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Portland Thorns’ Tegan McGrady looking for espresso and canine as she adjusts to new crew, metropolis


Tegan McGrady didn’t have a lot time to regulate to her new state of affairs. She was traded to the Portland Thorns on July 25, arrived within the metropolis quickly after, briefly educated with the crew and headed out with them on a street journey to Louisville.

McGrady, a defender, performed 45 minutes towards Racing Louisville FC on Friday after being swapped for defender Madison Pogarch within the cope with San Diego Wave FC. She utilized the street journey to get to know her new teammates, a few of them acquainted faces from soccer groups previous.

“It’s been good,” McGrady, 24, mentioned after Thorns coaching on Tuesday. “It’s been a quick adjustment interval. Was solely in Portland for a number of days earlier than we headed out to Kentucky, so the away journey actually helped me get to know the crew. It was a solution to pressure me out of my shell early, and being in an entire new setting makes it more durable, so I’m actually grateful for that journey to Louisville.”

McGrady performed with Thorns ahead Sophia Smith throughout her senior yr at Stanford when Smith was a freshman. Their roles are reversed now, McGrady mentioned, as Smith — an NWSL MVP candidate — is the one displaying her the ropes in Portland. McGrady additionally is aware of Meaghan Nally from when she educated with the Washington Spirit. And Taylor Porter, whom McGrady met at coaching camp in San Diego, is her new roommate in Portland.

She made a promise to Thorns followers:

“Most gamers say this within the league, however even when I’m having a tough day on the sphere or off the sphere, I’ll give 110% and the whole lot I’ve,” McGrady mentioned. “Even when my contact is off, I will likely be working as laborious as I can on the sphere. I really like listening to the gang in Portland, and it’s undoubtedly going to be attention-grabbing taking part in right here the place they’re rooting for me as a substitute of towards me. That vitality helps all of it, and we’re fortunate to have the followers we’ve got.”

Whereas McGrady hasn’t explored Portland a lot within the whirlwind since being traded, she hopes to take action within the coming weeks. Certainly one of her off-field passions is espresso, and she or he plans to seek for town’s greatest espresso outlets as really helpful by Thorns teammates and followers.

One factor she got here to Portland with out is her expensive good friend: a 1-year-old Cavapoo pet named Gus. Her canine is staying along with his grandma and grandpa for the rest of the 2022 NWSL season, and McGrady is trying to find a solution to fill the void of her furry good friend whereas in Portland.

“I do have a canine, he’s a pet, however he received’t be with me the remainder of the season,” McGrady mentioned. “So if anyone has canine or is aware of locations to see them, good espresso outlets the place individuals carry their canine, let me know. I really like interacting with canine and I’m going to overlook Gus quite a bit for the remainder of the season whereas he’s with my mother and father. I’m undoubtedly going to wish my canine repair whereas I’m right here.”

— Ryan Clarke, rclarke@oregonian.com



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