Portland Thorns FC Wins NWSL Championship

Portland Thorns Win NWSL Championship to End Turbulent Season

Portland Thorns FC, the NWSL’s best team, took their season to another level after winning the NWSL championship with a 4–3 win over the Western New York Flash on June 15.

The Thorns dominated their semifinal matchup, especially during the second half when Portland’s dominance was finally halted and they had to rally from 2–0 down to win.

The Thorns defeated the Flash and earned their 7th NWSL championship. Their run has been the most complete in NWSL history and they are ready to keep the momentum going forward.

I’ll write about Portland for the rest of the season, because I’m just too tired. They are playing their third championship game in a row, and they’ve always had their backs against the wall. The Thorns are always one step away from making a run for a fourth championship, but so are the New York Freedom and Orlando Pride.

This was the second season for the Thorns in the NWSL and their first in the Western Conference. The Thorns’ head coach, Paul Riley, was the same coach who had been fired before the season started.

On a positive note, Portland was able to add two new players to this championship run, and they are not only rookies but firsts in their sport.

Marijo “MeeMee” Saric (No. 10) was an important player last season for Utah Royals FC and now she’s getting an opportunity to shine for the Thorns.

Saric joined the Thorns on July 16 after she was released by Utah. The two-year University of Tennessee standout was drafted by Orlando City SC in the second round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft but was not able to sign with the league.

Saric was traded into Portland as part of a trade between Orlando City and the

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