Nadine Angerer to play for Portland Thorns FC

Jeff Kassouf January 13, 2014 81

Nadine Angerer will play for Portland Thorns FC in 2014.

German goalkeeper and European Player of the Year Nadine Angerer will play for Portland Thorns FC in 2014, she announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or press conference in Zurich on Monday. The Thorns confirmed the move later in the morning.

Angerer later in the day won the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award, beating Brazil’s Marta and the United States’ Abby Wambach.

“It is with great pride that I look forward to joining the current U.S. champion club in Portland and I hope I can contribute to another successful season for Thorns FC,” Angerer said. “I am excited to play for a team with many of the top women’s players in the world.”

Angerer led Germany to the Euro 2013 title in August, stopping two penalty kicks in a 1-0 final over Norway. The 35-year-old played for 1. FFC Frankfurt since 2009, but decided to leave her home country to play in the Australian W-League with Brisbane Roar this short 2013-14 season — which ends in late February — and then in the NWSL in 2014.

“Nadine will provide the club with a tremendous amount of leadership and experience,” Thorns general manager Gavin Wilkinson said. “She has been an impact player on the German National Team for many years and is currently one of the most well-regarded goalkeepers in the game. We feel that with her successful track record, she will be a valuable addition to Thorns FC.”

Karina LeBlanc started 21 of Portland’s games, giving up 23 goals, but as part of Angerer’s signing, LeBlanc was traded to the Chicago Red Stars, where she signed for in 2010 but never played after the team dropped down from WPS to the WPSL. Portland won the 2013 NWSL title, beating the Western New York Flash in the final.

  • Lorehead

    FIFA seems to have blocked your embedded video. Why, I have no idea.

    • Ben

      Click the watch on youtube to view it from the FIFA channel on youtube

    • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

      Because some companies don’t understand media.

      • Lorehead

        It’s a press conference. A press conference! What possible reason would FIFA have for not disseminating it as widely as it can and letting the press report it? What sense does that make?

        • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

          With the word “FIFA” all over the place people might confuse it for a NBC production.

          In 10-15 years this new/old media gap won’t exist anymore. Hopefully sooner.

          • Lorehead

            The old media are sure doing their part to make it happen.

    • Silver Frost

      Karina Leblanc was traded to Chicago today. Red Stars look like a solid team now.

      • Lorehead

        Did you mean to reply to the post you did? But you’re right, especially with the third and fourth picks in the college draft. Looks as if KK will still be playing for a contender.

        • Silver Frost

          I thought KK was better than McLeod (Chicago) last season. Now we get to see if that is the case in the perfect experiment.

          • explain

            How is this a perfect experiment? McLeod isn’t playing f/ Portland. CRS will not have the same roster McLeod played behind.

    • Empress

      Leblanc to Chicago, confirmed by NWSL today.

  • Ben

    Anyone happen to know the length of the contract? Is this just for 2014 or beyond?

    • Lorehead

      Yes, Angerer, Paulson and their agents. “Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.”

    • Theodora

      This must ruin the salary cap for other Thorns. Players like Wetzel are most likely getting 6k a season, if Angerer is making $100,000.

      • Lorehead

        The Thorns were so desperate to get under the salary cap that they waived Nikki Marshall and then traded to get her back just to reduce her salary, then gave Houston Mana Shim and Becky Edwards rather than let them take Rachel Buehler. Still, I suspect that the players are going to get some great benefits this year.

      • newsouth

        they have their two forwards, are built for one ball forward and a champioship. paulson isn’t giving up anything. riley (def minded coach), angerer (top 3 guardian in the world), two of the top three forwards. end of story, mid-field don’t matter with that team. give up one of those forwards and lets talk.

        • Lorehead

          Tobin Heath and Amber Brooks are no slouches in the midfield, either.

          • Steglitz49

            An attacking and a defensive MF, plus a taker of free kicks. What more could you ask?

          • Lorehead

            Plus, that defensive mid scored ten goals in the DFB.

      • Boston Red

        Angerer won’t be able to make $100k. Top salary is probably still $24k for non-allocated players.

        • newsouth

          if they just eliminated allocated players for any player in a trade, then how you think portland can’t sign angerer for more than 24k as long as it is within the cap? i know her perk package is more than 24k. i’m assuming teams will start cutting sponsorship deals outside the camp. i wouldn’t be surprise if marta pops up in elma.

