PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Thorns today announced they have called in three players for weekend’s match due to the absences of goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (CAN), defender Rachel Buehler (USA), and forwards Alex Morgan (USA) and Christine Sinclair (CAN) for international duty.
Goalkeeper Cris Lewis, midfielder Amanda Dutra, and defender Carlie Davis will be classified as “amateur players,” allowing the Thorns to go past the roster limit of 20. The Thorns currently have 19 signed players on their roster, with the anticipated addition of allocated midfielder Tobin Heath bringing the team to capacity. All three took part of the Thorns pre-season training camp.
Lewis and Dutra played together last season for the now-defunct Portland Rain of the third tier Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
The Thorns host the Chicago Red Stars at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday, June 1, at 2:00pm PDT (4:00pm CDT), in the third meeting between these squads. The Thorns have defeated the Red Stars by identical 2-0 margins in their first two meeting of the season.
The Thorns had this to say about each player in a press release:
Lewis, 25, is a former standout goalkeeper at Portland State University, claiming multiple program records. The Burien, Wash., native holds the Vikings all-time career records in saves (375), shutouts (17) and wins (24) following a four-year career from 2006-09. Lewis, a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, was named the conference’s Defensive MVP as a senior in 2009.
Dutra, 22, finished her four-year career at Portland State in 2012 as the program’s all-time career leader in assists (16). In 68 appearances for the Vikings from 2009-12, the Sherwood, Ore., native recorded eight goals and 16 assists. Dutra was a four-time All-Big Sky Conference pick as a midfielder, helping the Vikings to a co-regular season championship in 2012.
Davis, 22, started all 25 games during her senior season in 2012, helping Baylor to one of the more impressive seasons in school history. While serving as a key defender for the Bears, Davis was part of a 2012 squad that set the school record for most wins (19), shutouts in a season (13), fewest goals allowed (14), shots allowed (173), assists allowed (9) and points allowed (37). The Bears reached the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling in penalty kicks to eventual champion North Carolina.
Canada hosts the United States this Sunday (June 2) in an international friendly at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario at 1:30pm PDT (4:30pm EDT). This match will be the first between the two bordering nations since the controversial London 2012 semifinals in Manchester, England, where the United States were the victors, 4-3, on a 123rd minute goal by Morgan. The match will be aired on ESPN News in the United States and on all four SportsNet regional affiliates.
The Canadian Soccer Association is billing the match as “The Rematch.”
All four national team members are expected to return to the Thorns on June 3 in the run up to the match against FC Kansas City on Thursday, June 6.
In related news, the Red Stars announced that they have brought in goalkeeper Jamie Forbes to back up Taylor Vancil in Saturday’s match. Forbes will be familiar to Red Stars fans as the starting goalkeeper for the 2011 WPS and 2012 WPSL-Elite iterations of the Red Stars. Forbes helped lead the Red Stars to the 2012 WPSL-Elite Final, where they fell to the Western New York Flash on penalty kicks. Forbes also finished out her collegiate career in 2012, anchoring her University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee squad to a fifth straight Horizon League championship, before falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Notre Dame.
Sky Blue FC also announced that they have called up two players from their reserves. Rachel Breton, listed as a both a forward and defender and forward Danielle Schulmann will be available for selection by coach Jim Gabarra.
“Rachel is the first reserve player we signed,” said Sky Blue coach Jim Gabarra in a press release. “She is versatile and can play in the back or in the front. We identified Danielle in our open tryouts and liked the fact that she’s another Jersey resident on the roster.”
Breton played collegiately at Rutgers University and is currently a member of the New Jersey of the W-League, while Schulmann played at the University of Connecticut and formerly for the North Jersey Valkyries of the W-League.
Sky Blue FC hosts the Boston Breakers on Saturday at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey at 7:00pm EDT.
Chris Henderson from AllWhiteKit.com is also reporting that FC Kansas City has promoted defender Natalie Norris from their reserve team for the Blues’ matches against the Chicago Red Stars on June 13th and 16th.