When the ball dropped to Darlington Nagbe, in space forty-five yards from goal with twelve minutes or so left on the clock, the midfielder was of a singular mind: he was going to run with the ball, right at the heart of the New York City defense. And so, his head up and focus dead ahead, Nagbe ran. Within seconds, five light blue shirts had swarmed him. Finding his path to the box blocked, the move looked over, but Nagbe was not ready to give it up so easily. With one final lunge, he successfully nicked the ball off the toe of a defender and into the path of a teammate. Before New York City could properly adjust to this change in dynamic, the ball had already arced over their goalkeeper who’d been wrong-footed and grounded by a crucial deflection. Nagbe had not scored the goal, nor would he be officially awarded the assist, but it’s hard to see how the deadlock would ever have been broken without him in a game that was otherwise unfolding in a wearingly familiar manner.
What a difference a week makes. Last week, we played our best game of the year. This week, our worst. Last week, you, me, and all of Timbers Nation, were giddy and excited, eager to talk about the game, replay it over and over in our heads. This week, it was a bad dream we’d all like to forget.
I finally got to my first game of the year this past Saturday and the team finally won. Now, I’m not saying my presence at the game is the reason we won. I’m just saying that if anyone out there wants this team to go to the playoffs, sending me tickets to upcoming games probably wouldn’t hurt. Just sayin’.
So far this season, three teams in MLS have perfect records. Dallas (3 games, 3 wins), Chicago (3 games, 3 losses), and Portland (3 games, 3 draws).
At least we ain’t Chicago, right?
This column is getting to you a little late and a little short on words. Why? Because I’m sick. Crazy sick. Like, “I was walking around the hospital earlier today with a surgical mask on” sick.
Anyone who follows the Timbers must have wondered why Darlington Nagbe is always “almost arrived” and specifically why he has been “almost there” for going on five years now. After all, his first goal in MLS was 2011 MLS Goal of the Year! Continue reading
In about four months Thorns FC will kick off the 2015 NWSL campaign.
In Britain the soccer offseason is often referred to as the “silly season.” With no actual soccer to talk about fans’ (and the media’s) obsessions tend to flourish into wild speculation and bizarre theories about their teams, or favorite players, and coaches, tactics, or leagues. Most of these flights of fancy are just that, and they are what makes the season, well, silly. Continue reading