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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.
In our last episode, we talked about what musicals best represent the Galaxy, Chivas, Rapids, and Earthquakes. Today, I continue with the Western Conference, featuring the three teams of the Cascadia rivalry.
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.
This weekend the NOH8 Campaign will be hitting up the Major League Soccer cities of Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver!
Born out of the fight against Proposition 8 in California in 2008, the Campaign has photographed tens of thousands of folks from all walks of life standing up for marriage, gender, and human equality.
Portland defender Mike Chabala was the first MLS player to participate in the campaign when he was with Houston in 2010:
Los Angeles Galaxy racked up their second win of the season last evening in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Portland Timbers off of strong performances from its core veterans – and a central defender three days new to the team.
Game summary and match impressions after the jump.
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.
This badly-misquoted Gershwin song was my feeling as I ascended the capo stand at Gillette Stadium for the first time on Saturday. For a couple of years, I’d contemplated taking the bull by the horn and trying to conduct several hundred semi-belligerent Revs fans in various states of inebriation. As it turned out, my capo cherry was broken when I was pressed into service at the last minute after the scheduled cheerleader (let’s face it, that’s what we are) backed out.
Depending on whom you ask, my 45-minute tenure atop the repurposed lifeguard stand was either a rousing success or a colossal failure. I did my best to bring out some of the oldies – after 16 years of going to games, I picked up a few songs that have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another, and I relished the opportunity to reintroduce Jonathan Richman’s “New England” to the proceedings.
It’s time to debut a new regular feature.
THIS is gay4soccer Idol.
With so many musical moments across Major League Soccer, it’s only appropriate that we take a look at some of them and let you, the readers, decide which are the best.
So first up, both the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers kicked off their home openers with fans singing the National Anthem. So…
Videos to help you out after the jump…