I think we’ve become gunshy to the point where we all could do nothing but dread what seemed like the at-best-a-road-point-but-ugh-probably-another-fucking defeat-in-Seattle; only Roses even advanced the hope that the Thorns might do what they did – kick the Reign soundly 0-2 and kick their way back to the top of the table.
That meant thay most of our punters opted for the “optimistic” draw. Nobody imagined that the captain would storm back onto the scoresheet, either – although SincFan got the goal-assist bonus with Hina-san to Smith for the matchwinner – and took the top honors on the day, tho Thrakkorzog’s beer-pong yarn (and Fishlock? Y’think that Welsh yobbo would see every other player under the table? Yeah…) garnered the most fan support.
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Now that we’ve warmed our collective hands by the joy’s bonfire made of such noble individual parts and two inflaming goals it’s time to hit the road.
This coming Sunday the Thorns travel to the fever swamps of Florida where the somewhat-revived-since-Opening-Day Orlando Pride lurk beside the ‘gators and the Ron DeSantis groupies.
Since their Annual Opening Day Hiding the Pride enjoyed a brief burst of success, including wins over San Diego at the end of April and Washington in the third week of May before collapsing into Shameful incompetence, dropping the last two matches (to Chicago 1-nil and Houston 2-nil) to enter this contest ninth on the table and mired in solid traditional mediocrity.
(Last meeting: March 26, 2023, Providence Park, 4-nil Portland win)
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.