Megan Rapinoe returns to the Rose City in her last regular season rivalry game.
No way Moultrie starts over Dunn and Sauerbrunn was said to only be available limited minutes. If she was fully fit, it would be Menges over Hubly. Hubly has been inconsistent at best for the last two seasons now, this one especially.
Btw said this in the other thread- Koroleva is the ref tonight LMAOOO
Esther Gonzalez with two in two minutes on her debut. Love having more Spanish players in the league........and Gotham might be legit!
My first comment from the other side of the world...on a game that took place while I was airborne! Gutted to miss this one but pretty dang happy about the result!
Looks like Lavelle is hurt again and replaced by Midge on the USWNT roster- Gotta be frustrating for her and Reign fans. This Reign attack has been absolutely tepid even with her. We gotta come out pressing.
As an aside, it’s gonna be *packed* tonight. Tried finding my dad a ticket in the section my season ticket is and couldn’t do it. Minimum non-GA ticket is $70 right now on SeatGeek.
as for predictions: with PTFC's iffy CBs, timid GK, and ineffective zone-marking on set plays, I'll predict Balcer/Huitema-from-Pinoe/Huerta as likely scoresheet contributors.
For the home team, it's Weaver (probably late if Norris lets her play 90) or nothing.
Unless the new Reign GK succumbs to nerves because of the PP atmosphere and has another derp-game in her ... then happiness may prevail.
Is Menges out? If she's fit, I think she starts over Hubly. Also it's hard to see Dunn not starting in a big game like this, again assuming she's ready.
Will Sinc demand a start to put a bow on her "Eff Seattle" talk?
My best guess:
I’d love if Norris tried Dunn in the Betfort spot to let Hina into the team because I don’t see Sinc not starting this one. Doesn’t sound like Becky’s ready yet, somehow.
The Oregonian piece on ‘Pinoe was curious in that I think it totally missed her schtick here; she’s a “heel” in the classic wrestling style.
I think Fishlock is just a jerk who loves being a jerk. But Rapinoe totally gets that it’s a show, and to give the crowd a good show you need good guys and bad guys and she eats up being the bad guy here. Should be a good show.
As for the match itself? I’m not really confident and I’m going to be sacrificing a chicken to the soccer gods we don’t see Sinc until injury time AND our frontline looks more dangerous than they did in Louisville AND the defense stays organized. Could use some Menges-Brunn today as well as a better show from Natu.
We really need three points today.