Big news dump from the Thorns this afternoon, the headline of which is three new signings to the Thorns supplemental roster: forward Simone Charley, midfielder Emily Ogle and defender Madison Pogarch. All three have yet to appear for the club in a match but have impressed in training and preseason and will be available to contribute immediately. The club also announced forwards Ifeoma Onumonu and Mallory Weber were to be waived, and Andressinha and Angela Salem were added to the active roster and expected to be available for the weekend’s game against the Orlando Pride.
Additionally, Thorns forward Hayley Raso’s early season absences now have an explanation: she’s received a green card and will no longer occupy an international spot.
Prior to this, the only supplemental signing the Thorns had made was third goalkeeper Bella Bixby. These three signings complete the supplemental roster lineup for the year.
Emily Ogle was the Thorns only draft pick from the 2019 NWSL College draft. Widely regarded as one of the most technically gifted players available in the draft, she fell to the third round because of questions about her physicality at the highest level of competition. Nonetheless she impressed in Thorns preseason, showing off her ability by hitting the post on a close-in free kick.
Simone Charley, an undrafted forward out of Vanderbilt, had been training with the team during the whole 2018 season but did not sign a contract or appear in a matchday squad. Nonetheless she’s been a fixture around the club during that time, putting in hard work in training every week.
Madison Pogarch, also undrafted, spent 3 years at Central Michigan University before finishing at Rutgers. She joined the preseason camp in 2019 and made a big impression in preseason, showing off speed and defensive acumen at fullback.
Mallory Weber was drafted by the Western New York Flash in 2016 and acquired by the Thorns in exchange for a single season loan of an international spot in one of then-new coach Mark Parsons’ first trades. She would go on to make 44 appearances for the club at forward and occasionally at fullback, scoring one crucial goal for the club to secure the win against the Washington Spirit in the Thorns’ NWSL Shield-winning season.
Ifeoma Onumonu made 8 appearances for the club in 2018 after getting picked up in the Boston Breakers dispersal draft, and made important contributions to the club in the early part of the season when everyone else was injured and out, but failed to record an assist or goal during her time up front.