Thorns FC: Mahalo nui loa, Mana

I won’t pretend that I haven’t had some hard words to say about you as a player.  You’ve had something of a tough run since your first magical season in 2013.  Traded to Houston.  Returned here.  In and out of the XI in the past two seasons.

This season on and off the bench and, lately, injured.

And, also, this.

For all your ups and downs as a player, you never seemed to give less than you could.

You never “gave away the gift”.

And now we’re going to give you away, for what appears to be the final time.

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Thorns FC: Freeze tag

Per the Equalizer, Thorns FC has moved forward Savannah Jordan from the 45-day DL to the active roster. To meet the league limit this meant that a player either had to be placed on the DL or released, and Meghan Cox was the unlucky player waived to make room for Jordan.

This ends speculation on whether it would be Cox or Kendall Johnson who would be moved to make space, but doesn’t answer the question of who else might have to go when, as reported by Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian, Tobin Heath comes off the DL ahead of the roster freeze on Tuesday, 8/29/17.

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Thorns FC: The Replacements

Today Thorns FC signed two players who appeared in the preseason tournament here in April: defender Kelli Hubly and midfielder Ashley Herndon. The two will serve as “field player replacements” for Brynjarsdottir and Nadim during the period the two regulars are away at the European championships.

In case you don’t remember them both played well during the preseason.

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Thorns FC: Le jour de gloire est arrivé

Last week I predicted that Saturday’s home game against the Boston Breakers was likely to come down to which head coach had best learned the lessons offered by the 2-2 draw in Boston and had best planned for the rematch.

Then between 7:00 and 7:05pm Pacific Daylight Time Amandine Henry created two goals and whatever Matt Beard had learned and planned went completely to hell.

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Thorns FC: First Look

Thorns FC took the first preseason match from Chicago 1-nil on a chill, rainy Sunday.

I didn’t want to make this a full match report and don’t have player ratings, but I do have some general observations and first impressions of the players and teams below the fold.

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Thorns FC: Bits and Pieces

With the preseason matches now barely two weeks away the Thorns’ roster is looking increasingly set.  But there are still bits and pieces to pick up and some positions to fill.

The team did just that this week, signing Australian striker Ashleigh Sykes and trading two 2018 fourth-round picks to the team-that-was-the-Western-New-York-Flash-now-Carolina-Courage for reserve goalkeeper  Britt Eckerstrom.

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