discovery Players.[8]

No. Name Nationality Date of Birth (Age) Previous Club Signed Via / Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Karina LeBlanc 23x15px (1980-03-30) 30 March 1980 (age 35) 23x15px magicJack (WPS) National team allocation[9]
23 Adelaide Gay 23x15px (1989-11-03) 3 November 1989 (age 26) University of North Carolina Discovery player[10]
Defenders
2 Marian Dougherty 23x15px (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 31) 23x15px magicJack (WPS) Supplemental draft[11]
4 Emilee O'Neil 23x15px (1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 32) Stanford University Discovery player[10]
5 Kathryn Williamson 23x15px (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 26) University of Florida NWSL College Draft[12]
7 Nikki Marshall 23x15px (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 27) 23x15pxWestern New York Flash Free agent[13]
11 Jazmyne Avant 23x15px (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 26) 23x15pxNew York Fury Discovery player[14]
16 Rachel Van Hollebeke 23x15px (1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 30) 23x15px Boston Breakers National team allocation[9]
Midfielders
3 Elizabeth Guess 23x15px (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 31) 23x15px Boston Breakers Waivers[15]
6 Meleana Shim 23x15px (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 24) Santa Clara University Discovery player[10]
8 Angie Kerr 23x15px (1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 28) 23x15pxSky Blue FC Supplemental draft[11]
10 Allie Long 23x15px (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 28) 23x15pxNew York Fury Free Agent[13]
12 Becky Edwards 23x15px (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 27) 23x15pxKristianstads DFF Free agent[13]
17 Tobin Heath 23x15px (1988-05-29) 29 May 1988 (age 27) 23x15pxParis Saint-Germain National team allocation[9][16]
20 Courtney Wetzel 23x15px (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 26) Oregon State University Discovery player[10]
21 Nikki Washington 23x15px (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 27) 23x15pxCanberra United FC Free agent[13]
Forwards
9 Danielle Foxhoven 23x15px (1989-11-08) 8 November 1989 (age 26) 23x15pxFC Energy Voronezh Discovery player[17]
12 Christine Sinclair (captain) 23x15px (1983-06-12) 12 June 1983 (age 32) 23x15px Western New York Flash National team allocation[9]
13 Alex Morgan 23x15px (1989-07-02) 2 July 1989 (age 26) 23x15px Seattle Sounders Women National team allocation[9]
18 Jessica Shufelt 23x15px (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 25) 23x15pxOttawa Fury Women Supplemental draft[11]

Last updated: May 20, 2013
Source: [2]

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Competitions

All times Pacific Daylight Time (UTC−07:00)

Preseason

Regular Season

Final Round

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
22 38 11 6 5 32 25 +7 5 4 2 19 17 +2 6 2 3 13 8 +5

Last updated: August 18, 2013
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Last updated: August 18, 2013.
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Statistics

Team statistics

No. Pos. Name League Discipline
GP GS Goals Assts 13px 13px
1 GK 23x15px Karina LeBlanc 21 21 0 0 0 0
2 DF 23x15px Marian Dougherty 19 19 1 1 2 0
3 MF 23x15px Elizabeth Guess 4 1 0 0 2 0
4 DF/MF 23x15px Emilee O'Neil 4 1 0 0 0 0
5 DF 23x15px Kathryn Williamson 22 22 0 0 1 0
6 MF 23x15px Meleana Shim 19 17 5 2 1 0
7 DF 23x15px Nikki Marshall 22 22 0 1 2 0
8 MF 23x15px Angie Kerr 15 9 0 1 0 0
9 FW 23x15px Danielle Foxhoven 21 8 4 0 0 0
10 MF 23x15px Allie Long 22 22 3 3 2 0
11 DF 23x15px Jazmyne Avant 4 2 0 0 0 0
12 FW 23x15px Christine Sinclair 20 20 8 2 2 0
13 FW 23x15px Alex Morgan 18 18 8 5 4 0
14 MF 23x15px Becky Edwards 10 10 0 0 3 0
16 DF 23x15px Rachel Buehler 20 20 0 2 2 0
18 MF 23x15px Jessica Shufelt 4 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF 23x15px Courtney Wetzel 16 6 1 1 0 0
21 MF 23x15px Nikki Washington 11 10 1 2 3 0
Portland Thorns FC 22 32 24 29 0
Opponents 22 25 19 18 0

