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Mark Parsons to leave Portland for Netherlands job after 2021 NWSL season


The Portland Thorns confirmed head coach Mark Parsons’ departure from the club following the conclusion of the 2021 NWSL season.

First reported by The Athletic’s Meg Linehan on May 12, Parsons’ move to the Dutch women’s national team became official Thursday morning. Parsons called it an “absolute honor and privilege” to become head coach of the Netherlands and stressed his commitment to the Thorns through the end of the season.

“Before I join the Netherlands I have a very important commitment and responsibility to the Portland Thorns,” Parsons wrote. “This is a club and a fan base that epitomizes family and we have a very exciting season ahead with the opportunity to achieve more special memories together.

“I will give everything to the players, staff and fans to make it our best yet.”

Parsons has coached Portland since 2015, winning the NWSL Shield in 2016 and NWSL championship in 2017. After signing a multi-year contract extension with the Thorns last March, he led them to the Challenge Cup title earlier this month.