Portland Timbers

Time draws near… Timbers take on Rapids on National TV

If you want to know what a playoff game situation will be like in Portland after about 2 years of fluff and stuff tonight should be the night.

No room for the tip-toe through the tulips (thanks for that Tiny Tim) bollocks and sound-bites from others tonight – it is what it is – the first of four grueling home matches on the six game trail to the Timbers Team looking to repay (in play) what Merritt Paulson offered up about a month later from now, this time last year.

Unlike the early and mid-year games, these final games really don’t have much to do with general statistics – yea there are patterns from the past that one can draw on; what teams like, what areas they prefer, and all, that but tonight is simply stated an 11 v 11.

That’s not to say there won’t be tactical changes; there will be and both coaches have tough challenges in building their starting 11.

Here’s some of my offerings for your consideration going into this game tonight…

 

Should be a great game…

Next up match analysis…

 

 

 

Chris Gluck

Chris Gluck has been covering the Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer, as a community blogger for the Columbian Newspaper, since June, 2012. His background in soccer started in the United Kingdom, where, as an American, he was the General Manager and President of an English Youth Football Club just outside of Thetford, England. He also served as a head coach for U-11/12's, and obtained his English FA Youth C License Certification through Norwich City FC. Upon returning to the U.S., he was an Assistant Coach and eventually a Head Coach within the Ajax Youth Football Club organization, Kent Washington. Chris offers that the highest form of happiness is a life with a certain degree of craziness; and the ''very' highest form of happiness is to find someone to share it with you. Chris is the President/CEO of Possession with Purpose (Soccer Analysis & consulting) and he retains COPYRIGHT on The Possession With Purpose ideas and research published on this site. Any copyright infringement will result in prosecution to the fullest extent possible.

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