So here is the official list of internationals allocated to the Thorns:
USWNT: Rachel Beuhler (D), Alex Morgan (F) , Tobin Heath (M)
MWNT: Luz del Rosario Saucedo (D), Marlene Sandoval (D)
CWNT: Karina LeBlanc (GK), Christine Sinclair (F)
Just a couple of thoughts:
Obviously the combination of Morgan and Sinclair will make the Thorns’ attack a challenge for any of the other teams in this league. I loved watching Sinclair play at Merlo and look forward to seeing her play again in Portland.
In the times I’ve seen her LeBlanc appears to be a steady keeper with safe hands; I would consider her a good addition to the team.
Beuhler is a workmanlike USWNT defender. I am unfamiliar with either of the two Mexico players. In addition, I cannot find a “Marlene Sandoval” listed for Las Tri – there is a “Rubí Sandoval” who is this player identified as a defender. Both Mexican defenders are experienced (Saucedo is 27, Sandoval 28 assuming this is the right Sandoval) but with a side not well known for its steadiness in the back.
Overall, I like what we’re getting. Onward, Rose City!