We’re less than a week away from the final matches of the 2016 NWSL season, and then Thorns FC is going to host a semifinal.
Ahhhh. I love the sound of those words, don’t you; “host a semifinal”. We’ve been waiting and hoping for this for four years. But…
...who could we see here come October 2nd?
The game’s not until Sunday, so c’mon…let’s speculate! (Updated 9/24 with the result of the WNY-Boston match)
Years from now, will people ask, “Were you there for the Darren Mattocks game?” Is that how we’ll look back on Saturday’s game? As the day Mattocks figured it out?
I’ve been saying here all season that a home semifinal is the minimum standard for this 2016 Thorns season.
Level One Complete: Home Semifinal Achievement Unlocked.
Now that’s done? I don’t want to see the #@$!%#! Western New York Flash again until the Final…if then.
I’ve been jealous lately of my fellow Slide Rule Pass writer John Lawes. He gets to happily write about the consistently awesome Thorns, while I have to somehow find words to say about the maddening mess that is the Timbers.
But hey, what do you know, the Timbers went and won a game this weekend, so by God, I’m gonna write the shit out of it.
Early in the first half of Wednesday’s Houston match the Providence Park screen announced that due to the efforts of the Washington Spirit (defeating Seattle 2-1) the Portland Thorns had clinched a playoff position for the first time since 2014.
It’s pleasing to report that this news appeared to interest the team on the field not a whit.
Thorns FC went about their business and whipped the blue-and-orange visitors off the pitch 3-nil between excellent team (and individual) defending, an Allie Long brace, and two fairly appalling Lydia Williams goalkeeping howlers.
Two weeks ago we were destroyed on the road. Last week we were the destroyers at home. This week, we were back to being destroyed. I’d go with the “Will the real Portland Timbers please stand up” joke, but I’m starting to think this is the real Portland Timbers.
In January of 1842 a British army of some 4,000 infantry, cavalry and artillery began a forced march from the Afghan city of Kabul. A handful of survivors reached British India; the remainder of the entire column was killed or taken prisoner.
This past Sunday the unfortunate Boston Breakers discovered in the person of Nadia Nadim why Afghanistan is often referred to as “The Graveyard of Empires”.
The Thorns forward’s hat trick was one of the highlights of a 5-1 demolition of the visitors. The scoreline suggests domination…but the match wasn’t quite that simple.
After three tries the Seattle Reign finally took three points off of Thorns FC at Memorial Stadium last Saturday, evening the season series at 1-1-2.
Now…we’re winless there but Seattle hasn’t won in our house this season, either. And the 3-1 scoreline flatters the hosts a trifle. The second Reign goal was the result of a horrendous individual error by Emily Sonnett and the third was a garbage-time Rapinoe strike as the Thorns pushed up to try and wring out an equalizer. So this wasn’t some sort of tire-fire like the mess in Houston.
The story of this loss wasn’t a team-wide collapse but more a matter of several Thorns having individual Off Days.