A Timbers two week spell that needed to be rebooted
So coming off the high of beating those stupid Flounders, (key Homer Simpson saying “Stupid Flanders, but put Flounders in) the club goes and plays the manager’s ex-team (well the one he played for. You’d think, ah let’s keep the ball rolling, and the upward movement. Right? Well, someone didn’t tell that pesky Colorado team about Spencer’s plan for upward movement. Ok, did also look like the team didn’t know of their manager’s plans either. It’s getting to that point where his seat will get warm. Let’s not think of that.
The guys lost 3-0, but have a quick turnaround to those evil Earthquakes. (They used to be a rival back in the NASL era).
Quotes from Timbers.com and the manager
If the quick turnaround is a good thing:
“Not if we play the way we played tonight. I think from the first whistle we could’ve had a shot at goal – first minute. From there, I thought Colorado were the better team.”
On the team’s play:
“We had a great performance last week. I said to them, “you’ve got go out, you’ve got to match it, everybody’s eyes are on us again, saying can you play away from home, can you do this, can you do that,” and we never put [those questions] to bed. So, as I said, we’ve got a quick turnaround for San Jose, got to focus and try to get the confidence a little bit higher again and get ready to play, and obviously deal with the Salt Lake game on the road again.”
On conceding the early goals:
“I keep saying it time and time again, if you don’t deny service into the box, especially with guys like Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, they’re going to punish you. As I say, I’ve seen probably four or five goals today around Major League Soccer, one from [Danny] Koevermans in Toronto, two Eddie Johnson goals that came from decent service into the box: guy attacks the ball, you score goals. If you don’t deny service, players like [Brian] Mullan can serve the ball, and Conor Casey can attack it. You’re going to find yourself in trouble if you give them that much space six yards, seven yards from goal. He’s going to score goals.”
On giving up a late goal:
“We tried to go with three at the back, and try and push and get forward a little bit more, and try and create something and end up we get done at the back. Jamie Smith gets a tap-in. Can’t fault the effort, trying to get back, but three-nil was unacceptable for us.”