National Women's Soccer League / Portland Thorns FC / Washington Spirit

Marian Dougherty Retires, Ashlyn Harris faces Knee Surgery 

On Wednesday, Portland Thorns FC defender Marian Dougherty announced her retirement from professional soccer. 

Dougherty scored two goals and added two assists, playing in 20 games for Portland in 2013.

The 29-year-old played 11 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team, and was on the roster for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Dougherty had previously played for the Chicago Red Stars and magicJack in WPS. 

Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Dec. 3, to repair a tear in her lateral meniscus in her left knee, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.

The injury has been affecting her play since June and the small tear will be cleaned up during the surgery.

The 28-year-old keeper started 18 matches for the Spirit and went on loan to Tyserö FC in the Damallsvenskan after the NWSL season ended.

Harris made her U.S. Women’s National Team debut at the Algarve Cup in February and finished 2013 with a total of two appearances.

Her estimated recovery time is 4-6 weeks. 

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