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Lescott is our target according to Twellman

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Jill Ellis named head coach of United States Women's National Team

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Jill Ellis has been named the head coach of the USWNT today, after recently serving as interim coach of the squad, taking over for the recent-fired Tom Sermanni. Ellis, 47, has been involved at every level of US Soccer over parts of the last two decades, including stints as the head coach of the U20/U21 Women's National Team and as Women's Development Director for US Soccer, a post that saw her oversee the U14, U15, and U17 programs. She also served as an assistant on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning squads. Ellis recently called in Thorns midfielder Allie Long and defender Nikki Marshall into camp prior to their friendly with Canada, while midfielder Amber Brooks made her USWNT debut in November 2013 and Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan, and Rachel Van Hollebeke are all established USWNT players, giving the Thorns 6 players in the WNT pool, as well as Mana Shim in the U23 pool.

CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers moved to United States

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The CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada have been moved from Mexico to the United States, the confederation announced today. With an expanded field from 16 to 24, 3.5 spots from CONCACAF will now be up for grabs this summer and fall, with Canada getting an automatic qualifying spot as host nation and the United States a front-runner for qualification, expect some surprises to come through the qualification process. Venues have not been announced, but it is highly likely that Portland will put in a bid. Having hosted the Women's World Cup in both 1999 and 2003, and several US Soccer and CONCACAF events, especially on the women's side and the runaway success that has been the Portland Thorns, Providence Park should earn some serious consideration. No date has been announced as to when a decision will be made.

USL Announces PDL+

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The USL announces an expansion to the PDL calendar. Whether or not this will have an effect on the Timbers U23s remains to be seen, but it is yet another opportunity for players trying to make their way into the professional ranks.

Stacey on Black and Red United

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Start at about 25 minutes into the podcast.

I miss Eric Alexander

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I was disappointed when we let him go, thought he had as much potential as Kalif. He played solidly for the NJ energy drinks last year and last night he was magnificent. See evidence at link.

Vote for Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer as German Football Ambassador

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The Thorns goalkeeper is among 11 German players, currently playing outside their home country, nominated for selection as German Football Ambassador. One player will be selected via a fan vote for as captain for "11 of the World".

Remember the 96

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If you missed it last night, I highly recommend you catch this on the Sunday night replay (7pm our time on ESPN 2). It's very intense and a little rough but it is a must see and really well done. For the 96

Where Have All the W's Gone?

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Where have all the W’s gone? Long time passing Where have all the W's gone? Long time ago Where have all the W's gone? Opposing teams took them, every one. Oh, when will we ever win? Oh, when will we ever win? (Sometimes it's too frustrating, disappointing even to rant. This will have to do.)

Jozy Altidore dropped to Sunderland U-21 squad

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Jozy Altidore was dropped from Sunderlands 18 down to their U-21 squad. It's time for MP to make the push and get him to Portland. I don't want to hear this "he can only go to NYFC or NYRB." He is what the Timbers need, bottom line. Give him 8 mil a year and get it done!!

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