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Thorns Sign Defender Jennifer Skogerboe, add Three Amateurs

Skogerboe (right) joins the Thorns after a short stint overseas.
Skogerboe (right) joins the Thorns after a short stint overseas.
Courtesy Washington Spirit

The Portland Thorns have signed defender Jennifer Skogerboe, the team announced Friday.

Skogerboe, 24, recently appeared for Czech side FC Slovacko, making 10 starts.  She previously played for Thorns' head coach Mark Parsons as a member of the Washington Spirit Reserves from 2012-2015, making two appearances as an amateur call-up in 2014 and 2015.

Skogerboe will be added to the roster once the Thorns receive her International Transfer Certificate.

Additionally, the NWSL announced that the Thorns have called up amateur players Maureen Fitzgerald, Sam Lofton, and Shade Pratt for this weekend's match against Sky Blue FC.

Fitzgerald and Pratt were previously called up for the May 29 match against Seattle.  Pratt played 18 minutes in the match.

Lofton, a defender, was drafted by the Boston Breakers in the 2015 Draft (20th overall), but did not make an appearance during the 2015 season.  She was a member of the Washington Spirit Reserves in 2014, starting every match for them that season, and was named to the W-League Best XI, and was a finalist for Defender of the Year and Rookie of the Year.  She played collegiately at James Madison University from 2010-2014, making 80 appearances (74 starts), scoring 6 goals and adding 12 assists.

Portland Thorns Press Release:


PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC announced today that the club has signed defender Jennifer Skogerboe. She will be added to the roster pending the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

"Jen is a technically smooth player, who has good tactical awareness," said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. "The most important thing for us in this period is having players who are versatile, and Jen is capable of helping us in multiple positions."

Skogerboe, 24, joins Portland after playing for FC Slovácko in the Czech Republic first division this past season, starting all 10 games and helping lead the club to a third-place finish in the league. Skogerboe spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons training with the Washington Spirit and appeared in two matches as an amateur call-up, while also playing with the Washington Spirit Reserves from 2012-15.

Thorns FC play host to Sky Blue FC on Saturday, July 2, at Providence Park; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream at

Jennifer Skogerboe
Position: Defender
Height: 5-6
Born: June 8, 1992
Hometown: Leesburg, Va.
Last Club: FC Slovácko (Czech Republic) 
College: Connecticut
Acquired: Signed, July 1, 2016

NWSL Press Release:


CHICAGO (July 1, 2016) - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that eight (8) Amateur Players have been called up by clubs to be available for selection in Week 11 of the 2016 NWSL season. The Boston Breakers, FC Kansas City, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash have decided not to call-up an Amateur Player, while the Houston Dash and Orlando Pride have a bye week.

NWSL No. Name Pos. Pronunciation Hometown College Last Team
CRS 33 Brianna Smallidge GK Port Orchard, Wash. Seattle
PTFC 27 Maureen Fitzgerald M fits-Gerald Beaverton, Ore. Oregon
PTFC 32 Sam Lofton D Lock Haven, Pa. James Madison
PTFC 29 Shade Pratt F Shah-day pr-AE-t Rosemount, Minn. Maryland Sky Blue FC
SRFC 24 Andi Tostanoski GK toss-tan-aw-ski Colorado Springs, Colo. Santa Clara Seattle Reign FC
WAS 36 Didi Haracic GK Dee-Dee Harrh-ah-CHEECH Round Hill, Va. Loyola (Md.) Spirit Reserves
WAS 21 Alli Murphy M Plano, Texas Texas Tech Spirit Reserves
WAS 29 Haley Rosen F r-OH-z-uh-n Rolling Hills, Calif. Stanford Spirit Reserves

If a national team player is being called up for national team duty, a team may bring in a U.S. Amateur Player to count toward the 20-Player Roster. The team is not to provide any compensation to the Amateur Player, but may cover necessary expenses as approved by the League.

  • Each Team's Amateur List will initially be allowed 10 amateur Players

  • The Players listed on the Amateur List may remain there through the end of the 2016 Season.

The player must be registered as an Amateur Player with U.S. Soccer. A player registered as a professional may not regain amateur status until 30 days have elapsed since her last game competed in as a professional.

Tonight, Week 11 kicks off as the NWSL's No. 1 offense take on one of the league's best defenses when the Western New York Flash host the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. ET at Rhinos Stadium.

On Saturday, the Washington Spirit host FC Kansas City 7 p.m. ET at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Later that night, the Seattle Reign FC face off against Boston Breakers at 10 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium while Portland Thorns FC take on Sky Blue FC at 10:30 p.m. ET at Providence Park.