Well, THAT sucked.
Playing their third of four matches in ten days the Thorns were comprehensively thumped by The Damned Courage in Cary and it could have easily been worse.
Coach Wilkinson fielded a peculiar XI, subbed on and off peculiarly, some of our crew had epically awful matches, and overall the entire product the Thorns put out looked like a bad amateur theatrical production of The Big Green only where the director changes the script so that the plucky band of misfits gets their asses kicked in the big game.
God, how I hate losing to Those People.
Our punters had a bad evening as well; our tendency to look on the Bright Side of Life (doo doo, de doo de doo de doo…) tripped everyone up; no one got the result or the score, and even naming the scorers were a problem – nobody figured on Rocky tallying for Portland, although several guess correctly that somehow we’d forget to mark Ordonez and, sure enough, we did (yeah, kinda lookin’ at you, Kling…) and Debinha.
So the last round of TTPG was a low-scoring affair, as our punters went home as disappointed as our team.
(1-3 loss, Ordonez (Pickett), Debinha (UA), Rodriguez (Ryan), Speck (Daniels) – YC Mathias)
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And now the nitecap; a Saturday meeting with the San Diego Wave, currently level on 28 points (along with, rather shockingly, Houston!) and head-to-head, in second purely on goal difference.
And the fourth match in ten days for the Thorns; I’mma gonna go with this again because, NWSL, fuck yeah:
(Last meeting, June 8, 2022 at Torero Stadium, 2-2 draw)
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.