Did Saturday’s game come down to two plays? Two mistakes that occurred within two minutes of each other? I’ve been pondering the idea. If you change Adi’s miss in front of goal, then change Gleeson’s charging out of goal two minutes later, the Timbers probably spend the majority of the second half with a 2-0 lead and probably finish with the full three points.
As always, soccer is a cruel sport.
Once a year, the following events occur:
1.) The Fourth Round draw for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is held,
2.) Merritt complains about it on Twitter,
3.) I (or someone else) accuse him of not taking the competition seriously,
4.) Merritt gives his accusor a nickname. I’ve been “Susan” for quite some time as a result of this.
Fanendo Adi has ended his long, dysfunctional relationship with the woodwork, and has gotten back together with his old flame, the back of the net. We’re all thrilled. Those two are great together.
When last seen by the Portland Thorns, referee Marco Vega was lolling about the pitch letting the Western New York Flash get away with what, had they done it at a MAX station instead of inside Providence Park, would have been aggravated assault and battery.
He showed the same disinterest in punishing brutal play in his stroll about the Rutgers pitch in New Jersey this past weekend (why the hell was Kayla Mills still on the pitch after her pithecanthropicene tackle on Horan in the 53rd minute, Marco..?) and it was only the luck of the soccer gods that prevented a hockey game from breaking out.
The good news is that the Thorns both survived, and got all three points on the road.
The bad news is…well, let’s talk about the good news first.
Friday’s 2-0 Timbers victory over San Jose was a play with two acts: the exhilarating first 50 minutes and the maddening final 40 minutes.
The Timbers went 0-3-1 in the month of May. Is that what we can look forward to the rest of the season? Or was it just a bad stretch, easily left behind?
Last week I predicted that Saturday’s home game against the Boston Breakers was likely to come down to which head coach had best learned the lessons offered by the 2-2 draw in Boston and had best planned for the rematch.
Then between 7:00 and 7:05pm Pacific Daylight Time Amandine Henry created two goals and whatever Matt Beard had learned and planned went completely to hell.
Back in March, the big question was Are The Timbers Really This Good? My, how things have changed.