Tragic Moments

March ended in what has become customary fashion for Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers, with no wins and only flashes of what the head coach assures the fans and media is a good team, one that is more than capable of mounting a strong playoff push. Slow starts have, sadly, become a trademark, and the trend is especially worrying as in the next month the Timbers face matches against teams ranked 2, 3 and 4 in terms of fewest shots conceded per game (Seattle [8.0], Orlando [8.5] and Dallas [9.8]) as well as a tricky trip to New York. Continue reading

Thorns FC: A Spy in the House of Clive

The final preseason match last Saturday was another walkover and clean sheet for Thorns FC: 6-nil over the University of Arizona.

Little at Merlo

Unfortunately, that match was in, well, Arizona.  I couldn’t make it to Arizona.

What I could do, however, was slip into Merlo Field last Saturday to watch the Seattle Reign play the same University of Portland Pilots that the Thorns defeated 4-nil the previous weekend.  Just to see what our enemies and last season’s runners-up looked like this year.  So I sat up in the east side bleachers on the chilly evening to see what Laura Harvey and the Queens of the North would do.

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Pragmatical Magic

Two goals scored, three points earned and no wins. Portland’s 2015 season starts just as the 2014 did, rather than picking up where it ended, with three wins in the last four. RSL, LA and SKC are all tricky opponents, and there is a lot to be said for Caleb Porter getting through such a tough start unbeaten, and doing so minus two of his most influential players. Continue reading

Thorns FC: Green Shoots at Merlo

Portland Thorns fans got their first up-close look at the 2015 Edition of Thorns FC this past Saturday evening when the team played the University of Portland Pilots at UP’s Merlo Field.

Well…sort of up-close…and part of the 2015 Thorns.  The game so utterly one-sided (as the UP stats page attests; Thorns FC 4 goals on 27 shots (18 on goal), UP no goals, no shots) as to provide little insight into how the team will do against a peer opponent.  And none of the international players – outside of Nadine Angerer – were in town for the game.

Still, we did get an first tantalizing glimpse of what this team might look like and how it might play when the Girls in Red run out for the first match here in Portland in less than three weeks. Continue reading