Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers – Is it too early to worry?

Some pundits have offered that it’s probably to early to worry; I completely disagree.

At no point in the last four years of tracking possession with purpose have the Timbers been so low on this Index:

MLS CPWP Index Week 4-5 Season to Date

Some may scoff at the reference to my Index, so early in the season, but in my most recent MLS PWP Power Rankings I show that:

 Translating back, for me, that it’s not too early to worry.

So in venting my own frustration, after the first four games, here’s my bottom line up front:

  1. The Timbers have not had great success in scoring goals, and
  2. The Timbers have not had great success in preventing goals from being scored against them.

So what’s the next steps?  In no particular order here are my expectations as a supporter:

In closing:

Best, Chris

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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. 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.

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