Thorns FC: Savannah Lang Syne

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.

I’ll admit that I know nothing at all about the SWPL.  My initial thoughts were that it seemed like an unlikely place for a Thorns player to get useful technical instruction; Scotland hasn’t been a soccer power since the Forties and, at least for the men’s league, has become much like many of the other lesser European soccer nations – dominated by a single or, at best, a handful of big clubs.

However, apparently GCFC is one of these “big clubs” in the SWPL; that’s both good and bad, in that in 2016 they finished top of table and qualified for the 2017-2018 champion’s league, which runs through spring of 2018.

Hopefully for PTFC Savannah’s contract does not include these WCL matches, and the implications from the Thorns’ FO statements that her committment to GCFC is for the coming season and not beyond make that a likely suspicion.

This signing does illuminate what was an otherwise puzzling draft day for the Thorns; two of the three forwards picked are now gone for 2017 and the Jordan pick looks like a long-term investment rather than a short-term addition to an already strong frontline.