This week Portland saw something that has happened plenty of times before: a team on a hot streak ends up losing in the Rose City. This time the takedown was San Jose in a 2-1 win. It was a hard fought match that was nerve-wracking at the very end of the game.
Portland had goals from two people who haven’t scored a goal yet this season until last night, hometown favorite Danny Mwanga and captain Jack Jewsbury. It was a long time coming but I could see in their eyes that they were glad to get one goal under their belts — especially Mwanga. He even did a very interesting goal celebration after he scored:
This weekend saw an emotional game for both sides of the I-5 corridor, especially for the Timbers. We had to get a win in our column or else things might have gone terribly for our organization. However, both teams spilled their heart and soul onto the pitch in a very feisty match.
I do like though the Tifo display that was shown for this match and I have to congratulate the Timbers Army for coming up with the artistic display.
This has been the game I have been looking for since the start of the MLS season: the Cascadia Derby between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. These two teams have a long history of hating one another; I am hoping that things do not get out of hand and things boil over. However, so much is on the line between these two teams come Sunday. Payback is going to be on the line knowing that both teams are looking for some payback after their awful defeats last weekend. As a Timbers fan there is more on the line that people may not realize.
Pride is always on the line when it comes to these derbies. This game will be played at home and the fans will be going wild. If we win this game we would have some bragging rights going on in the rivalry. Also we would be ahead of Seattle and Vancouver when it comes to the Cascadia Cup. Also it would give us a much needed boost in confidence for our team that we so desperately need as we approach the halfway mark of the MLS season. So those things are on the line when it comes to the team itself.
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.
Yesterday, members of the LGBT sports community and straight allies began meeting at Nike Headquarters in Oregon for their first ever LGBT Sports Summit. Representatives include our friend Patrick Burke at the You Can Play Project, Athlete Ally’s Hudson Taylor, GLSEN’s Changing the Game, and ESPN.
The summit aims to bring groups together to talk about homophobia and transphobia in sports and share ideas and come up with a game plan to combat them.
A soccer-related highlight, though, is former rugby player, Stand Up Foundation founder, and all-around hottie Ben Cohen making a trip to Jeld-Wen field last night.
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!
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.
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!