Bragging rights is at stake for the Pacific Northwest rivals in group stage finale of the NWSL Challenge Cup.
Always loved Aslani- This is great.
Would yesterday's Thorns match would have been more exciting if watched on Peacock Telemundo?
My match report: This was a thing that assuredly happened.
One of the saddest truisms in life: You watched it, you can't unwatch it.
Ugh. First 120 minutes of watching the USWNT not score, then 90 more of watching the Thorns not score. I didn't expect much from this game, given the stakes involved (none), and it lived up to expectations. Can't wait to (a) have meaningful games and (b) get our national-team players back.
Probably worth stopping to ponder the perspicacity of the thirty-year-old diatribes that the old Soccer America eds used to write complaining about how the American soccer “development” system -coaching and playing - was punitively dependent on AYSO and the NCAA, both of which lacked tactical and technical sophistication and depended on tireless pace and physicality. The development system has improved…but how much? The NCAA is a big player at USSF. So is AYSO. How likely are the classic teams to be to start mining the urban youth programs for the American Messi?
It took thirty years…but I suspect that’s finally catching up with the US, as much or more with the coaching than the players. Andonovski was one of the best managers in the NWSL…but international competition exposed his lack of tactical nous. Who do we have that’s better? Harvey?
For a challenge cup match it sure didn't look very challenging.
Just got Heather Davis's Annual Member renewal email. Here are the goods:
"Looking ahead to 2024, we remain committed to a smooth transition to new ownership. We look forward to working with the new owners to maintain the operational excellence that the Thorns have always been known for and to continue to deliver a world-class fan experience to Thorns fans at Providence Park. The Timbers and Thorns will continue to work together to create a positive and lasting impact in our community as well."
"All accounts wishing to keep their seats for 2024 will need to renew by 7 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2023."
I have to admit I was tabbed out of that browser window doing other stuff a lot more than I was actually watching. Nothing remotely engaging about that match...
Phuoc what has happened to Tegan McGrady, is she injured, not practicing well? What little I saw of her last year she seemed to be good, not great but good. she was the 7th pick in the 2019 draft and got one appearance for the USWNT in 2018. If they at least played her she might be good expansion trade bait.