Unsung Hero of the Week: Reliable Raso in the Rose City

In this weekly series, I will be highlighting a player from the weekend who was their respective team’s unsung hero, win or lose. A player who does the dirty work, does the little but important things in a game and someone who didn’t exactly fill up the stat sheet but […]

Off the Bench with Backline Soccer: 2017, Week 1

Welcome to our first installment of “Off the Bench,” the latest Backline Soccer weekly series. Backline Soccer Recap: This last week on Backline Soccer, we posted all ten of our 2017 NWSL team previews. If you haven’t yet read them, please visit our site to check them out and let us […]

Can The Rose City Blossom Once Again?

The 2017 Portland Thorns will look very similar to last season’s team, and if you’re a Rose City fan, that’s got to be a great feeling. For Portland, three important elements of the NWSL Shield-winning 2016 team are back:  an explosive offense, a core veteran group, and a dominant defense. There’s only really one […]

Portland Looks to Win (the Playoffs) Pretty in the Rose City

The 2016 Portland Thorns have been one of the most consistent teams in the NWSL this season. Currently in second place with 38 points, they look to march into the playoffs with the confidence of knowing they have a great chance to make the championship. Offense: The Thorns are second […]