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June 13, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Portland Thorns FC News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Thorns FC complete their three-game homestand with a special Father's Day match on Sunday against Pacific Northwest neighbors Seattle Reign FC; kickoff is 2 p.m. (Pacific).

Sunday's match, presented by Parklane Mattresses, is the third of four meetings during the inaugural National Women's Soccer League between the two clubs and marks Reign FC's second visit to the Rose City after taking part in the inaugural home opener on April 21 in front of a record-setting crowd of 16,479. Sunday's game will be carried live on Freedom 970AM with a high-definition web stream on www.portlandthornsfc.com.

The first 5,000 fans at Sunday's game against Seattle Reign FC will receive a free poster and wristband courtesy of Parklane Mattresses.

Thorns FC (7-2-1, 22pts) have earned a 2-0-0 record against Seattle this season, winning once at home and on the road. Defender Marian Dougherty tallied the first-ever goal for Thorns FC at JELD-WEN Field and forward Alex Morgan added an insurance goal as Portland garnered a 2-1 win on April 21 in the home opener. Making their first visit to Seattle on May 25, forward Christine Sinclair netted the game-winning penalty kick in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Each team will be without several key players on Sunday due to national team duty. Thorns FC will be without Morgan and defender Rachel Buehler as the U.S. Women's National Team prepares for two international friendlies against Korea Republic on June 15 (Foxborough, Mass.) and June 20 (Harrison, N.J.). Forward Christine Sinclair will also miss Sunday's game while on duty with the Canada Women's National Team ahead of a friendly against FIFA No. 2-ranked Germany on June 19 in Paderborn, Germany.

Seattle (0-8-1, 1pt), still looking for its first win of the season, will be missing U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo and Canadian international defender Emily Zurrer and midfielder Kaylyn Kyle.

Portland enters Sunday's game following a thrilling 4-3 win over FC Kansas City on June 6 in front of 10,886 fans at JELD-WEN Field. Morgan registered a goal and two assists, midfielder Courtney Wetzel scored her first career NWSL goal and the two clubs combined for the most total goals in an NWSL game this season during the Thorns FC win. Midfielder Allie Long and forward Danielle Foxhoven each scored goals in the win, while Morgan became the first Thorns FC player to record a multi-assist game.

Seattle played host to FC Kansas City on June 9 and suffered a 1-0 loss at Starfire Sports Complex. FC Kansas City rookie forward Erika Tymrak tallied her second goal in as many games, leading FC Kansas City to the win in front of 1,377 fans. Reign FC have not scored a goal in 317 minutes.

Following Sunday's match, Thorns FC hit the road for back-to-back away games. Portland travels to the East Coast to face Sky Blue FC on Saturday, June 22, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The following week, Thorns FC visits FC Kansas City on Sunday, June 30, at Verizon Wireless Field at Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, Kan.

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Thorns FC to feature twice on FOX Soccer as part of NWSL, FOX Sports Media Group broadcasts

The National Women's Soccer League and FOX Sports Media Group announced today a national television broadcast schedule consisting of six regular-season matches and three playoff games. Portland Thorns FC are featured in consecutive weeks on national FOX Soccer broadcasts in regular-season home matches on Sunday, July 28, against the Chicago Red Stars and Sunday, Aug. 4, against FC Kansas City at JELD-WEN Field.

Due to the national broadcast on FOX Soccer, the start time for both Thorns FC home games at JELD-WEN Field on July 28 and Aug. 4 have been moved.

The Thorns FC match against the Chicago Red Stars on July 28 has been moved to 4 p.m. (Pacific), instead of the originally scheduled 2 p.m. (Pacific).

As part of a doubleheader at JELD-WEN Field on Aug. 4, Thorns FC play host to FC Kansas City in their regular-season home finale. The match against FC Kansas City has been moved to 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). Due to the Thorns FC kickoff time for national television coverage, the Portland Timbers Reserves match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves will now kickoff at 2 p.m. (Pacific) in the first game of the doubleheader.

Tickets for either game of the Aug. 4 doubleheader are valid for entry into both matches. Tickets are still available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office or online at www.portlandthornsfc.com.

FOX Soccer will broadcast one game per week for the final six weeks of the regular season beginning on Sunday, July 14, as Seattle Reign FC play host to the Washington Spirit at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance spotlight Sunday on Pirates Fish & Chips

Sunday's Food Cart Alliance member is Pirates Fish & Chips. You can find Pirates Fish & Chips at the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93, where they are serving their Pacific grilled salmon burger topped with Pirates' signature slaw and house made tartar, and their signature fish & chips basket, which includes natural cut fries, house slaw and house tartar. For more information on the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance visit portlandtimbers.com/PTFCA

Sinclair, Morgan and Buehler called up for national team duty

Thorns FC announced this that forwards Christine Sinclair (Canada), Alex Morgan (United States) and defender Rachel Buehler (United States) have been called up by their respective national teams for upcoming international friendly matches.

