Thorns FC: Second Intermission

USWNT Swe Rio

In the words of MayaTye over at Stumptown Footy…gee, that really worked well, didn’t it..?

The good news is that the Thorns will be getting all of their internationals back except for Christine Sinclair (who plays for bronze this coming Friday).  The…well, I won’t pretend that it’s “bad news”.  For me, anyway.

And you know what that is.

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Thorns FC: The Miracle of Herat

It was probably a very cold day in January of 1988 when Nadia Nadim was born in the Afghan city of Herat, in the middle of a vicious war that had been going on for eight years.

Herat 1988

That she and her family escaped after her father’s murder is something of a miracle.  That from that beginning she grew strong and quick in Denmark to become a professional soccer player is also something of a miracle.  Her journey to Portland, to the Thorns, might well be a miracle as well, though perhaps a shadowed miracle, one full of struggle and not without heartache.

Then, this past Saturday night, the young woman from Herat worked another, very different, very public sort of miracle.

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Thorns FC: Hangin’ in there…

Last Friday, after two straight losses and a bye weekend coming on, things looked pretty grim for Thorns FC.Hang in there

Still top of table…but even with the Washington Spirit (who had two games in hand) on points and just a point ahead of the Western New York Flash (who had a game in hand).  The bye-weekend looked like a potential disaster, and a tumble from first to third and out of contention for a home semifinal.  I won’t kid you; I opened the NWSL website Sunday morning with a heavy heart.

But…

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