WHO: Portland Thorns vs. San Diego Wave FC
WHAT: UKG Challenge Cup, Matchday 1 of 6
WHERE: Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego CA
WHEN: 7 p.m. PT, streaming on Paramount +
Have a thought to share as you watch the match? Need a place to vent? Come chat about in this thread!
SD had one shot on goal. Let that sink in.
Frankly, I think there's more here than Betfort-vs-D'Aquila or who's at the #9 vs who's a winger. This is the second game in a row where the Thorns had a tactical advantage and couldn't finish then let the opponent ship a crap goal on an error. Another game where the passing and movement came apart when the opponent pressed. Another game where the defense missed marks and looked disorganized.
I think the bottom line is that we're not as good as we thought we were; I think Orlando and Kansas City were that bad. Are there positional and player issues? Yes. But I think this is a systemic issue, and I hope Norris & Co. are thinking hard about them.
Hannah, what is it you'd say you do here?
Anyone else's stream frozen?
If that's D'Aquila on the end of the cross it's a goal. Just no excuse for playing her out of position to let Betfort play centrally.
Ah, Nally at LB! Mike has seen my nightmares!
Lmao Betfort vs. Girma is an all-time mismatch
Just wondering where tf is D'Aquila? Are we really running out with Betfort as a sub first?! Like, WHY.
That's it for me. My interest in this thing was minimal to begin with, and I've got a good book.
Um where is D'Aquila?
Hustle back pls Menges
Nally, what were you thinking?
Well, there you go. Don't finish your chances and ship a shitty OG.
Impressed with Reyes and Leon- They're both absolute tanks. Reyna looks 10x more comfortable on the left than the right.
Man, this is getting ugly.
SDW starting to press high and it's working; we're looking rushed and losing composure...
Can't be offside there Hannah cmon now
Any surprise that Hannah over Izzy subbing in for Sophia?
Betfort for Smith at 45'
Another half where the Thorns pretty much had their boot on their opponents' necks and couldn't finish them because they couldn't finish.
Soph's gotta get better at those through-balls. She consistently overhits them by a step or two.
Jeez! Leon was wide open there Soph
SDW finally showing some life!
Have yourself a night, Shelby.
A lot of Leon/Soph positional interchange so far in this one
That’s nice Hubly!!
Loving Leon's energy.
Should have had the opener there - GREAT buildup (one touch passes! Who knew?) but Smith biffs over the bar from eight yards...
Is it bad that I feel sligghtly better with Hogan in goal than I do with Bella?
This has been a very "Taylor Porter is not Sam Coffey" start to the game
Just once I'd like to see a full sequence where the Thorns one-touch pass through the opposition. Just once, so I can see us do it. Then we can go back to dink-dink-boot.
Did this mfer just call Sheridan the best goalkeeper in the world?
Kinda disappointed to see so many starters honestly. We need D'Aquila and the others to be getting more minutes before they are tasked with carrying the team over the break...hoping we only have 45 mins of this group. Don't need to risk fatigue and injury here. All of SD's starting F's are sitting, but I bet they come on just as our starters are coming off. Hoping we can score several goals before that happens! (Also, Captain Po?!) Ready for the chaos cup!
Soph, Hina, Kling, Sinc, Hubly, and Kuikka all start. Leon debuts. Hope to see D'Aquila at half.