Thorns FC: Bend It Like Tobin!

In his comment on the preceding post John Whitehead noted (re: the new NWSL broadcast deal with Lifetime): “Of course, if it turns out she (Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of Lifetime) just wanted a sports-themed reality melodrama, not so good for the league.”

Which got me thinking; what a hell of a sports film (or Lifetime series) the Thorns’ 2013 season would make.   Good for the league?  How about GREAT for everybody!  Below the fold, consider the storylines we lived that season!

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Thorns FC: Savannah Lang Syne

Portland’s #2 pick from this year’s draft, Savannah Jordan, has signed with Glasgow City FC of the Scottish Women’s Premiere League instead of the rumored move to Montpelier in the D1F.

After the draft I had hopes that the relatively short winter-spring French league season might allow PTFC to get Savannah on the pitch in 2017, a useful possibility given the anticipated loss of Nadim, Dagny, and Henry to their respective national teams for the UEFA championships in July (or possibly as early as late June, depending on when their respective national teams open their Euro camps).

However, looking at the GCFC and SWPL schedule it’s obvious that Jordan will not be available this season.

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Thorns FC: Draft Day Update – Trading Places!

Less than a week after drafting her, Thorns FC has traded UConn forward Rachel Hill to the Orlando Pride for two 2018 draft picks.

I suspect this may well have been in the works since Draft Day.  It would certainly go a long ways towards explaining Coach Parsons’ otherwise-somewhat-inexplicable-pursuit of forwards at the time.  What happened?  My theory is below the fold…

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Thorns FC: Draft Day – Fresh Meat!

So…here! are! your! new! Portland Thorns!

Round 2, Pick 4 (#14):  Rachel Hill (F, UConn)

Round 2, Pick 8 (#18):  Savannah Jordan (F, Florida – traded pick from Carolina for Rd 2/#10 (#20) and Rd 3/#7 (#27) picks)

Round 3, Pick 1 (#21):  Tyler Lussi (F, Princeton) – traded for #21 pick from CRS for 2018 picks)

Round 4, Pick 10 (#40):  Caroline Flynn (MF , Nebraska)

The 2017 NWSL Draft started with the least-surprising pick in draft day history; Rose Lavelle to Boston.

Dammit!

Sorry, had to get that out of my system.

Interestingly, in her draft day interview Lavelle said that Beard wants her as a BTB midfielder rather than her preferred ACM position.  I’d call that a waste of her skills, but that wasn’t the most shocking Beard thing that happened today, and we’ll talk about that, and much more, below the fold.

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The elephant in North Carolina

When the rumors began that the reigning NWSL champion Western New York Flash would be moved from Rochester and rebranded in a new city, a fair number of us assumed the team would land on the west coast, perhaps in Los Angeles or Vancouver.

Nope.

North Carolina.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for so many reasons. The Western New York club had survived three iterations of women’s professional soccer but, by many accounts, were losing money even as they gained a championship in NWSL’s fourth season. The Flash had sold both season and single-game tickets until just days ago and had signed a player the day before the story of the team’s potential move broke late last week. But the deal is done and the franchise will now move to Cary, North Carolina, joining the recently rebranded former-Railhawks in what many consider a hotbed of soccer player development.

But the elephant in the room is a pretty substantial elephant even insofar as elephants go.

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