Posted December 05, 2013

Cone to leave NWSL champion Thorns for personal reasons

Grant Wahl, NWSL, Women's Soccer
Cindy Parlow Cone

Head coach Cindy Parlow Cone will be leaving the Portland Thorns for personal reasons. (Cal Sport Images/AP)

The Portland Thorns are coming off an NWSL championship, but they will have a new coach next season.

Sources tell SI.com that Cindy Parlow Cone is leaving as coach of the league champions for personal reasons. Portland will announce a new head coach next week, and one top candidate is Paul Riley, a former WPS Coach of the Year.

Cone guided the Thorns to an 11-6-5 record and road playoff wins over FC Kansas City and the Western New York Flash to capture the title, earning a nod on FIFA’s shortlist for 2013 World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football in the process.

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