Thorns FC: Mahalo nui loa, Mana

I won’t pretend that I haven’t had some hard words to say about you as a player.  You’ve had something of a tough run since your first magical season in 2013.  Traded to Houston.  Returned here.  In and out of the XI in the past two seasons.

This season on and off the bench and, lately, injured.

And, also, this.

For all your ups and downs as a player, you never seemed to give less than you could.

You never “gave away the gift”.

And now we’re going to give you away, for what appears to be the final time.

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Thorns FC: Freeze tag

Per the Equalizer, Thorns FC has moved forward Savannah Jordan from the 45-day DL to the active roster. To meet the league limit this meant that a player either had to be placed on the DL or released, and Meghan Cox was the unlucky player waived to make room for Jordan.

This ends speculation on whether it would be Cox or Kendall Johnson who would be moved to make space, but doesn’t answer the question of who else might have to go when, as reported by Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian, Tobin Heath comes off the DL ahead of the roster freeze on Tuesday, 8/29/17.

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Thorns FC: Bits and Pieces

With the preseason matches now barely two weeks away the Thorns’ roster is looking increasingly set.  But there are still bits and pieces to pick up and some positions to fill.

The team did just that this week, signing Australian striker Ashleigh Sykes and trading two 2018 fourth-round picks to the team-that-was-the-Western-New-York-Flash-now-Carolina-Courage for reserve goalkeeper  Britt Eckerstrom.

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