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).

Thorns FC official Facebook page

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