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
Home colors
Away colors

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 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[edit]

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[edit]

Executive staff[edit]

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[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Cindy Parlow Cone
Assistant Coach John Galas

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

Roster[edit]

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 Canada (1980-03-30) 30 March 1980 (age 34) United States magicJack (WPS) National team allocation[9]
23 Adelaide Gay United States (1989-11-03) 3 November 1989 (age 25) University of North Carolina Discovery player[10]
Defenders
2 Marian Dougherty United States (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 30) United States magicJack (WPS) Supplemental draft[11]
4 Emilee O'Neil United States (1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 31) Stanford University Discovery player[10]
5 Kathryn Williamson United States (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 25) University of Florida NWSL College Draft[12]
7 Nikki Marshall United States (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 26) United StatesWestern New York Flash Free agent[13]
11 Jazmyne Avant United States (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 24) United StatesNew York Fury Discovery player[14]
16 Rachel Van Hollebeke United States (1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 29) United States Boston Breakers National team allocation[9]
Midfielders
3 Elizabeth Guess United States (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 29) United States Boston Breakers Waivers[15]
6 Meleana Shim United States (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 23) Santa Clara University Discovery player[10]
8 Angie Kerr United States (1987-03-29) 29 March 1987 (age 27) United StatesSky Blue FC Supplemental draft[11]
10 Allie Long United States (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 27) United StatesNew York Fury Free Agent[13]
12 Becky Edwards United States (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 26) SwedenKristianstads DFF Free agent[13]
Tobin Heath United States (1988-05-29) 29 May 1988 (age 26) FranceParis Saint-Germain National team allocation[9][16]
20 Courtney Wetzel United States (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 25) Oregon State University Discovery player[10]
21 Nikki Washington United States (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 26) AustraliaCanberra United FC Free agent[13]
Forwards
9 Danielle Foxhoven United States (1989-11-08) 8 November 1989 (age 25) RussiaFC Energy Voronezh Discovery player[17]
12 Christine Sinclair (captain) Canada (1983-06-12) 12 June 1983 (age 31) United States Western New York Flash National team allocation[9]
13 Alex Morgan United States (1989-07-02) 2 July 1989 (age 25) United States Seattle Sounders Women National team allocation[9]
18 Jessica Shufelt United States (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) CanadaOttawa Fury Women Supplemental draft[11]

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

Competitions[edit]

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

Preseason[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Results summary[edit]

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
Source:[citation needed]
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ground A H A A A H H A H H H A A H H A H H H A A A
Result D W W W W L W W L W W D L L D W D W L L D W
Position 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Last updated: August 18, 2013.
Source:[citation needed]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Statistics[edit]

Team statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League Discipline
GP GS Goals Assts Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Canada Karina LeBlanc 21 21 0 0 0 0
2 DF United States Marian Dougherty 19 19 1 1 2 0
3 MF United States Elizabeth Guess 4 1 0 0 2 0
4 DF/MF United States Emilee O'Neil 4 1 0 0 0 0
5 DF United States Kathryn Williamson 22 22 0 0 1 0
6 MF United States Meleana Shim 19 17 5 2 1 0
7 DF United States Nikki Marshall 22 22 0 1 2 0
8 MF United States Angie Kerr 15 9 0 1 0 0
9 FW United States Danielle Foxhoven 21 8 4 0 0 0
10 MF United States Allie Long 22 22 3 3 2 0
11 DF United States Jazmyne Avant 4 2 0 0 0 0
12 FW Canada Christine Sinclair 20 20 8 2 2 0
13 FW United States Alex Morgan 18 18 8 5 4 0
14 MF United States Becky Edwards 10 10 0 0 3 0
16 DF United States Rachel Buehler 20 20 0 2 2 0
18 MF United States Jessica Shufelt 4 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF United States Courtney Wetzel 16 6 1 1 0 0
21 MF United States 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[edit]

Last updated: October 11, 2013

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

Honors[edit]

NWSL Player of the Month

Month Result Player Ref
April Won United States Christine Sinclair [19]

Player Transactions[edit]

National Team Player Allocation[edit]

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 Mexican national team defenders, have been 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[edit]

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 United States Kathryn Williamson DF University of Florida 1 (8) [12]
January 18, 2013 United States Nicolette Radovcic MF University of Central Florida 2 (16) [12][21]
January 18, 2013 United States Amber Brooks MF University of North Carolina 3 (24) [12]
January 18, 2013 South Africa Roxanne Barker GK Pepperdine University 4 (32) [12][21]

Supplemental Draft Picks[edit]

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 United States Tina Ellertson DF United StatesmagicJack (WPS) 1 (8) [11]
February 7, 2013 United States Angie Kerr MF United StatesSky Blue FC 2 (16) [11]
February 7, 2013 United States Michele Weissenhofer FW United StatesChicago Red Stars 3 (24) [11]
February 7, 2013 United States Marian Dougherty (Dalmy) DF United StatesmagicJack (WPS) 4 (32) [11]
February 7, 2013 United States Jessica Shufelt FW CanadaOttawa Fury Women 5 (40) [11]

Transfers In[edit]

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

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Player Pos Destination Club Notes Ref

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Soccer to announce new women’s professional league today". Leagues. Soccer Wire. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Giegerich, Andy (November 21, 2012). "Women's pro soccer coming to Portland". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Siemers, Erik (December 13, 2012). "Timbers name new women's club Portland Thorns". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Manning, Rob (December 13, 2012). "Women's Soccer Team To Be Named 'Portland Thorns'". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey C. (December 13, 2012). "Portland Thorns: Women's professional soccer team unveils name, logo". The Oregonian. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Portland women’s pro team unveils "Thorns FC" as identity". Clubs. Soccer Wire. December 13, 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cindy Parlow Cone hired as Portland Thorns FC coach". The Oregonian. December 19, 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions: NWSL Roster Procedures". NWSL. January 18, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair among first seven players added to Portland Thorns FC through allocation process". Portland Timbers. January 11, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "NWSL 101: How National Women's Soccer League teams were formed". Portland Timbers. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "TThorns FC select five players in NWSL Supplemental Draft". Portland Timbers. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Thorns FC add four players in inaugural NWSL College Draft". Portland Timbers. January 18, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d "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. ^ a b "Portland Signs Midfielder Elizabeth Guess". Oregon Live. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "Portland Thorns FC Training Report: Roster Changes, Strategy, and, uh, Singing". stumptownfooty.com. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013.