Robust lineup calls, stout protection web Portland Thorns a trophy – Equalizer Soccer

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Amongst these praised by Portland Thorns coach Rhian Wilkinson late Saturday evening was the crew’s coaching workers. The primary-year Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League coach traveled to Audi Subject for the NWSL Championship with 27 gamers, “all wholesome and able to play.”

Thorns gamers have talked about Wilkinson including a bit extra flexibility to the crew’s techniques in comparison with her profitable predecessor, Mark Parsons. However with that flexibility got here powerful selections, one thing Wilkinson discovered herself staring down forward of the season’s decisive match towards the Kansas Metropolis Present.

“I performed a very distinct 6, 8 and 10 within the midfield,” Wilkinson described when discussing her lineup selections for the match. “I wished to play with a entrance two. It wasn’t a breaking the traces kind of sport like San Diego.”

The odd girl out turned out to be Hina Sugita, the Japanese midfielder who had began 19 of 21 video games for the membership in the course of the common season. 

“That was a very onerous choice,” Wilkinson stated. “Hina’s not a ten for me, she’s an 8, or a winger. And Rocky (Rodriguez) has been tremendous the previous few video games, so she began forward of her.”

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