Matchday 23. Dash – Again
The Reign sneaked out of Portland with an entirely undeserved point on Wednesday, compliments of a referee whose head was not in the game from the start. None of our players predicted a draw but 4-4-2 called the yellow card on Angelina(!) and John Lawes had the most popular tall tale about muzzling a brash francophobe.
[1-1 draw, Weaver, Rapinoe, first yellow = Angelina, no red card.]
p.s Sorry Daniel Stratton, but our rules say a blank entry means unassisted from the run of play. You were so close!
Yet again, the Thorns play the Houston Dash – have we played them every third week this year? The Dash are coming off a severe thumping at the feet of maybe-sot-so-terrible-anymore Kansas City. For a change, the weather forecast calls for a perfect evening. The Thorns guarantee a home semifinal with a draw but a win is needed to stay in the Shield race.
[Last meeting: October 6, 2021 at Providence Park, 2-3 Thorns loss.]
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: Shea Groom
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Shea Groom with a second yellow for dissent for the first yellow
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The governor of Texas proclaims that the match must be cancelled because both teams are 100% vaccinated. The attention drawn by this publicity stunt helps the Dash to set an new attendance record.
· 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.