Thorns FC: Playoff Pictures

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.

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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)

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Thorns FC: Second Intermission

USWNT Swe Rio

In the words of MayaTye over at Stumptown Footy…gee, that really worked well, didn’t it..?

The good news is that the Thorns will be getting all of their internationals back except for Christine Sinclair (who plays for bronze this coming Friday).  The…well, I won’t pretend that it’s “bad news”.  For me, anyway.

And you know what that is.

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Thorns FC: Leavin’ on a jet plane…

After an October full of trades, November started out with a simple pick; Lianne Sanderson was chosen by the new Orlando Pride as their seventh pick of the expansion draft.  So another player trudges across the PDX carpet, this time on her way out.

Bridal carpet

That carpet has seen the feet of quite a few Thorns – ex-Thorns and new Thorns – players lately.  Morgan and Kyle out.  Klingenberg in (as of today when Orlando picked her and shipped her here).  Farrelly and Zerboni out.  Dagný (Brynjarsdóttir, Iceland and formerly Bayern Munich) in.

Are we done yet?

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Thorns FC: Left Behind

In the previous post I mentioned that we’re now entering into the “second” part of the three-part 2015 NWSL season, the part where all the allocated players are raptured to Canada and the league continues with those Left Behind and a band of plucky amateurs called up to fill in the ranks.  This middle phase of the campaign looks to be an exciting but dangerous time, when reconfigured teams and the odd gap-filled schedule might produce anything from confused disasters to unexpected benefits.  Whatever the effects, certainly the prospects are worth discussing.  So…lets!

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First; which teams are likely to get hurt the worst by the World Cup Interregnum?

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Thorns FC: A Spy in the House of Clive

The final preseason match last Saturday was another walkover and clean sheet for Thorns FC: 6-nil over the University of Arizona.

Little at Merlo

Unfortunately, that match was in, well, Arizona.  I couldn’t make it to Arizona.

What I could do, however, was slip into Merlo Field last Saturday to watch the Seattle Reign play the same University of Portland Pilots that the Thorns defeated 4-nil the previous weekend.  Just to see what our enemies and last season’s runners-up looked like this year.  So I sat up in the east side bleachers on the chilly evening to see what Laura Harvey and the Queens of the North would do.

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