With four games left in the regular season and just a few days before the NWSL roster freeze, the Portland Thorns have added 23-year-old forward Hanna Terry to the team.
Following an impressive college career with Northeastern University, Terry appeared for the Thorns in June as one of the amateur players called in to replace some absent national team members. Terry appeared as a second half sub in a match against the Washington Spirit.
Recent 7-1 and 6-3 wins by the Thorns don't exactly suggest a lack of fire power, but with Jackie Acevedo away training the Mexican National team, head coach Paul Riley has had only one forward available to bring off the bench in recent matches. Terry will provide some depth as the Thorns look to finish the regular season strong and bring home another championship. Riley's comments in the press release (below) also suggest he has high hopes for Terry's future with the club.
Likely due to their recent injuries, both Courtney Niemiec and Kat Tarr are listed as inactive on the Thorns' roster. The Thorns therefore have only 20 active players and will not have to waive anyone to make room for Terry on the roster.
Here is the Thorns' press release:
THORNS FC SIGN FORWARD HANNA TERRY
Former Northeastern standout joins team for remainder of season
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has signed forward Hanna Terry. Per league and club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Terry, 23, made her Thorns FC debut as an amateur player against the Washington Spirit on June 15 as a second-half substitute. Before joining Thorns FC, Terry was named to the Sweden U-23 Women’s National Team roster for the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, from Feb. 28 – March 4, 2013.
"Hanna has all the ingredients to become an impact player in the league: speed, skill, finishing ability and work ethic," said Thorns FC head coach Paul Riley. "She is an investment for the future and a player that could help us in the ‘business’ part of the season."
A three-year starter at Northeastern University (2011-13), Terry helped lead the Huskies to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2013 as well as a Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) title. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Championships, scoring two goals and tallying an assist. A two-time first-team All-CAA selection, Terry finished her career with seven goals and 14 assists, ranking her fourth all-time in Northeastern history in assists.
Hanna TerryCitizenship: Sweden/United States
Born: Nov. 29, 1990, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Hometown: Park City, Utah
College: Northeastern University