WHO: Portland Thorns vs. San Diego Wave FC
WHAT: UKG Challenge Cup, Matchday 4 of 6
WHERE: Providence Park | Portland, OR
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. PT, streaming on Paramount +
The Portland Thorns are in the midst of a three-match losing streak (in all competitions). Although making the NWSL Challenge Cup semi-finals is almost impossible, they have the opportunity to give minutes to players who absolutely need it. With that being said, it’s time for the young talent on the team to get more minutes the…
The Courgettes Ass-Kicking Machine is running apace. Up 4-0 on DC Kang, 73rd minute.
Also, DoorDash hold an early 1-0 lead on KCFUBAR. Franch in goal. At this point, I figure KC hope Franch regains some semblance of form so KC might entice Utah or BFD to go after her.
Speaking of the USWNT, absurd World Cup debut from Soph and high grades awarded to surprise late addition DeMelo. Girma looked superb. ETA, as did Fox, who I forgot also had her WWC debut. It looks bright: the future.
With Ertz back and looking like Ertz, TGH again gets to range box to box like her old, most-effective self. What a great stint for her.
Rodman kind of disappeared, but she'll get hers. Very, uh, relieved at our back line composition but it's not like they were tested, either. I think the first time I saw Naeher isolated on camera was around minute 80. Hoping she caught up on her sleep, you know how hard travel can be.
With last night's loss, SD Champipple have only won TWICE in their last TEN matches, regular season and Challenge Cup.
They've lost 3 in a row in Challenge Cup after winning their opener, and they've lost 3 and drawn 2 since their last regular season win.
Is Stoney's act wearing thin?
That was fun and good to see the squad look much more poised and confident. Couple of players (Betfort, Kling, Weaver) had excellent games.
Keep in mind that this year that form doesn’t hold with this club; after the season’s best outing against Washington they went to Orlando and shit the bed. I saw too many unforced turnovers to be comfortable that this was a feature not a bug. We’ll have to see how this group looks next match.
But if it was a bug? It was a hell of a fun bug. I really loved seeing Hannah Betfort the Beasr, and I hope she becomes the Queen Midge of ‘23 because she is just so happy when she’s on.
That was fun!
I think Portland actually made adjustments: I saw Porter deeper, almost a double pivot with Coffey, and notably the Thorns were much sharper on transitions. Also, it seemed to me Weaver was almost a default #10 with Moultrie drifting wide a lot. best game from Kling in a while, Reyes very good again, and just less derpy moments.
Big credit to Hannah Betfort. All around she was really good tonight. A little lucky with the "assist" but she was in the right place and she really worked hard. Great to see that rewarded.
Hannah Freakin' Betfort. She had a MONSTER of a game.
I think the Chaos Muppet just found another playmate.
Utah and BFD should be looking at her.
I do wonder whether Norris will give Betfort and Moultrie more minutes, and Sinc less, as summer moves on.
Confidence. Even if they go no further in the cup, the team needed this confidence boost without their international players.
What an improvement they've made. Still a long shot in this cup but good to see them play better.
Morgan Effing Weaver.
No clean sheet darn that tall girl.
Wouldn’t be a Thorns-Wave game without Hubly watching Kornieck put a header in the Thorns’ net
Too bad but that's a Korniak goal for ya.
Unexpected this is.
Gosh. I think they remembered how to score goals again!
Now Kling dimes Reyes, and the clubbing of the San Diego Seals continues.
Thorns score 7 in two hemispheres.
Betfort the Beast of the Brace!!!!
(Nice cross in from Kling, too.)
Hannah freakin Betfort takin her chance....good for her!
Nice buildup, tho. Kind of shocking to see, but nice.
Anyone willing to bet that Betfort intended to pass that to Weaver?
Now much more of a box/diamond 4-4-2 than the first half...I assume that’s an intentional adjustment, maybe to get Moultrie more involved and get more numbers in midfield.
Skipped the first half to watch Le Tour. Dropped in and skimmed through the half...hard to really generalize, San Diego is so poor. Weaver gonna Weaver (chip? round the keeper? Hello?), Betfort with a poacher's goal, Kling ballwatching on the Hill post (c'mon, Kling...you're a menace lately) and overall more of the rec-league vibe from these two clubs without their internationals.
Tough call on the soccer tonight; rec-league versus the USWNT doing the soccer equivalent of clubbing adorable baby seals (who are bunkered up with a six-player backline). Hmmm...
Norris has seen enough of Izzy sadly lol
Best challenge cup half of all year. And maybe a top 5 half all year. Betfort one poached goal 3 yards out. One header open goal just sends over the post and one strike right to the keeper. Weaver and Kling getting good looks that don't go in. Wished we were up more going into the half. Big Bixby save and big save from the post keeps us up 1-0. Stadium is not a big dip in attendance.
That was close
Ms Smith scoring two goals, and Horan another, the more 'interesting' Thorns game took precedence, methinks.
I hope the stadium isn't as deserted as the comment section
Look at Norris changing formation! Good ole classic 4-4-2!
(Unfortunately we have no wingers so Izzy and Moultrie are out wide)
I will be very curious to see the starting line up. Let the kids play.
I’m pleased to report that Britt Eckerstrom is indeed the GK coach today