The next time we see our Portland Thorns on the pitch, the results will matter. That wasn’t the case the three times we saw them the previous week; the “Thorns Invitational” was only an opportunity for us, and the coaching and training staff, to see how well the players and team are shaping as they […]Read More Thorns FC: Post-Pre
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 […]Read More Thorns FC: Pre-preseason
We continue working our way through the preseason roster (and finish!). John has opinions that you may disagree with. Hopefully the last episode with that annoying echo. Now we’re ready for the preseason!Read More john has some opinions (aka Who’s on the Roster pt. 2)
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 […]Read More Who’s On the roster? (part 1)
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!Read More We’re baaaaaaaack!
Per the Thorns Richard Farley it’s now official; Thorns FC has resigned Dagny Brynjarsdottir. While this in itself is good news, given how gutted the Thorns midfield is likely to be at midsummer, with three (and, possibly, four) midfielders – including 2018’s top three scorers – gone for the World Cup, what’s really interesting to […]Read More Thorns FC: The Midfield (now with 100% more Dagny!)
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 […]Read More THORNS FC: THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
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 […]Read More Thorns FC: The Midfield
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 […]Read More Thorns FC: what the heck is a pmr?
This is the first of a series of posts discussing the 2019 Thorns by examining the 2018 Thorns. I did this over at my old joint at Stumptown Footy after last season, too, as part of assessing the 2017 squad. Thorns FC has six forwards rostered as of January 17, 2018: Caitlin Foord, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic, […]Read More Thorns FC: Lets talk about Forwards