Matchday 7: Arch Foes Face Off
Kansas City was overwhelmed in Portland on the 20th – a very hot afternoon. The Thorns should have chalked up a large score, except the strikers didn’t strike. Unlike all our players — everyone who played scored! 4-4-2 led the way with six points thanks to the most-liked wild prediction of a Westphal braiding triumph. Nobody got the correct score, but remarkably two players named Liz Ball for the first yellow card!
Here is our table after the KC match:
Now the Thorns travel cross-country to face our historical nemesis, the North Carolina Courage. The Courage have not been the steamroller of years past, except when Louisville came to town. This is likely the last game with our national team players before the Olympics. The match is Saturday June 26 at 4;00pm on Paramount +.
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: Abby Erceg for dragging down Charley from behind.
Then reds, if any. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Abby Erceg’s second yellow for dragging down Weaver from behind.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: Paul Riley chats with Mark Parsons pregame, then looks into the camera and mouths “Gavin, call me”.
· 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.