MATCH POSTPONED! With confirmation that there will not be a replay before the Courage match, this week’s prediction game is cancelled.
The Thorns dropped a second 2-1 loss to the Reign. Aside from the disappointment, this means that OL Reign will have the tiebreaker on Portland should it come to that, which it might.
Two players predicted a Reign victory, both with the correct score. Daniel Stratton wins this week with the correct prediction and a story of Gio taking one for the Thorns.
[2-1 loss. Rapinoe from Fishlock, Rapinoe PK, Salem unassisted. First yellow card to Huerta, no red.]
The Washington Spirit make the long trip to face the Thorns. Since losing to Portland at home, the Spirit have a three-game unbeaten streak. Most recently they held the Courage to a scoreless draw.
[Last meeting: August 7, 2021 at Segra Field, 1-0 Thorns 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: Trinity Rodman
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Emily Sonnett gets a yellow for kicking the ball away, and then a second yellow for photobombing Mark Parsons at halftime.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: An unexpected storm front drops the temperature at kickoff to 45 degrees. The Spirit didn’t bring any coats, so they pop into the PTFC Authentics™ store and buy 30 Thorns parkas and blankets. The TV cameras show the Spirit bench at every opportunity.
· 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.