PORTLAND -- The new Portland women's soccer team will be named the Thorns FC, owners announced Thursday.
The soccer club will be part of a new eight-team professional league that begins play in spring 2013, accoding to parent company Peregine Sports.
“Portland Thorns FC quickly emerged as a natural choice that was appropriate for the city and the culture of Soccer City, USA,” said Timbers and Thorns FC owner Merritt Paulson. “And a nice side benefit of the name is the Army’s P-T-F-C chant doesn’t need much re-scripting for the women’s team.”
The team also unveiled its shield Thursday (pictured above) and introduced its Facebook page (click below).