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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After four years the NWSL has finally landed a television agreement that promises to put the league on the air every week of the 2017 season.
There’s only one teensy little catch; the network that will show the matches has no real sports experience, no existing broadcast sports division, and no soccer broadcasting background at all.