Six Degrees: Two Mistakes

Did Saturday’s game come down to two plays? Two mistakes that occurred within two minutes of each other? I’ve been pondering the idea. If you change Adi’s miss in front of goal, then change Gleeson’s charging out of goal two minutes later, the Timbers probably spend the majority of the second half with a 2-0 lead and probably finish with the full three points.

As always, soccer is a cruel sport.

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Thorns FC: Another Vaguely Frustrating Three Points

When last seen by the Portland Thorns, referee Marco Vega was lolling about the pitch letting the Western New York Flash get away with what, had they done it at a MAX station instead of inside Providence Park, would have been aggravated assault and battery.

He showed the same disinterest in punishing brutal play in his stroll about the Rutgers pitch in New Jersey this past weekend (why the hell was Kayla Mills still on the pitch after her pithecanthropicene tackle on Horan in the 53rd minute, Marco..?) and it was only the luck of the soccer gods that prevented a hockey game from breaking out.

The good news is that the Thorns both survived, and got all three points on the road.

The bad news is…well, let’s talk about the good news first.

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Thorns FC: Le jour de gloire est arrivé

Last week I predicted that Saturday’s home game against the Boston Breakers was likely to come down to which head coach had best learned the lessons offered by the 2-2 draw in Boston and had best planned for the rematch.

Then between 7:00 and 7:05pm Pacific Daylight Time Amandine Henry created two goals and whatever Matt Beard had learned and planned went completely to hell.

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