Portland Thorns FC announced the signing of both Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn. The Horan signing was first reported by Jeff Kassouf of The Equalizer and Dunn’s signing was first reported by Meg Linehan of The Athletic.
The two players have officially signed with the Thorns, relinquishing their NWSL allocations from U.S. Soccer. They are still contracted players with the U.S. women’s national team.
“Having the ability to sign two of the top players in the game to contracts with Thorns FC is an important move for our club that highlights our commitment as well as the growth of the NWSL in the global soccer landscape,” said Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson. “Lindsey and Crystal are important individuals when it comes to our short-term goals and for the long-term success of this club.”
This will be Horan’s sixth season at the club and Dunn’s first. Dunn has played seven seasons in the NWSL. She was acquired in a trade with OL Reign on October 22, 2020.
“Lindsey and Crystal are key pillars to our future,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “Their role on and off the field is crucial to our identity and the collective goals of the club. I am inspired by their dedication to the team and our vision to take this important step forward as a club.”
Both players will join the Thorns for preseason after the conclusion of the SheBelieves Cup.