Thorns FC: Draft Day – Fresh Meat!

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.

Dammit!

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.

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Thorns FC: Into the New Year

I hope you come back and visit here in about three weeks, when I’ll be discussing the January 2017 NWSL draft.  Not that Thorns FC looks set to make news there: first pick fourth in the second round and 14th overall.  No first round picks, one more second rounder (19th), one third (27th) and dead last (40th).

But.

Given the wild dealing last season?  Who knows?  Merritt and Gavin may have devised a cunning plan to snare some quality that is more cunning than a cunning fox appointed Dean of Cunning at Cunning University..!

cunning-fox

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Thorns FC: Talking Thorns – the backline and keepers

So far we’ve looked at Thorns FC at forward and midfield, and what we’ve seen has looked good.  But while scoring and passing and cute juggling tricks are all fun to watch, and, yes, you often hear it said that “if you don’t score you can’t win”…

em-menges

…but the other side of that aphorism is that if you don’t concede you can’t lose, and many championship teams win championships through tough defending and outstanding goalkeeping.

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Thorns FC: Talking Thorns – The Midfield

Last week we looked at Thorns FC’s striking corps.  This week we take a look at what we have in the center of the pitch, and speculate on what might happen in the off- and upcoming season.

long-and-shim

On the morning of November 7 Thorns FC has a total of seven midfielders under contract.  The real question in my mind would be “which of these midfielders do what?”, so let’s look at them grouped into their roles.

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Thorns FC: Second Intermission

USWNT Swe Rio

In the words of MayaTye over at Stumptown Footy…gee, that really worked well, didn’t it..?

The good news is that the Thorns will be getting all of their internationals back except for Christine Sinclair (who plays for bronze this coming Friday).  The…well, I won’t pretend that it’s “bad news”.  For me, anyway.

And you know what that is.

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