Matchday 12: KC Barbeque
Houston’s season-long home unbeaten streak ended as Sophia Smith scored in the 32nd second and the Thorns made it stand up. This was happy news for most our our predictors, as 1-0 with a Smith goal as the most popular guess (p.s. official scoring has the goal unassisted – bummer for all you Everett fans). 4-4-2 takes the honors with the correct score and scorer and the most-popular tale of a Northern soccer variant. Which brings to mind a dad joke: The colonists arrive on the frozen shore and debate what to name their new home. They elect to let the fates decide by drawing letters from a hat. The captain reads out the picks, “C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?” Savannah S is now in the middle-of-the-pack slot.
[1-0 win: Smith unassisted. First yellow = Angela Salem, no red]
On Sunday August 1 at noon, Kansas City comes to Portland still seeking their first win. A big trade has brought them an new goalkeeper and two young talents in the attack. They will have had a week’s training with their new team. With barely even an introduction, they helped KC take a point at home from the Courage last Friday. Nobody knows if the change will be enough to bring them a W but it’s a sure thing that the Thorns don’t want to be their first victim.
[Last meeting: At Kansas City June 20, Thorns 1 – KC NWSL 0]
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: Hailie Mace
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Rowland for DOGSO, to be rescinded later.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: In a KC-Portland fusion the Thorns set up a pregame tofu BBQ pit. It is not a big hit.
· 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.