Thorns' Emily Menges joins NWSL record books with 150 games milestone
Thorns FC defender Emily Menges played in her 150th NWSL match on June 18 in Chicago, joining a short list of players in NWSL history to reach the milestone with a single club.
ACQUIRED: Selected with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, January 17, 2014.
2023: Started and played 120 minutes in 2023 NWSL Playoffs semifinal on Nov. 5... Has started 11 straight matches, logging 90 minutes (6/18-10/15)... Earned 150th career start against North Carolina (8/20)... Made 150th NWSL appearance at Chicago (6/18) - 23rd player all-time and sixth player all with the same team... Started three straight matches (May 21-June 3)... Earned third start, logging all 90 minutes against Chicago (5/21)... Started for a second straight match, logging 76 minutes against NC (5/6)... Earned first regular season start, logging 56 minutes against Angel City (4/29)... Made her regular season debut as a sub against Louisville (4/22).
2022: Played five regular season games, making four starts... Returned to the field, logging 26 minutes as a sub on Aug. 24 at North Carolina.. Made her fourth straight start on May 21 against Houston... Started and played 90 minutes in the team’s first three regular-season matches (April 30-May 18).
2021: Started 20 consecutive matches (May 30-Oct. 30) to conclude the regular season... Made her 125th career regular-season appearance on July 18 against Orlando... Recorded her first career NWSL assist on July 3 against Racing Louisville FC... Started her first game of the season, logging 61 minutes against Gotham FC on May 30... Made her regular-season debut, logging 29 minutes against Orlando on May 26.
2021 Challenge Cup: Made her season debut as a sub against Chicago on April 15.
2020: Appeared in nine games (8 starts) across all competitions... Started and played 90 minutes in all four NWSL Fall Series matches... Appeared in five matches (four starts) at the Challenge Cup... Played all 90 minutes in a starting role in consecutive games (7/17 & 7/22)... Started and played 90 minutes in her second start of the tournament on July 5 against Washington... Played 45 minutes as a substitute against Chicago on July 1... Started and played 90 minutes in the NWSL Challenge Cup opener against North Carolina on June 27.
2019-20: Helped guide the Melbourne Victory to the W-League playoffs, starting and playing 90 minutes in their semifinal match against Sydney FC... Started and played in 13 matches for the Victory.
2019: Appeared in 19 games, making 19 starts... Played 1,665 minutes without committing a foul during the regular season... Started her 15th consecutive match on Oct. 12 against Washington... Surpassed 10,000 career minutes on Sept. 11 against the North Carolina Courage... Started her ninth match of the season, playing all 90 minutes against Houston on Aug. 3... Started her fifth game of the season, logging 45 minutes against Houston on June 29... Played in her 100th career game for Portland on May 18 at Washington... Made her season debut, starting and playing all 90 minutes on May 11 against Orlando.
2018: Named to the NWSL Second XI... Named Co-Defender of the Year and Community MVP... Appeared in 15 matches (all starts)... Started and played in both NWSL playoff matches... Started nine consecutive matches to conclude the regular season (July 6-Sept. 7)... Made her 95th career start, second most in club history, against Sky Blue FC on Aug. 22... Started and played 90 minutes in five consecutive matches (May 19-June 22)... Made her first appearance of the season, starting and playing 45 minutes against Orlando on May 12.
2017: Named to the NWSL Second XI... Started and played all 180 minutes in both of Portland's NWSL playoff matches, including a shutout victory in the NWSL Championship match against the North Carolina Courage on Oct. 14... Appeared in 23 matches (all starts), logging 2,063 minutes...Started 41 consecutive regular-season matches, snapping that streak on Sept. 10 against Boston... Logged 3,683 consecutive minutes, spanning from April 17, 2016-Sept. 2, 2017, before subbing out in the 83rd minute against Washington... Made her 80th career appearance on the road against Seattle on Aug. 26... Surpassed 6,000 career minutes played on the road against Sky Blue FC on June 3.
2016: Named to the NWSL Best XI... Selected as the Supporters’ Player of the Year and Team MVP... The only player to start all 20 games this season and play every minute of every match... Reached 4,000 career minutes played in Portland’s win against the Spirit on May 21 becoming the third Thorns FC player in club history to reach this mark... Earned her 40th career start for Thorns FC, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 win against Orlando on April 17.
2015: Started and played in 17 of Portland’s 20 matches... Made 25 consecutive starts spanning from July 13, 2014-Aug. 12, 2015... Surpassed 3,000 career minutes played for Portland against Seattle on July 22... Played in her 40th game for Thorns FC on the road against FC Kansas City on Aug. 12... Had a stretch of 1,223 consecutive minutes without committing a foul, dating back to July 20, 2014 through the second half of Portland’s match against Houston on June 6, 2015.
2014: The team’s third-round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 2014 NWSL College Draft... Appeared in 23 regular-season matches during her rookie campaign (22 starts)... Made her Thorns FC and professional debut April 12, helping the team record a shutout in a 1-0 road win at Houston.
HONORS: 2021, 2018, 2017 NWSL Second XI... 2016 NWSL Best XI... 2016, 2021 NWSL Shield Winner... 2022, 2017 NWSL Champion.... 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Champion... 2021 WICC Champion.
INTERNATIONAL: Earned her first invitation to camp with the U.S. Women's National Team in November 2016... Called into camp with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team from Dec. 14-21, 2013.
COLLEGE (Georgetown University)
2013: Earned NSCAA First Team All-American honors... MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist... An All-BIG EAST First Team selection... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year... Appeared in 21 games, making 19 starts.
2012: Appeared in 18 games, starting 17... An All-BIG EAST First Team selection... Scored one goal and had one assist... Her lone goal came in a win over Columbia... One of the key members of a defensive backline that set a school record with 13 shutouts... A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
2011: Starter in all 21 games... Second on the team in minutes played (1,826).... Continued growth as one of the best defenders in the league on a unit that posted eight shutouts... A BIG EAST Academic All-Star selection.
2010: A starter in all 24 games... An All-BIG EAST Rookie selection... Led the team in minutes played as a freshman (2,227)... A leader on a defensive unit that posted nine shutouts and was tied for third in the league in goals allowed (0.83).