Portland Thorns hire head coach

Paul Riley has been hired as the head coach of the defending

NWSL champion Portland Thorns.

Riley most recently coached the Philadelphia Independence of the

now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer league. The Independence

reached the WPS championship in each of its two seasons and he was

the coach of the year in 2010 and 2011.

Before that, he was head coach of the Long Island Fury of the

Women’s Premier Soccer League, leading the team to the league’s

inaugural championship in 2006 and a second title in 2009.

A native of Liverpool, England, Riley played at Adelphi

University before a 10-year professional career with the Albany

Capitals, the New Jersey Eagles and the Long Island Rough Riders.

He served as head coach of the Rough Riders from 1998-2003.