Every team should have its name. And, as the song goes, every rose has its thorn.
The new professional women's soccer club will be named the Portland Thorns FC, officials announced Thursday.
In unveiling the name, Peregrine Sports LLC, the parent company of Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers, said the purpose of the name is to connect the new team to Portland's moniker as the "City of Roses."
"Portland Thorns FC quickly emerged as a natural choice that was appropriate for the city and the culture of Soccer City, USA," Timbers and Thorns president Merritt Paulson said in a statement.
The design of the Thorns crest came from Portland artist and local soccer supporter Brent Diskin. Also, city-inspired details of four-pointed stars with the letters "F" and "C" are a callout to the star prominent on Portland's official city flag.
Plans for a eight-team professional women's league were unveiled Nov. 21. The season will begin this spring.
Fans interested in putting down a deposit toward season tickets should contact the club's ticket office at 503-553-5555.