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What to Watch For (WTWF) this Sunday against Seattle

  1. Win the battle of corners and free kicks – set pieces win games and are the best way to create opportunities to score goals – instead of playing to the 18 yard box maybe the wingers or overlapping defenders should play for corner kicks. 🙂

  2. Stay compact in the back – this will be a HUGE challenge – pretty much an agreement so far in all I have read from many folks we need to get better at fullback – those guys gotta stay on their feet and remain tight at the back – this means our wingers need to be very quick to get behind the ball.

  3. Score a bloody goal – this will be a HUGE challenge in the normal run of play – I am hoping we get some good set pieces in dangerous areas around the box or lots of corners to take advantage of our height – if KAH, DN, and Mwanga can work magic in and around and above the 18 yard box then maybe our short ball passing skills will get us a goal in the normal run of play. As usual Boyd needs to focus on poaching and playing with his back to the goal if we go ‘via direct’. 🙂

  4. Do something different — 🙂 lots of great ideas and discussion of late on different systems of play to run – after reflecting a bit more I would be just as happy to see Spencer trot the team out in a 3-4-3 as much as a 3-5-2. Many thoughts and opinions out there on whether or not we have the capacity or capability to run either of those systems; and look forward to more as time passes. Maybe this isn’t the time – or – maybe this is the time. IDK… but geez… it is far too easy to prepare for Portland if they continue to try and relentlessly play overlapping ball all the time; we do have short ball playing skills and with those, playing middle ball with a 4-4-2, (pinching in and not overlapping) is also a different approach..

IMHO this is great time for a ‘brilliant’ winning goal if there ever was one!

Here’s hoping Spencer sits down to “manage” the game instead of “coach it” from the sidelines – sorry – can’t help myself 😉

Best wishes on winning this Sunday Timbers!

Chris Gluck

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.