With the rash of players that will be away on international team duty this summer, Portland Thorns FC have signed two players — forward Raisa Strom-Okimoto and midfielder Taylor Porter — as National Team Replacement players. National Team Replacement players are players signed for when teams have players away on international duty, with the replacements not counting against the team’s roster limit.
Strom-Okimoto has NWSL experience, most recently playing with Kansas City NWSL at the beginning of this year. She made her professional debut back in 2019 with the Utah Royals FC, playing eight games between 2019 and 2020. As a forward at the University of Hawai’i, Strom-Okimoto tallied 22 goals and 13 assists in 67 appearances and was Big West First Tema three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018. She was named Big West Conference Player of the Year in 2018.
Porter also sports some NWSL experience, but has spent most of her recent professional career abroad. She joins Portland after playing with UDG Tenerife Egatesa in the Spanish first division. Before that, she was a part of ZKF Spartak Subotica in Serbia, who played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, and with the Orlando Pride in 2019. She helped the North Carolina State Wolfpack make three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2016 to 2018 and also notched six goals and five assists in 85 matches.
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