The Thorns Prediction Game

Matchday 12: Ms. Smith Goes to Washington

KC NWSL remains winless to nobody’s particular surprise, falling to the Thorns 2-0. “Own Goal” retook the league lead in the Golden Boot race. All of our predictors called the shutout win, but none called for an Everett goal (or an own goal). Constant Weeder takes honors for a perfect score prediction combined with a wild tale of Dutch visitors. Roses has taken the middle-of-the-pack position.

[2-0 win: Own goal, Everett from Smith. First yellow = Olivia Moultrie, no red]

Next up is a visit to the nation’s capital to face the Spirit Saturday, August 7 at 4:30 pm on Paramount +. Washington was thumped 3-1 by the Red Stars and are now in fourth place, seven points back from the Thorns. Neither team will yet have their Olympic players back. The current weather forecast for Saturday is somewhat promising – low 80’s with moderate humidity.

[Last meeting: At Herriman, Utah July 5, 2020. Thorns 1 – Spirit 1]

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:
Charley (Klingenberg)
Salem (Free kick)
Weaver (Unassisted)
Hatch (PK)

Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Paige Nielsen
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Tori Huster for two yellow-card fouls on Smith in a 90 second span – a league record.

Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The match is delayed an hour after the Spirit get confused and go to Audi Field instead of Segra Field. The bus driver demands double-pay for the extra time and distance. They have to make a side trip to a Kroger store so Richie Burke can cash a check.

· 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.

Richard Hamje
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5 thoughts on “The Thorns Prediction Game

  1. 2-1 Thorns

    YC: D. Bailey
    RC: Bledsoe

    The Thorns warm up wearing the infamous Capt’n Sinc socks, to which each player has affixed a tiny gold medal.

  2. Thorns 3–1 Spirit

    Smith (Everett)
    Everett (Klingenberg)
    Hatch (Rodman)

    YC: Huster
    RC: Heilferty

    The NWSL scorers decide to consider the posts and crossbar to be members of the defending team, for scoring purposes. Already the favorite for the Golden Boot, Own Goal becomes an absolute lock.

  3. 2-1

    Charley (Smith)
    Smith (Charley) – it’s time for Charley to SCORE!

    Trinity Rodman (Ashley Sanchez)

    YC: McGrady

    Instead of the U.S. National Athem, both teams beat box “O Canada” in honor of Captain Sincy

  4. 1-2 Portland

    Smith (Everett)
    Rodriguez (PK)
    Rodman (Sanchez

    YC: Kuikka
    RC: Hatch

    In a remarkable show of appreciation, all the NWSL clubs retire #12.

  5. 0-2

    Smith (moultrie)
    Charley (rocky)

    YC Stabb
    RC Stabb

    To try and trigger Bixby Washington sets off the greatest flashing light display possible when leaving the tunnel at the half. The end result is that 5 people are hospitalized with seizures all fans.

    Very close to kickoff as the Twitch alert went off. I thought the game was tomorrow. It is still before kickoff.


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