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Director of Goalkeeping Nadine Angerer signs contract extension with Thorns FC

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Angerer pens multi-year extension with Thorns FC.

Portland Thorns FC v North Carolina Courage Photo by Lewis Gettier/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The Portland Thorns announced today that Director of Goalkeeping Nadine Angerer has signed a multi-year contract extension. The former Thorns goalkeeper and German international signed the deal today and will begin her seventh season as part of the Thorns’ technical staff in 2022.

“Nadine has been essential for the Thorns,” said Thorns FC owner and CEO Merritt Paulson in the club’s press release. “She is a phenomenal coach, but well beyond that she is a leader and a culture builder. I am thrilled to announce this extension and when we transition from Mark Parsons to our next head coach in 2022, Nadine will be a key force of stability.”

As goalkeeping coach Angerer has overseen a very successful group of keepers throughout her time with the Portland Thorns. Adrianna Franch was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017 and 2018 with the best save percentage in the league (78.6) and the second-most shutouts (14) in the league over the two seasons. 2018 NWSL College Draft pick Bella Bixby made her debut in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. She is playing in her first NWSL regular season and has already kept seven clean sheets. During the 2020 Challenge Cup, Britt Eckerstom made her tournament debut against the North Carolina Courage in the quarterfinal and made eight saves in a shutout win,

“Portland is a special place. I love this city, the community and the people,” said Angerer in the press release. “I am grateful for the trust that I have been given by the club. I am passionate about continuing to develop our goalkeepers, while helping raise the bar so we can become the best club on and off the field during a critical time.”

Angerer finished her professional playing career in Portland. She played the 2014 and 2015 seasons with Thorns FC, appearing in 28 matches. Angerer made 146 appearances for the Germany Women’s National Team and won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. She was also named the 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year.

The full release can be read here.