Soccer Takes From Jake: Stay Strong Orlando

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First & foremost, stay strong everyone in Orlando. I know this includes some people that are a part of Backline Soccer, so yeah, hopefully everyone is safe and secure as best as they can be.

Former Seattle Reign FC midfielder Lindsay Elston announced her retirement yesterday. She posted her retirement statement on Twitter, which I recapped over at Ride of the Valkyries. It’s a wonderful statement and showed that she did not take for granted one bit of her professional career. Especially being fortunate to have played most of it for the hometown team where friends and family could watch her play. There are many reasons why an athlete could call it a day on their playing career and whether they choose to elaborate on it or just say, “Peace, see you later,” if you have an interest in the field they applied their athletic skills to, it must be respected when the athlete calls it a day and thank them for the time they gave on the field and what impact (hopefully positive) they made.

We also had Washington Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe announce her 2017 season is over for medical reasons. Again, no one should demand a further elaboration from her about something personal. We must repsect her decision and wish her all the best going forward.
The professional athlete may do some incredible, even superhuman things on the field of play, but you must remember, they are still human beings that wake up and go to bed like you and me.

WEEK 20 NWSL PREDICTIONS
Hope you stayed buckled up after last weekend because the road to the end of the regular season will get bumpier.

SEATTLE REIGN FC OVER ORLANDO PRIDE
Oh please do I want the Reign FC to win because they need it to stay alive in the playoffs. Sorry people, I’m going with my gut, my fandom on this one even if it likely will be wrong. That said, we can all agree we just want this game to happen, the weather cooperating as best as it theoretically can, no one gets hurt and when it’s over, everyone is able to leave and get to wherever they need to feel as safe as they can with Hurricane Irma coming.

FC KANSAS CITY OVER CHICAGO RED STARS
FC Kansas City continues to jack up other playoff-hopeful teams just to keep things interesting going into the final weeks of the regular season.

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE OVER HOUSTON DASH
Courage are feeling the pressure from the Portland Thorns on the table, moreso after losing to Chicago on the road. Even though Paul Riley’s squad say they likely aren’t thinking about it, they still have the NWSL Shield to play for. They right themselves this weekend.

PORTLAND THORNS OVER BOSTON BREAKERS
It’d be really something if Boston holds them to a draw or pulls off something even more shocking and beats them. Nah it ain’t happening though. Portland punched their ticket to the NWSL Playoffs, but they have a chance at capturing the NWSL Shield. They’ll keep the heat on North Carolina with what should be a problem-free match for the Thorns.

SKY BLUE FC AND WASHINGTON SPIRIT PLAY TO A DRAW
Jersey isn’t technically out of it and should be able to get the full three on Washington but something about this matchup just looks like a draw. And not even an entertaining one at that. When the weekend ends and this scoreline is a scorless draw, I would not be surprised.

And here is your music video break.

Song: “Body Double” | Artist: Lushlife & CSLSX