Thorns FC: Tired

Last time we met here I found myself baffled by the difference between the Thorns’ statistics – nearly identical – and their results – a dour 1-1 draw versus a 6-3 romp – in the successive matches with Chicago away and Boston home.   “Which Thorns will we see Wednesday in Washington?” I bleated plaintively; ” The dour Thorns that gave up late equalizers in Chicago, or the explosive Thorns that hammered in a baker’s dozen goals here at home?” Continue reading

Aside: The Goal I’ve Been Waiting To See

I love a golazo as much as the next fan, and there has been no shortage of good goals this year from Timbers players. Valeri’s winner against Colorado is a good case in point – one that fits very nicely into highlight packages and gifs. But for me, the goal that had me punching the air that little big harder was the first goal, and not just because it dragged Portland level in a vital game that was at one point in danger of just drifting away from them, but because that was the goal I’ve been waiting to see all season. A glorious display of passing, movement and intelligent play – this team still has it in them! And it’s this that will drag Portland to the playoffs and beyond. Continue reading

SRP Exclusive: Portland’s New Hero

With the 2014 MLS season failing thus far to live up to expectations, the Portland Timbers fans have waited for baited breath for the front office to make decisive moves to turn their fortunes around. This week sees one such move come to fruition, as the Timbers big money new signing finally takes the field, seeking to help put Portland back on the playoffs track. Continue reading