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OCT 27
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Thorns sign forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević
Crnogorčević is the Switzerland WNT all-time leading goal scorer with 50 goals
Ana-Maria Crnogorčević has scored 41 goals for both Frankfurt and Hamburger SV. (Photo credit: Steven Limentani/isiphotos.com)
Ana-Maria Crnogorčević has scored 41 goals for both Frankfurt and Hamburger SV. (Photo credit: Steven Limentani/isiphotos.com)

By Celia Balf

On Tuesday, Portland Thorns FC announced the signing of Swiss international striker Ana-Maria Crnogorčević. She will join the reigning NWSL champions pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Crnogorčević comes to Portland from Frauen-Bundesliga side FFC Frankfurt. The 27-year-old has played the last seven seasons for them and helped Frankfurt to the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League title and a German Cup the year before.

“Ana brings class, experience and a proven record at the club and international level to Portland,” Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said in a team press release. “She is a versatile forward with a winning mentality and has a great desire to be the best. She competes with a tireless attitude and her ability to create and score will be a great addition to our roster.”

Crnogorčević is the all-time leading goal scorer (50) in 101 appearances for the Swiss women’s national team. She will join Portland following the April FIFA window.

Portland played their first match of the 2018 NWSL regular-season on Saturday, falling 1-0 to the North Carolina Courage. Thorns FC were missing key players on all parts of the field due to injuries and international duty. Bringing in Crnogorčević was a move Thorns FC general manager Gavin Wilkinson said was “imperative” after the injury to Australian international Caitlin Foord. Foord is recovering from surgery to repair a lisfranc injury she obtained during the W-League semifinal in February.

Thorns FC return back to NWSL action on Saturday, March 31 against the Chicago Red Stars.

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