Cone to leave NWSL champion Thorns for personal reasons

Thursday December 5th, 2013

Cindy Parlow Cone Head coach Cindy Parlow Cone will be leaving the Portland Thorns for personal reasons. (Cal Sport Images/AP)

The Portland Thorns are coming off an NWSL championship, but they will have a new coach next season.

Sources tell that Cindy Parlow Cone is leaving as coach of the league champions for personal reasons. Portland will announce a new head coach next week, and one top candidate is Paul Riley, a former WPS Coach of the Year.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.