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.
Do I have my ticket?
Do I have my wallet?
Do I have my keys?
Wait. Do I have my ticket?
Do I have a competent back four and a confident striker?
After a 5-1 win over an expansion side in the Timbers’ 2017 home opener, I’m absolutely sure of the following: I have my ticket, my wallet, and my keys.
I don’t want to get anyone too excited, but the 2017 Portland Timbers are on pace to score an MLS record 170 goals. Just puttin’ that out there.
The NWSL schedule is finally out! Yay!
Here’s some quick and dirty information you might like to know…starting with the most critical for many of us; when do the Thorns’ and the Timbers’ schedules conflict?
The good-news answer is: not very often.
My God, is this real? Is C.I. really doing a season preview?
Yes. As we enter my fifth season writing this Six Degrees column for Slide Rule Pass, I’m doing my first-ever out-of-season column. Crazy, right?
What can I say? The team’s got me excited. They’re making me want to write words.
So let’s do it. Let’s see if I can shoehorn my thoughts and hopes and worries and bad jokes into six semi-coherent sections.
Let the welkin ring with gladness! Let Red Joy be unconfined! Thorns FC has signed the Menges half of the Great Wall of Emily and all is right with the World!
Oh, yeah. There’s been a couple of other signings, too. Let’s discuss below the fold.
Remember back in November when we discussed the Thorns’ backline and keepers and I said this: “We’ve got some questions to answer and the questions are; should Franch be starting? If she is, will Betos be good with moving to the bench? If not, will Franch be okay with a full season riding the pine? Should the team consider trading one or the other and signing, say, Emily Kruger, or trading for a younger backup?”
Well, it turns out that Michelle was the one who wasn’t okay with chancing a full season riding the pine. Today she announced her signing with Vålerenga Fotball Damer in the Norwegian Toppserien. More…and a little glimpse of Michelle’s new team…below the fold.