It’s a little later than expected, but the Portland Thorns finally released their 2019 NWSL roster this morning, with only a few changes from last season.
Gabby Seiler, who missed the whole 2018 season with an MCL tear, is officially a contracted player now. Bella Bixby (née Geist), after being a training player for all of last year with the club, is contracted as a supplemental player, the only one on the Thorns for now.
Caitlin Foord has earned her green card and won’t be using an international spot at the club, but as far as we know the club has only 4 visa spots, so juggling those is going to become an interesting challenge when Andressinha returns after her loan to Brazil.
It’s worth keeping in mind that there are going to be more players around the Thorns, currently training with the team, who will be contracted at some point when international absences start to rack up after week 3, so this isn’t by any stretch of the imagination all of the Thorns you will see this year.
The full roster is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bella Bixby (SUP), Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch (FED-USA)
DEFENDERS (8): Elizabeth Ball, Ellie Carpenter (INTL-AUS), Kelli Hubly, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Katherine Reynolds, Gabby Seiler, Emily Sonnett (FED-USA)
FEDERATION PLAYERS (FED): 5
INTERNATIONAL ROSTER SPOTS FILLED (INTL): 4
ACTIVE SENIOR ROSTER:
FED (Federation Player): Any player assigned to a roster by virtue of being a Federation Player
INTL (International Player): Any player using an international roster spot
ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE SENIOR ROSTER LIMIT:
D45 (45-Day Disabled List): Any player on the 45-Day disabled list
SEI (Season Ending Injury List): Any player on the season ending injury list
NTR (National Team Replacement): Any player replacing a player who is with their National Team
GKR (Goalkeeper Replacement): Any goalkeeper replacing a goalkeeper on the roster due to injury
MAT (Maternity): Any player out for an extended period due to maternity
LOA (Loan): Any player who is loaned out to another club
PEN (Pending): Any player signed that will join club on a future date
SUP (Supplemental): Any player on the Supplemental Roster