The Portland Thorns filled out their roster Friday, announcing the signings of midfielder Celeste Boureille and forward Hayley Raso.
Boureielle, 21, joined the Thorns during the preseason, appearing in all three preseason matches, making starts against Oregon State and Houston. During her collegiate career, she scored 16 goals ans 8 assists in 82 matches for the California Golden Bears.
Raso, 21, is an Australian international who has been capped 12 times since making her debut in 2012, scoring 1 goal, and has also represented Australia at the U20 level, scoring 5 goals. She joined the Washington Spirit following the 2015 Women's World Cup, where she made 9 appearances. Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has scored 11 goals over 50 appearances with Canberra United, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory, and the Spirit. She was released by the Spirit earlier this week
The Thorns open the 2016 season Sunday evening against the expansion Orlando Pride.
Portland Thorns Press Release:
THORNS FC SIGN MIDFIELDER CELESTE BOUREILLE, ACQUIRE FORWARD HAYLEY RASO
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC announced today that the club has signed midfielder Celeste Boureille and acquired forward Hayley Raso off waivers. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Boureille, 21, played at the University of California-Berkeley from 2012-15, and has been in preseason training camp with Thorns FC. In four seasons, Boureille appeared in 84 games for the Golden Bears, tallying 16 goals and eight assists. As a senior in 2015, Boureille registered five goals and two assists, earning second-team All-PAC 12 accolades as she helped guide California to the NCAA Tournament.
"I am excited we have been able to reward Celeste for great performances throughout preseason," said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. "Her approach to every day is first class and we have seen her improve each week. While she gives us depth in the midfield, I hope she can continue her progress and keep pushing on."
Raso, 21, who was named to the Australia Women’s National Team roster for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, joined the Washington Spirit midway through the 2015 season and appeared in nine games. Professionally, Raso began her career with Canberra United in 2011 and had stints with the Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory. Playing with the national team, Raso has earned 12 caps since making her debut in 2012 and also competed for the U20 Australian women’s national team.
"We are fortunate to be in a position to pick up Hayley and bring her to Portland," said Parsons. "She is an explosive and versatile forward who offers another dynamic to our current forwards. I look forward to her settling in and getting ready for the weeks ahead."
Thorns FC open their 2016 campaign at home against expansion side Orlando Pride on Sunday, April 17; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific).
Born: April 20, 1994
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
College: University of California - Berkeley
Acquired: Signed, April 15, 2016
Born: Sept. 5, 1994
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Last Club: Washington Spirit
Acquired: Claimed off of waivers on April 15, 2016-- visit www.portlandthornsfc.com --