In 2018 Portland Thorns FC and Westside Timbers began a partnership – the Portland Thorns Academy.
The purpose - to build a platform for the top female players in Oregon to develop in an environment that cultivates players to reach their potential.
This partnership offers direct connections to the Thorns FC First Team coaches and players, opening up opportunities not available anywhere else.
Currently 3 Thorns Academy players are training with the Portland Thorns FC First Team. What an opportunity and honor for these young women athletes.
The ECNL Regional League is a platform, now offered on a Conference by Conference basis, to ECNL member Clubs allowing expansion of their player pools by providing opportunities to second-tier teams to train and compete at a higher level.
Thorns Academy, in partnership with Westside Timbers, is proud to announce that they will join their Northwest conference partners in adding ECNL Regional teams for the 2021-22 season.
We are excited by this opportunity for increased collaboration between Westside Timbers and Thorns Academy coaching staff to benefit all players at all levels.
The benefit for Westside Timbers players by the addition of the Thorns Academy ECNL Regional League teams are increased opportunities, including: