The Thorns made another contract move on Thursday morning when they announced that Kelli Hubly would re-sign with the team. The Portland defender has signed a two year contract to remain with the Thorns.
Hubly is entering her sixth season with Portland. She has made 49 appearances for the club and 36 starts. In 2021, she made 18 appearances and 12 starts with the best defensive unit in the NWSL. With her new contract secured it is likely that she will be here until the 2024 season.
“We are pleased to re-sign Kelli. She is a player who has shown tremendous growth during her time in Portland, exhibiting a strong work ethic and commitment to the club,” Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc said. “She has played an integral role in not only our success on the field but helping to establish a strong foundation off the field.”
Originally a fullback, Hubly shifted to become a center back and found success doing so. Her ability to make that difficult change is what got the attention of first-year Thorns head coach Rhian Wilkinson.
“Kelli’s speed, athleticism and ability to read the field are key attributes that allow her to play multiple positions across different tactical plans, and I’m thrilled to be working with her,” Wilkinson said. “She has established herself as an exceptional teammate and someone who brings a lot to the group off the field.”