With both Adrianna Franch (right meniscus tear) and Bella Geist (left quad strain) injured ahead of this Saturday’s game against the Utah Royals, the Thorns have signed journeywoman goalkeeper Adelaide Gay as a goalkeeper replacement.
If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because this will not be Gay’s first time in a Thorns jersey: she was Karina LeBlanc’s backup at Portland in the inaugural 2013 NWSL season, making no appearances. She left for the Washington Spirit, playing in their W-League side, before leaving to become a regular in the Swedish and Icelandic leagues. Gay spoke with Jen Cooper about her nomadic career in the game last year on the Mixxed Zone podcast.
Gay was most recently employed as a national team replacement player for the Seattle Reign while Lydia Williams was away at the Asian Cup, but with Williams returning her contract at the Reign expired.