The Thorns are playing! The Thorns are playing!
Okay, I get it, it’s only training camp and it’s only the first day, but…hot damn! THAT’s the kind of sign of spring worth setting your clock forward for!
Camp notes, and more, after the jump…with some late injury updates as of Friday 3/17.
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.
Remember back in November when we discussed the Thorns’ backline and keepers and I said this: “We’ve got some questions to answer and the questions are; should Franch be starting? If she is, will Betos be good with moving to the bench? If not, will Franch be okay with a full season riding the pine? Should the team consider trading one or the other and signing, say, Emily Kruger, or trading for a younger backup?”
Well, it turns out that Michelle was the one who wasn’t okay with chancing a full season riding the pine. Today she announced her signing with Vålerenga Fotball Damer in the Norwegian Toppserien. More…and a little glimpse of Michelle’s new team…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.
Portland’s #2 pick from this year’s draft, Savannah Jordan, has signed with Glasgow City FC of the Scottish Women’s Premiere League instead of the rumored move to Montpelier in the D1F.
After the draft I had hopes that the relatively short winter-spring French league season might allow PTFC to get Savannah on the pitch in 2017, a useful possibility given the anticipated loss of Nadim, Dagny, and Henry to their respective national teams for the UEFA championships in July (or possibly as early as late June, depending on when their respective national teams open their Euro camps).
However, looking at the GCFC and SWPL schedule it’s obvious that Jordan will not be available this season.
Less than a week after drafting her, Thorns FC has traded UConn forward Rachel Hill to the Orlando Pride for two 2018 draft picks.
I suspect this may well have been in the works since Draft Day. It would certainly go a long ways towards explaining Coach Parsons’ otherwise-somewhat-inexplicable-pursuit of forwards at the time. What happened? My theory is below the fold…
So…here! are! your! new! Portland Thorns!
Round 2, Pick 4 (#14): Rachel Hill (F, UConn)
Round 2, Pick 8 (#18): Savannah Jordan (F, Florida – traded pick from Carolina for Rd 2/#10 (#20) and Rd 3/#7 (#27) picks)
Round 3, Pick 1 (#21): Tyler Lussi (F, Princeton) – traded for #21 pick from CRS for 2018 picks)
Round 4, Pick 10 (#40): Caroline Flynn (MF , Nebraska)
The 2017 NWSL Draft started with the least-surprising pick in draft day history; Rose Lavelle to Boston.
Sorry, had to get that out of my system.
Interestingly, in her draft day interview Lavelle said that Beard wants her as a BTB midfielder rather than her preferred ACM position. I’d call that a waste of her skills, but that wasn’t the most shocking Beard thing that happened today, and we’ll talk about that, and much more, below the fold.
The 2017 draft is now eight days away.
What does Thorns FC need, and who should they be targeting?