Valeri’s Vicious Volley from Villafana Vanquishes Vancouver

It’s not fair to specifically call out just one player, this game, as being the lone player that vanquished Vancouver.

Nothing could be more further from the truth – but when a player hits a stunning volley, like Diego Valeri did, it’s bound to make the headlines.

And even my TV buddy, sitting beside me, said it was going to be real hard to offer up anything on telly other than the superb goals by Valeri and Fenando Adi.

I agree – to an extent….  BUT!  

Let’s not forget the Timbers got a clean sheet here – and the single greatest impact on that effort rested with Diego Chara.

At the half – when the score was still just one-nil – anything could have happened.

And it did – but the ‘did’ part was two more superb goals by Adi.

Yet… the time and space that opened up for those two counter-attacking strikes doesn’t come about unless you have a solid back-four and a midfield that can quickly transition into attack.

Bottom line here is this was the single best game this team has played all season… hands down!

And given the standings – it couldn’t have come at a better time!

So with that said – put it in the past – that game is over and next up is Alpha United – and the Champions League.

All told there are five more games, for a possible 15 points, remaining in the Regular Season while there are two more games and a possible six points remaining in the Champions League.

Every point is critical – and it will take an 18 member team to put the Timbers through to the Playoffs AND the Champions League.

Defense is, and must remain, the most critical area to execute to perfection – with the attacking firepower this team has, goals will happen – what we don’t need to see is goals happening for the opponent!

The plot thickens and it’s simply superb to be a Timbers supporter at this stage of the season!

Best, Chris


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, PTFC Collective and Prost Amerika.

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