Portland Thorns donate $140,000 in semifinal ticket profits to charities selected by players

The Portland Thorns donated $140,000 in ticket profits to four local charities selected by players, the club announced Thursday.

The donation comes from the ticket profits stemming from Portland’s 2-1 win over the San Diego Wave in the NWSL semifinal on Oct. 23. The decision to donate ticket profits was made in the wake of the U.S. Soccer investigation’s release. The club originally announced three charities that would receive the donation money: Girls Inc., Girls on the Run, and She Flies. It added one more beneficiary to the mix: Street Soccer USA.

“Fighting poverty and strengthening communities through soccer, Street Soccer USA believes everyone deserves to grow and develop within the supportive context of a team,” a release from PTFC said. “Street Soccer USA emphasizes developing self-determined problem solvers, team players and community leaders and surrounds them with the support and opportunities necessary to achieve their goals in life.”

Each of the four charities will receive $35,000, the team said.

— Ryan Clarke, rclarke@oregonian.com, Twitter: @RyanTClarke

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