So it seems there are road points…and road points. Three of them are a helluva lot better than one.
Thorns FC scratched three out of the hapless Boston Breakers on the road Sunday.
Normally, Nick Rimando’s the only goalie who gets his name turned into a verb, but I think it’s time to change that. Sunday afternoon, Toronto got Gleeson’d.
Not all 1-1 draws are the same. If you’re down 1-0 and tie it up in the 89th minute, you’re utterly thrilled. But if you’re about to steal three points on the road and it’s pulled from your grasp? Utterly deflated. Either way, you get a point on the road. One just feels better than the other.
I wanted to use my awesome power as Thorns FC beat writer for SRP to take one of my pet peeves out for a walk, okay?
Well. Turns out that there are road points, and road points.
In a match the could have easily gone very, very badly for the Portland Thorns the club nicked a late goal to salvage a point at Swope Soccer Village Sunday evening. But to me the draw feels more like a loss, since Thorns FC played eleven-on-ten for damn near the entire second half and could do no better than equalize.
The 2016 NWSL season kicked off with some “first evers”; the first ever loss for the Seattle Reign at their Memorial Stadium venue.
And the first ever regular season goal for the expansion Orlando Pride, in the 12th minute Steph Catley free kick strike against Portland in the Thorns’ home opener.
But that was the last first ever at the old Civic Saturday night. The Pride didn’t get their first ever regular season win, and Thorns FC didn’t suffer their first ever home opener loss with the 2-1 comeback victory.
No joke, this may have been the most exciting soccer game I’ve ever attended. It was a couple tired teams playing their third games of the week, but man, did they give us our money’s worth. By the end of added time, I felt like I’d run a marathon. And won.
Six games into the season, it would seem the 2016 Portland Timbers come in three flavors: good (1 game), okay (3 games), and dumpster fire (2 games). This coming Saturday, I think I’d settle for okay.