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The Portland Thorns celebrate their 2017 NWSL championship with fans at Providence Park Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

What 2024 may hold for the Portland Thorns

The Portland Thorns have a new owner. Merritt Paulson sold the team to RAJ Sports, a family company that owns other franchises, including a stake in the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. We learn more about what new ownership will mean for the Thorns and preview the upcoming draft.


Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith holds the MVP trophy after the team's NWSL championship soccer match against the Kansas City Current, Oct. 29, 2022, in Washington. At left is NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman.

Portland Thorns coach Mike Norris looks ahead after last year’s winning season

The Thorns, Portland’s women’s soccer team, start their season off with a game against Orlando Pride on Sunday. The team is the defending champion of the National Women’s Soccer League, and their forward, Sophia Smith, was named MVP for the league last season. But, last year was rocky for women’s soccer, and for the Thorns in particular.