Jose Valencia vs Vancouver 2013
1. Donny Done Good - He makes the tough saves look easy and the easy ones look tough. On Sunday night, Donovan Ricketts made everything look easy even though it was not. Ricketts put in his best save stopping performance of the season against a San Jose side that threw everything at him, including the league’s top goal scorer from a season ago. Ricketts won the one-on-one battles, putting his team in a position to get a point on the road and putting himself in position to pick up another save of the week award. Continue reading
1. It’s hard to play well fresh off the plane
It don’t know about you, but whenever I travel on an international flight I am a mess for at least a few days afterwards. Between the free booze, listening to screaming children for 10 hours, and the bad sitcoms that are part of the in-flight entertainment, it takes at least 72 hours to recover.
One can hope that the travel, lack of training, and general unfamiliarity with his surroundings will make Mikael Silvestre’s performance on Sunday a one-off nightmare and not the norm. There is a ton of pressure on the Timbers center backs to perform well. Clearly, the most decorated player on the Timbers roster fell far short of that standard in his debut. As they say, time will tell if he is the right guy for the job. Continue reading
Nevets and Ninja talk at halftime and post-match about some of the individual performances and the overall team chemistry.
- Nevets Notes:
It’s a good sign that Mikaël Silvestre has increased his fitness level in the past week. Thought he looked solid and it really helped Andrew Jean-Baptiste to play a steady match. A center-back partnership of AJB and Silvestre excites me just a little bit.
When’s Darlington Nagbe going to open up his playbook and give it something we haven’t seen before? Nags has a fantastic touch on the ball, reads the game pretty well and has other tools that should make him supremely confident. Now with that it would be nice to see Darlington take guys on instead of settling for the safe move back. I’m starting to believe Nags actually slows down the entire universe for a split moment when he’s on the ball. One of these days he has to start feeling just as confident turning the tempo up another notch or two. Continue reading
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According to our compadres in Argentina, Diego Valeri is in the United States today being introduced to our beloved medical system. Turn and cough, Diego. That will be $400,000.
Assuming his knees aren’t distant cousins to those belonging to Jose Adolfo Valencia and he passes the physical, we have ourselves a new midfielder. For those scoring at home, that means two new starters in the midfield, a new starter at left back, and a new starter on the wing. Oh yeah, there is also a new manager. That is a lot of change, but when your team was as bad as the Timbers were last season change is something we can believe in.
Reports out of Argentina indicate that 26-year-old Lanus midfielder Diego Valeri (#8 in the video above) is coming to the Portland Timbers on a one-year loan.
Google, do your translating:
A Valeri not USA
Barros Schelotto will be without midfielder, who will go to Portland in MLS. Also alienate Castillejos, will continue his career at Barcelona of Ecuador. Without the alleged continuity in this last step by Lanus, Diego Valeri points to new challenges in the coming days and let the Garnet to go play the U.S. MLS.
Portland will be the fate of the player, in an operation that is performed on loan and within one season.
The departure of Valeri is the only one who will face Lanús, because Gonzalo Castillejos be loaned to Barcelona of Ecuador, a team that will play the Copa Libertadores in the same group as Boca.
Of course a spotty translation of an unsourced story is hardly confirmation, but the 5mTKO Magic 8 ball sez: “This is definitely a possibility.”
Update: Apparently he is headed to the U.S. tonight to finalize the contract.
Update 2: The Timbers are reportedly paying $400,000 for the loan.
Update 3: It is a one year deal with a possible option for more years.