PTFC Podcasts

There may be no person in Portland more familiar with the women's game in Europe than Thorns FC's Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, a holder of over 100 caps for her country and Switzerland's all-time leading scorer. Just joined the World Cup Podcast today to talk about a Europe-heavy quarterfinal in France, the development of the women's game on her continent and the world, as well as the United States' chances against her pick, France, in the competition's next round.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_008.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 2:18pm PST

Elizabeth Ball and Gabby Seiler have both made major contributions for Portland Thorns FC during the team's 2019 World Cup absences, so of course, we had to ask ... who would win fight between a Nittany Lion and a Gator? After that, the tournament in France comes into view, with both players from the Class of 2018 sharing how they felt as heartache befell their club captain at the World Cup.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_007.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:51am PST

Three years is all it took for Toffee Club to become a staple on the Portland soccer landscape, becoming a go-to destination for soccer viewing, the impetus for its own soccer league, and a dream come true for its owners. On this episode of Breaking Lines, we venture out to the Southeast Portland pub to talk to Niki Diamond and Peter Hopkins, who tell us how an establishment that's become a Timbers, Thorns and World Cup destination went from mood boards and sketch books to a hit in Portland's soccer culture.

Direct download: 20190618_bl_006_toffee.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:56am PST

The occasion has been such a long time coming, Timbers analyst Ross Smith and writer Richard Farley had to resort to extreme measures. For the second time in two months, Smith and Farley bring you an emergency podcast; this time, commemorating the first All-Star Game selection for Timbers legend Diego Chara

Direct download: 20190622_emergency_chara.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 6:18pm PST

Three days ahead of the United States' next game, the Associated Press' Anne Peterson talks to us about being on the U.S. beat for the tournament, life as a Parisian for the last month, how the staging of this year's competition compared to previous major tournaments, and (of course) the United States' team, itself.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_006.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 12:06pm PST

The break between the group stage and knockout round of France 2019 provides the perfect time to get the original voice of Portland Thorns FC, Ann Schatz, on the World Cup Podcast. Having covered the likes of Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan throughout their time in the Rose City, Schatz offers her perspective on the Thorns’ stars’ tournament was well as her view of a women’s soccer landscape that will make a United States repeat one of the hardest World Cups ever won.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_005.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 6:04pm PST

Goalkeeping is taking center stage early in the 2019 Women's World Cup, and not always for the reasons you'd expect. While there have been a number of standout individual performances, the use of VAR to evaluate if goalkeepers are staying on their line during penalty kicks has become a point of controversy, with the global goalkeeper's union rebelling against video replay's new use.

That's the main talking point on this episode of our World Cup podcast, where two members of that union, Thorns FC goalkeepers Britt Eckerstrom and Bella Bixby, walk us through their reactions to the week's contentious calls.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_004.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:01pm PST

In his second year in Portland, Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson has become one of the standout talents for Timbers 2 and, late last month, earned his first minutes at the Major League Soccer level. Now a regular call-in for the U.S. U-23s, Williamson joins Breaking Lines to talk about his life off the field: his amateur dog-walking pursuits; the shoe addiction that's being emboldened by living in Portland; his life living out of suitcases; as well as the evolution of his personal style.

Direct download: 20190618_bl_005_williamson.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:06am PST

With the tournament in full swing, ThornsFC's World Cup podcast wanted to get a taste of life on the ground, not only in terms of the results we're seeing from France but how the country is embracing the tournament.

On this edition of the show, FOX Sports' Aaron West joins us from Paris, where he is recording a night wrap-up show for FOX with former Thorn Karina LeBlanc. In the wake of the U.S. women's national team's history Tuesday win, West talks blowout protocol, how to manage your FIFA losses, what we'e see from the Australians, and the life of a new broadcaster being throw into his first major tournament.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_003.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:29am PST

They first played together in 2011, in the last season of Women's Professional Soccer. Since then, Thorns FC players Katherine Reynolds and Angela Salem have been teammates four more times, with their travels together taking them to Atlanta, Western New York, Newcastle (Australia) and Portland. From sharing a house with four teammates while playing the Beat, Reynolds and Salem have kept finding each other over a decade in soccer, with Salem taking part in Reynolds' wedding last fall.

On this edition of Breaking Lines, we talk to the two Thorns about their time in the game, women's soccer progress over the last decade, the importance of players like them in stabilizing our domestic league, and what each friend things the world should remember about the other.

Direct download: 20190525_bl_004_kathang.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 1:35pm PST

Part two of the Thorns FC coaches' round table arrives on the same day as the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. In this half of the discussion,'s Richard Farley talks to Mark Parsons, Nadine Angerer, Sophie Clough and Rich Gunney about the U.S.' chances to defend their ground, who is most likely to dethrone the champs, and what to expect from Thorns FC's stars over the next month in France.

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_002b.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:53am PST

Throughout the 2019 Women's World Cup, will be bringing you a special podcast, one that hoped to keep you up-to-date on the thoughts, reactions, analysis and prediction from those in and around Portland's NWSL club. On this first edition, writer Richard Farley talked to the Thorns' coaching staff – Mark Parsons, Nadine Angerer, Sophie Clough and Rich Gunney – about the women's soccer landscape, the field of contenders, potential surprises, and, of course, the Thorns at this summer's tournament

Direct download: 20190606_wcp_001.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 1:16pm PST

Talk Timbers hosts Tom Kolker, Ross Smith and Richard Farley talk with Timbers defender Jorge Villafaña and video/data analyst Shannon Murray about the Providence Park re-opening and the path forward for 2019.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_6-5-19.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:31am PST

The number of boxes Michelle French checks as a guest of Breaking Lines sets a record that may never be broken.

A playing legend on The Bluff, French returned to her alma mater last year to right the women’s soccer team’s course. Leveraging the experience she accrued while on staff with the U.S. women’s national team, French helped the Pilots double their previous year’s win total, starting a tenure that will add to the three College Cups and All-American status she collected under Clive Charles, as well as her three years as a player in the Women’s United Soccer Association and 14 senior caps for the United States.

So … yeah. I guess you could say there’s a lot to talk about.

On this episode, we discuss her transition back to Portland, the legacies she’s inheriting at UP, her time on the field, her years coaching under Jill Ellis as well the chances for her former team, the United States, retain their title at the coming Women’s World Cup.

Direct download: 20190525_bl_003_french.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:13am PST