Matchday 16: Off to the Emerald City
The Thorns prevailed over Gotham thanks to a ferocious first half from Sophia Smith. Gotham woke up in the second but too little too late. The Thorns have a 8-game unbeaten streak and remain five points clear, with all the contenders on 15 matches played.
PastaBake took the honors this week with the correct scoreline, a correct goal scorer, and a wild prediction casting Olivia Moultrie as an out-of-control Carli Lloyd fangirl.
[2-1 win. Smith unassisted, Sinclair PK, Lloyd from Dydasco. First yellow card to Skroski, no red.]
Next we’re off the Emerald City to meet the Wicked Witches of the North. This will be the first time in the “OL” era that the Reign plays in Seattle and will surely draw some Reign fans normally not willing to commute to Tacoma. It is also Reign’s first appearance at Lumen Field (nee CenturyLink Field) and their first doubleheader with the Sounders. OL Reign’s last match was a comeback 3-2 win versus Gotham, courtesy of a Rapinoe assist and pair of goals.
[Last meeting: May 23, 2021 at Providence Park, 2-1 Reign win.]
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: Shirley Cruz
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Dzsenifer Marozsán disagrees with a call and reels off a stream of invective in German. The referee, Hans Mueller, understands every word and sends her off, suggesting (in German) that she leave the pitch, go to the airport, and return to Europe.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The Lumen Field staff cannot find the keys to the 300 level since nobody uses it any longer. The Riveters are seated next to the Royal Guard. Both groups join in a round of Kumbaya, followed by a beer-throwing contest.
· 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.