Thorns FC: Far from the maddening crowd

From the typically-shaky Western New York Flash video feed it looked like Thorns FC’s 2-nil road win was witnessed by a handful of random strangers.

Franch at WNY

I don’t “like” the Flash (probably a hangover from the time when Abby “This is me and this over here is my ginormous ego” Wambach was the face of the Rochester Rhinoettes) but they’ve been a power in women’s soccer a long time.  Drawing barely over 2,000 for a match between two of the league leaders?  That’s kind of…lonely.

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Thorns FC: Sometimes Boring is Fine

That was the final whistle in Chicago;

Handshake

The Thorns came out pressing hard and pressuring the Red Stars’ midfield and backline and were rewarded with a ridiculous gift of a goal in the 24th minute.  Under some fairly mild pressure Chicago’s Sam Johnson blooped a lazy backpass with Christine Sinclair running hard in on Naeher.  Naeher panicked much like Labbe’ panicked when Nadim closed her down and with much the same result; Naeher’s frantic clear just bounced off the Birthday Girl and into the net.

Crap goal #1, one-nil Portland.  But…

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Thorns FC: Good news, bad news

I always hate it when the person telling you this asks: “Which one do you want first?”Haney visa

I’ll give you the good news: that’s Amandine Henry there on the left and that’s her U.S. visa in her hand.

That’s right; out long-awaited defensive midfielder is arriving in Portland most quick smart.

To clear a roster spot for Henry Kendall Johnson has been moved to the DL; she’s listed as “not medically cleared” on the 6/10 list.  That clears up who’s going to get shifted to make room.

(Selfishly – since for all that I hammered on her pretty hard here last week – I was fairly sure that if the Front Office decided to waive someone (or trade someone for draft picks/international slots) that Mana Shim would pick the black marble.  I’m glad she didn’t.  But, still…c’mon, Mana.  We need to see some Marta from you, girlfriend.)

My next question is; how are the Thorns going to look this coming Friday?

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Thorns FC: Low Expectations

In his match report on Thorns FC’s home draw with the Seattle Reign, the Greek sportswriter Thuycidides said: “Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

Betos 5-29-15

Okay, no.  That’s about war, and this is soccer; this is much, much more important than that.

This past Sunday the Thorns, weakened by the loss of their US National Team players, proved ol’ Thucy’s point and suffered a barren draw against a “stronger” Seattle side that by rights should have come away with three points.  The Reign outplayed the Thorns, looked by far the more organized and dangerous side – no surprise, given the makeshift nature of the Portland XI – but suffered their own weakness; finishing.  They had the match for the taking…and couldn’t take it.

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