The Thorns Prediction Game

WICC Day One: Houston yet again

The Thorns extracted a point, coming from behind to draw the Pride 1-1. Roses predicted that exact scoreline and also provided a wild prediction play-by-play that was almost prophetically accurate. For the first time, we had three players get skunked (dang that Jodie Taylor – why didn’t she do that when she was a Thorn?) Daniel Stratton is now in the middle-of-the-pack slot while Constant Weeder remains top of the table.

[1-1 draw: Taylor from Peteresen, Charley from Klingenberg. First yellow = Riley, no red]

On Wednesday evening, the Thorns will face the Houston Dash in the nightcap of the WICC opening day matches at Providence Park. The winner will face the winner of Barcelona v. Lyon on Saturday evening. You have a chance to win extra points by predicting the Thorns’ matches, starting with Houston. I’d not be surprised to see our Olympians back on the pitch.

[Last meeting: At BBVA Stadium July 24, 2021. Thorns 1 – Dash 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:
Charley (Klingenberg)
Salem (Free kick)
Moultrie (Unassisted)
Daly (PK)

Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Shea Groom for old time’s sake
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Nadine Angerer for entering the field to congratulate Bixby on her miracle save.

Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: Bixby bicycles the ball off the line while flat on her back. She wins NWSL Save of the Year even though it’s not an NWSL match and not the end of the year.

· 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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6 thoughts on “The Thorns Prediction Game

  1. 3-0 Thorns

    Smith (Dunn)
    Horan (Kling)
    Sinc (PK)

    YC: Groom
    RC: Campbell

    With a recent plummet in the standings, the Dash don’t have much to be proud of these days. However, there is one stat where they clearly standout – yellow cards. With little to lose, they decide to go for broke and single handedly top the all-time record for yellows issued in a single (FIFA) game of 16. Of course, they don’t really want to hurt the Thorns players (right?), so their antics include sticking a “kick me” sign on the center ref’s back, running to the bar for shots during the hydration breaks, and trying to spray paint Timber Joey’s log. Near the end of the game they are tied for the record when Jane Campbell, already sitting on a yellow for trying to dye Sophia Smith’s hair blond during a corner kick, grabs the crossbar and starts performing various gymnastic feats, earning a second yellow, an ejection, and the record.

    1. I don’t see any internationals warming up, so (if it is not too late) let’s swap Dunn for Everette, Charley for Horan, and Rocky for Sinc.

  2. Thorns 3-1 Dash

    Charley (Westphal)
    Smith (Weaver)
    Rodriguez (Klingenberg)
    Groom (Visalli)

    YC: Visalli
    RC: Fields

    In the spirit of continental solidarity, the teams decide to choose up sides as if this were a pickup game in the park. In the spirit of team solidarity, however, captains Menges and Daly each choose only members of her own team, so the question of what collection of players should play in the final doesn’t arise, much to the relief of Relevent Sports.

  3. Thorns 2 – dash 0

    Charley (Rocky)
    Horan (Smith)

    YC – shea Groom
    RC – shea Groom

    This prediction is last minute (didn’t realize we’d be predicting!). So in that vein I’m going to predict that all the action will be last minute- 2 goals and all cards in the last 10 mins of the game b/c it takes the nats so long to get acclimated

    1. Okay. Sitting next to 4-4-2 & he’s (annoyingly) updating his picks. So I’ll say Charley (Rocky), smith (Everett).


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