Portland Thorns History

NWSL Original Franchise


2013 - Sparked by UP great Christine Sinclair, and USA National Team member Alex Morgan, Portland finished third in the league standings, then beat Western New York 2-0 to win the first title of the eight-team NWSL.

2014 - International Player of the Year Nadine Angerer joined the team, and the Thorns set a women's soccer attendance record at 19,123 just two days before MLS played its All-Star Game at Providence Park. Portland lost in the league semifinals.

2015 - The team's roster shifted greatly during the off-season, but it resulted in a disappointing sixth-place finish in the now nine-team standings. The Thorns did manage to sell out the stadium for a game.

2016 - A return to the top of the league standings again resulted in a disappointing loss in the semifinals.

2017 - The Thorns won a team-record 14 games, of 24 played, and again won the league title after placing second in the season standings.

2018 - Portland finished second in the league standings and played for the league title, losing to North Carolina in the final.

2019 - Easily the most topsy-turvy season in their history, the Thorns had four players on the U.S. winning World Cup team and five other players on national teams, and led the league entering September, but a disastrous closing month left the team in third, without a home playoff match and it lost in the first round.