Portland Thorns promote assistant Mike Norris to head coach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Thorns assistant Mike Norris has been promoted to head coach of the National Women’s Soccer League club to replace Rhian Wilkinson, who resigned after revealing she had developed feelings for a player that she had never acted on. Norris was an assistant on Wilkinson’s staff last season. He was also an assistant on coach Bev Priestman’s staff for the gold medal-winning Canadian women’s team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Several players posted their support for the hire on social media, including captain Christine Sinclair.

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