Statistics accurate as of October 11, 2013[18]

Goalkeeper stats

Last updated: October 11, 2013

No. Nat Player MIN GA GAA SV
1 23x15px Karina LeBlanc 1890 23 1.1 92
23 23x15px Adelaide Gay 0 0 0 0

Honors

NWSL Player of the Month

Month Result Player Ref
April Won 23x15px Christine Sinclair [19]

Player Transactions

National Team Player Allocation

On January 11, 2013, the league held its player allocation for the national team players, with Portland receiving seven players: Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath, Karina LeBlanc, Alex Morgan, Marlene Sandoval, Luz Saucedo, and Christine Sinclair.[9] On January 23, 2013, Heath signed a six-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain and expected to join the Thorns FC once the French club's season is concluded.[16] On March 21, 2013, Sandoval and Saucedo, the two allocated Mexico national team defenders, were removed from the team roster, due to an injury and decision by the Mexican Football Federation, respectively.[20]

National Women's Soccer League College Draft

Each team in the NWSL got to pick once per round, with the draft order based on how well each team did in allocation. The Thorns picked eighth (last) in each round.[10]

Date Player Pos Previous Club Round (Overall) Ref
January 18, 2013 23x15px Kathryn Williamson DF University of Florida 1 (8) [12]
January 18, 2013 23x15px Nicolette Radovcic MF University of Central Florida 2 (16) [12][21]
January 18, 2013 23x15px Amber Brooks MF University of North Carolina 3 (24) [12]
January 18, 2013 23x15px Roxanne Barker GK Pepperdine University 4 (32) [12][21]

Supplemental Draft Picks

Any player that wasn’t selected in the NWSL College Draft, and was done with her college eligibility, was eligible for the NWSL Supplemental Draft. The draft lasted six rounds. Again, the Thorns selected eighth (last) in each round.[10]

Date Player Pos Previous Club Pick (Overall) Ref
February 7, 2013 23x15px Tina Ellertson DF 23x15pxmagicJack (WPS) 1 (8) [11]
February 7, 2013 23x15px Angie Kerr MF 23x15pxSky Blue FC 2 (16) [11]
February 7, 2013 23x15px Michele Weissenhofer FW 23x15pxChicago Red Stars 3 (24) [11]
February 7, 2013 23x15px Marian Dougherty (Dalmy) DF 23x15pxmagicJack (WPS) 4 (32) [11]
February 7, 2013 23x15px Jessica Shufelt FW 23x15pxOttawa Fury Women 5 (40) [11]

Transfers In

Date Player Pos Previous Club Notes Ref
April 24, 2013 23x15px Elizabeth Guess MF Boston Breakers Signed off Waivers [15]

Transfers Out

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References

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  4. Manning, Rob (December 13, 2012). "Women's Soccer Team To Be Named 'Portland Thorns'". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 "TThorns FC select five players in NWSL Supplemental Draft". Portland Timbers. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Thorns FC add four players in inaugural NWSL College Draft". Portland Timbers. January 18, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Thorns FC sign four former U.S. youth internationals". Portland Timbers. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  14. "Thorns FC sign defender Jazmyne Avant". Portland Timbers. February 20, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Portland Signs Midfielder Elizabeth Guess". Oregon Live. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Farley, Richard (January 22, 2013). [One more: Tobin Heath headed for Paris Saint-Germain "Sinclair, Morgan set to join Thorns soccer team"]. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  17. "Thorns FC sign forward Danielle Foxhoven". Portland Timbers. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  18. "Season 2013 – Player Stats and Leaderboards". NWSL. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  19. "APRIL'S BEST: CHRISTINE SINCLAIR". NWSL. May 7, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  20. "Portland Thorns FC: Mexican Players Luz Saucedo and Marlene Sandoval Removed from Roster". stumptownfooty.com. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Portland Thorns FC Training Report: Roster Changes, Strategy, and, uh, Singing". stumptownfooty.com. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013.