Typing this as I wait for the midweek Challenge Cup match, and peering at the Cup XI what jumps out is that there’s 100% less Bixby.
I though after last weekend that the club might be hoping to shore up Bella’s confidence by using her as the “Cup keeper” while starting Shelby Hogan for the matches that really matter.
Based on tonight? It doesn’t look it. Sad, really. Bella might be done for the year.
But…to the soccer!
Last Friday’s big win over the formerly-top-of-table Washington Spirit was a delightful way to end the week, and most of our punters felt the same way about nicking the points.
Three of five punters got the result – nobody had confidence enough to predict putting four past Washington – and lots of people got scorers and assists. Three players got a score-assist combination and Roses swept the field by predicting two: Sugita-to-Smith AND Sanchez-to-Hatch as well as her tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Marco Parsonio might fix our defense.
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This coming weekend the opponent couldn’t be more different from the last.
The Kansas City Current are avoiding the infamy of the Wooden Spoon only by the utter incompetence of Chicago. But the Current still linger in 11th place, 12 points from 13 matches, and a trashfire in back; 24 GA trailing only Chicago’s 33.
But as we know from Orlando and Chicago, these tomato cans are traps for the Thorns, who tend to play down to the opposition. And we will be missing the heart of the attack with Sophia Smith (as well as Hina-san) so it’s kinda hard to predict this one.
(Last meeting: April 1, 2023, Children’s Mercy Park, 1-4 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.