Thorns FC Announce Updated 2021 Preseason Roster
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Thorns FC have announced their updated preseason roster as the team continues preparations for the 2021 NWSL season.
The NWSL will open with the 2021 Challenge Cup in home markets, beginning on April 9. Following the Challenge Cup, the NWSL will begin its 24-game regular-season schedule with opening day scheduled for May 15. The league will not break for the 2021 Summer Olympics and the regular season will conclude on Oct. 30. Full details on the Challenge Cup format and the complete regular-season schedule will be announced at a later date.
Six teams will qualify for an expanded NWSL playoffs set to begin on Nov. 6, with the top two seeds receiving a first-round bye. The league's ninth season will conclude with the NWSL Championship on Nov. 20.
2021 Thorns FC Preseason Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Bella Bixby, Adrianna Franch, Shelby Hogan
Defenders (8): Kelli Hubly, Meghan Klingenberg, Natalia Kuikka (INTL), Emily Menges, Meaghan Nally, Madison Pogarch, Becky Sauerbrunn, Christen Westphal
Midfielders (6): Celeste Boureille, Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Rocky RodrÃguez, Angela Salem, Christine Sinclair
Forwards (5): Simone Charley, Marissa Everett, Tyler Lussi, Sophia Smith, Morgan Weaver
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