Thorns FC: Pre-preseason

This Sunday the Thorns kick off their 2019 season with a preseason match against the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field in North Portland. Typically I would be here the following week with a match report and plus-minus ratings for the Thorns…but not this time. I had hip replacement surgery Thursday and won’t be mobile […]

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Who’s On the roster? (part 1)

Who’s on the roster for this season? More importantly, who will be gone for the World Cup and who will be left to carry the torch? Check out part 1 of our 2 part examination into the upcoming season. We’re available on iTunes, Stitcher and now Spotify (as well as pretty much anywhere you get […]

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We’re baaaaaaaack!

Guess who’s back?! Join us as we discuss the Thorns upcoming season, as well as the loss of Lifetime, the various controversies around the NWSL and of course, the new kits. We’re also available on iTunes, Stitcher and now Spotify!

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THORNS FC: THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

The Defense So far, we’ve looked at Thorns FC at forward and midfield. In both cases the prospects for 2019 are like that old story about the Chinese symbol for “future” being made from two characters, one meaning “danger” and the other “opportunity”. The opportunity is always there. The danger? The loss of so many […]

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Thorns FC: The Midfield

Last week we looked at Thorns FC’s striking corps.  This week we look at who we have in the center of the pitch. Thorns FC has a total of six midfielders under contract this January; Tobin Heath, Andressinha, Lindsey Horan, Midge Purce, Celeste Boureille, and Angela Salem. Although still rostered as a forward, Christine Sinclair […]

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Thorns FC: what the heck is a pmr?

Although I didn’t get any feedback in the comments section from the last post, I did get some questions about this “PMR” system thing over at the Riveting! Facebook page. Since you’ll be seeing this stuff again when the season starts, I thought I’d take a moment to explain it. The whole magilla was invented […]

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Thorns FC: Draft Day

A Brief Introduction This is the first piece of what I hope will be a regular column here at Riveting!; “Thorns FC”, my personal take on the Portland club that I have followed, supported, thought, and written about since Opening Day in 2013. I started working with Kevin Alexander over at the Slide Rule Pass […]

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