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.
Let the welkin ring with gladness! Let Red Joy be unconfined! Thorns FC has signed the Menges half of the Great Wall of Emily and all is right with the World!
Oh, yeah. There’s been a couple of other signings, too. Let’s discuss below the fold.
From Dagny Brynjarsdóttir’s Instagram feed:
“Disc protrusions” are another term for what are often referred to as “slipped dics” or “herniated discs”, and they are often associated with sciatic pain and and leg problems in more severe cases.
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.
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.