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.
Thorns FC took the first preseason match from Chicago 1-nil on a chill, rainy Sunday.
I didn’t want to make this a full match report and don’t have player ratings, but I do have some general observations and first impressions of the players and teams below the fold.
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.
The Thorns are playing! The Thorns are playing!
Okay, I get it, it’s only training camp and it’s only the first day, but…hot damn! THAT’s the kind of sign of spring worth setting your clock forward for!
Camp notes, and more, after the jump…with some late injury updates as of Friday 3/17.
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.
With the preseason matches now barely two weeks away the Thorns’ roster is looking increasingly set. But there are still bits and pieces to pick up and some positions to fill.
The team did just that this week, signing Australian striker Ashleigh Sykes and trading two 2018 fourth-round picks to the team-that-was-the-Western-New-York-Flash-now-Carolina-Courage for reserve goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom.