Thorns FC: Shield

Last Sunday afternoon Thorns FC won the NWSL Shield for the first time in their short history.

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A convincing 1-3 away win over the Joisey Goils of Sky Blue – combined with a 3-1 Chicago demolition of the Washington Spirit – brought the only piece of NWSL silverware Thorns FC had not yet won home to Portland.

But, since this is Portland and, thus, incapable of doing things the easy way, first the visitors had to hand a gift goal to the home side.

But before we go on…let’s set the scene for Sunday.

As noted above, Chicago had whipped Washington the day before, leaving the Spirit a single point above Portland on the league table, so – with the win here in July giving Portland the tiebreaker – a draw or a win in Jersey would bring the Shield to Portland.

On the other hand…

Western New York’s beatdown of the lowly Breakers meant that a win in Jersey would also bring the Flash here this coming weekend for the semifinal.  That seemed…less than suboptimal, to me, anyway.

Tanking the Sky Blue match seemed inconceivable.  And yet…the notion of playing Chicago rather than Rochester in the semifinal seemed like such a…nicer option.  So when I dropped into Bazi Bierbrasserie on the sunny Sunday afternoon I was honestly torn.

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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: Clinched in Dashing Style

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.

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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.

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