Should I give up? Should we all?
Not in making Bold (BAD) Predictions, of course, but should we all give up attempting to watch the non-Lifetime games?
Last weekend, after not managing to deliver a flawless weekend of broadcasts during the first four weeks, the Go90 streaming platform crashed hard. Neither of the Sunday games made it to the app.
Would-be viewers flooded Twitter with complaints, and the league eventually opened the NWSL website stream to American audiences, who'd previously been able to see that feed only if using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to fool the site into revealing the non-US content. That was never a workaround that would grow the game.
So, this week, in a happy turn of events, the NWSL will be streaming each game at NWSLSOCCER.com.
Good move, league. Now back to the actual sport.
The predictions game is getting uglier, but I'll keep trying. I got the Lifetime game SCORE correct, but with the result in the wrong direction, as the Dash turtled to Sky Blue at home. Seattle didn't disappoint me, stomping the Spirit. Portland remained an enigma, while FCKC kept their home unbeaten streak against the Thorns alive. Orlando finally found their stride, handing the NC Courage their first loss. And Boston was on the cusp of 3 points at home until Christen Press got her head on an 89th minute equalizer. Dark days for Bold (BAD) Predictions.
Week 1: 4 correct, 1 very wrong
Week 2: 2 correct, 3 very wrong
Week 3: 4 correct, 1 very wrong
Week 4: 0 correct, 5 terribly wrong
Week 5: 1 correct, 4 wrong.
Here's this week's slate, starting tonight in Boston. I'll be there, and have lots of postgame video for you later this weekend.
Portland Thorns at Boston Breakers
Friday at 7PM on Go90 (maybe) & NWSL Website Livestream
The Breakers were oh-so-close to a win last week, but had to depart Chicago with just a point after holding serve almost the entire match. Portland couldn't buy a goal in Kansas City, despite several good chances. With a full crowd in the new home stand, I think Boston is able to get the job done against a Thorns side that will still be without Tobin Heath.
Boston 2-1 Portland
Houston Dash at Sky Blue FC
Saturday at 4PM on Lifetime TV
Sky Blue looks quite a bit better with Christie Pearce in the lineup, don't they? Houston, on the other hand, just can't decide who they are no matter who runs out to start. After getting thumped at home last week (ALSO ON LIFETIME) they'll have the opportunity to get thumped on the road on Saturday. I think it's closer, but Sky Blue should win.
Sky Blue 2-1 Dash
FC Kansas City at Washington Spirit
Saturday at 7PM on Go90 (maybe) & NWSL Website Livestream
Tickets for the Spirit's game on Saturday night have been selling briskly, as newly signed USWNT forward Mal Pugh will probably get her first minutes of her NWSL career against FCKC. She's a great addition to a team in need of goals, but I'm not sure she's enough to cleanse the stench of a 6-2 loss at Seattle's hands last week from Washington's memory. FCKC held the Thorns at home, and have been starting to look more dangerous after struggling for an A-Rod-less attack. Draw!
Washington 2-2 FCKC
Chicago Red Stars at NC Courage
Sunday at 4PM on Go90 (maybe) & NWSL Website Livestream
I can't see the Courage laying another egg this week as they did against (and at) a very motivated Orlando side last week. Chicago barely squeaked out a draw at home against the visiting Breakers, scoring their first run-of-play goal not by Julie Ertz of the year (yes, in week 5!). Courage roll.
Courage 2-1 Red Stars
Orlando Pride at Seattle Reign
Sunday at 9:30PM on Go90 (maybe) & NWSL Website Livestream
I'm very hopeful that this match will be able to be watched later, because at 9PM on Sunday, my television will be tuned to Showtime. After more than 25 years, new episodes of TWIN PEAKS will return. Twin Peaks had my love long before women's soccer, so I'm going to join Agent Cooper and Deputy Andy in the dark woods west of Seattle.
What woods? I went there last year to investigate. I had some damn good coffee and cherry pie.
However, once the geek-out session is over, I expect to turn my electronic devices back on to discover that Agent Fishlock and Deputy Rapinoe have been criminals in their own right, killing off the visiting Orlando Pride in a surprisingly good match.
Seattle 3-2 Orlando