          • Boston Red

            Because I seriously doubt the WNT players will be happy if they are getting $30k (the top salary in the league last year according to Cheryl) and Angerer comes in to suck up half the salary cap.

            I thought that $25k or so was the max salary for discovery players, but even if not… the league would be asking for big trouble if they allowed one player to make that much more than everyone else.

          • Lorehead

            The WNT players’ salaries don’t count against the cap.

          • Boston Red

            That’s not what I said. I mean they won’t be happy if Angerer is making 3x of what they are, regardless who pays it.

          • Lorehead

            I take your point, then.

          • newsouth

            they can’t stop her from getting perks outside the cap. that’s all the nt does is get perks. morgan gets 30k plus 1M in perks.

          • Boston Red

            True, but that’s a different story. If she makes other money not designed to avoid the salary cap, that’s great and doesn’t stop other players from making a living.

          • ruby4

            The majority if professional women athletes make the bulk of there money outside of there actually sport. They can’t make a living with just there sport, they have to go for the perks.

        • Steglitz49

          Maybe Ms Angerer does not care? Maybe she simply wants to sample the delights of Portland — but then, why did she not opt for Seattle, which is a lovely city?

          • Boston Red

            I think that is true. She is spending half a year in Australia & the other half in US. She can get a Green Card if she wants to make a change.

          • newsouth

            she’s actually sampling the usa forwards for her defenders come 2015. you can bet your 49 on that.

          • Sydonia

            There’s no better position in football to play the spy for Sylvia Nied and the German behemoth that goal keeper

          • necron99

            No truer statement ever uttered.

          • Lorehead

            Hope Solo plays in Seattle.

  • Jigsawwill

    Goof for her.

  • xanthophobe

    So…..Karina LeBlanc? What happens with her? I guess Chicago is a possibility, but what trade would possibly go down between the Red Stars and the Thorns.

    • Lorehead

      Chicago would never have traded its keeper to Houston if there hadn’t been a deal in place to get it a new one. (FCKC is also trading a goalie there, but she’s one of two backup goalies.)

      • xanthophobe

        I just don’t know what trade can happen here. Chicago gives up who to get LeBlanc? The options are Quon, Leon, and Tancredi–Quon would probably be the most useful for the Thorns (Tancredi would be a backup behind Sinc and Morgan, as would Leon), so maybe that’s it?

        Which FCKC goalie is going to Chicago? Heninger?

        • Lorehead

          Remember, the rule that Canadian APs can only be traded for each other just got repealed. It could be anyone, or a three-way trade. (Or four-way, if you count McLeod for Tancredi as part of the same deal.)

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            Don’t forget that Chicago holds the #3 and #4 overall draft picks. The trade may include a combo of draft pick(s) and current player(s).

          • Lorehead

            Or even discovery rights, of which the only ones we know about are Angerer’s and Hagen’s. It supposedly can’t include money, but frankly if two owners made an unequal trade and then signed another deal that handed over a big profit in the other direction, I don’t see how the league is going to stop it.

          • Lorehead

            Nope, I’m wrong. The rules actually say that discovery “rights” and slots may not be traded.

          • xanthophobe

            The problem with that is I would imagine they’ll draft Vanessa DiBernardo, who is one of the top midfielders in the draft and has ties to Chicago. Because of this, they’ll likely want to keep her, which means only one of their picks can be traded. I also think that second one might be Julie Johnston and I would be reluctant to give her up.

        • LCLondoner

          I’d take Quon, though with Moros, Marshall, and Ramirez, we suddenly have an embarrassment of outside backs.

      • Guest

        FCKC is trading a goalie to Houston most likely Heninger.

        • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

          Henninger was traded for the #19 overall draft pick.

          • Rufan

            confirmed?

          • Rufan

            i see it

          • FCKCEvans

            Sad to see Henninger go, I really liked her personality and I think she contributed a lot to team chemistry. However, from a goal-keeping standpoint I think she and Santiago are at a similar level and she’s free.

          • Steglitz49

            KC’s problem is not goal. It is losing their coach.

          • Elaine

            What happened to Vtlako?

  • grassy knoll

    Clearly the work of the evil axis of Paulson, Sahlen, and Wambach.

    • kernel_thai

      LOL

  • Sacha

    There HAS to be some WNYF players involved in trades.

    • Steglitz49

      Meatpackers use the tradesmen’s entrance, not the front door.

  • TN

    I had hoped that this would not happen, now what happens to Leblanc? Unless she’s okay getting benched, which would be a shame with her caliber.

