Back when I was a mere slip of a ‘keeper, my coach took a slab of dimension lumber to drive a lesson into my thick head:
“Don’t ever. Ever. Screw around with the ball in front of your own goal.”
Boyfuckinghowdy did Adrianna Franch and her backline learn THAT little lesson the hard way last night.
Hopefully the U.S. WNT U-23 squad’s 1-2 win over Portland drove that home to Thorns FC like a damn 2 x 4 across the forehead.
As I’ve pointed out many times, these columns are a lot more fun to write when the team’s winning. And more fun to read, I’m sure. But, alas, alack, our dreams of 34-0-0 lie dead at our feet. Let’s break it down.
Sunday at 5:00pm we get our first look at this years’ edition of Thorns FC on the pitch.
Some quick hits about that, and a little more news, below the fold.
Beating a very bad Minnesota team? Not entirely convincing. Beating a 10-man LA team? Not entirely convincing. Beating a 2-0-0 and clearly dangerous Houston team? I think we can quit wondering. It’s official. The Timbers are good.
After we beat Minnesota 5-1, my question for the world was, Are We Really This Good? That question is still very much unanswered. Minny went and lost their second game 6-1, while the Timbers went and won a game in a less-than-convincing manner. So, are we good? Average? Awesome? I still can’t decide.
I don’t want to get anyone too excited, but the 2017 Portland Timbers are on pace to score an MLS record 170 goals. Just puttin’ that out there.
The NWSL schedule is finally out! Yay!
Here’s some quick and dirty information you might like to know…starting with the most critical for many of us; when do the Thorns’ and the Timbers’ schedules conflict?
The good-news answer is: not very often.
My God, is this real? Is C.I. really doing a season preview?
Yes. As we enter my fifth season writing this Six Degrees column for Slide Rule Pass, I’m doing my first-ever out-of-season column. Crazy, right?
What can I say? The team’s got me excited. They’re making me want to write words.
So let’s do it. Let’s see if I can shoehorn my thoughts and hopes and worries and bad jokes into six semi-coherent sections.