How are the Portland Thorns faring in the World Cup?
The losing GK in a 3-0 match is never going to be WOTM but I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking Trần Thị Kim Thanh outperformed more than any single other player on the pitch. A game I hope she's proud of.
Gonna be holding my breath against Netherlands. USWNT midfield is so weird. Makes me nervous.
Edit: Was sad not to see Hina! Looking forward to her getting some action.
Right after Lindsey and Danielle had their theatrical moment I thought to myself she's getting on the end of this corner kick. It was weird. I felt so sure it would happen and then it did. Rose served it well and Lindsey went in powerfully and nailed it. Funny how that happens. A premonition or do I just know the Great Horan?
Watching the halftime show for the England v Denmark game with KK, John Strong, and HAO and they are talking about Keira Walsh (bc looks like she did her ACL in this game, if you didn’t see it)…and KK casually mentions she tried to get Keira Walsh for the Thorns. Nothing else about it, but I appreciate that kind of ambition!
Fujino's goal was all kinds of crazy spectacular good.
Right now it is looking like a team I thought could be a contender may not make it out of group stage. Norway! Wow! And in the last match I think both Hegerberg and Hansen were not starting and Hegerberg didn't play, she pulled herself just prior too kickoff.
OT but poor Ferns reverting to form to hand all three to the Filipinas was pretty brutal. But the group is so dire (Norway-Switzerland was an ugly slog…) it’s more a question of who can find a way to lose their way out of contention.
Colombia! My poor Tigers looked utterly hopeless against a side I was certain would go pointless thru the group stage. Not sure if the ROK can find a way back in, but I’m going to bet Colombia to go thru, if just to make the three women with the feathery tiger hats happy.
We’re vacationing up in Victoria this week, and what’s kinda gobsmacking how huge Sinc is here. I kinda get she’s the GOAT, but she’s all over the telly during the Cup shows. She’s got a Subway commercial! It’s ridiculous, but seeing Captain Sinc shooting with a hoagie in one hand is Peak Commercial.
I knew she was there but seeing KK on the fox broadcast for the WC pisses me off to an unreasonable degree.
You have a (pretty important!) job and it’s the middle of your team’s season! WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE??
As the lowest seed in the tournament, I was happy to see Vietnam hold their own. The last line I saw was US -75000, which is insane. I don’t have fond memories of the Thailand game four years ago. At some point you become the ‘He’s already dead’ kid from The Simpsons. They did luck out with US finishing issues. And the keeper was great, stopping a PK is awesome.
Great to see Sophia take and command the stage so emphatically.
ETA: I swear the announcers said Vietnam was the lowest ranked team in the tourney. But perhaps they just said group. There are lower-ranked teams at the WC.
Canada won 2-1 this morning. Sinc subbed on after halftime. Interesting.
Rocky is coming in after some endline wizardry by Hina.
Something interesting to add to discussions about our stateside Thornies....looks like according to the team's social media, they are practicing at the Nike World headquarters today. A beautiful setting, with really nice grass fields....wondering what the reasoning for that is. Maybe because they're traveling to LA this weekend and will be playing on grass fields, and they're being given an opportunity to adjust to a grass surface ahead of time? Maybe some movement or recognition of the several Thorns players who've spoken out about the turf recently? Either way, nice for them....
I'm not sure why they haven't worked out a contract with Nike to have all of their practices there, especially while a training facility is supposedly in the works and it would be temporary. Can't imagine the fields are used much...
One last bit of Canadiana from the True North of TV; the CBC coverage leading up to the Eire match tomorrow is the Demonization of Katie McCabe. Apparently the Ireland back is a sort of bog-running Diego Chara (one of the websites that follows her is called something like #didkatiemccabegetayellowcardtoday) and the Canadian pundits make it sound like she’s gonna show up with a razor in her boot.
Should be fun.
Andonovski is continuing Ellis's approach to the roster: choose the best attackers; defensive ability is a nice bonus. (The exception is one stay-at-home CB, who's there for her defense, usually Sauerbrunn, but now Girma) I was sorry to see Coffey left off the roster, but DeMelo is a strong choice. I would've been pissed if Sam had lost out to Kornieck.
I think also, you have to cut Andonovski a little slack because of injuries; not only new shockers like Swanson, but also Sauerbrunn, Mewis, Macario, Press being out for longer than expected. And I don't buy the frequent comment that Ertz has picked up right where she left off. She's playing well, considering, but IMO she's not close to her peak. We'll have to see whether she's able to complete her comeback during the tournament.
The NWSL secondary trade window has now closed (I believe it’s 6pm ET)
Here’s some important other dates in the second half of the season:
I haven't been on twitter much, but I did see Houston just signed the captain of the Austrian national team. Don't know anything about her, except that she's a midfielder.
Weird that Rodriguez is still out for CRC.
Sugita-senshu in at LW for the Nadeshiko.
Vietnam had not even a hint of offense. We won't know how good the USWNT is until the Netherlands match.