All three players will miss Sunday's match against Seattle Reign FC at JELD-WEN Field, the last of three straight home games for Portland. The trio is scheduled to rejoin the team prior to an away match against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, June 22.

Sinclair, 30, joins the Canada Women's National Team for an international friendly on Wednesday, June 19, against FIFA No. 2-ranked Germany at Benteler Arena in Paderborn, Germany.

Morgan, 23, and Buehler, 27, have already joined the U.S. Women's National Team for training camp in Boston ahead of a match on Saturday against Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The international friendly will be carried live on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. (Pacific).

Midfielder Tobin Heath, who is set to join Thorns FC later this summer, is also part of the roster for the United States.

Following Saturday's game, the United States faces Korea Republic a second time on June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The match will be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific).

Three amateur players added to Thorns FC roster for Sunday's game against Seattle Reign FC

Goalkeeper Cris Lewis, midfielder Amanda Dutra and defender Carlie Davis have been called into the team as amateur players for Sunday's match against Seattle Reign FC at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is 2 p.m. (Pacific).

Classified as amateur players, the three additions will provide Thorns FC with roster depth on Sunday as Portland will be missing three national team players for international friendly matches. All three amateur players were part of preseason training camp with Thorns FC leading up to the inaugural National Women's Soccer League season.

Lewis, 25, is a former standout goalkeeper at Portland State University, claiming multiple program records. The Burien, Wash., native holds the Vikings all-time career records in saves (375), shutouts (17) and wins (24) following a four-year career from 2006-09. Lewis conceded two goals in a 2-0 loss against the Chicago Red Stars on June 1 in her NWSL and Thorns FC debut at JELD-WEN Field.

Dutra, 22, finished her four-year career at Portland State in 2012 as the program's all-time career leader in assists (16). In 68 appearances for the Vikings from 2009-12, the Sherwood, Ore., native recorded eight goals and 16 assists. Dutra was a four-time All-Big Sky Conference pick as a midfielder, helping the Vikings to a co-regular season championship in 2012.

Davis, 22, started all 25 games during her senior season in 2012, helping Baylor to one of the more impressive seasons in school history. While serving as a key defender for the Bears, Davis was part of a 2012 squad that set the school record for most wins (19), shutouts in a season (13), fewest goals allowed (14), shots allowed (173), assists allowed (9) and points allowed (37). The Bears reached the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling in penalty kicks to eventual champion North Carolina.

Dutra and Davis were unused substitutes on June 1 against the Chicago Red Stars.

Timbers, Thorns FC launch new online auction site to benefit Stand Together

The Portland Timbers and Thorns FC recently launched a new online auction website, featuring autographed memorabilia, game-worn gear and one-of-a-kind game-day experiences, with proceeds benefitting the clubs' community outreach platform Stand Together and the Portland Timbers Community Fund. Click here to view the items currently up for bid.

Stand Together supports local nonprofit organizations focusing on youth programs related to sport, education, fitness and the environment. The Stand Together mission is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in the region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving and is supported in part by adidas, Alaska Airlines, JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, Burgerville, and PGE.

Watch Thorns FC matches at one of four pub partner locations

Thorns FC fans can watch Thorns FC matches at one of four pub partner locations during the 2013 National Women's Soccer League season. Mad Greek Deli (1740 E. Burnside), Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave.), On Deck (910 NW 4th Ave.) and McGillacuddy's (11133 NE Halsey St.) will each have a television dedicated to the live web stream of Thorns FC games this season.

THORNS FC MEDIA SOURCES

Radio: The club's weekly radio talk show, "Talk Timbers," presented by JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, airs every Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. (Pacific) on flagship station 750 AM The Game. "Talk Timbers" provides team news and interviews covering the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer as well as regular updates, features and player interviews covering Portland Thorns FC.

Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone joined the program this week to talk about reaching the season's midway point, what the team has done well in the first half of the year, dealing with national team call-ups and dealing with concussions.

Fans can submit questions, provide comments or simply follow the conversation on Talk Timbers on Twitter with the hashtag #TalkTimbers.

Fans can tune in to the show live on 750 AM The Game or listen online at www.750thegame.com . Available podcasts can be downloaded at www.portlandtimbers.com/timbers-podcast-network .

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