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WICC Portland Thorns v Rydas de Monterey

August came faster than we thought and with it the Women’s International Champions Cup for the second year in a row at Providence Park.

Last year, the Portland Thorns welcomed Barcelona, ​​Houston Dash and Lyon. This time around the invitees are a little different. Chelsea and Rydas de Monterey are among the pack in 2022. Olympic Leon comes to town again. This time the player on loan in the middle of that squad with a fork. Lindsay Horan is once again teammate with former Thorne Amandine Henry and the quest is to give Lyon what Portland denied them last year: the ICC title.

Teammates with former Thorne Amandine Henry

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At the start of the season, Thorns fans were in awe. That the future of the team will not be that bright. As it was a year ago. Longtime coach Mark Parsons was gone. And in his last dance he helped Portland win 3 out of 4 possible trophies in 2022. WICC among them.

proved more than capable in his rookie year in the NWSL

But those fears were justified. Because coach Ryan Wilkinson is proving more than capable in his rookie year in the NWSL. Is WICC required for Portland? it must be. The Thorns have already established to everyone that they can be a competitive team—no matter who is on the field. And although the attack is built around Sophia Smith. The rest of the team has proved that they can step up and make a difference on the field and in box scores when needed.

how the coach is looking at the big picture

But being competitive is not enough for this club. However, Portland made an unofficial exit from the Challenge Cup earlier in the year. They were just heating up the engine. Now we understand how the coach was looking at the big picture. Although the club always wants to win trophies. They needed to make tough decisions and prioritize preparation over results at that point of the year.

Portland did it in 2021

Months later, we see the consequences of those decisions. Whereas the teams playing in Challenge Cup final (Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage) are not doing very well. Portland has flourished. It does not mean that a team cannot win the cup. The season can also be competitive. Portland did it in 2021. But the circumstances and the roster were different.

However the players who were important last year. they are gone. The group Wilkinson has assembled this year has re-convinced Portland fans. This is a youth group with a lot of players who have been in the backseat for a while but are now ready to move to the driver’s seat. We haven’t talked much about Yazmin Ryan.

But what is its season! She has been pushing for a starting spot and has become a reliable player that fans want to see in the starting eleven. It is worth mentioning that another player is Meghan Nally. We’ve already talked a little bit about that. But we can’t shed enough light on how it has developed week by week. As have Olivia Moultrie and many others.

So at this point in the season – and all these players have shown so far – we can say that Thornes has been able to crystallize all that talent and quality with one trophy.

Key players of Raidas

While there is no history between Raydas and Portland, we can say that it is going to be a fun match. Many people may not know much about Reggiomontana, but they are a good team that can give Portland a job to do.

After the departure of Raidas’ top goalscorer Desiree Monsivais, a young forward stepped up to the task: we’re talking about Christina Birkenrode. The former Orlando Pride player is under fire and the top goalscorer of all time in the Mexican league, scoring eight goals.

Another player to watch is young talented forward Aylin Avilez. She is only 19 years old but her quality and intelligence is beyond her age. she can not only score golzos like this

Key players of Raidas

While there is no history between Raydas and Portland, we can say that it is going to be a fun match. Many people may not know much about Reggiomontana, but they are a good team that can give Portland a job to do.

After the departure of Raidas’ top goalscorer Desiree Monsivais, a young forward stepped up to the task: we’re talking about Christina Birkenrode. The former Orlando Pride player is under fire and the top goalscorer of all time in the Mexican league, scoring eight goals.

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