Providence Park, Thorns FC vs. Reign FC, 7.22.15
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2016 Thorns FC Preseason Tournament Preview

It's finally that time again.

Portland Thorns FC will kick of its 2016 NWSL regular season campaign against expansion franchise Orlando Pride at Providence Park on Sunday, April 17 (buy tickets here).

On March 27, though, the Thorns will also kick off its 2016 preseason preparations with a special four-team tournament at Providence Park. Joining the Thorns are NWSL rival Seattle Reign FC, NWSL franchise Houston Dash, and the Oregon State Beavers Women's Soccer Team.

Only Thorns FC matches during the tournament (see complete schedule below) will be streamed on ThornsFC.comPlease note: the other matches will not be streamed. 

Date/Time Home Away Venue/Result

Sunday, Mar. 27
2:30pm
PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Houston Dash
Oregon State
Providence Park
TICKETS

Sunday, Mar. 27
5:00pm
PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Thorns FC
Seattle Reign FC
Providence Park
TICKETS

Wednesday, Mar. 30
5:00pm
PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Seattle Reign FC
Houston Dash
Providence Park
TICKETS

Wednesday, Mar. 30
7:30pm
PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Thorns FC
Oregon State
Providence Park
TICKETS

Saturday, Apr. 2
2:30pm
PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Seattle Reign FC
Oregon State

Providence Park
TICKETS

Saturday, Apr. 2
5:00pm
​PRESEASON TOURNAMENT

Thorns FC
Houston Dash
Providence Park
TICKETS

If you're at all unfamiliar with these teams and what they've been up to this past offseason, ThornsFC.com is here to help. 

Houston Dash

In 2015, the Houston Dash finished the regular season with 24 points from a 6-8-6 record, good for fifth place in the NWSL table, but outside the fourth and final playoff spot. 

In its two seasons in NWSL, the Dash have yet to make the playoffs, but head coach Randy Waldrum is hoping that his team led by U.S. Women's National Team stalwarts Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd can finally push into the league's elite in 2016. 

Players to watch in 2016: Lloyd, last year's FIFA Women's Player of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball winner, is the beating heart of the Dash midfield. She's joined there by Brian, an outstanding young talent whose performances for the U.S. Women's National Team in 2015 earned her international recognition. 

Oregon State

The Oregon State Women's Soccer Team finished its 2015 season with an overall record of 6-10-3. The Beavers are out to gain valuable playing experience against some of the best women's players in the world. 

Seattle Reign FC

Seattle Reign FC advanced to its second consecutive NWSL Final in 2015 and – also for the second consecutive year – it lost in its final game of the season to FC Kansas City, this time falling 1-0 at Providence Park. 

The Reign are looking to make it three finals appearances in a row in 2016, only this time, Laura Harvey and her team are hoping to go all the way. While the team will undoubtedly miss the world class crossing ability of Megan Rapinoe, who is out injured with a torn ACL, the Reign are still returning many of the core pieces that helped it find so much success in 2014 and 2015. 

Players to watch in 2016: Midfield duo of Jess Fishlock and Kim Little return to the Reign in 2016. Little, a Scottish international, dropped 10 goals and 7 assists last season, and looks primed for yet another strong year in Seattle. In goal, the Reign feature a safe pair of hands in U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, who returns for her fourth season with the team. 

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