Matchday 10: Pride Before the Fall
Gotham visited and in spite of the Thorns having three one-on-ones with the keeper, a hit post, a hit crossbar, and two saves off the line – in spite of all that scoring potential there was no end product.. A chance to be firmly in first place was spurned. But our prediction game players did better – every player bagged two points. The only player not predicting a clean sheet was Pastabake who got their two points for a wild prediction of a tifo taunt.
[0-0 draw: First yellow = Lewandowski, no red]
Here is our table after the Gotham match (PastaBake remains in the middle-of-the-pack award position):
The Orlando Pride visit on Sunday, July 18, at 7:30 pm, shown on Twitch. On Friday the 9th the kitties nearly coughed up a hairball, barely drawing Louisville in Orlando with a stoppage time equalizer. The Pride has a long record of futility at Providence Park, losing all but one match here. This time they have seven starters gone for the Olympics.
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:
Salem (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Ali Krieger
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Jonsdottir with two yellows, both for dissent.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The Thorns front office “accidentally” plays the Mickey Mouse Club theme song instead of the nation anthem.
· 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
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· 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.