Portland Timbers

Timbers training in Tucson 31 Jan

A few quick updates from Timbers training in Tucson today that you may or may not have already heard; will work to get some after the match quotes from Caleb Porter tomorrow night.

Jack Jewsbury trained lightly on the sidelines today and didn’t appear to be walking with a limp so the high hamstring injury doesn’t seem to be to bad at the moment. More to follow tomorrow…

Hanyer Mosquera trained with the Timbers (full speed today and yesterday from what I could see) so it seems likely he will play tomorrow; not sure if he will start but it seems likely he will see some minutes.

Brent Richards has returned to Portland; it’s unclear why at the moment – as with the status on Jack Jewsbury will see what information becomes available tomorrow.

Plenty of possession training today both on and off the ball from an attacking as well as defending point of view. Others may have seen this before but today was the first day I saw Ryan Johnson specifically doing training with his back to goal atop the 18 yard box.

In case you didn’t know Chabala is on trial with Houston as well… As for our Western Conference opponent, Colorado Rapids, they dropped to 0-2 during the pre-season against Houston tonight; plenty of chances for the Rapids – just a number of them off-target or right at the Houston keeper.

All for now – will look to provide some sort of match analysis this weekend for the game tomorrow.

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Chris Gluck

I have been covering the Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer, as a community blogger/analyst for the Columbian Newspaper, since June, 2012 and occasionally write for Soccer Yanks. A recent highlight in my short time as an MLS Analyst was being invited to present my Possession with Purpose MLS Soccer Analysis at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. With the increased visibility of my work I have created a new Domain at www.possessionwithpurpose.com. My background in soccer started in the United Kingdom, where, as an American, I was the General Manager and President of an English Youth Football Club just outside of Thetford, England. (Barnham Bulldogs FC). I also served as a head coach for U-11/12's, and obtained my English FA Youth License Certification through Norwich City FC. Upon returning to the U.S., I was an Assistant Coach and eventually a Head Coach within the Ajax Youth Football Club organization, Kent Washington. I have recently started a small business ...Possession with Purpose (Soccer Analysis & consulting) and I retain COPYRIGHT on The Possession With Purpose ideas and research published on these sites.