New Hat? or Old Tricks? Portland Timbers 2017 Preview
Last years' end state was horrible; the Portland Timbers, returning MLS Champions, missed the playoffs. Not good; especially when 60% of the teams in your Conference make the playoffs. Clearly changes needed […]
Gluck – Making the Most of the Much Maligned Melano
For most, the hot topic/question for the Timbers is... What to do about Luca? For me, it's certainly a short-term concern, but I'd submit there's a longer term question that […]
Defense First ? Timbers to Ride the Rapids?
Portland Timbers travel to Colorado for the first time this year and the challenge for both teams is finding the right balance between attacking and defending. In their last league home game the […]
Timbers Shake Quakes Again!
In perhaps their best team performance all year the Portland Timbers defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, in the fourth round of the US Open Cup, at Providence Park last night 2 […]
Portland slow out of the gate again!
When week three of Major League Soccer closed the Portland Timbers were 14th worst in overall team performance - that has changed - but not for the better! Portland are now […]
Dealing without Darlington
There's no question the pain of losing Darlington Nagbe, for us supporters, is nowhere near the physical pain Nagbe experienced as a result of that brutal tackle by Nigel de […]
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 […]
US Men’s National Team Mauls the Minnow Guatemala 4-nil
This should have been the repeat headline from last week - and thankfully the last week headline wasn't a repeat this week! I'll be the first (probably 100th though) person to […]
Moneyball 2 – Soccer Statistics – Taking it to the next level
Probably the biggest leader in soccer analytics (Prozone Sports) have released two products in the last year, or so, that should begin to change the landscape of soccer statistics. I applaud their […]
MLS Week 3 Recap and Power Rankings through Week 3
With three more points in a home win, against the early season nomads of Toronto (first eight games on the road), Sporting KC is solidifying an early season position as […]