Zach Thorton?

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by FireAddict, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. FireAddict

    FireAddict Member

    Nov 15, 2000
    Grayslake, IL
    Any appropriate link for Zach in Portugal?
     
  2. alf

    alf Member+

    Jun 29, 1999
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chicago Red Stars
    Thornton

    Has not played yet. Nor appeared on the subs bench in any games.
     
  3. soccerfan

    soccerfan BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 13, 1999
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Thornton


    what is he doing ? any reserve games or is he practicing with the first team at all ?
     
  4. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    boca
    Hmmm......DONUTS!
     
  5. SimonOZ

    SimonOZ New Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why no Love for Zack T

    I am suprised that Big Soccer has no love for the guy. No thread gets any response and no information ever comes out of the ones posted.

    I dont want to goto the Portugal area to search for YA information on him - I want to hear it here.

    So the big questions are

    1 - What is really going on with the big guy?

    2 - Does anyone have details on his day to day and his potential to actually suit up?

    3 - Who can explain the glaring apathy about him on BigSoccer when compared to threads bursting with commentary about less successful players off in semi-professional european leagues?

    4 - Do you think he ever wants to pick up one of the little portugese players writhing on the ground in 'mid-dive' and body slam them like the pro-wrestler he could be?

    Personally, I could not think of a worse league to goto and hope he uses it as a springboard to somewhere better, even back home again. I know there is deep history with the league and traditionally a few good teams, but Christ, they all act like soliders in a war reinactment getting shot and falling over.

    If nobody responds to this I guess I will have my answer to all three - not bad for a first thread post.
     
  6. BallStateMiddie

    BallStateMiddie New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Nashvegas
  7. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    some games he sits more on his right cheek, some weeks on his left.
     
  8. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    boca
    Krispy Kreme or DD? You make the call....
     
  9. SimonOZ

    SimonOZ New Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    as I suspected

    Like I said, no love
     
  10. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    Re: as I suspected

    how can there be love when he hasn't set foot on the field...or sat his fat ass on the subs bench?
     
  11. rorschach

    rorschach New Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    Kirkwood Atlanta
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Singapore
    Hey,hey,hey.......leave the man alone. He's not fat...compared to Nevada!
     
  12. pookspur

    pookspur Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    Indiana
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Re: as I suspected

    i'm a huge thornton fan, and i try to keep tabs on the portuguese super liga; but the only answers to those questions are "i don't know". i was really excited when i heard that he was going to not just a super liga club, but also a perennial competitor 'in europe'. but, geez, he's not even getting to the bench.

    hey, i'd be interested in knowing how things are going in training; but who the heck knows? as soon as he gets so much as a minute with the first side, i'll be tracking any threads on him. i (like, i'm sure, many at bigsoccer) continue to monitor benfica's results for any signs of progress.
     
  13. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    think they were shocked when they saw how much paella he was pounding down?
     
  14. SimonOZ

    SimonOZ New Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    disappointed

    I can go look up Benefica results and soccernet news...thats not the point.

    Like I said, strange to me that so many bigsoccer threads include very specific knowledge and connections to info on players - but with Zack nothing like that exists....
     
  15. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer New Member

    Sep 3, 1999
    I don't know if they eat paella in Portugal, but this one had me ROTFL...
     
  16. pookspur

    pookspur Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    Indiana
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Re: disappointed

    my bad.

    how 'bout this?: boy, i sure bet zach would like to pick up one of the little portuguese players writhing on the ground in 'mid-dive' and body slam them like the pro wrestler that he could be.
     
  17. SimonOZ

    SimonOZ New Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Re: disappointed


    Point made - I'll wind my neck in now...too much coffee on my end....sorry!

    do like the idea of him as a wrestler

    cheers
     
  18. THOMA GOL

    THOMA GOL BigSoccer Supporter

    Yokohama F-Marinos
    Jul 16, 1999
    Paradise of the Pacific
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A bouncer at a club??
     
  19. russ

    russ Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Canton,NY
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He was recommended to Benfica by Dan Gaspar,who is American and has coached (and maybe still does) keepers for Portugese clubs.

    Try a thread search on him,he's a more interesting YA story than Zorthon,IMO.
     
  20. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

    Sep 29, 2002
    MidAtlantic
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So quite seriously, Gaspar has something at stake here too. If Thornton arrived out of shape, it makes Gaspar look unreliable. If Thornton is being shut out of promised playing time/substitute time, then what American keeper would trust Gaspar next time he says there is an opportunity in Portugal?
     
  21. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    it is Portuguese and Spanish
     
  22. Fonsos

    Fonsos Member

    Sep 21, 2000
    Chicago
    This is what I've heard from a someone who just returned from Portugal and had a chance to speak with him for awhile.

    He's playing with the reserve team at the moment and they're working on getting his weight down. So, he's doing a lot of running. He's happy with his decision to play there and it sounds as though he will get a chance at playing for the first team. I wish I had more to tell but that's all I know.

    A+,
    Fonsos
     
  23. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    good news.I must say that it was obvious that being that HUGE could not improve his mobility. Look at Adin Brown- he is just as big if not bigger, but he is 100% fitter.
     
  24. JREPP

    JREPP New Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    my crib
    Re: Thornton


    the club wasting money for nothing
     
  25. soccerfan

    soccerfan BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 13, 1999
    New Jersey
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thornton, Zach 6-3 230
    Brown, Adin 6-5 200


    so he needs to loose like 30-50 pounds , how long will that take, will the contract run out before then ?
     

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