Portland Thorns FC to begin play in new eight-team league in 2013
Peregrine Sports, LLCÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ parent company of theÃ‚Â Portland TimbersÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Major League Soccer(MLS) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ today announced that its new professional womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soccer club will be namedÃ‚Â Portland Thorns FC. Additionally, the club revealed its official crest that will be featured when Thorns FC begin play in a new, eight-team professional league in spring 2013.
With a club identity chosen to proudly connect the new team and PortlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s familiar standing as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Rose CityÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“City of Roses,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Thorns FC crest was created by Portland artistÃ‚Â Brent Diskin, an ardent local soccer supporter and member of theÃ‚Â Timbers Army. The circular badge features team colors of red, green and black with a protective wreath of thorns surrounding a familiar, stylized rose in the center.
Further, city-inspired details are presented in the form of a pair of four-pointed stars, or hypocycloids, that house the letters Ã¢â‚¬Å“FÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“CÃ¢â‚¬Â and anchor the sides of the badge, a callout to the left-centered, directional star prominent on PortlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official city flag that also flies in the stands and high atop JELD-WEN Field in downtown Portland.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Portland Thorns FC quickly emerged as a natural choice that was appropriate for the city and the culture of Soccer City, USA,Ã¢â‚¬Â saidÃ‚Â Merritt Paulson, owner and president of the Timbers and Thorns FC. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And a nice side benefit of the name is the ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s P-T-F-C chant doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need much re-scripting for the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Thorns FC logo was unveiled with assistance from members ofÃ‚Â Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon. Sixteen girls were invited to JELD-WEN Field to help reveal the new identity by piecing together an over-sized puzzle of the new mark and providing visual clues starting Wednesday. Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon is a non-profit that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences.Ã‚Â Click hereÃ‚Â to view the video unveiling of the Thorns FC crest.
In conjunction with todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement, Thorns FC introduced the clubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PortlandThornsFC).
On November 21, 2012,Ã‚Â U.S. SoccerÃ‚Â announced the formation of a new eight-team professional womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s league to begin play in the spring of 2013. U.S. Soccer will serve as the main organizational body for the new league and will subsidize the salaries of up to 24Ã‚Â U.S. Women’s National TeamÃ‚Â players while theÃ‚Â Canadian Soccer AssociationÃ‚Â will do the same for up to 16 Canadian players and theÃ‚Â Federation of Mexican FootballÃ‚Â will do so for up to 12 Mexican players.
Fans interested in placing a $25 per-seat refundable deposit towards 2013 Thorns FC season tickets may contact the clubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ticket office at (503) 553-5555Ã‚Â orÃ‚Â firstname.lastname@example.org. Current Timbers season ticket holders and members of the Season Ticket Waiting List do not need to place a deposit.