Thorns FC: Drawn and quartered

A road point is almost as good as a win, isn’t that the conventional wisdom?  Play to win at home, draw on the road?

Dunn-Sonnett 5-7-16

The problem is that sometimes you lose things when you can only manage a road point. Sometimes you lose a little confidence.  Sometimes you lose the chance to gain ground on a dangerous opponent.

Last Saturday the Portland Thorns lost their captain.

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Thorns FC: Road Point

Well.  Turns out that there are road points, and road points.

Horan goal

In a match the could have easily gone very, very badly for the Portland Thorns the club nicked a late goal to salvage a point at Swope Soccer Village Sunday evening.  But to me the draw feels more like a loss, since Thorns FC played eleven-on-ten for damn near the entire second half and could do no better than equalize.

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Thorns FC: Good Start

The 2016 NWSL season kicked off with some “first evers”; the first ever loss for the Seattle Reign at their Memorial Stadium venue.

And the first ever regular season goal for the expansion Orlando Pride, in the 12th minute Steph Catley free kick strike against Portland in the Thorns’ home opener.

Tifo 4-17-16

But that was the last first ever at the old Civic Saturday night.  The Pride didn’t get their first ever regular season win, and Thorns FC didn’t suffer their first ever home opener loss with the 2-1 comeback victory.

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Thorns FC: Breakfast in Rochester, Dinner in Avaldsnes

I wondered which Franch we’d see, didn’t I?  The one that tore up the NWSL for Western New York in 2013, the one that was out of the league in 2014, or the one that shuttled in and out of the starting job in the Topserien for Avaldsnes in 2015?

Good, bad, or indifferent?


Based on last Saturday it looks like we got the Franch of last season, and that’s not an especially good thing.

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Thorns FC: Midweek Muddle

Well, the preseason Thorns played the out-of-season Oregon State Beavers last night and came away with three goals and a “win” for whatever that was worth.


Yes, I’m a hater; these college sides are useless as a test of team readiness and serve only to show that the professional women’s game in the U.S. has advanced far beyond the college game, as anyone familiar with the limited schedules and training programs of even the best and biggest NCAA programs knows already.

The only real value was getting a look at the non-roster players and the subs, so my notes are focused on those players, with some minor exceptions.

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