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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Six Degrees: Achievement Unlocked

columbus Photo - Craig Mitchelldyer, Portland Timbers

In three seasons as coach of the Portland Timbers, Caleb Porter has overseen slow start after slow start after slow start. Three straight years without a win in March. Not a single stinkin’ win. It’s to the point where fans have started thinking, If we start well, if we can win even one single game in March, the rest of the league better watch out.

Memo to the rest of the league: watch out.

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Six Degrees: A Thoroughly Professional Win

vancouver playoffs 2 Photo - Craig Mitchelldyer, Portland Timbers

I had some friends in town on Sunday and we all went to the Crystal Ballroom for the team’s official viewing party. With 500 screaming, cheering, singing fans, it was almost like going to a game. By the end, my friends were singing along, waving scarves, and declaring loudly that they don’t always root, but when they root, they root from the Timbers.

The irony? My friends are from Dallas. And they’re already talking about going to the conference finals down there. Wearing Timbers scarves.

Resistance is futile.

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