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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar, Wilder Isom

The Thorns community, as witnessed by 25,000 people standing and cheering through a downpour for 120 minutes and not one person left early despite the loss. Anywhere else, that never happens.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

The ten-player comeback win over Carolina. Had it all; disaster, triumph, The Damned taking a L…plus an unusually clever match from Mike Norris.

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What a great topic and Morgan's address to Reign fans has to rank way up there. First XI play, that.

Will put forward Hina, doing awful, nasty Hina things on two hapless defenders.

https://www.tiktok.com/@justwomenssports/video/7242317354107931910?lang=en

And yet she seems so nice.

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Simple. Beating Seattle. It never gets old.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

Oh, and cheering Hina-san with the JASO oendan. That was Big Fun, even if the match was a draw…

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

So many moments this season as a Thorns fan! Some heartbreak, for sure, but plenty of joy: Soph's goal moments after coming on the field for the first time after the Cup, Thorns winning after losing Kelli to a red card early in the math, pretty much every moment watching Morgan and Hina play and, hands down, Bella's goal. Coming into a packed Providence Park in the pouring rain and EVERYONE was smiling - so Portland, so Thorns.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

Thorns moments:

Bella's goal, Betfort's goal against NC, and Weaver's scorpion kick goal.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

Besides abundant skills, what do Weaver, Valeri, and Blanco have in common? Intense fire and spirit. Hope we see more of those qualities across both teams next year.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by Sam Svilar

The merciful end of the season.

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Actually winning the game on Valeri day, then watching him get lifted up and celebrated by the team, then Diego coming up into the North End to greet the TA. That was such a great thing to be a part of.

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Gio getting fired, huge sigh of relief

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Lotta good ones for the Thorns this year! Betfort trapping an over the shoulder pass in stride with the back/outside of her foot and knocking it in for a goal, Bella’s back heel, and Smith subbing in (I think after the World Cup?) and within moments knocking one in off a pass from Weaver, showing off their chemistry and capability in one, all pretty rad.

For non-goal moments though, my hands down favorite was Hina Sugita taking the ball to the sidelines in the Thorns own third, turning and dancing right past 2 defenders so bad one fell over and the other threw her hands up in disgust and walked away, absolute magic.

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Nov 17, 2023·edited Nov 17, 2023

This answer sounds snarky, but it's not: the day Gio was fired. That day felt like such a breath of fresh air after two years of stagnation and slow withering; it's not like everything did a 180 as soon as he left, but it was nice to see the team start to play with an energy and a drive that they hadn't displayed for the entirety of the season and most of the season before. The season ended on a down note, but for a few games there, it was a fun team to watch.

Valeri Day was pretty amazing, though, and I'm glad I was there to see it.

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Sebastian Blanco has played his last game as a Timber.

https://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/2023/11/report-sebastian-blanco-to-depart-portland-timbers-after-seven-seasons.html

As much as he was barely himself the last couple years, dude's a damn legend here and should be celebrated. This was the right call for the Timbers to make, even if it was probably super tough to do.

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I mean, it’s gotta be the Asprilla bicycle kick and that 20 minute spurt where we scored 4 goals vs Seattle. Then the month of peak Joseph ball was amazing, it felt really great to be truly excited to watch a Timbers game each week. With Gio it always felt like a toss up between whatever team was going to show up that week. Would be look terrible or good? Who knows! With Joseph it actually felt like we had a consistency and I was confident that we were going to put in a good performance. And if we didn’t, that felt like an outlier. Obviously it didn’t end well for him in those last few games, but for a little bit there it was really good

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When is Portland gonna announce our roster moves. We were put before most and they have announced their options, declines, etc. Why haven't we announced ours

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