Sinclair, Buehler, LeBlanc join Portland Thorns

Olympians Christine Sinclair, Christina LeBlanc and Rachel

Buehler have joined the Portland Thorns during a break from

national team duty.

Sinclair and LeBlanc both recently wrapped up Canada’s

second-place finish in the Cyprus Cup.

Buehler was on the U.S. team that won the Algarve Cup earlier

this month in Portugal. Teammate Alex Morgan, who scored both goals

in the 2-0 Algarve final against Germany, is expected to join the

Thorns next week.

U.S. Soccer and Women’s National Team Players Association agreed

recently to a new collective bargaining agreement, which allowed

the U.S. players to train with their teams in the new National

Women’s Soccer League.

The eight-team NWSL begins play next month. The Thorns open the

season on April 13 at FC Kansas City.