It was the Sophia Smith show as the Thorns downed the Current.
Sophia Smith is a complete joy to watch. Such an exciting player. It's incredible how hard she goes the full 90 while getting constantly bodied.
I'd bet this isn't the last time we see an opponent make an early second half charge- That press is absolutely vicious, but it's gotta be exceptionally tiring as well. Mentioned this in the other thread, but Hina, Sinc, and Dunn were noticeably tired and leaving massive gaps in the midfield in the second half. I thought Moultrie, D'Aquila, and Vasconcelos did good jobs calming things down around the 70th minute which restored a little stability in possession prior to Soph going nuclear.
But, ultimately....Sophia Smith: Absolutely outrageous. A joy and a privilege to have her in PDX.
KC away is a very nice win to have on the books. Still glad we caught them now instead of a month from now.
Rewatching yesterday's game right now. Just finished the 1st half. Can't fault anything here, but Portland could have been up 5-0 at the turn. KC understandably overmatched, and boy our passing and movement looked awfully good.
A question about using substack: Is there a way to highlight new comments that I haven't seen yet? New top-level comments will show up at the beginning (or end, depending on how I sort them) so they're not a problem, but new replies to other people's comments will show up elsewhere and be hard to find without reading through every previous, existing comment. Reading through them all is fine for, say, 10 comments, but not for 100.
Way too soon to say, but...
- Portland and San Diego have picked up where they left off last year.
- OL Reign will probably make this a three-team race before season's end, and Washington improved with coaching stability but have lost backline quality.
- Racing Louisville and Houston have firepower and promise but they need their defenses to step up.
- KC's and ACFC's fortunes depend on injured players' timetables for return.
- Gotham and Chicago are off to disappointing starts.
- NC and Orlando will struggle.
I could see up to 10 teams competing for a playoff spot, and 3-4 of them competing for the shield.
I was mildly impressed with Potter’s adjustment to counterpress opening the second half, and more than mildly displeased with how our backline responded to the pressure. Frankly we’re lucky KC couldn’t hit water, boat, etc or they’d have equalized by the hour.
Or that we have Smith and they don’t, because she pretty much put that one away herownself.
Thought that Sinc had another “good half/meh half” again. Our midfield bossed theirs until then, and I think there’s a lesson there…
Small samples here, but...
Smith leading league with 14 shots (9 on goal). Runners-up (Balcer, Kerolin, Swanson) have only 7.
Thorns have 37 shots, and 24 shots on goal. Seriously? 2/3rds have been on-goal?!?!?
Orlando TRIED to keep LA to 1 pt, but 10 min extra time doomed the effort.
Watching the KC goal again, Bella has GOT to do better- Great ball by Loera, but Bixby gets totally lost and neither comes to get it or remains on her line, resulting in her getting caught in no-mans land. This has been a pretty consistent hole in her game since she became a starter: Tremendous shot-stopper, really needs to improve claiming balls close to her on set pieces.
So far I do not like this new setup
A good win even with several players not having their typical great games. Kuikka, Sugita, Coffey and Hubbly had rough spotty games. Would have liked Sinc to come off sooner and to have seen more of Reyes. Would have even been good to bring her in at about 65 in the second half for Kuikka. I think the first half press was so intense some of the starters were just tired. Even Dunn who was awesome in the first half looked tired in the second half.
Who had a yellow for Hina Sugita on their dance card? She got more this game - one - than she did all last season.
2 matches in, +11 on GD and 6 points clear of last year's runner-up. LFG!
Wow. Michelle Kang is buying a majority stake in OL Women. Could Horan head to the Spirit?
Hi Everyone. Good to be here. I like this a lot better than the old Vox STF. I'm wondering if I can pledge one-time? because monthly support might be a bit much, given what will be infrequent use for me.
Do the Thorns have any weak links? ATM they look to be a complete team.