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!
The final week of our big May push saw several New England Revolution players join the Soccer Ally list.
We have been going from teams with the lowest number of players on the list, to those with the most, and interestingly all three Cascadia teams fall in this final week. The first of the three is the Portland Timbers, with four players on the list.
Mike Chabala was the first pro soccer player to participate in the NOH8 Campaign and Mike Fucito participated in an all-Seattle It Gets Better video when he played there. Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Sal Zizzo both joined via Twitter in February. Thank you Mike, Mike, Andrew and Sal!
Who will join them? And if you’re the competitive Cascadia type, will they end up with the most Soccer Allies at the end of the week? Tweet at your favorite players and ask them to be a #soccerally.
I’m on the road right now, so don’t have my handy Post It tally of how our Soccer Ally recruitment drive has been going, but it definitely has been going well and we have just this week to go.
It’s appropriate that I’m in Boston right now as we look at the New England Revolution, starting off with three allies.
Who will join them from New England? Help us Tweet at the players below and let’s see at least one more #soccerally!
Today we backtrack a bit, because through yesterday’s trades, Chivas USA dropped from three allies on the list to only one. As one of the most out front players as part of the team’s Equality Night last year, we’ve considered goalkeeper Dan Kennedy an ally since the list started:
So with Pearce off to New York and Lahoud off to Philadelphia, who will join Kennedy? Help us recruit the players below and ask each to become a #soccerally
Yesterday no Major League Soccer club other than the New York Red Bulls decided to start the summer silly season off right with a trade that [insert any phase here]. Seriously, I have gone through every thought from this “is happening” to “this is amazing” and from what I’ve read everyone has done the same but with the dust settling this a good trade.
Oh yeah the trade was Juan Agudelo for Heath Pearce (salary partially paid) + allocation money + 1/3 of the transfer fee when Agudelo goes to Europe.
So let’s look at the positives and negatives of the trade.
On May 15th under the bright lights of BBVA Compass Stadium there was a battle of epic proportions. The Houston Dynamo took on the Portland Timbers in the first night time match at the new stadium. While the other twenty men on the pitch put in amazing performances, there were two who really shone that night. Those two men were Tally Hall and Troy Perkins. I have always had a soft spot for keepers. Scoring goals is great, but to me stopping those chances is even more impressive. Ultimately that man in the net is the deciding factor. It doesn’t matter how well (or how poorly) the rest of the team is playing, in the end it all comes down to the keeper. That is his box and what he does in it can make or break a game.
That said, I do not want to downplay the impact of the other players. There was some particularly beautiful (in every sense of the word) work by Michael Chabala in the second half, and Nathan Sturgis was on fire for the Dynamo. Despite that, this game was all about the keepers. Tally Hall and Troy Perkins, in my opinion, are a couple of the most hardworking keepers in the league and their performances on Tuesday proved that.
We’ve focused on a dozen Major League Soccer Teams this month, and player representation on our Allies list has more than doubled since May 1.
DC United has a pair of players on the list right now. Danny Cruz joined via Twitter early last month. His teammate Josh Wolff participated in making an It Gets Better Video last summer:
Who on the team will join Danny and Josh? Use the list below to help us reach out to them and ask them to be a #soccerally.
The Red Bulls have had a lot of doom and gloom forecasting since the beginning of the season. First the away losses to Dallas and Salt Lake. Then came the scoring onslaught. Then came the horrible game in DC and lots of injuries ending with Henry’s hamstring going in the beginning of the New England game. Everyone expected NY just to fall apart.
Oh how wrong they were. 4 wins later and guess what NY actually has real depth for the first time in god knows when. P.S. this is the first 4 win streak by NY since 2003. Dax McCarthy, Kenny Cooper, Ryan Meara, and the entire inexperienced backline stepped up. Lindpere started producing. Hell, Holgerssen who started off his MLS career being the scapegoat has turned things around and even scored a goal on Sunday in Philly. Yes I do find it odd the second Miller and Marquez are brought back into the starting XI the shutout streak ended but a win is a win.
The summer is looking bright. Almost everyone is back to training which is perfect time since the MLS teams start the open cup in 3 weeks. It will be interesting to see how Backe deals with a full healthy squad now that the bench have proven themselves. I think the summer will be bright and wins will continue. I’m also curious who our 3rd DP will be. I also wonder what is going to happen to Wilman Conde. Oh what’s NY without more drama now that Marquez is back from suspension another player decides to assault a police officer? Words can’t describe it really.
Well my fellow G4S readers, I am sorry I haven’t been able to post anything recently as I have been consumed by work and my family life. But now that I have a quick break from it all, let’s talk Rapids today, shall we?
Today the Rapids face DC United at 5:30 MT on Altitude TV/MLS Live. Currently the Rapids are in 5th place in the Western Conference table (last 5 matches L-L-W-L-W) and are sitting just three points behind DC in the combined table. It will be an interesting game as the Rapids will also host a home game this upcoming weekend, which lineup will Pareja and company use?
Who will join them today? Will Houston meet the bar set by Real Salt Lake yesterday and Sporting Kansas City earlier in the month? Help us ask the players below to join the #soccerally list.