Thorns FC: Shaping Up…and Down

We still don’t know when the first Thorns match of the 2016 NWSL season will be played.

I could wish otherwise, but that’s not exactly surprising.  The league, even now that it has survived longer than any previous women’s league, remains an often strangely unfinished piece of work.  Information on things like rules and schedules can be difficult to find if extant at all.  Sometimes I have a mental picture of someone’s niece finishing up her shift at Copyman before running home to put on her Communications Director hat and get the latest press release on the wire.

What we do know is, at least to a point, what the 2016 Thorns will look like when that match is played.

Horan

But…only to a point.

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Thorns FC: Dodgy Keeper? Adrianna Franch and the Avaldsnes Vortex

I’m kidding.Franch 2013

At least…in 2013 Adrianna Franch was anything BUT a dodgy keeper.  She led the Western New York Flash to the title match, led the league in saves with 98 and tied for third with KK in keeping 7 clean sheets.

However, she lost all of 2014 to a bad ACL tear, and then signed with Avaldsnes IL of the Norwegian Topserien in 2015.

Now she is the newest Portland Thorns player and challenging Michelle Betos for the starting ‘keeper slot.

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Six Degrees: A Thoroughly Professional Win

vancouver playoffs 2 Photo - Craig Mitchelldyer, Portland Timbers

I had some friends in town on Sunday and we all went to the Crystal Ballroom for the team’s official viewing party. With 500 screaming, cheering, singing fans, it was almost like going to a game. By the end, my friends were singing along, waving scarves, and declaring loudly that they don’t always root, but when they root, they root from the Timbers.

The irony? My friends are from Dallas. And they’re already talking about going to the conference finals down there. Wearing Timbers scarves.

Resistance is futile.

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