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.
Where, oh where, is Amandine Henry?
Update 3/5/16: She has signed with the club, according to Caitlin Murray. No details on when she will join or the terms.
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.
But…only to a point.
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.
After an October full of trades, November started out with a simple pick; Lianne Sanderson was chosen by the new Orlando Pride as their seventh pick of the expansion draft. So another player trudges across the PDX carpet, this time on her way out.
That carpet has seen the feet of quite a few Thorns – ex-Thorns and new Thorns – players lately. Morgan and Kyle out. Klingenberg in (as of today when Orlando picked her and shipped her here). Farrelly and Zerboni out. Dagný (Brynjarsdóttir, Iceland and formerly Bayern Munich) in.
Are we done yet?
Okay, friends, I’m gonna be completely honest, right from the start. You’re not getting my best work today. I had nasal surgery on Friday and have been a complete mess ever since. I’ve got two black eyes, a swollen face, a couple tampons stuck up my nose, and a semi-regular dripping of blood/snot/dark magic. I watched Sunday’s game with a belly full of codeine and have only now climbed out of my sick bed in an attempt to write about it. My efforts today will mark me as either the strongest, most heroic person you’ve ever known or a gigantic pussy who needs to quit his bitchin’ and grow a pair. Either way, I highly recommend punching yourself in the face a few times as you read this, just so you can see it from my perspective.