Tomorrow evening the Thorns play their second Challenge Cup match of 2023 against Angel City FC.
Neither team is in great shape in this year’s Cup:
Despite it’s position on the table Angel City is actually probably worse off; with the game in hand Portland can jump up behind Seattle with a two-goal win and a scoreless San Diego loss against Seattle. Even a win doesn’t help ACFC if San Diego wins, and if they draw the positions will come down to goal difference, and ACFC is in bad shape there.
With an away game in Seattle Saturday, what will the Thorns squad look like tomorrow? ACFC doesn’t play until Monday, and that’s Chicago at home, so the Angels could send out a squad of circus chimps and still probably get a result. But Seattle away is always a nightmare and the Thorns still need a big win against a good opponent.
So it’s possible we’ll see a heavily rotated Thorns against a mostly-regular Angel City.
I suspect that the opening loss to San Diego has effectively closed this competition off, but there’s always hope and the pot is rich, so it’ll be mildly interesting to see how hard Portland comes at this one.
At the very least? I’d like to see some nice team play and a full 90 of solid no-derp defending, tho.
Consider this your open thread to discuss the Cup and/or any other Thorns-related topics…