Ahead of the 2021 NWSL Draft, select prominent Portland players were asked to share their memories of the day they became Thorns.
Sophia Smith — first-overall pick, 2020 NWSL Draft
"I remember one of my favorite experiences was walking up onto the stage knowing that I had finally fulfilled my lifelong dream ..."
Morgan Weaver — second-overall pick, 2020 NWSL Draft
"... that I got to stay in the northwest was huge for me, as well, because I got to be close to my family and friends."
Bella Bixby — 29th-overall pick, 2018 NWSL Draft
"I remember my college coach let me and my best friend on the team skip training to watch the draft ..."