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

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.