DAMIT. Timbers lose again, and Utah Sucks.
So it’s hot as, well (insert anything you think is hot, and I’m watching a Jana Kramer video right now). You’d think being on the East Coast, watching/listening to a Portland Timbers game would make your life better? Wrong because RSL decided to open up a can on the Timbers, beating them 3-0. DAMIT.
Yeah, I know that I have no say in the match, but it’s like the club gives up, or just can’t play any defense, and there’s that whole thing about Boyd not starting. WHY? I know you just a month ago transferred in that Mwanga guy from the Union, and you want to get him a run out as a lone striker, and that’s all well and good. But you don’t do that against a good side like RSL, you wait and do that against someone horrible like Montreal, or LA.
Plus, they need to address the defense, yes they just got in a new guy, but still, you can transfer in as many new guys as possible, if the coaching isn’t there, then it doesn’t matter. I’m not calling Spenny a bad manager, but his coaching staff needs to step the heck up. Yeah I’m mad, Portland needs a great team not an also ran, if they wanted that, they’d be a DC United fan. That’s a jab, I know, but still it’s the Timbers damit.
The team has a week to sort this out, and this needs to be a big week. Do they want to be an also-ran club, or do they want to push for the playoffs? Remember the Timbers in the first year in the NASL era went to the Soccer Bowl against Tampa (lost though). Now this club doesn’t try. UGH!
From Timbers.com -
Timbers head coach John Spencer
On Álvaro Saborío:
“We said it at the pregame meeting, when you let the guy [Saborío] have a chance, he puts it in the back of the net as he proved today. He’s dangerous, one of best players they have in this league.”
On if the players are still thinking about the first goal during the second goal:
“Maybe yep…I think that it’s important that once you go a goal down you haven’t lost the game, but you have if you stop concentrating and you let it affect you mentally. I think the goal was a big punch in the gut for us.”
On what was good about the first hour of the game, and if the Timbers fought the last half hour:
“Possession-wise we kept the ball, the first half especially, we had a couple chances. When you have altitude in these places, Colorado and Salt Lake, you have to keep focus and keep your head in the game. You have to try to move the ball when you can. Obviously, you go two-nil down in Salt Lake, it’s a tough place to play when it’s 0-0, let alone two-nil down. Once they get the second goal it’s almost over.”
On moving on from the loss:
“We’ll concentrate on what went wrong today, for our game next week versus LA”
RSL: Saborio (Beckerman, Gil), 60
RSL: Saborio (Wingert), 62
RSL: Saborio (penalty kick), 73
RSL: Johnson (Caution), 65
POR: Chara (Caution), 66
POR: Horst (Caution), 66
RSL: Beckerman (Caution), 66
POR: Palmer (Caution), 67
POR: Smith (Caution), 68
POR: Chara (Ejection), 74
POR: Danso (Caution), 80
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Perkins, D Kimura, D Danso, D Horst, D Smith, M Palmer (Fucito, 68), M Jewsbury ©, M Chara, F Nagbe, F Mwanga (Boyd, 68), F Alexander (Mosquera, 85)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Bendik, D Chabala, M Alhassan, M Zizzo
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Alexander, Palmer, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 17 (Chara, 5); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 6
RSL: GK Rimando D Beltran, D Olave (Watson-Siriboe, 82), D Borchers, D Wingert, M Beckerman ©, M Grabavoy (Gil, 24), M Johnson, M Morales, F Paulo Jr. (Bonfigli, 54), F Saborio
Substitutes Not Used: GK Reynish, D Mansally, M Alvarez, M Steele
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Saborio, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Johnson, Saborio, 3); FOULS: 10 (Wingert, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 0
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd, Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees