Do they like to make us sweat? Or what?
Once again the Thorns were all over their opponent in the first half…and once again, couldn’t turn that into goals. Chicago and Portland went into the halftime break scoreless.
And, once again, that lasted about a minute after the second half kickoff. Morgan weaver scored a brace, and Taylor Porter added the dagger in injury time.
(3-nil win, Weaver (Coffey), Weaver (Smith), Porter (UA), YC – Kuikka)
So pretty much everyone got the result, but no one 1) had Weaver getting on the scoreboard – let alone twice, or 2) predicted Pugh NOT getting there, so it was a broad but shallow pool of points distributed across the group.
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Tomorrow the Thorns go to Jersey to play the 2022 Wooden Spoon, Gotham, pointless – in more ways than one – over the last 12 matches…indeed, since the meeting here in Portland back in July.
The win over Chicago lifted Portland back on top, so the coming match is pretty simple:
Win in Jersey, win the Shield.
(Last meeting, July 16, 2022 at Providence Park, 5-nil 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: 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.