The Thorns are champions. The trophy looks down on the concourse. The confetti has been vacuumed off the Audi Field grass. The players and coaches and staff have all scattered like the leaves of late November.
I have some thoughts and I thought I run them by you.
Beginning next week we’re going to take a look back at last season’s squad, handing out final grades much like we did back in 2019, starting with the keepers and the backline and moving up the pitch.
We might stop along the way and chat about some roster issues, too, before the coming NCAA draft in January.
I want to kick around the New and Improved Challenge Cup a bit; is it really all that improved? And, if not, how could it BE improved?
The NWSL/NWSLPA investigation almost surely has to drop sometime between now and March, and as difficult as it may be we’ll need to discuss that, along with all the issues relating to it such as the suggestions we’re hearing about partial fan ownership, or at least a change in the ownership situation.
Given that the current owner wasn’t welcome at his own team’s championship?
As we get closer to the new year it might not be a bad idea to look around at the draft list to see if there’s anyone who might be nice to have here. The free agent pickings seem pretty lean; there’s Debinha first and the rest pretty much nowhere.
(Much as I love the idea of Heath returning for a final cup of coffee, her age, cost, injury history, and the current roster make her an expensive luxury…)
And then there’s the new season.
I think we’ll have enough to keep some seasoning in he Silly Season with all that.
Anything else? Should we have a chat about something that is still bugging you about last season? Something you’re wondering about the next? Just want to knock around?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next week, then…