Who said the Portland Thorns FC were done wheeling and dealing? While they appeared to have hit the roster cap of 20 players a few weeks ago it seems like the Thorns are continuing to add more players, possibly to compensate for Tobin Heath and Amber Brooks playing in Europe for next few months as well as Tina Ellertson publicly stating she won't be playing this year.
As such, today we find the Thorns with a brand new forward in Danielle Foxhoven, a former University of Portland forward who scored 57 goals in four years with the school, fourth overall in terms of goals scored. Certainly not a bad thing to put down on your resume.
Beyond that, it's simply nice to have another college-local girl joining the club. UP is renowned for its women's soccer program and many Portland soccer fans are very proud of that fact. If the Thorns can keep luring them here it should bode well for the club in terms of marketing.
What do you think of Foxhoven joining the squad?
Full press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Thorns FC today announced the signing of forward Danielle Foxhoven, a standout at the University of Portland and former United States youth international, as a Discovery Player. Per league and club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Foxhoven, 23, ranks fourth on the University of Portland's all-time career scoring list with 139 points (57 goals, 25 assists). The Colorado native, who appeared in 87 matches for the Pilots from 2008-11, also ranks fourth on the program's all-time goal-scoring list with 57 goals in four years. Foxhoven was a two-time All-WCC First Team selection (2009, 2010) and was the WCC Freshman of the Year in 2008.
"Danielle is a great addition to our already powerful group of attacking players," said Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone. "She is a very cerebral forward with great vision and finishing abilities."
Originally drafted as the 17th overall selection in the 2012 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft by the Philadelphia Independence, Foxhoven signed with Russian club FC Energiya Voronezh in February 2012 after WPS ceased operations.
In Russia, the four-time All-West Coast Conference selection scored six goals in nine appearances, including a hat trick against Kubanochka on April 26, 2012. After returning from Russia, Foxhoven joined the University of Portland as an assistant coach for the 2012 season.
Foxhoven gained extensive experience throughout the U.S. youth international system, making several appearances for the Women's U-17 National Team in 2006, including a 10-day trip to Argentina. In 2010, Foxhoven was a member of the Women's U-23 National Team and helped the side win the 2010 Four Nations Tournament in the United Kingdom.
Born: Nov. 8, 1989, in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Last Club: FC Energiya Voronezh (Russia)
College: University of Portland
Nationality: United States