Six Degrees: So Close

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Not all 1-1 draws are the same. If you’re down 1-0 and tie it up in the 89th minute, you’re utterly thrilled. But if you’re about to steal three points on the road and it’s pulled from your grasp? Utterly deflated. Either way, you get a point on the road. One just feels better than the other.

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Six Degrees: Big Loss

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The old saying is that the key to success is winning at home and drawing on the road. So a 1-1 draw in Los Angeles, that’s something we can be satisfied with, right? Ah, but there’s a catch. Darlington Nagbe was injured. Possibly badly. So this 1-1 draw is looking more like a 1-1 loss.

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Six Degrees: Bogged Down

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey (12) is beaten for a goal on a high shot from San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa (25) during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 13, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Early season games are when we figure out who the Timbers are. And yet, how much can we tell from a game played in a swamp? The ball was sloshing through puddles, our players were falling down, and we only lost because San Jose unleashed a thunderbolt Goal of the Year candidate. As fans, do we read a lot into this game? Read very little? It’s hard to say.

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