Last Friday, after two straight losses and a bye weekend coming on, things looked pretty grim for Thorns FC.
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.
Or, at least, that seems to have been how it has worked over the last couple of matches.
Go down a goal early. Scratch back into the match. Score the gamewinner late. Worked like a mechanical ass-kicker against Orlando in Orlando, and it worked just fine against Sky Blue FC here last Saturday.
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.
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.
I always hate it when the person telling you this asks: “Which one do you want first?”
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?
While we’re on hold for the international break, here’s some USWNT pump-up music to occupy you.
Oh, and here’s a picture of Mana Shim gardening.
While we enjoy the sight and sounds, let’s talk about the Thorns’ season to date and peek ahead at the next couple of months.
It was a dark and stormy Saturday night. But above Providence Park the sun came out for ninety minutes and all the clouds that had loured upon our house were in the deep bosom of the ocean buried…
…largely because Christine Sinclair returned to the starting lineup.
It was entirely fitting that the Nadim goal that secured Portland’s 1-1 draw and away point was an awful piece of crap defending by the Seattle Reign.
Because, believe it or not, that’s the GOOD part.
We’re still almost two weeks from the first preseason match, but the Portland Thorns have opened camp and begun working on the 2016 edition of the Girls in Red, so I thought I’d take a moment for a quick look at this year’s squad.