Thorns FC: Ten minutes and a free kick

Thorns FC now sits alone in second place on the NWSL table, two points clear of now-third-place Chicago, five behind league-leading Carolina.

Because Saturday evening PTFC had a hell of an opening ten minutes, Chicago couldn’t find the back of the net with a rangefinder and GPS unit, and Emily Sonnett headed ten feet to her right, not eleven.

The week before Thorns FC whipped Houston all over Providence Park.  This weekend?  Well…it was a win on the road, okay?  I’ll take it.

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Thorns FC: Dashed all to pieces

The Portland Thorns last met the Houston Dash about a month ago.  On that hot night in Texas Portland were stymied for an hour and a half; what professional cyclists call un jour sans, a “day without” and only snatched the road point on a second-half-injury-time Lindsey Horan free kick goal.

Last Saturday was also uncomfortably hot but otherwise the match, the teams, and the result were utterly different.

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Thorns FC: Spirited Away

Last weekend Thorns FC came back from a mid-second-half concession to beat the visiting Washington Spirit 2-1.

I really wanted that win to whisper secrets about this Thorns team to me.  I really wanted to use it as insight into whether this is the team that stonewalled Carolina or the team that collapsed in Seattle.  I watched the match in Saturday’s heat and again on the screen in the evening dark looking for clues.  Hints.  Suggestions.

And after all that watching and guessing and thinking?

I still have no idea.

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