How important is the shield to the team as a whole? It's either PTFC or SDW, nobody else can snag it, and since SDW are hosting Loovull, Thorns likely need to win in LA, or it slips away like last year. SD has one loss in their last six.
[This is an opening for my standard rant at television sportschatters that teams do not "control their destiny" under the meaning of that word. Thank you.]
Do not see Soph playing more than a half and probably less than that. Do you sit other select critical players with an eye to the playoffs and not concern yourself with the shield?
Also want to see Soph win golden boot and Sam to claim the assist title, that one seems baked in now. But Kerolin is just one goal behind Soph, with Hatch and Debinha at two.
Chicago have conceded 47 goals in 21 regular season games, including 9 matches with 3+ conceded and 5 matches with 4+ conceded. Poor Naeher.
But the all-time stinkaroo belongs to Orlando Pride 2019, who conceded 53 goals in 24 games.
Props to Amoros. He was chasing the win when he subbed on Stengel for Edmonds and Iffy for Sheehan (who grabbed and tugged and pulled all day long). But he also made sure to get Farrelly and Shim on the field today too. It was great to hear the applause for Sinead and Mana.
Sam Coffey was an absolute rock star! She made so many great plays!!
CHI have been eliminated. 6-3 KC and counting...
The 10 Sides Who Still Matter:
POR 35 (1)
SD 34 (1)
NC 30 (1)
NJY 30 (1)
WAS 30 (1)
OLR 29 (1)
ORL 28 (1)
LOU 27 (1)
HOU 26 (2)
ACFC 25 (2)
If Houston wins today, then ACFC are eliminated.
Good Janet edition Thorns appeared today. Yay! Hina was a monster, Hinzilla stomp!
Good palate cleanser after last week, can Good Janet show two weeks running?
Soph seemed mobile, maybe a quarter step less quick? Very positive going forward.
How I love hearing the fans chant "Morgan Weaver."
8 assists? You go, Sam Coffey.
Looks like the best possible result from NC-San Diego for the Thorns, the competition for the Shield boils down to San Diego and we’ve clinched a playoff bye! Still gotta seal the deal for the Shield next week but they own their own destiny and I’ll take a guaranteed bye over all else.
3-2 KC over CHI at halftime. Franch with at least her 3rd OG of the season.
Good to see Soph back. Impeccable defensive play - Menges, Sauerbrunn, Hubly all solid. Kuikka excelled. Hina--wow. What a player. And a good call from Norris to put her centrally, she was so good at building.
Dunn was not great, but Sinclair's cameo...jesus christ. That was abysmal.
I really don't understand the inconsistency this season. I'm glad we had a little more composure today. A little more dangerous in front of goal but still a bit inefficient (cursed post). Enough to get the job done but I can't help but think we should have been able to get a result last week too.
Thorns not only clinched a home playoff match, but indeed a first-round bye. SD can still surpass Thorns, of course. Only NC can catch Portland for 2nd but GD is the first tiebreaker.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why neither the NWSL itself nor the CBS/Paramount broadcasters are acknowledging the consequence of today's result.
That was a very hard-fought game and I DO NOT want Thorns to face Gotham again. We were surely sun-aided in the 2nd half.
Great to see Sinead and Mana on the Portland pitch again.
Glad to say that I was totally wrong on Smith's availability and play. It changes everything in terms of depth if she is available.
I'll admit that I was pretty worried about Williams and Purce running at our back line but they were all but neutralized. Williams within a whisker of drawing them even but nice save for Bella. To me they were just so much more committed tonight than they were against the Wave. Everybody defended. Frankly starting Moultrie over Sinclair makes that possible. Excellent team effort all game long.
At a wedding, couldn’t watch, but what a ginormous fucking win.
I won’t say it was pretty. But it worked and that’s the bottom line. Props to the defenders. They did what they needed to do.
Hina was WOTM, classic Sugita. But great games by Weaver, Coffey, Moultrie and Dunn. Defense was solid. Great game!
Good job Thorns! Go Courage!
Weaver down with a sore leg…3 minutes left
Reyes for Kling, Sinc for Betfort, Rocky for Dunn
Rodriguez, Reyes, and Sinc are up on the sidelines.
Lovely cross, too! Thanks, Sam!
Arigato, Hina san!!!!!
It’s a low bar…but given how static our “attack” is I’ll settle for a scoreless draw at this point.
Sure would be nice if the calls were being made the same way for both sides, huh?
Gotham showing a 3-4-3 with Purce-Nightswonger-Maitane up front.
No Rocky, huh? Does that mean no double pivot now? Moultrie can’t do what a Rocky does, but maybe Crystal sits deeper? Not sure I love that…we need her closer to goal imo. I’m not even sure which formation this is…
Betfort, Moultrie get the start. Soph available on bench.