Notebook: Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s back for Portland, plus more news across the NWSL

The latest NWSL news

In 2017, Brynjarsdottir played in 11 games (6 starts), recording one assist. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/

On Monday, the Washington Spirit announced that they have re-signed forward Cali Farquharson ahead of the 2019 NWSL season. Farquharson has made 31 appearances for the Spirit since being drafted in 2016 out of Arizona State University.

Portland Thorns FC also announced a re-signing to start the week. Midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir has re-signed with the Thorns following the birth of her son. Brynjarsdottir played previously in Portland in 2016 and 2017, with 28 appearances and 17 starts.

“We are excited to welcome Dagny back to Portland,” Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said in the team’s press release. “She is a tenacious and energetic central midfielder who provided plenty of versatility during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. We love Dagny’s winning mentality and her desire to be the best she can be each day. She knows this club inside out and is an important addition ahead of the 2019 season.”

The Football Ferns announced that they will play Norway in two international friendlies in Spain in April. Tom Sermanni’s New Zealand squad will take on Norway in Marbella on April 5 and April 9 in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Last week the Ferns named their squad for the inaugural Cup of Nations in Australia next month. North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg will make her official return from international retirement. Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC) will also represent the NWSL on the roster.


The NWSL Players’ Association announced on Monday that they will hold their first ever auction with proceeds benefiting the PA and players of the NWSL.