Portland Thorns' Lindsey Horan, Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Sophia Smith called up for 2021 SheBelieves Cup

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Thorns' Horan, Dunn, Sauerbrunn, Smith called up for 2021 SheBelieves Cup originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Earlier this week, US Soccer released the USWNT roster for the SheBelieves Cup from February 18-24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, home of the Orlando Pride.

The tournament will feature four of the world’s best teams: Brazil, Canada, Japan and the United States.

For full times and dates of the matches, click here.

On the roster, Portland Thorns fans will find a few familiar names: defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Crystal Dunn; midfielder Lindsey Horan; and forward Sophia Smith. 

While representing the stars and stripes is such a cool achievement, here’s also a quick glance at their individual careers with the Thorns in Rose City: 

BECKY SAUERBRUNN

The 35-year-old defender won NWSL Defender of the Year three years in a row while playing for FC Kansas City (2013-15). Since joining the Thorns, she has been an instrumental piece in the defense, as she typically is on any soccer stage.

She has appeared in three World Cup’s for the USWNT and a Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016).

In her eighth season in the league, Sauerbraun came to Portland in 2020.

CRYSTAL DUNN

The latest addition to the Thorns roster for the 2021 season.

In October 2020, the franchise announced it had traded for the USWNT wing-back and 2015 NWSL Most Valuable Player in exchange for allocation money, an international roster spot for the 2021 season and Portland’s natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft.

Read more here.

This will be Dunn’s seventh season in the NWSL and first in Portland. Dunn won the NWSL MVP in 2015 along with the Golden Boot, scoring a league-best 15 goals, earned NWSL Best XI accolades in 2015 and 2018, and NWSL Second XI honors in 2016 and 2019. During her NWSL career, Dunn has appeared in 89 games (81 starts), recording 32 goals and 20 assists.

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft has also had her time on the national stage competing with the USWNT the won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She has recorded 24 goals and 17 assists in 104 appearances for the red, white and blue.  

LINDSEY HORAN

The Great Horan!

…the heartbeat of the Portland Thorns and U.S. midfield,” Horan has been with the Thorns since the 2016 season. Last season in Portland, she made eight appearances (all starts), recording two goals and three assists across all competitions.

On the national stage, Horan helped the USWNT claim the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after earning her first start in the semifinals vs. England. In total, she has earned 86 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring 19 goals.

SOPHIA SMITH

Sophia Smith has an unbelievable ceiling and career ahead on the professional stage.

The Thorns selected Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft and in her debut season, Smith recorded her first professional goal in 21 minutes of action against Utah in the Fall Series on Sept. 20.

Smith was called in for January training camp in 2020 with the USWNT. Before that, she was the U-20 WNT’s leading scorer in the last cycle and finished her U-20 career with 23 goals in 27 caps.

Good luck to the Thorns and USWNT in the SheBelieves Cup at the end of the month!

*** Also to note, Thorns forward Christine Sinclair was added to the Canada SheBelieves Cup preparation roster!