Aside: Creating Chances

The Timbers have only scored two goals so far, but there has been no shortage of chances created as Portland continue to play expansive, passing football. Presented here are a few chances the Timbers have created, and the moves, or flow of play, that led to them.

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Darlington Nagbe works a triangle with Chara, then a couple of give and goes with Harrington to switch the play and create space.


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Fernandez scores a tap in after the Timbers recycle the transition out wide.


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The Timbers use the width of the pitch to create openings on either side.


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Testing the flanks, the Timbers move the ball back and forth across the back, waiting for the opportunity, which comes thanks to quick movement forward.

Heavy dashed lines w/ arrows – a pass
Yellow dotted line – player movement with ball
Light dashed lines w/ arrows – off the ball run


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