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A brief introduction to the Portland Thorns

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Alex Morgan

Position- Forward/Striker

Birthdate - July 2, 1989

Height- 5 ft. 7 in.

College- California-Berkley ‘10

A rising star in women’s soccer and American sports in general, Alex Morgan had a breakout season in 2012. A substitute until the 5th game of the season against Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers, leading the USWNT in goals (28), multi-goal games (9), assists (21), and points (77), she outscored all opponents by herself for the calendar year and the youngest player in team history. In 2011 she was the youngest player to make the Women’s World Cup squad, scoring her first goal in the 82nd minute in the semifinal against France, before recording a goal and an assist in the final against Japan, the first player to do so in Women’s World Cup history.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2007-2010

Cal-Berkley

67

45

17

2011

Western NY

13

4

3

2012

Seattle

3

2

2

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

2008

USA U20

10

5

2009-

USA

58

38

Personal Accolades

Finalist (3rd place) for 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year

2012 US Soccer Athlete of the Year

2012 Women’s Sport’s Foundation Sportswomen of the Year

2012 ESPY Nominee: Breakthrough Athlete

2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Silver Medalist

2010 NCAA All America

3-time (2008-2010) PAC-10 Conference First Team

2008 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Silver Ball

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Rachel Buehler

Position- Defender

Birthdate - August 26, 1985

Height- 5 ft. 5 in.

College- Stanford ‘07

Known for her toughness on the backline for the USWNT, Rachel Buehler has been one of the most consistent starters for the national side, breaking through in the 2010 calendar year. She has also made several appearances in the Youth National Team system. While not known to fill the stat sheet, she leads by example and is known as a fearless ball-winner.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2003-2007

Stanford

51

3

3

2009-2010

FC Gold Pride

39

2

0

2011

Boston

10

1

0

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

2002-2004

USA U19

30

3

2005-2007

USA U21

17

0

2006-

USA

98

3

Personal Accolades

2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Silver Medalist

2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medalist

2007 All Pac-10 Conference First Team

2007 NSCAA First Team All-American Scholar Athlete

2007 ESPN Academic All-American of the Year

2006 All Pac-10 Conference First Team

2006 All-Academic Pac-10 First Team

2004 U19 FIFA Women’s World Championships 3rd Place

2002 U19 FIFA Women’s World Championships 1st Place

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Tobin Heath

Position- Midfielder

Birthdate - May 29, 1988

Height- 5 ft. 6 in.

College- North Carolina ‘10

As skilled dribbler, Tobin Heath is becoming a consistent member of the USWNT, making both the 2011 Women’s World Cup and 2012 Summer Olympics squads. While her post college career has been marred with injuries, she was a star in college, winning several awards as well as the 2006, 2008, and 2009 NCAA National Championship.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2006-2010

North Carolina

72

14

22

2010

Atlanta

3

0

0

2011

Sky Blue FC

12

0

1

2012

New York Fury

1

0

0

International Stats

Year

Team

Apperances

Goals

2006

USA U20

24

5

2008-

USA

60

7

Personal Accolades

2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Silver Medalist

2009 Hermann Trophy Runner Up

3-time NCAA Champion

3-time First Team NSCAA All-American

4-time First Team All-ACC

2007 Pan-American Games Silver Medalist

2006 Consensus Freshman All-American

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Christine Sinclair

Position- Forward

Birthdate - June 12, 1983

Height- 5 ft. 9 in.

College- Portland ‘05

Christine Sinclair is one of the most prolific scorers in Canadian soccer history and currently 3rd all-time in women’s football, behind Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach. A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, her Cascadian and Portland ties run deep, with uncles Bruce Gant and Brian Gant members of the original NASL Portland Timbers.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2001-2005

Univ. of Portland

94

110

32

2006-2008

Vancouver

21

10

*

2009-2010

FC Gold Pride

40

16

*

2011

Western NY

15

10

8

*no data available

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

2001-2002

Canada U20

19

29

2000-

Canada

190

143

Personal Accolades

2012 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada’s female athlete of the year)

2012 Lou Marsh Trophy (Canada’s top athlete)

2012 London Olympics Bronze Medalist

2011 Pan-American Games Gold Medalist

2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winner

2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up

2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up

2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot

2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup Silver Medalist

10-time Canadian Player of the Year

2-time MAC Hermann Trophy Winner

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Karina LeBlanc

Position- Goalkeeper

Birthdate - March 30, 1980

Height- 5 ft. 9 in.

College- Nebraska ‘00

Karina LeBlanc comes to Portland with an impressive playing resume. With the Canadian Women’s National Team, she has started in nearly every game she has appeared in, while splitting time in goal with Erin McLeod over the past several seasons. In club soccer, she has played for teams in WUSA, the W-League, and WPS. In between playing stints, she coached at Rutgers University from 2005-2009, as well as running goalkeeping clinics throughout the US and Canada.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

1997-2000

Nebraska

80

2001-2003

Boston

2

2004

Montreal

1

2005-2006

New Jersey

18

2009

LA Sol

19

2010

Philadelphia

14

2011

magicJack

1

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

1998-

Canada

100

Personal Accolades

2012 London Olympics Bronze Medalist

2011 Pan-American Games Gold Medalist

2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winner

2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up

2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Runner-up

2001 Umbro Select All-Star Classic Women’s Elite College Team

2000 Hermann Trophy Finalist

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winner

3-time Big-12 Academic All-American

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Marlene Sandoval

Position- Defender

Birthdate - January 18, 1984

Height- 5 ft. 7 in.

College- Cal State-Fullerton ‘05

Marlene Sandoval comes to Portland having been an active member of Mexico Women’s National Team, appearing in 85 matches. While not much information is available on her career since college, she played for a record-setting Cal State-Fullerton squad from 2002-2005, which set school records in 2005 for fewest goals allowed (15), fewest shots allowed (161), and total shutouts (12)

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

2002-2005

CSU-Fullerton

71

8

7

2012

Santa Clarita

3

*

*

*no data available

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

2002-

Mexico

85

5

Personal Accolades

2011 Pan-American Games 2nd Place

2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup 3rd Place

2005 NSCAA Second-Team All-American

2005 NSCAA First-Team All-West Region

2005 Big West Defender of the Year

2005 All Big West First Team

2004 All Big West First Team

2003 Pan-American Games 2nd Place

2003 All Big West Second Team

2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup 3rd Place

2002 All Big West Honorable Mention

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Luz Saucedo

Position- Defender

Birthdate - December 14, 1983

Height- 5 ft. 1 in.

College- NA

Luz Saucedo is one of the most capped players in Mexican Women’s National Team history. Little other information is available.

Career Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

Assists

NA

*

*

*

*

International Stats

Year

Team

Appearances

Goals

2002

Mexico U19

*

*

2003-

Mexico

106

2

*no data available

Personal Accolades

2011 Pan-American Games 2nd Place

2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup 3rd Place

2003 Pan-American Games 2nd Place

2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup 3rd Place

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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