Portland Timbers

The “awe” factor is gone – LA exposed as normal team as Timbers take three in torrid rain!

It wasn’t pretty, but games like this (wind and rain) plus the tightness that comes with a playoff chase, usually make for hard, crusty, good old-fashioned football.

And while I won’t dig into stats I’ll just offer this rhetorical question for your consideration…

Throughout the early and middle parts of this season the Galaxy have never really been on the leading edge of possession with purpose – they’ve labored around 5th to 8th for the better part of the year and after watching them today I really wonder how much credit is worthy for this team?

All told they looked normal to me; even less normal than Colorado the other night and certainly even less normal than Real Salt Lake.

Some might offer that weather conditions impacted this game; well they did – but they did for both teams! ¬†And yes, the Galaxy could have scored a goal or two given a couple of miscues but they didn’t; they didn’t finish and to be honest they were almost too predictable.

For much of the game it was point and click to Zardes (get a new bloody haircut buddy!) who would try to penetrate down the left to open up space for Keane and Donovan… oddly enough the greatest danger LA created came from minute 71′ to minute 75′ and that was all down the right side…

To sum up that tactic by Arena it’s almost as bad as only moving your King side pawns for the first eight moves of the game…

Bottom line…

Next up Portland travels to Vancouver and faces set-piece specialist Sanvezzo; I’ll do my best to offer up some thoughts on that one (before and after) but forgive me if I don’t; the missus and I are taking a belated 25th Wedding Anniversary to Hawaii starting next week.



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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