Sure, it was tight until the final whistle, and sure, we’ve had other wins on the road. But a road shutout against the 2nd best team in the league? Without our top striker, our top keeper, and our top center back? I think this may be our most impressive three points of the season.
No Gooz, no Adi, no Ridgy, no Jake? No problem!
They say there’s no such thing as an ugly win. For the 2017 Portland Timbers, I’m thinking there’s no such thing as an easy win, either. But even if we had to sweat it out until the very end, it’s still three points, and I’ll take ’em.
The Timbers have spent most of the 2017 season convincing us they’re soft, but in Friday night’s win over New York, they proved that, yes, they are capable of closing out a game.
For the first 57 minutes of Sunday’s game, the Timbers showed they could hold their own against the best team in the league. Then, in the final 33 minutes, they showed they’ve got a LOOOOOONG way to go.
Maybe it’s because we had an 11 a.m. kickoff and the morning coffee was still fresh in our veins, but Sunday’s game could not have had a crazier start. Two goals? Another couple that were called off? Two yellow cards for hand balls? Our first taste of VAR? And that was just in the first ten minutes!
Saturday’s draw at Houston was eerily reminiscent of our April 29th draw at Dallas. In both games, we have to like the road draw against a good opponent. But also in both games, when the team’s so close to getting the full three points, we can’t help but rue what might have been.
On Wednesday, the Timbers sent out a short-handed side to face a bottom-of-the-table team in front of a friendly home crowd, and got dusted, 4-1. Four days later, they sent out a short-handed side to face a playoff-caliber team on the road, and won, 2-1.
If any of you ever figure out how sports works, please let me know.