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April 18, 2014
STAYING PUT
Riley on Thorns: I probably have the No. 1 women's club job in the world

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

Paul Riley isn't going anywhere.

The Portland Thorns FC coach has been mentioned in some circles as a possible successor for the fired Tom Sermanni as U.S. women's national coach, but he said that he has more than enough on his plate with the defending National Women's Soccer League champions.

"I'm so happy in Portland," Riley said on the phone Friday. "Obviously you would want to the U.S. job. Itís the No. 1 job in the world. But I probably have the No. 1 club -- female club job in the world; the fan base, the support we get.

"The whole concentration really is getting the team ready for the weekend. If something happens in that direction, I guess we'll deal with it then. I've got a two-year contract in Portland. I'm really happy with it. If I could do both, i would do both. But I don't think that will happen anyway. I think they'll go a different route and I'm sure they'll have somebody in place over the few weeks to take the team forward."

Riley was named Portland coach last December, replacing Cindy Parlow Cone.

"I know a lot of the national team players; quite a few have played for me," he said. "I think they just want a coach and [move] forward. I think it would be better for everyone the sooner the better. I'm happy in Portland. I want to beat Sky Blue and prepare for our home opener."

   
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