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Portland Thorns Head Coach Paul Riley Will Not Return for Third Season

Thursday, September 24, 2015

 

Coach Paul Riley from Thorns FC Facebook

Portland Thorns FC today announced that Paul Riley will not be retained as the team’s head coach for the 2016 season.

The Thorns GM spoke out to press crediting and thanking Riley in a recent interview.

“On behalf of Thorns FC, I would like to thank Paul for his services to the club these past two seasons,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of Thorns FC.

Riley served as the head coach of Thorns FC for the first two seasons of Thorns FC existence. Riley had a 16-17-11 overall record and lead the club to one playoff appearance following the 2014 season. In 2015, Thorns FC were 6-9-5, finishing in sixth place in the NWSL.

Where Riley didn’t find his ideal success in Portland, he certainly made progress. His time as Portland’s head coach was definitely beneficial, but with a fresh Thorns roster it seems like a good time for change.

Riley can leave satisfied with the impact he had in Portland. He feels blessed for the chance to coach this club, and will certainly be missed as an individual by Thorns FC players and fans.

“Thanks to everyone at the Thorns for the amazing opportunity and to the fans who truly make Portland Soccer City, USA,” Riley said.

 

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