Finnish NT Player Natalia Kuikka joins The Portland Thorns in the NWSL
Kuikka is set to join one of the best teams in the NWSL with players on the roster such as Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Sinclair. The club has won the NWSL Championship in 2013 and 2017, the NWSL Shield in 2016 and on top of that, they also have the highest average, with over 20 000 attendances per game, in the league.
”I am beyond thrilled to join the Portland Thorns, one of the top clubs in the world with best-in-class training facilities. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and playing alongside such top talent. I am grateful to be a part of an amazing culture that Mark Parsons and the Thorns staff have created with their “player first” approach. And there is no denying that the Rose City Riveters are the best fans in the world. I can’t wait to play in front of those crowds at Providence Park!
The NWSL is from top-to-bottom one of the toughest leagues in the world. This opportunity is the challenge I have been looking for to elevate my physical, technical, and mental development. Being in Portland will also allow me to connect with an amazing community to make an impact both on and off the pitch. I am excited to return to the United States and call the Rose City my new home.
I want to thank Mark Krikorian and my former teammates at Florida State University, as well as the Finland National Team, for providing me a springboard to pursue professional football. I am grateful for the connections and friends I have made in the Damallsvenskan in Sweden, which makes leaving very hard to do. I’d like to thank my family and friends, both in the US and abroad, for their continued support and help along my football journey. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to Mark Parsons for inviting me to be a part of this incredible club.”
– Natalia Kuikka