1. Frustration unleashed
Darlington Nagbe and Kalif Alhassan were the only players on the pitch for the Portland Timbers for Wednesday night’s game against the Wilmington Hammerheads who also were on the pitch a year ago for the infamous Cal FC debacle. It is safe to say that the bulk of the players in green and white were not out to avenge past U.S. Open Cup futility, but for those who have suffered in the stands the beat down the Timbers put on Wilmington helped (a bit) to release years of frustration. It couldn’t have been scripted better. An early goal followed by a pile of goals left little doubt about the game’s outcome for the bulk of the evening. The game gave Caleb Porter an opportunity to rest some of his key players and to evaluate some of the guys who have been on the fringe of the starting XI. There were no injuries and Seattle lost, which brings another USOC match against a lower division side to Portland in a couple of weeks. The difference a year makes, and all that jazz. Continue reading
The smell of smoke bombs from the opening game of the Portland Timbers 2013 season has dissipated, which gives us an opportunity to introduce you to a new, EXCLU$IVE 5mTKO blogg feature called the Big Question. Each and every Tuesday we will ask and answer a burning question that has arisen from the previous weekend’s game. Yes, your existence has suddenly changed for the better.
This week’s question is one that you have probably had go through your mind a few dozen times since Sunday’s game against the New York Red Bulls. Is our defense always going to give up three goals or was this just an aberration that can be chalked up to Mikael Silvestre’s rhumlagged body? Continue reading
If you are like me, you probably have a friend, or perhaps a relative, who doesn’t follow the Timbers but they know that you spend most of your waking hours thinking about summer evenings at JWF. So they feel compelled to ask you about the team even if they don’t really care. They are nice that way. This time of the year they are especially fond of questions like, “How is the team going to be this season?” Continue reading
Soccer by Ives continues to produce the goods on all things Portland Timbers transfer related. Today he reports that the the man tapped to fill the big shoes of Lovel Palmer at right back is none other than Ryan Miller, a 28-year-old who has spent the past few years playing for Halmstead in Sweden. Continue reading