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The Thorns Prediction Game: Reading the PTFC Leaves – Matchday 6

Once again, no player predicted a draw with Salt Lake City last weekend. A perfect prediction would have earned 17 points; as it was, everyone’s combined score totaled only thirteen. We had two players tied with four points this week.

New player Melinae called both goals and one of the assists, Timber Dave got a goal and an assist plus the most rec’ed wild prediction of the Riveters trying to eat the Utah mascot. It turned out to be pretty accurate also – the Royals mascot actually resembles a tater tot on a tricycle, although the Riveters exchanged high fives rather than recipes.

Big tater tot on a trike. Or maybe I was just hungry.

This week sees the Thorns hosting the Seattle Reign and Allie Long’s first time on the Providence Park pitch in black and blue. The Lifetime Game of the Week may feature Tobin Heath and Andressinha for 90 minutes, but Megan Rapinoe’s status remains unknown for Seattle.

How this works:

Add a comment to this post. In the comment title put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.

In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:

Weber (Klingenberg)

Sinclair (Free kick)

Horan (Unassisted)

Long (PK)

Next, name the first yellow card recipient: First yellow to Sonnett

Then reds, if any. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Oyster gets a red for tripping Sinclair on the edge of the box.

And lastly, make your fun prediction:

Parsons accidentally refers to Vlatko as “Laura” and the 4th official has to intervene.


· Correct score: 5 points

· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points

· Each clean sheet: 2 points

· Each goal-scorer: 1 point

· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point

· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point

· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point

· Each player with a red card: 1 point (Cannot earn points for predicting 0 red cards)

· Most recommended/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points

Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):

Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.

Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.

The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Onumonu scores from an Horan assist and that is exactly what happens.

Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.

Have fun, tell your friends, let me know if you have any questions or if I screw up your score.