Portland Timbers Sports

VERY EARLY "What to Watch For" July 14 Timbers vs L A Galaxy

For me this will be an easy week – but probably a pretty hard match analysis to follow up with…

My WTWF is simply stated – Watch the system of play and who lines up where with the interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson…

My benchmark is quite simply comparing the system and who plays where versus what John Spencer ran… for me the scoreline is secondary this week.

In addition I will attempt to translate a “What Happened” versus that “WTWF” by player based upon a perceived role they should have, given the publicized system, as well as the actual on-field system that was played to.

For example – if we line up and publicize a Diamond 4-4-2 but play a box-to-box 4-4-2 I will offer some thoughts there too…

Would greatly appreciate any comments ahead of time about what style of play might be expected to be seen with GW as the Head Coach

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.