Thorns FC announce 2014 Broadcast Schedule, four games to be aired on Comcast SportsNet Northwest

Ann Schatz, Marian Dougherty anchor broadcasts for Thorns’ second NWSL season

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced their complete broadcast schedule and announcers for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season. Four of the team’s matches will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, while all matches will be available via a live, high-definition webstream on www.portlandthornsfc.com. Ann Schatz returns to provide play-by-play duties on all broadcasts along with former Thorns FC defender Marian Dougherty providing soccer analysis.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest will televise Thorns FC matches starting with the season opener on April 12 against the Houston Dash. Matches on May 14 at Houston, June 25 against Sky Blue FC and August 3 against Houston will also be televised. The season opener on April 12 will air on tape-delay at 10 p.m. (Pacific).

All NWSL home teams will provide live streaming video of their matches, which will be made available on www.portlandthornsfc.com for all of the team’s games. Along with the four games televised on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, all games at Providence Park will be streamed in high definition. On the road, the host team’s webstream will be provided.

Schatz, who has more than 30 years of experience in the sports broadcasting field, rejoins the Thorns FC broadcast team for a second year after serving as the team’s play-by-play announcer during the inaugural NWSL season in 2013. After moving to the Rose City in 1989, Schatz worked at KOIN-TV before becoming the sideline reporter for Portland Trail Blazers basketball from 1999 until 2005. She turned her focus to the college ranks working with CBS Sports and, most recently, the Pac-12 Network calling women’s soccer, basketball and softball games. Originally from Omaha, Neb., Schatz played both basketball and softball at Creighton University, where she earned a degree in journalism and mass communications.

Dougherty is in her first year in the broadcast booth after helping lead Thorns FC to the inaugural NWSL championship as a defender during the 2013 season. A U.S. Women’s National Team veteran with playing experience at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, Dougherty scored the first-ever home goal for Thorns FC at Providence Park with a glancing header in the 45th minute of a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC on April 21, 2013, in front of 16,479 fans. A graduate of Santa Clara University, the Denver native also played for the Chicago Red Stars and Florida-based club magicJack during her professional playing career.

2014 Portland Thorns FC Broadcast Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)

Date

Opponent

Time

Broadcast

Sat., April 12

at Houston Dash

5 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest (10 p.m., tape delay)
portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., April 19

at Sky Blue FC

4 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., April 26

FC KANSAS CITY

7 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., May 3

at Western New York

4 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., May 10

SEATTLE REIGN FC

7 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., May 14

at Houston Dash

5 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest (live)
portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., May 21

WESTERN NEW YORK

7 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., May 24

SKY BLUE FC

7 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., May 28

at Boston Breakers

4 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., June 7

WESTERN NEW YORK

7 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., June 15

WASHINGTON SPIRIT

2 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., June 21

at Washington Spirit

3:30 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., June 25

SKY BLUE FC

7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest (live)
portlandthornsfc.com

Sat., June 28

at FC Kansas City

5 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Fri., July 4

CHICAGO RED STARS

11 a.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., July 9

at Chicago Red Stars

5 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., July 13

FC KANSAS CITY

2 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Thurs., July 17

at Chicago Red Stars

5 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., July 20

BOSTON BREAKERS

2 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Wed., July 23

at Washington Spirit

4 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., July 27

at Seattle Reign FC

4 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., Aug. 3

HOUSTON DASH

2 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest (live)
portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., Aug. 10

at Boston Breakers

3:30 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com

Sun., Aug. 17

SEATTLE REIGN FC

2 p.m.

portlandthornsfc.com