Well, that was…disappointing.
After going up two goals the Thorns shipped two in the final ten minutes – both from Taylor Kornieck, the same player who hurt them during the wild 3-2 Challenge Cup match. This time Korneick stole two of three points and sent the Thorns away with their second 2-2 draw in the last three games.
[2-2 draw, Smith (PK), Sinclair (Coffey), Korneick (Ali), Korneick (Westphal), first yellow = Rodriguez, no red card.]
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Now the Thorns have to travel to that steambath they call Houston, where the second place Houston Dash remain two points above Portland. A win could jump the Thorns over Houston, but to do that would require Orlando to beat Chicago on Sunday.
Which Portland will show up in Houston? The one that laid three goals on KC and San Diego? Or the one that dropped points in Chicago and SanDiego.
[Last meeting: May 21, 2022 at Providence Park, 0-2 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: Merritt Mathias
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Madison Pogarch for mimicking mooning the referee after getting an undeserved yellow.
Make your fun prediction,and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The two teams meet up in the parking lot before the game to burn an effigy of Paul Riley. Nadine Angerer produces not one but two lighters from her pockets.
· 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.
Sorry for the late entry; the game thread will usually be posted 48 hours before each match but this week’s short turnaround meant I had to scramble like a Thorns centerback in San Diego to put this one together. Here you go.