Strung in the middle of a series of tweets, Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC owner Merritt Paulson tweeted that the Thorns are submitting a bid to host an NWSL Challenge Cup at Providence Park in late spring 2021.
Also the Thorns are submitting a bid to host a late Spring 2021 Challenge Cup at Providence Park. Would be an awesome way to kick off the NWSL season!— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) December 15, 2020
Yesterday afternoon, Paulson sent out a series of tweets talking about all that was accomplished in 2020 despite the global pandemic. Before mentioning the bid, Paulson talked about the NWSL and MLS as two of the best leagues in navigating COVID, touting the Timbers’ total of zero positive tests as particularly impressive.
In 2020 @MLS & @NWSL were leaders & best in class in pro sports in navigating COVID. Timbers also had 0 positive tests once protocol went into place.— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) December 15, 2020
Sports TV ratings were down in 2020 due to content glut, but Timbers local ratings were up 20% & NWSL/Thorns set records on CBS.
Paulson also mentioned that more trades would be coming soon for both squads. Paulson tweeted that the Timbers were one of the deepest squads in the league before injuries struck and that the Thorns need to get back to being the clear top dog in the NWSL.
Thorns need to be the clear best in league. We were before and will be again. I love our team. Managing the Olympics will be a challenge & we also may sacrifice some depth but Thorns will be must see TV.⁰— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) December 15, 2020
Thorns & Timbers will be announcing more trades soon. Off to fast start.
All of this was just before tweeting his desire to host the Challenge Cup. The NWSL announced last month that they would start the 2021 season off with a Challenge Cup in multiple bubble environments before officially starting the regular season in mid-May.
For what it’s worth, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird seemed to like the idea of a Challenge Cup in Portland.
Sure would!!!!— Lisa Baird (@lisainog) December 16, 2020
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