TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State University women’s soccer program today announced that it will play the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. The match, which will be hosted by FC Tucson, will take place at the North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
The defending NWSL champions, Portland Thorns FC earned the league's inaugural title in 2013. Featuring some of the best women's soccer players in the world, including U.S. Women's National Team forward Alex Morgan and Canada Women's National Team forward Christine Sinclair, Thorns FC are a member of the nine-team NWSL which began play in 2013.
Thorns FC opens training camp on Mar. 10 in Portland and will train in Tucson, Ariz., from March 25-April 1.
"Our program is thrilled to play against the NWSL's Portland Thorns. This will be a great opportunity for our players to test themselves against the very best,” said Sun Devil head coach Kevin Boyd. “As is the case with all of our spring contests, we will take this game and use it as a developmental tool to prepare us for the fall. This will also give us an opportunity to rate some of our players' readiness to play at the professional level. We are thankful to the Thorns for their willingness to travel to the state of Arizona and to FC Tucson for helping to make this great event happen."
Tickets for the game will be $10 for non seat-backed bleachers and $15 for seat-backed bleachers. Tickets are on sale now at FC Tucson's website. Sun Devil Soccer fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in section 106, which will be designated as ASU’s section.
The Sun Devil soccer team returns six regular starters from last year's team that went 9-8-2 and came just short of earning the program's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in a five-year span. Included among the returning starters are junior forward and leading scorer Cali Farquharson (2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team, 2013 NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team) and junior defender McKenzie Berryhill (2013 All-Pac-12 Second Team, 2013 NSCAA All-Pacific Region Third Team).