portland thorns

A collection of 30 posts

it's hard to write about sports right now

September 16, 2020

it's hard to write about sports right now by Leo Baudhuin

We're three games into the NWSL Fall Series, and if I'm being honest, I've barely thought about soccer during that time. The first, and most immediate, reason is that it’s honestly hard for me to have smart thoughts about soccer when I can't watch

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #5

July 25, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #5 by Leo Baudhuin

This past Wednesday saw the elimination of two more teams – both during regulation this time – in the semifinal round of the Challenge Cup. In the first match, the Portland Thorns fell 1-0 to the Houston Dash off a 69th minute scramble-in-the-box Rachel Daly goal. Sky

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #4

July 21, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #4 by Leo Baudhuin

Fourth Challenge Cup Notebook; four remaining teams; three games to go. Last Friday, the eighth-seeded Portland Thorns pulled out a 1-0 victory over the first-place North Carolina Courage to advance to the semifinals. The match marks the first time that North Carolina have lost a

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #3

July 16, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #3 by Leo Baudhuin

Well, that's a wrap on the preliminary round. After relying on a four-way tiebreaker to determine teams four through seven, our next round is set. The takeaways so far? We've seen a lot of really good soccer – especially compared with MLS –  accompanied by the majority

NWSL Notebook: The Semi-Finals

October 23, 2019

NWSL Notebook: The Semi-Finals by Lindsay Eanet

North Carolina Courage 4-1 Seattle Reign FC Casey Murphy vs. Crystal Dunn is the matchup we didn't know we needed, and oh, it was good. The Courage opened things up by doing what the Courage do – come in fast and furious with the attack, feed