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This weekend’s result was what the Timbers did not need: a loss against the last-place Los Angles Galaxy. The Timbers have not had a good record on the road and even worse record at the Home Depot Center — they are winless at the HDC against not only the Galaxy but also against Chivas USA as well.
The Timbers are now currently in 7th place but are within striking distance to getting into 6th place if they win next week. The only good news to come out of this was the return of David Horst back into the lineup as a starting defender who played the entire 90 minutes. Otherwise, I will admit it was a lack luster performance by the team itself.
During this international break for Major League Soccer the Portland Timbers decided to trade forward Jorge Perlaza for Philadelphia Union’s forward Danny Mwanga.
Many fans gave a positive reaction to this news and I would have to concur with most of what the Timbers fans have said. I have to admit Jorge Perlaza was getting a bit lazy on the pitch. He would not finish the deals and score the goals. He was good last season and went downhill from there. It is sad to see him go knowing that he was the person that scored the very first goal at Jeld-Wen Field against the Chicago Fire. However, in Philadelphia he will get more playing time and more opportunity to get some more goals. I am hoping that he doesn’t have the Kenny Cooper effect and blow us out of the water with his talents, since that is what is happening with Kenny Cooper and the New York Red Bulls.
I am still in disbelief about what happened last night in the Timbers US Open Cup 3rd Round Match against Cal FC. I am almost at a loss of words knowing that we had at least 40 chances and yet none of them went in. I am surprised that Kris Boyd missed the penalty kick in the 80th minute that possibly could have won the game.
For those who have not already heard the Portland Timbers lost to 5th Division Cal FC 1-0 in overtime. The goal came in the first extra time with a former Real Salt Lake Player Arthur Aghasyan. The thing that is worst about this is that we are making history in a way we don’t want to. Being the first MLS team to lose before penalty kicks to an amateur team and being the team that now has Cal FC trending all across America and around the world.
Things were looking bleak as for nearly 447 minutes the Portland Timbers had not scored a goal. That all changed in the 20th minute this past weekend when Eric Brunner was in the right place and the right time and put one in the back of the net. The good news was that in the end we won the match 2-1. That is good for fans because we finally saw the Timbers play very passionately and do what they were set out to do — win games and score goals.
This was better than what they had been the past couple of weeks as they turned up the heat. The Timbers did amazingly by playing very aggressively. As we celebrate and move forward our next match is a friendly against La Liga team Valencia and their hot Spanish soccer players!
On a personal note, I haven’t posted in a bit as I was busy with graduations and weddings and I had no time to do posts related to the games that had been played previously (Montreal, Houston, and Columbus) as there was nothing interesting about the games to post. I just did not know what to write for nil-nil games. Thanks again my peeps!
That was the question getting Timbers fans thinking. Why? Last week started off at our lowest point in our season with our loss to the LA Galaxy making a 4 game losing streak and last place in the West. By the end of the week, we defeated the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City, through no fault of our own of course. We also defeated the Whitecaps reserve team and its always good to beat a Cascadian rival.
But the story of the week that got people asking “WTF” was former Seattle Sounders player and former Montreal Impact player Mike Fucito joining the Portland Timbers. Now do not get me wrong Mike Fucito is a great player and has a really nice features (his butt), but a person that was once a part of the dark side is now a Timber. This could go either good or bad as the last time this happened was with the one and only Roger Levesque and that did not end well at all. So hopefully the Timbers fans can hopefully see that he truly wants to be a part of our organization and make a way here in Portland. Let us hope that he kicks butt and shows off his butt to all of us out in the Portland area.
Onward to Montreal this weekend!
This weekend’s performance was definitely a heartbreaker for the Timbers with Real Salt Lake winning 3-2 with the final goal in the last minute of play. However, all was not lost in that game as most of the soccer players were dripping wet from the poring rain. And it was the debut of their retro third kits so they were soaking wet. I have to say I got distracted by all the good looking Timbers players throughout the game.
Another good thing was that throughout the game, the Timbers Army’s new pride flag was on display. It is great to see the Timbers Army have a great message last night in showing the red card to racism and homophobia.
What happens when Portland Timbers coach John Spencer is doing an interview from the sidelines and is being questioned about subbing in Darlington Nagbe just as Nagbe scores a goal? He gives a goal call to rival the best announcers in the world.
Must have been the luck of the Irish that day as Portland came from behind to tie with FC Dallas 1-1 and have a total of 4 points so far this season. It’s a great start when compared to last season?
The Portland Timbers’ Andrew Jean-Baptiste, a rookie defender from the University of Connecticut, is one of our soccer allies here on gay4soccer. He wasn’t even supposed to play Monday night because another new signing Hanyer Mosquera was going to start. However, Mosquera couldn’t play because he was in Columbia dealing with his international transfer.
In a sense this was a blessing for people because Jean-Baptiste scored the first goal of the Timbers season. The Timbers won 3-1 over the Union in their first and last meeting of the season with the Philadelphia Union because of the unbalanced schedule. This puts the Timbers in a tie for first place with Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Lets see if this trend can continue; good luck Andrew.
(Picture from the Oregonian)
I was really excited to actually see all three Portland Invitational games streamed on the Portland Timbers website. Congratulations to the front office for making the tournament a success and being able to have fans watch it live on the website rather than seeing it through tweets. The tournament was action-packed and had huge attendance for a preseason tournament!
Overall I think the Timbers were amazing in their preseason,including the tournament. They never lost a match with 3 ties and 4 wins. They only allowed two goals (one of which was an own goal). They improved on their defense and their offense as well, but its far from perfection at this point. A couple of articles in the Oregonian have scores on how each player did in the games of the Portland Tournament.
I cannot wait till First Kick this weekend knowing that I am excited for the Timbers playing the Philadelphia Union. It will be very interesting and John Spencer has some difficult choices to make knowing that each position has some huge depth:
Who will be the starting striker with Kris Boyd: Perlaza, Nagbe, or Dike?
Who will be another central defender: Futty Danso or Mosquera?
Who will start right defense: Rodney Wallace or Mike Chabala?
There is a lot to be said about the newest jersey that the Timbers have released. In a way this jersey is very retro (minus the Adidas logo) and brings back the Timbers to the time of the NASL days in 1975. The 70′s Timbers colors themselves green, yellow, and neutral white are a great combination and no color is too overpowering.
I love that this jersey has the collared look. It just seems very cool to me and is different and professional. The look itself is amazing because the Timbers not only announced that the jersey would be produced locally but also that it would be made from recyclable materials.