    • Steglitz49

      They could trade her for Cecilia Santiago. Sitting on the bench in Portland is probably a lot more fun than in KC.

  • Elaine

    I have mixed feelings about this acquisition. On the one hand, a good move by Portland to land one of the best GK in the world to play in the NWSL. Not only is it good PR for our league, but also for our players to go up against one of the best. On the other hand, the Thorns will lose one of the most popular player and personality on the team. To me, she was the de facto captain and leader of their defense. KK gained the respect and love of many fans in Portland. As much as I respect the skills of Angerer, I will very much miss the heart of KK.

    • Jigsawwill

      I think they’ll get over it.

      • Elaine

        Probably, if they win it all again, which is all that matters at the end.

        • newsouth

          KC lost its’ defense. WNY is still stuck with Wambach and Lloyd. There’s no offense in Wash, SB, Bos and Houston. As with last season, they mark you down on defense like they did WNY and send one ball forward for a goal, sinclair, and the championship is back in Portland. Wild card is Press in Chi and Solo’s ego vs Angerer. I still go portland.

          • Steglitz49

            KC lost its coach, did they not?

          • Lorehead

            No, Vlatko Andonovski is still there. It was the Thorns who lost their coach. The franchise so far has been very pragmatic, as opposed to loyal.

          • newsouth

            they lost their defense.

          • Calci0

            I could still see Seattle pulling it out…

          • treehill

            Seriously. Leroux, Goebel, Little, Fishlock on offense. Rapinoe coming midseason. Cox, Barnes, Deines and Dallstream solid on defense. Solo in goal. Winters, Foxhoven, Reed, Nogueira are capable filling in the rest. Seattle might be favorites.

    • Silver Frost

      KK is what, 33 yrs old? Angerer is 35, and on the downward spout of the bell curve. I doubt she will start for Germany in WC-2015. Neid hates older players. I just can’t see how this is an improvement for Thorns. KK got them into the playoffs with numerous key saves. Sad.

      • morgs

        Neid hates older players? you mean like Bresonik, Bartusiak and Behringer, whom she insists on calling up and playing consistently?

    • Lorehead

      The move is good for the team and good for the league, but it’s too bad it didn’t leave room for KK. I’ll miss her, but she’ll do just fine wherever she goes.

      • Silver Frost

        Good? Next we’ll see Marta in WNY again. Fat cats buying their way into the playoffs. I assumed USSF were telling the truth with their talk of parity for all teams.

        • newsouth

          Hahaha, Sahlen Meat Packing will have to sponsor the other 120K to sign Marta. Hustlers gonna Hustle. .

        • Davis

          I already posted this on another thread, but I’m going to post it again. Angerer is an improvement over LeBlanc. Yes, LeBlanc played very well for Portland and she’s an excellent shot stopper, but her game is lacking in the other aspects of goal keeping. Her ball distribution is poor, and she can be a liability when the ball is played back to her feet. These are the same reasons why she doesn’t start for the CanWNT. Angerer is every bit the shot stopper LeBlanc is, and she’s a far more well-rounded goal keeper.

        • Lorehead

          Yes, good for the league. Portland’s made two big signings and got a decent allocated player, but it’s also given up or is about to give up three good starters, who will now strengthen other teams. The deal by which Angerer got here also let the teams protect more of their field players in the expansion draft.

          I made my speech about the salary cap last night, and I won’t repeat it here, but you’re right that the rules haven’t been effective at stopping Portland from getting the players it wanted most, although it has forced Portland to pick and choose. This wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Coase bargaining, which developed out of observations of how the Yankees always seemed to end up with the best players in baseball. It’s been much more successful at stopping most of the players from making enough money to live on.

  • Reality

    Nadine Angerer wins FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2013 award!

    https://twitter.com/WomensSoccerUtd/status/422804925815324672/photo/1

    • Elaine

      The player most deserving to win out of the three nominees for 2013 and a goalkeeper at that. Congratulations to Nadine!

      • Reality

        She’s having a very good day as is Portland.

        • Elaine

          So is the NWSL:)

    • newsouth

      The other two were:
      Marta (Brazil)
      Christen Press (USA)

      • Reality

        Let’s look forward to 2014 for that.

  • dt

    Riley still hopes to bring in two more international players.

    • Lorehead

      Well, Merritt Paulson just tweeted, “Just met one of our new Timbers signings…terrific guy. Told him its always sunny here like today :)” So, not Zlatan.