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USWNT stars Horan and Dunn sign for NWSL side Portland Thorns

25-Feb-2021, 01:14 am

Crystal Dunn Lindsey Horan 2020-21

Midfielders Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both currently competing for the U.S. women's national team in theSheBelieves Cup, have signed three-year contracts with Portland Thorns.

They will join the club's preseason camp after the SheBelieves Cup, which concludes Wednesday night for the USWNT against Argentina.

“Lindsey and Crystal are key pillars to our future,” Thorns coach Mark Parsons told the club's website.

“Their role on and off the field is crucial to our identity and the collective goals of the club. I am inspired by their dedication to the team and our vision to take this important step forward as a club.”

General managerGavin Wilkinson added:“Having the ability to sign two of the top players in the game to contracts with Thorns FC is an important move for our club that highlights our commitment as well as the growth of the NWSL in the global soccer landscape."

Both contracts are into six-figures andinclude NWSL allocation money, according to The Athletic, representing a new pay structure for the league that could help it retain top talent.

NWSL teams can purchaseup to $400,000 of allocation money from the league that enables them to pay individuals not being contracted by the USWNT beyond what the normal salary cap would allow.

Because Horan and Dunnturned down their traditional USWNT allocated contracts, Thorns were able to dip into those allocation funds and provide and the multi-year security and salarythat comes with it.

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