Matchday 4: Thorns visit Gotham
It’s starting to look like preseason has returned, at least on the Portland side of the ball. Our second-ever loss to Orlando benefited precisely one person north of the Tropic of Cancer: John Lawes. Not only did he predict the exact score, but he got one goal/assist combo and another goal scorer, plus the most liked wild story about Olivia Moultrie gate-crashing. A huge 14-point haul makes John our new leader.
Don’t give up! There are 21+ games to come, so plenty of chances to get to the top of the table. Perhaps you too will score 14 points one week.
Here is our table after the Orlando match:
Next up is the Thorns’ first-ever trip to Red Bull Arena to face Gotham. It took PKs to decide this matchup a few weeks ago. Will the Thorns do better this time? Tune in on Paramount+ at noon Sunday to find out. This is also the first week of local coverage on Fox 12+ (49).
How this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Horan (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: First yellow to Midge.
Then reds, if any. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Sheridan sees red for handling the ball outside the box.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: During warmups, Lloyd and Horan have a little contest of who-can-kick-farther. Lloyd wins when she boots a ball entirely out of the stadium. Freya Coombe makes her go fetch it.
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· Each player with a red card: 1 point (Cannot earn points for predicting 0 red cards)
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.
The game thread will usually be posted 48 hours before each match.
Have fun, tell your friends, let me know if you have any questions or if I screw up your score.