Matchday 18. Red Stars at night, Thorns delight.
For the first time, the Thorns won in Cary! The Courage were the sloppier of the two teams, as most of the “big stars” on the pitch had poor outings. Sophia Smith did not look the gift horse in the mouth and buried the deciding goal.
Two players predicted a 1-0 Thorns win with Constant Weeder also adding the yellow card while Savannah S had the goal-scorer. John Lawes got the nod for his tale of infected players with bell-ringing escorts.
[1-0 win. Smith from Sinclair. First yellow card to Mathias, no red.]
Next up is Chicago at 5:00pm PDT on Saturday, September 25, broadcast on Paramount+ in the USA, Twitch elsewhere. The Red Stars have been up and down this season, with their most recent match a 1-1 draw in Houston. Malory Pugh has been the bright spot in an otherwise toothless attack. Their defense has tightened considerably; after conceding 16 goals in the first 8 games, they have let in only ten since.
[Last meeting: May 16, 2021 home opener at Providence Park, 5-0 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: Sarah Gorden
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Cassie Miller for handling the ball outside the box.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: It’s a chilly day. Mark Parsons is sent to the locker room to change out of the hoodie he attempted to wear on the sidelines. An obscure NWSL rule allows only one behoodied coach per match and the home team gets first dibs.
· 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.