Oof. THAT was five miles of bad road.
The Thorns 2-3 road win at Bridgetown felt like the club was dragging ass all game; it was a win, but not particularly resounding, and featured – as we discussed – a lot of the same issues that sank the team in Orlando.
The three points did do good things for our punters; five of six got the result, almost everyone got at least Smith for the score, Weaver for an assist, and several people picked Bianca St. Georges for the yellow she got in the 58th minute…but didn’t see Hina-san picking up an early one.
Several people ALSO picked up Double Bird for a red, which she could easily have and probably should have nicked had Anya Voigt not swallowed her whistle. It’s a cruel game.
Speaking of games…we’re going to reset the prediction game. Thrakkorzog has nicked the apertura crown, and now we get to start over and fight over the clausura title on the run into the playoffs and through the World Cup.
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Torneo de Clausura:
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Friday comes the Big Match, a classic six-pointer; the top-of-table Washington Spirit and former Thorns gaffer Mark Parsons come to town for the two clubs’ first meeting of the season.
Washington is coming off a narrow escape, having to score twice in the final ten minutes to bag three points off a hapless Kansas City. Before that the Spirit were up and down; taking a 2-1 win over the pathetic Angel City, drawing at home to Louisville the week before, drawing to Gotham at home at the end of May, and dropping a 2-1 game in Orlando the week before that.
But the Thorns have looked unconvincing since Seattle, and both teams desperately need a thumping win. Who can find it?
(Last meeting: August 10, 2022, Segra Field, 1-2 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.