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PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC have signed defender Sophie French as a National Team Replacement player, the club announced today.

French,­­ 24, signs her first professional contract with Thorns FC following two seasons played at the University of Portland (2020-21), where she made 27 appearances and 11 starts for the Pilots. Prior to her time with Portland, French spent two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, totaling 21 games played in 2017 and 2018. The Lake Oswego, Ore., native made her collegiate debut at the University of Idaho, where she appeared in 15 matches for the Vandals during her freshman year (2016).

National Team Replacement players can be signed when a national team player is away on international duty and will not count against the team’s roster limit.

Sophie French
Position: Defender
Jersey No: 52
Height: 5-8
Born: Feb. 28, 1998
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
College: University of Portland