As the regular season dwindles to the final few matches, the Portland Thorns return to Providence Park to take on OL Reign. The match will air at 7:30 p.m. PT and can be streamed on Paramount+Stumptown Footy is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.
OT: Freya Coombe worked the Gotham v. Washington match last night. She was good. Didn't take up all the space and provided helpful tactical insight.
Eerie similarity between Rocky's assist and Morgan's goal--first touch from the right, Rocky's angle was tougher but Morgan decided "Hey, why not the left foot?" Why not, indeed.
When's her dang callup?
With exception of missing Smith, that's my preferred XI, and the substitutions made good sense as well.
Support for Chief's Pinoe-as-Heel thesis. I've long thought the same thing. Last night was her Rowdy Roddy Piper moment, as we embraced and thanked the villain whom for so long we had loved to hate, who in turn professed her love and admiration for this city and its fans.
Megan Rapinoe held back tears in talking about her final regular season appearance at Providence Park and the curtain call she got when she was subbed off in the 84th minute.
"I've been trying to impress people in Portland since I was 18, so you know to play college here and have so many amazing memories, even the rivalry, these are always the very best games. Even when you're on the losing end like tonight, this really sucks, but it's always really special playing here.
“A packed crowd, I don't think it was like all for me, but another meaningful game in a city that I love so much, that has meant so much to me, and such an important soccer city in our sport as well. I have so much love and respect for the fans here and how they show up for their teams and I have a lot of good friends on the other team," said Rapinoe after the match.
Nice TCOB tonight Thornies, blanking them to boot.
Occupied elsewhere watching the boys faff around for ninety then dispatching San Antonio in extra time. Have a nice flight home to Texas (wait, it's USL, bus ride home).
Can't wait to watch the replay, P+ slow on posting this one tonight.
LFG, a shield and home field await! Soph probably getting antsy.
Does anyone know what assistant coach Draco Malfoy is doing constantly whispering in the coach’s ear and then looking up at the media box and mouthing words? Are we cheating? Just curious haha.
That first half was Thorns domination.
Always enjoy the sweet taste of Seattle tears!
Thorns are back and Sophia is on the mend. It's all in their own hands now which is great.
Good match. Back top.
Bixby down after a high take. Inside five mint.
It’s good to see Moultrie sticking her mark. She doesn’t have tremendous pace, so she gets skinned. But she doesn’t stop playing; she follows her mark and as often as not wins the second ball…
Hina drops into Rocky’s position, vasconcelos out wide right
Astounding difference when Becky isn't in there. The had control in the first half. Now they are surviving.
Rocky is having a GAME
Reyes for Sinc? Go to five at the back?
Need to see a solid half from you, Hubs. No derps. No excuses.
Oh lord, Hubly for Becky at half time
That was a nice looking half. Finally our first choice centerback pair and it's been huge. Helluva goal by Weaver. She's a star.
What a damn half. Place is electric, midfield dominating, Rocky trucked Fishlock, Weaver celebrated in front of the Reign fans. Becky’s ability to play balls into the feet of midfielders completely changes the game.
Couldn’t for the life of me tell you why the Reign aren’t playing Bennett or King to add the slightest touch of pace.
Pls don’t collapse :))
Watching Rocky boss Fishlock around is worth the price of admission even if we hadn't scored
Morgan finding the visitors section and grabbing the badge is extremely MY SHIT
That play went perfectly. Nice team goal.
Too loose with the ball lately.
Coffey and Rocky Rodriguez as the double six is just a wall. Here is hoping that Harvey is dumb enough to stick in a 433 all game!!!
Lots of shots. Having so many of the starters back is really telling a tale. I don't even mind Sinclair there at striker. Better than midfield.
A clear 4-2-3-1 early on with a Dunn central and Sinc at the point. Gives a little more protection to the fullbacks, but no chance of anything getting in behind going forward with Sinc up top.
Natu getting in good spaces, poor final balls both times
KC giving us a HUGE boost right now. Let’s take advantage!?
Becky Starting! Legooooooooooo
A lot more Reign (re: Megan Rapinoe) “fans” than usual here tonight, just anecdotally speaking.
Sinc up front alongside Weaver over Betfort. Don’t hate it. Kinda what I thought might happen last week at Louisville; Hina and Dunn get starts. Becky in as well (!!)
Cmon Thorns, cure my Esther Gonzalez fomo!