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May 30, 2023·edited May 30, 2023Author

Lots of content will be out today, 3 posts in fact! Happy Tuesday and enjoy :)

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May 30, 2023·edited May 30, 2023

Preposterous Power Rankings: Driven to Tiers

Tier 1: Scoreboard

Gotham - Should have won that match against DC Kang. Damn you, VAR!

Tier 2: Between the 16s

DC Kang - not OL Kang good, but good

Portland - 1/5th of roster occupied by non-contributing squad players

PSWST- hurting with Lavelle's ongoing absence

SD - Stoney is riding Sheridan, not the offense

Tier 3: Moving Up

NC - better than expected, just outside the 16s

Houston - slowly climbing, with recent wins against Portland and KC

Tier 4: Moving Down

Louisville - as many internationals as points, or points as internationals

Orlando - still... farther along than expected

ACFCNFT - Haracic concedes 4 but is WOTM - yikes!

Tier 5: Wooden Spooning

Chicago - at least Naeher is sharp!

KCFUBAR- LLLWWWLLLLL is the form of incompetent leadership

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Here's another set of Power Rankings, from Sandra "Attacking Third" Herrera

1) DC Kang

2) Gotham

3) Puget Sound WoSo Team

4) Thorns

5) SD

6) NC

7) Louisville

8) Houston

9) Orlando

10) ACFCNFT

11) Chicago

12) KCFUBAR

I agree with all except placement of Washington and Gotham; I'd flip them.

Thorns weekend match with Puget Sound WoSo Team will shake up the Top 4 in some fashion.

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/nwsl-power-rankings-megan-rapinoe-goes-off-for-ol-reign-kansas-city-currents-woes-continue/

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Anybody going tonight?

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Oofff, Team England more of a triage squad, per today's roster announcements. Might tilt my money towards Deutschland.

"Euro 2022 top scorer Beth Mead is not included in England's Women's World Cup squad, having not fully recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The Arsenal forward, 27, has not played since November and was a major doubt.

"Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer, is included having scored 12 goals in her past 12 Women's Super League games.

"Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad. England head coach Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.

"Midfielder Fran Kirby was also already ruled out through injury, but Barcelona defender Lucy Bronze is in despite having knee surgery in April. Wiegman said she did not ever think there was a chance Mead would be fit in time for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. "She's so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup," said Wiegman.

"I'm not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players."

"There is no place for Manchester United forward Nikita Parris or defender Maya le Tissier, but Le Tissier has been placed on standby, alongside uncapped goalkeeper Emily Ramsey and forward Jess Park. Manchester City defender Steph Houghton, who captained England for eight years, has not been called up despite injuries in defence leading to some calls for her return."

--BBC

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Anybody have paywall access to The Equalizer? If so, can you summarize what they say the advanced data show about the Thorns recent run of form?

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Looking at this stat while side-eyeing our looming game at Seattle this weekend:

https://twitter.com/OptaJack/status/1663267098083180546?s=20

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