Over the weekend, Merritt Paulson teased a preseason tournament for the Portland Thorns. Now Paulson's teaser has become a reality as the Thorns have made official their first-ever preseason tournament, to be hosted at Providence Park between March 27th and April 2nd. In addition to the Thorns, the tournament will feature the Houston Dash, Seattle Reign, and Oregon State University.
Running from Sunday to Saturday, the unnamed tournament will have a similar format to the Portland Timbers' Simple Invitational, a round-robin set up with each team playing each other team once over the course of the week.
The Thorns will kick things off with a match against the Reign on the 27th, then face Oregon State on Wednesday the 30th, and finish off their week against the Dash on the 2nd. Also like the Simple Invitational, each of these matches will be a double-header, allowing fans to watch all four teams in action.
Of course, plenty of questions remain about this Thorns side before the start of the season. Will Mallory Pugh join the team? Will Amandine Henry? Who will the team be missing for the Olympics? And, most importantly, can we think of a nickname for this tournament as catchy as the "Rose City Invitational"?
The Thorns' press release:
THORNS FC TO PLAY HOST TO PRESEASON TOURNAMENT MARCH 27-APRIL 2 AT PROVIDENCE PARK
Preseason tournament to feature matches against NWSL sides Houston Dash, Seattle Reign FC and Oregon State University
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced details for a preseason tournament at Providence Park. Taking place from March 27-April 2, the tournament will feature Thorns FC, the Houston Dash and Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL, and Oregon State University.
The tournament will consist of three doubleheaders at Providence Park. Portland and Seattle will square off Sunday, March 27; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (Pacific). Houston and Oregon State will face each other in the opening match at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). On Wednesday, March 30, Seattle takes on Houston at 5 p.m. (Pacific), while Thorns FC play host to Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). Portland closes out the preseason tournament against Houston at 5 p.m.(Pacific), while Seattle and Oregon State square off at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific).
Thorns FC season ticket holders will have access to an exclusive presale beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m.(Pacific). Individual tickets, which allow entry to both matches each day, start at $8 and go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. (Pacific) online at www.portlandthornsfc.com. Full tournament ticket packages, starting at $15, also will be available for purchase online.
Season ticket packages for Thorns FC start at $105. Fans interested in purchasing Thorns FC season tickets are encouraged to call the ticket office at (503) 553-5555 or email email@example.com. Single-game ticket information will be released at a later date.
2016 Preseason Tournament Schedule
Sunday, March 27 – Houston Dash vs. Oregon State at 2:30 p.m.; Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at Providence Park
Wednesday, March 30 – Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash at 5 p.m.; Thorns FC vs. Oregon State at 7:30 p.m.(Pacific) at Providence Park
Saturday, April 2 – Seattle Reign FC vs. Oregon State at 2:30 p.m.; Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at Providence Park
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