Earlier this evening news broke on Twitter that former USWNT member Allie Long has signed with the Portland Thorns FC adding yet another powerful piece to a line that already includes Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair.
— Ti Sports (@TiSportsMktg) January 17, 2013
So thankful for the opportunity to play for @thornsfc !! Thank you for the support, Truly humbled.
— Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG) January 18, 2013
The 7th pick overall by the Washington Freedom (WPS) in the 2009 WPS Draft, Long played two seasons with the Freedom before finishing up her WPS career with Sky Blue FC. Long played a short stint with Paris Saint-Germain in France last winter and was ready to go back until she heard that a new professional league was forming in the United States.
“I’m really excited that (a pro league) is coming back,” Long said in an interview with The Equalizer last summer. “It’s hard to find a contract that would just sign me for five months. So I will not be going back to France even though I had a good experience.”
As far as what the Portland Thorns FC and the rest of the NWSL should expect from Long, her former coach has some insights:
“Allie has everything,” said Paul Riley, coach of the NY Fury, in a The Equalizer interview. “She’s got great range of passing. She’s capable of unlocking anybody. She can spray the ball around the field. She disguises passes well. She sees the game really well.”
Long follows Leslie Osborne as the only players (so far) that have been signed as free agents this season.
NOTE: As per NWSL policy, all signings are pending approval from the league.