Ellie Carpenter signs with Portland Thorns for upcoming NWSL season

Ellie Carpenter has signed with American club Portland Thorns.
Ellie Carpenter has signed with American club Portland Thorns.

Cowra product Ellie Carpenter has inked a deal with National Women’s Soccer League champions Portland Thorns for the upcoming American season.

Carpenter, a strong defender, is set to join Portland Thorns on her 18th birthday, April 28, following Matildas duty at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup earlier that month.

Fellow Aussies Ash Sykes and Hayley Raso were a part of the Portland Thorns premiership winning team in 2017.

Portland Thorns also signed gun Matildas striker Caitlin Foord this American off season, however Foord has suffered a serious foot injury and looks to be sidelined for several months.

Carpenter’s signing follows her debut season with Canberra United in the W-League for which she was named Canberra’s Player of the Year.