Six Degrees: 2017 Season Preview

My God, is this real? Is C.I. really doing a season preview?

Yes. As we enter my fifth season writing this Six Degrees column for Slide Rule Pass, I’m doing my first-ever out-of-season column. Crazy, right?

What can I say? The team’s got me excited. They’re making me want to write words.

So let’s do it. Let’s see if I can shoehorn my thoughts and hopes and worries and bad jokes into six semi-coherent sections.

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Thorns FC: Ha det, Michelle!

Remember back in November when we discussed the Thorns’ backline and keepers and I said this: “We’ve got some questions to answer and the questions are; should Franch be starting?  If she is, will Betos be good with moving to the bench?  If not, will Franch be okay with a full season riding the pine?  Should the team consider trading one or the other and signing, say, Emily Kruger, or trading for a younger backup?”

Well, it turns out that Michelle was the one who wasn’t okay with chancing a full season riding the pine.  Today she announced her signing with Vålerenga Fotball Damer in the Norwegian Toppserien.  More…and a little glimpse of Michelle’s new team…below the fold.

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Thorns FC: Bend It Like Tobin!

In his comment on the preceding post John Whitehead noted (re: the new NWSL broadcast deal with Lifetime): “Of course, if it turns out she (Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of Lifetime) just wanted a sports-themed reality melodrama, not so good for the league.”

Which got me thinking; what a hell of a sports film (or Lifetime series) the Thorns’ 2013 season would make.   Good for the league?  How about GREAT for everybody!  Below the fold, consider the storylines we lived that season!

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Thorns FC: Savannah Lang Syne

Portland’s #2 pick from this year’s draft, Savannah Jordan, has signed with Glasgow City FC of the Scottish Women’s Premiere League instead of the rumored move to Montpelier in the D1F.

After the draft I had hopes that the relatively short winter-spring French league season might allow PTFC to get Savannah on the pitch in 2017, a useful possibility given the anticipated loss of Nadim, Dagny, and Henry to their respective national teams for the UEFA championships in July (or possibly as early as late June, depending on when their respective national teams open their Euro camps).

However, looking at the GCFC and SWPL schedule it’s obvious that Jordan will not be available this season.

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Thorns FC: Draft Day Update – Trading Places!

Less than a week after drafting her, Thorns FC has traded UConn forward Rachel Hill to the Orlando Pride for two 2018 draft picks.

I suspect this may well have been in the works since Draft Day.  It would certainly go a long ways towards explaining Coach Parsons’ otherwise-somewhat-inexplicable-pursuit of forwards at the time.  What happened?  My theory is below the fold…

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