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

I have been covering the Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer, as a community blogger/analyst for the Columbian Newspaper, since June, 2012. Since then my involvement in soccer analysis has expanded to include participating in the Regional Emmy Award Winning Soccer City PDX TV Show (Comcast Sports Northwest). My unique analytical approach has been published in Europe and presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. I also appear regularly as a co-host on Rose City Soccer Show and the Yellowcarded Podcast. You can find my work on PossessionwithPurpose.com, PTFC Collective and Prost Amerika.