After coming off their worst performance on the 2023 season, Portland Thorns have a chance to get back on track against the team on the bottom of the NWSL table.
"Must win" in the sense of shaping the second half of the season, imo. Dropping two matches in a row to poor teams is the kind of thing that can get into a team's head, collectively. They need to make sure that doesn't happen. That said, no team can be overlooked (see: today's SD v ACFC match).
I think they need to stay right with Washington, too (who I expect to beat KC, but who knows?). We want that match on the 23rd to be for top of the table!
It'd be a good time for Norris to display a lick of tactical sense, too...but don't want to ask for the moon, I guess.
Tyranny of low Norris expectations perhaps, but if he makes tactical adjustments that mean 90+ of solid midfield and backline play? I’ll be okay. Not thrilled…but okay.
So…limit turnovers, stick marks, cover runners, move to space to give your backs an inlet pass…y’know, Soccer 101.
If fricking Chicago can smoke us in transition I’ll be seriously chapped.
I think they need this for team mojo. A second loss against an inferior opponent would be devastating.
No weird lineup, coach to win.
Not a must win in traditional sense, more a "let's hope the team are furious at what happened last week and play like it" game.
At least 25 degrees cooler and lower humidity than Orlando mean the Thorns should thrive and not fall apart as the match goes on. Their worst performances were in steam-bath Orlando and Houston.
Looking at the availibility report. CRS missing even more key players. Nagasato and Krueger out. This could be an interesting match.
Courage at top of the table currently. Who saw that coming?
Thorns are in 5th place and 1 game short of possibly falling out of the playoff race. If we drop points tomm and then lose to Spirit on Friday, it’s very possible. Against a team bleeding 3-4 goals every game? Yes, this should be a must win. Looking at our remaining games, you can’t drop points tomorrow, imo. Anything less is just not up to snuff for this club, this will be the “easiest” game they have for the rest of the season.
Jeez, Houston collects the rare red card against Reign just before halftime.
They will now deploy Houston heat to fill that spot.
1 point out of first place in the table, on a 3 game road trip, and with a game in hand? No, not a must win. Sure, you want to take all the points from the teams at the bottom, heck you want to win them all, but it isn't win or go home.