Four Portland Thorns selected to USWNT for Tokyo Olympics

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Four Thorns selected to USWNT for Tokyo Olympics originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Thorns have long been the standard-bearers in the NWSL. The franchise has fielded some of the best squads in league history and 2021 is no different with the Thorns in second place in the standings. 

All the success and talent has paid off on the pitch, and for a select few Thorns, the hard work turned into a spot on the national team roster.

The USWNT announced its final roster for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday and four Thorns made the cut.

Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and midfielders Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan were all named to the U.S. Women’s National Team. 

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Per the team's official press release "The Tokyo Olympics will mark the third trip to the Olympics for Sauerbrunn. For Dunn and Horan, it marks the second time they have been named to an Olympic roster, while this is Franch’s first time being named to a roster for the Olympics."

"It’s been a long process to get to this point, longer than anyone thought it would be, but we collected a lot of information on the players over the past year and a half in training, in their club matches and in international games and we’re confident that we’ve selected the team with the best chance for success in Japan,” said USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski.

Dunn and Horan each made their first Olympic appearances in 2016, while Sauerbrun helped the USWNT win gold in 2012. All three played in all four of the USWT's matches in 2016.

While Franch has yet to appear in the Olympics, she has appeared on the USWNT. She was on the 2019 Women's World Cup roster and has earned five caps over her time with the team.

However, they aren't the only Thorns heading to Tokyo. Star midfielder Christine Sinclair will be heading to her fourth Olympics as a member of Team Canada. 

"Sinclair made her first appearance at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and helped lead Canada to back-to-back bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics," the team stated in a release. 

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