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Discussion in 'Portland Thorns FC' started by Cliveworshipper, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One comment I'll make about Edwards is that I thought she was very good in the air, in the midfield area such as on goal kicks, etc.
     
  2. LeftCoastLondoner

    Oct 29, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Actually, I was hoping for a little more detail. :) Thanks for the excellent analysis. I'm wondering whether the problem in the final third was down to the midfield not playing good final balls, or the forwards not knowing how to find space. Or a bit of both, as your comments might suggest. Both Sinclair and Morgan can make their own shots, of course, so that might not be as serious an issue as it looks at first glance.

    The defensive situation is of concern. The stumptownfooty piece highlighted the vulnerability of Avant and Williamson on the left side of the back four. Not a place you normally want to be weak, that.
     
  3. kolabear

    kolabear Member+

    Nov 10, 2006
    los angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Reis is obviously rather short for a GK but she's very athletic and has good vertical height on her leaps. She was a very good GK in college for UCF and she's a credible candidate for playing in this league. I think there are some Brazil fans who think she deserves a shot at her national team. (I think she's from Brazil)
     
  4. worthyofbeing1

    Oct 23, 2011
    Angie Kerr and Danielle Foxhoven were best players on the pitch besides current pilot players -Clive
     
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  5. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006

    On Williamson- sorry, but I can't really be totally objective here. You will remember Cone could have picked Kendall Johnson instead for her first College Draft pick and didn't. I only hope it's because Kendall didn't want to play for her( doesn't seem to have stopped her from picking players anyway).

    Based on this game, HUGE mistake. HUGE.

    I don't know much about the two forwards you asked about, but finding space in the box is not one of Foxhoven's weaknesses( she scored 26 goals when she was exclusively a forward and had Kerr, Enyeart, and Schmidt feeding her), but mids have to find her. Maybe the Thorns mids didn't respect college keepers or something and thought that blasting from distance was all they needed to do, but really, judging from other results against college teams, an NWSL team should be winning games by more than a goal, (and not being lucky to accomplish that.) if the mids can't find Foxhoven, they probably won't find the two we expect will score.

    I have nice season tickets for this year. I hope not to be drinking my sorrows away in the KeyBank club, but Cindy has to tell these kids what she expects of them, and I hope it's not what we saw.
     
  6. RAMbunctious

    RAMbunctious Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    That's basically his review of the match. :ROFLMAO:
     
  7. Hisownshadow

    Hisownshadow Member

    May 11, 2012
    Danielle Foxhoven is awesome.

    Angie Kerr was best midfielder for Thorns.

    Portland Pilots really took it to the Thorns.

    Why didn't CP draft Kendell Johnson? She was amazing at Portland.

    -CliveHomer
     
  8. kolabear

    kolabear Member+

    Nov 10, 2006
    los angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You do get a feeling this is going to be a recurring theme, don't you?! :)
     
  9. LeftCoastLondoner

    Oct 29, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Well, except that he can write in complete paragraphs. :)
     
  10. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006

    I'm not sure where I said that, I said they did what you expect players to do from their positions. Radovcic and Shufelt really didn't.


    In a match where 23 shots were taken, 6 were from forwards. A team that will have Sinclair and Morgan shouldn't be playing like that.

    And I said the midfield was good at winning balls, which they were. It was the strength of the team. but they just shot from the outside. They didn't work the ball much.

    And the defence was poor, particularly Williamson. I stand by that she wasn't very good. Stumptown doubts she will start, doesn't he?

    I think you are perhaps trying to defend Cone in her rostering. That just isn't turning out to be a good one.
     
  11. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    http://www.stumptownfooty.com/2013/3/31/4168256/thorns-fc-wins-battle-of-portland

    Let me know where he and I were significantly different. He seems perhaps more hopeful that the midfield will link up with Sinclair and Morgan. I just didn't see hard evidence of that. I know Sinclair, and probably Morgan, will demand it.

    And I'll differ that the college team is in midseason form. They lift and run now mostly. The NCAA severely limits other work.
     
  12. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006

    For which team? I have season tickets to both. I am perhaps more critical of the pro team because it's the first time out and the first chance to identify weaknesses.

    Also, they are proffesionals. They need to get used to a critical eye on them as individuals.
     
  13. babranski

    babranski Member+

    Dec 15, 2012
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We saw this out of UNC during the spirit game. They kept good pace with Spirit, but lacked that polish to execute.
     
  14. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
  15. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I noticed that Parlow, in the piece combined with the April 1 prank on Allie Long, mentioned Foxhoven and Shufelt as having performed well up front in the game against the Pilots. She did not mention Radovcic. She also said there were some gaps in back that needed attention and also that there was a need for a tactical adjustment. She also said that getting Buehler back would help.

    In fact, her comments pretty much match the apparently enlightened discussion here about how players performed.

    By the way, anyone else remember CPs earlier statement that the Thorns would be playing a Spring game against the best college program on the West Coast?
     
  16. LeftCoastLondoner

    Oct 29, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    I think I remember someone repeating the statement, but I don't think I ever saw the original. We're talking about my own alma mater, Cal Berkeley, right? ;)

    I also noticed the glaring absence of Radovcic. If I was her - ouch. But maybe CPC didn't mean to make a point of it . . .
     
  17. ForeverLOST108

    ForeverLOST108 Member+

    Jan 23, 2010
    Orlando
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep, she was (is?) apart of the Brazilian national team pool system. For what it's worth, Chris Henderson from AWK did tweet something along the lines of him seeing Reis grabbing the backup keeper spot over Barker. I've seen Reis play in person a few times, the one in particular was against UNC in the 2011 College Cup, and she was fantastic and was the reason UCF beat UNC. (Also helped that she stopped two PK's in the shootout - one of them from Dunn).
     
  18. Dundalk24

    Dundalk24 Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    PA/OH
  19. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    KGW reports on Thorns day of regognition today at the Portland city council.

    http://www.kgw.com/sports/Thorns-recognized-at-City-Hall-202419521.html

    Mayor Charlie Hales in a big soccer fan and a big part of the reason the Timbers got an MLS franchise.

     
  20. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Charlie may be a soccer fan-- it's great news, to me -- but the real fanatic on the Portland City Council is Commissioner Nick Fish. Nick's a Portland Pilots season ticket holder and has been instrumental in the construction of at least one top turf soccer field (and lacrosse field) in inner Portland -- Buckman Field adjacent to Benson High School.

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  21. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
    Yeah, Nick too. They both have season tickets to the Timbers, and I've seen them both at UP games.

    I don't know if Charlie has season tickets for the Pilots, but he wouldn't be the first mayor who did.

    And last fall both he and his opponent Jeff Smith were at Merlo. It seems politically beneficial to be a soccer fan here.

    It's all good.
     
  22. raymondleone

    raymondleone Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  23. raymondleone

    raymondleone Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  24. Cliveworshipper

    Cliveworshipper Member+

    Dec 3, 2006
  25. raymondleone

    raymondleone Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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