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Thorns FC director of goalkeeping Nadine Angerer signs multi-year contract extension


PORTLAND, Ore. – Former Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper and German international Nadine Angerer has signed a multi-year contract extension with the club, and will begin her seventh season as part of Thorns FC’s technical staff in 2022, it was announced today.

After concluding her playing career in 2015, Angerer joined the club’s coaching staff ahead of the 2016 season, and was promoted to director of goalkeeping in 2018. During her tenure as part of the club’s staff, Angerer has helped Portland win an NWSL Shield in 2016, the NWSL Championship in 2017, the 2020 NWSL Fall Series, the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup and the 2021 Women’s International Champions Cup.

“Nadine has been essential for the Thorns,” said Thorns FC owner and CEO Merritt Paulson. “She is a phenomenal coach, but well beyond that she is a leader and a culture builder. I am thrilled to announce this extension and when we transition from Mark Parsons to our next head coach in 2022, Nadine will be a key force of stability.”

Under the guidance of Angerer, Adrianna Franch was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year in consecutive seasons (2017, 2018), posting the best save percentage (78.6) and the second-most shutouts (14) in the league during that span. Selected in the third round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft, Bella Bixby debuted at the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup and in her first NWSL regular season with the club in 2021 has recorded seven shutouts – the second-most in the league – in 13 appearances, posting a 0.77 goals-against average. During the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, Britt Eckerstrom had a record-breaking performance in the quarterfinal round, making her tournament debut, with eight saves to shutout the North Carolina Courage in a 1-0 win.

“Portland is a special place. I love this city, the community and the people,” said Angerer. “I am grateful for the trust that I have been given by the club. I am passionate about continuing to develop our goalkeepers, while helping raise the bar so we can become the best club on and off the field during a critical time.”

Angerer played her final two professional seasons with Thorns FC, appearing in 28 matches (all starts) during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The 2013 FIFA World Player of the Year, Angerer finished her international career with 146 caps for the Germany Women’s National Team and won two FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007).