The weekend before last Thorns FC struggled through a tough loss. Defensive lapses, scoring difficulties, and an…unhelpful, shall we say?…center referee handed the team a real stinker of a home defeat.
When it’s tough at home, what’s a team to do?
Unfortunately, sometimes even those turn out…suboptimally.
I’m getting so sick of this shit.
An own goal, a PK, another own goal, a goalkeeping blunder, two red cards, two next game suspensions. Am I missing anything? Oh, yeah, we lost.
So far this season Thorns FC and Sky Blue FC have played four halves of soccer. The aggregate score is 3-3. But there are halves, and there are halves, and, unfortunately for PTFC the Joisey Goils have had the better of three of the four.
Almost two weeks ago Thorns FC nicked an away win at Sky Blue by hanging on through a brutally ugly second half on strength of A.D. Franch going into Insane Keeper Brute Mode and the inability of SBFC to find the location of the big rectangular frame with the net thingie inside it.
Last Saturday it was Portland’s turn to lose track of that goal thingie, and Sky Blue’s turn to deal out the punishment.
With some help from the Man in Black.
Did Saturday’s game come down to two plays? Two mistakes that occurred within two minutes of each other? I’ve been pondering the idea. If you change Adi’s miss in front of goal, then change Gleeson’s charging out of goal two minutes later, the Timbers probably spend the majority of the second half with a 2-0 lead and probably finish with the full three points.
As always, soccer is a cruel sport.
Fanendo Adi has ended his long, dysfunctional relationship with the woodwork, and has gotten back together with his old flame, the back of the net. We’re all thrilled. Those two are great together.
When last seen by the Portland Thorns, referee Marco Vega was lolling about the pitch letting the Western New York Flash get away with what, had they done it at a MAX station instead of inside Providence Park, would have been aggravated assault and battery.
He showed the same disinterest in punishing brutal play in his stroll about the Rutgers pitch in New Jersey this past weekend (why the hell was Kayla Mills still on the pitch after her pithecanthropicene tackle on Horan in the 53rd minute, Marco..?) and it was only the luck of the soccer gods that prevented a hockey game from breaking out.
The good news is that the Thorns both survived, and got all three points on the road.
The bad news is…well, let’s talk about the good news first.
Friday’s 2-0 Timbers victory over San Jose was a play with two acts: the exhilarating first 50 minutes and the maddening final 40 minutes.