Former Olympic champion Cindy Parlow Cone
, who coached Portland Thorns FC to the first NWSL title in 2013, resigned
her position with the club to spend more time with her husband.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist and winner of the 1999 Women’s World Cup with the USA, Cone was hired as the first
head coach in Thorns FC history from her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where she was an assistant.
Cone said the move was a lifestyle choice, telling
the Oregonian she and her husband, John Cone
Portland Timbers' director of sports science, both would be leaving the organization to spend more time together.
The Thorns are part of the Thorns organization, the only MLS club to
operate a NWSL team.
"We had to make a decision about the type of lifestyle we want to have together," Cone told The Oregonian. "We decided we needed to find jobs where we could spend
more time together."
The Thorns featured such stars as Alex Morgan
, Christine Sinclair
and Tobin Heath
, but they struggled in the second half of the regular season. But after an injury to Morgan that kept her out of all but 20 minutes of the playoffs,
Portland came together and beat FC Kansas City and Western New York to win the title.