So tonight the Thorns travel to San Diego for the first round of Challenge Cup games.
The money’s good, I’ll grant that; if I was a player living in a three-bedroom apartment with two teammates and eating ramen every Tuesday I’d want a piece of that.
OTOH, there’s no real pull for me, a fan. I’m not getting a piece of the jack, and to play San Diego again? Yawn. See ya in the league.
I still think the NWSL needs to rope the W-League and even the semi-pro leagues into this gimmick. Give it some zing, some fun, some REAL “After Dark” energy.
The Cal FC Open Cup game is still one of my “big” Timbers moments. A good one? Hell, no. But one of those “I was there when…” kinds of things, like bouncing off the walls in the cheap motel in Medford, watching the SKC playoff penalties I was forced to miss in person back in 2015, or Head-Chara against LA that season, or the first MLS game in 2011.
We don’t have that, we got this.
So consider this an open forum to discuss what happens tonight.