Notebook: Thorns re-signings, new kits and more news
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Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Menges was drafted by the Thorns in 2014. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Menges was drafted by the Thorns in 2014. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

On Thursday, Portland Thorns FC announced the re-signings of four players: Emily Menges, Midge Purce, Tyler Lussi and Ifeoma Onumonu.

It will be Menges’ sixth season with the club and Lussi’s third, after both were drafted by the Thorns. Purce and Onumonu were selected by the Thorns in the 2018 Dispersal Draft, and this will be their second year in Portland.


On Friday, FIFA confirmed that video assistant referees will be used at the the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It will be the first Women’s World Cup to feature VAR, after it was used at last summer’s men’s World Cup.


Portland Thorns FC unveiled their new custom jerseys on Wednesday. The primary jersey is an interlocking red and black design, that is inspired by the smoke the Rose City Riveters set off when the Thorns score a goal. The secondary kit is all-white and features a gray motif of smoke.


The North Carolina Courage unveiled their new jersey on Friday, featuring a star above the crest to represent their 2019 NWSL Championship win.


The Chicago Red Stars announced the return of their 10th anniversary kit, which will be worn on the road. The club said a new home jersey would be unveiled soon.


Sky Blue FC announced the hiring of high performance coach Morgan Hofacker and strength and conditioning coach Christopher Ascari last week, completing the technical staff of head coach Denise Reddy.

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