Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 4/12/13
The inaugural season of the National Women's Indoor Soccer League (NWSL) is set to begin, as the Portland Thorns open on the road against FC Kansas City on April 13. Among the eight teams comprising the NWSL, the Thorns are the only one with Major League Soccer affiliation due to the franchise's ownership by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns Portland Timbers.  Portland's JELD-FEN Field will be the site of the Thorns' 11 home matches, mostly played on weekends during a season that runs until August. The Thorns roster appears to be well-stocked with quality players. The team did well in the national team player allocation conducted in January, where players from the national teams of the U.S., Canada and Mexico were apportioned among the eight teams of the NWSL.  Head coach Cindy Parlow Cone glowed over the seven players the Thorns received, calling them "a terrific foundation for this club." Parlow Cone's assessment may have been a bit of an understatement, as she was app...
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