Last season Thorns FC opened the 2016 campaign with a 2-1 win over Orlando in the home opener. That win was the first in a season that brought a Supporters’ Shield to the Rose City for the first time since the Timbers won the USL in 2009.
This past Saturday Thorns FC repeated their home opener win over the very same team by very nearly the same score; in this case, 2-nil. But I’m not sure that the wins are really that similar and it’s my opinion that this one is telling us that the 2017 Thorns still have some growing to do.
Beginning with some very obvious growing pains in the backline.
A makeshift Thorns side drew a similarly cobbled-together Houston Dash 1-1 on the final night of the preseason tournament
This somewhat underwhelming ending left us fans with as many questions as answers about what we’ll see in two weeks. It did give us another look at some players we hadn’t seen much of, and that might see here and there when the season starts, but left us wondering what we’ll see from the players we didn’t see, that we assume we will see more of, and more importantly, that the team will depend on more once the regular season begins.
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.
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.
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.
It took the Western New York Flash three tries to figure out how to defeat Thorns FC this season.
Unfortunately, the third try was the one that counted the most.
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.
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.