So the final standings are:
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Congratulations to all…
Yep. Preseason is over, and the Big Dance has begun. So the Prediction Game has, too.
With – as is almost much a Thorns tradition as getting shithoused by some Seattle asshole (Jess Fishlock, c’mon down!!!) – a meeting here in Portland against the Orlando Pride.
It’s been a couple of years now, but “Orlando on Opening Day” used to be a regular thing. They came here for their very first match, in April 2016, to receive their also-then-traditional hiding (2-1, FWIW, with Dagny and Horan strikes canceling out an early Steph Catley opener…). They returned in April 2017 and were sent home 2-nil losers (Nadim PK and Sinc).
We took a break from them in 2018, traveling to Cary for Opening Day and losing 1-nil.
But in 2019 we went to Disney World and spoiled their opener 0-2 (Foord and Heath).
For a couple of years the club veered away from the Orlando Opener, thumping Chicago here 5-nil in 2021 and then Kansas City 3-nil last season. But now the Mousketeers are back.
When we looked them over back in February the view was…complicated. Here’s what I said then:
“It’s so hard to be optimistic about this outfit. They’ve just been so bad for so long, it’s hard to fight my default assumption; “Orlando sucks”. There’s some quality there now, though. The draftees look promising. Adriana is good and as a group the Brazilians may be catalytic. The new keeper might be a rock. I’m actually surprised to hear myself saying this, but…I think these people will be better this year.
Will they be dangerous? Could well be! I have a funny feeling that this is going to be a much tougher team to face in 2023.
Can the Thorns beat them? Yes. We’re still better across the board. But I think the days of six-nil routs are gone, and we need to treat them with a bit more respect; in fact, I think they might just surprise us.”https://rivetingpdx.com/2023/02/07/2023-s-2-briefing-orlando-pride/
We’ll see Sunday.
In the meantime…welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends! Come inside, come inside!
How all 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:
Kuikka (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Jess Fishlock
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: “Pogarch gets the start against her former club. She gets through 70 minutes without fouling her former teammates until she can’t take it anymore. She pushes over Hina, gives Weaver a wedgie, gives Sinc a noogie, then flips off the Riveters and runs out of Providence Park, never to be seen again. The ref issues a red card, which she later contests, and loses.” (h/t to ABell4)
· 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.