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.