The NASL champion Portland Thorns hired Paul Riley to be the club's new head coach.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Paul Riley has been hired as the head coach of the defending NWSL champion Portland Thorns.

Riley most recently coached the Philadelphia Independence of the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer league. The Independence reached the WPS championship in each of its two seasons and he was the coach of the year in 2010 and 2011.

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Before that, he was head coach of the Long Island Fury of the Women's Premier Soccer League, leading the team to the league's inaugural championship in 2006 and a second title in 2009.

A native of Liverpool, England, Riley played at Adelphi University before a 10-year professional career with the Albany Capitals, the New Jersey Eagles and the Long Island Rough Riders. He served as head coach of the Rough Riders from 1998-2003.

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