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Thrilled with a win, happy with a draw, prepared for a loss. That's how I enter tonight's match.

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Maybe move Sinc to the back line, just to shake things up.

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We have meaningless sports award nominations. Sophia Smith has two ESPY nominations.

BEST SOCCER PLAYER

Aitana Bonmatí, Spain/Barcelona

Erling Haaland, Norway/Manchester City

Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG

Sophia Smith, USWNT/Portland Thorns

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS

Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski

Sophia Smith, Portland Thorns

Iga Świątek, Tennis

A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

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Jun 23, 2023·edited Jun 23, 2023

I’m gonna be a tad contrary and say that I don’t know how much it matters who starts at the left 8 position, though I would obvs prefer Liv. Neither Moultrie or Sinc cover a ton of ground defensively, which is a real need against the diamond. At full strength, this would be a good Rocky game because of her defensive work, physicality, and ball retention.

Obviously fearful for the Rodman-Kling/Menges matchup, but if ole Mike doesn’t give Sam a little help in the midfield, I’m not sure it’ll matter. Could see another 3-3 in the cards.

Gonna be fun! Parsons also said that Portland is the best place to play woso in the world yesterday, so let’s give him a rude return pls. Late Friday night starts are always a good time.

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I have a bad feeling about this one, tbh.

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Do we have any players sitting on four yellows? I start thinking of these things come mid-season, and recall Natu collecting more than one, for example. Heck, that menace Hina even has some!

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Jun 23, 2023·edited Jun 23, 2023

Now that I think of it, I imagine we def see a Sinclair start tonight. Besides it being an “int’l send-off” game, we have a CC game on Wed against OL Reign. Norris is gonna keep Moultrie on ice until that game since all the int’ls will be gone.

I don’t see any lineup changes and that…is scary lol.

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Do we think the national teamers (on both sides) will play much? They're probably on requested "minute-restrictions" from Vlatko, no?

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This could be a barn burner! I think both teams will be up for this one, and I hope the Thorns defense is ready. I have to believe there will be multiple goals in this one.

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Big game, statement game. On the one hand, we know how Parsons does in big game situations. OTOH, that’s gonna be one PO’d Hatch coming to town. Throw in Rodman against out left side defense…could be a long night.

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