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Here's my preferred XI for tonight:

Hogan

Reyes-Nally-Menges-Beckman

Moultrie-Porter-Provenzano

D'Aquila-Betfort-Leon

Have no idea if all these players are available, but really I don't want to see anybody else out there except young players, players new to the club, and players who need minutes.

Until the Challenge Cup has some instrumental value, I want it treated as a somewhere between a scrimmage and a friendly.

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I think my favorite aspect of a cup competition is that the second string GK can get some minutes. Hogan's been good in her few appearances for the Thorns.

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I'm expecting (and hoping for) a pretty heavily rotated side. Saturday's match is obviously much more of a priority.

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Kizer with the brace, KC up 2-0 in 67th.

Hell, maybe they should have fired Potter at halftime of last year's Championship match???

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Apr 20, 2023·edited Apr 20, 2023

NC outshooting ORL 12-2. Scoreboard sez ORL 1-0 NC, 80th minute.

KC 1-0 HOU halftime. Kizer is the difference here.

NY 0-0 WAS halftime. Parsons wisely sitting the biggest names.

ORL and KC might come into Sunday's match fresh off of Challenge Cup wins but also still winless on the year.

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https://twitter.com/itsmeglinehan/status/1648759002963009542?s=20

Ohh lordy NWSL drama just don’t quit do it?

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Group of Death indeed. I get why it's this way, to reduce travel - but 3 of the 4 best teams in NWSL are in the same group!

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Apr 19, 2023·edited Apr 19, 2023

Vague corporate speak around the Potter sacking, but it sounds more like a matter of team performance than professional misconduct:

“We watch the play on the pitch, we keep a pulse on the locker room, and we are constantly evaluating ways to improve our club,” Current general manager Camille Ashton said in a statement. “Through our ongoing process of continuous improvement, we believe now is the right time for this change.”

Claire Watkins is making that argument: https://justwomenssports.com/reads/kansas-city-current-matt-potter-2023-losses-debinha/

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Also, thank you STF for splitting Thorns/Timbers news are giving us an easier way to find what we're looking for! So much better. Next/final step...fix the logo. :)

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Annoying that Louisville does not have a midweek game to recover from.

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I do wonder whether we see the new prize money play a little bit of a role in how seriously *some* teams take the CC. I imagine the best teams would prioritize the league, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the lower tier sides really go for the challenge cup- That prize money ain’t something to scoff at for most players in this league.

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Tonight's starting lineup....

Hogan

Kuikka Hubly Nally Reyes

Sugita Porter Rodriguez

Leon Smith Sinclair

Well, that's a head-scratcher...

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Amandine Henry might go to Angel City? Whatever happened to "Toujours une Thorn"?

That would make me both sad and unhappy, but I guess that's professional sports.

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I agree that Jacobson is going to be a key player. However, Natu is her kryptonite. If Natu is only going to play half a game one of our other fullbacks will have to step up big time.

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