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2 years in a row we have terrible starts to the season which end in losing the final game that gets you in the playoffs. This is on the organization as a whole. A few years back we had a horrendous start to the season, people were wanting Gio out and feeling low. Paulson did an interview saying how they can turn it around and "remember 2015 when we got hot at the right moment". It's like it's actually their game plan for the season and it's total BS.

I get with GW finally getting fired they were a bit behind this offseason, but the organization waited too long to hire Ned, and then get his replacement. They need to finalize their coaching decision fast and start making moves. I don't see a lot of good talent coming here though and that starts with the head coach position.

They have to go get a DP9 locked in and then sort out the midfield. We've got Chara, Ayala, Williamson, Paredes and Evander. Williamson and Evander play a very similar role/position. Evander isn't a typical 10, but he doesn't always show much in the way of a 2 way work rate to be a solid 8. One of them should probably not be here if Ayala can come back healthy since he's 21 and was looking like one of the only bright spots early this year. I'm pretty happy with Ayala's upside and Paredes as a solid 8. I figure Acosta isn't here next year. I think they could move Erik to somewhere he'll play and I don't see anyone taking over Evander's contract so they likely need to make a move and bring in someone else here. An Evander, Chara, Williamson MF trio sounds like we want to give eaten up in transition again.

Since Evander isn't really a 10 but is more of an 8 (just like he was for his previous team [genius scouting there]) then you likely need a big attacking winger signing now that Blanco's contract is up.

They need a new keeper and another CB and they should bring in someone to push Bravo or Mosquera that can possibly play either side. That's a lot to ask. New coach, DP 9, keeper, TAM winger, 6/8, CB, and an outside back at a minimum. That's a LOT for a team where the organization is completely in limbo and is failing to bring in good outside talent to the organization. Paulson should still sell the club, but if we don't hear about signings this year before it's basically preseason get ready for another poor start with another lets hope it ends like 2015 year.

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That was rough, we might have squeaked by with a tie...

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Blanco, yimmi, nieazgoda, mabiala, Loria, ivacic, thanks for your time and work but it's time to go.

Thanks Miles and staff for giving us hope to end the season, but you dropped the ball hard in the last 3 games. Not to mention you were a part of the gio catastrophe. Goodbye.

10 million for Evander. Basically a more expensive Williamson and Moreno. 9 goals 4 assists. That's tied for 28th in goals scored and tied for 60th with 30 other players with 5 assists. Who signed him? Oh that's right.....Ned. goodbye Ned. And honestly the whole FO needs to go. Along with the no ambition man baby Merritt. Your dad fucked this country once and now you are fucking up our team. Gtfo!

Mora has been a breath of fresh air but his injury history makes him a bad bet. Just like I said about nieazgoda before we signed him. He is a perfect backup but we need a true dp striker. 15 to 20 million minimum. Boli ain't the starter either.

And my biggest issue with this team is how poorly this roster has been constructed. We have two wingbacks, not outside backs. Yet we are playing a 4 back system. Our wingbacks have left our channels exposed all season. We have to run a 3 back system to give extra cover for all the space masquera and bravo leave behind them. Either that or run a mid block system. You can't press and run a high line with 7 players in the 18 yard box. Especially when our pressing has been hit and miss all season. We have been good on counter pressing, but when the opposition actually gets setup, they easily beat our press. Our midfield to front line have no idea what their responsibilities are while pressing.

Then we have wingers that can hardly ever make the correct pass, shoot on frame, or beat their markers 1v1. They also are never in a position to cover the back post. Which to me is incredibly negligent considering how many stupid crosses we make every game.

Our dp's have been a joke, which is something i said when we signed them. They proved me right. Thanks for that.

Our midfield. Ffs this area is concerning to me. Chara is a defense first midfielder. Cdm of course. Can we honestly say Moreno, Paredes, Williamson and evander are great defensively? Cause I can't. And that is a problem. We easily get shredded in the midfield. It's one pass into the channel or right up the gut and they beat our midfield because our midfield and wingers struggle to understand when and where they are supposed to step. The only one that does is chara.

And how many times can you get beat on a set piece or corner in a season, cause we hit the mark. COVER THE NEAR POST ON CORNERS! It is soccer 101. That is coaching. And we still get it wrong.

Wtf kind of team are we? High press? Counter press? Bunker? Counter attacking? Mid block? Possession? Cause when we answer those questions it tells you exactly what type of players you need and what skill sets they need. Our team is an eclectic group of players that don't fit any one system. Our scouting and recruiting team is crap

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Teams like Portland, San Jose and SKC shouldn’t be sniffing the playoffs. Worst case scenario, this tier of teams that sucked for extended stretches of the year fights for one spot. Of course I wanted to get in. Might as well.

But I’m happy I don’t have to watch the PK shootoutathon first round. The volume of the field and the format of the playoffs are ridiculous.

Proper playoffs: home and away, tie at the end of 180’ goes to the higher regular season point total. Every round until the one game cup final.

Big offseason.

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If we can find positives from this result and failure to make play-offs, then it should be that the squad construction is a mess. We have key positions still unfilled in the front office and it shows in our recruitment.

Last season should have been a wake up call that the squad wasn't good enough. Players were retained for this year that have made little to no impact.

I think Ned owns a share of this and should either be in the hot seat to fix things or on the way out. He has brought in Araujo (who?) and a bunch of bits and pieces with no real cohesion or plan. I'm just not sure that a guy who has got us in this place needs to be given more time.

Anyway, I hope to see quick action to clear out the squad and appoint a head coach.

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Oct 22, 2023·edited Oct 22, 2023

Has there ever been a faster heel turn than the one Steve Clark took tonight? He went from "hey welcome back to Portland Steve" to "YOU SUCK" reeeeeeeeeeally fast. I still don't know what he was doing with his shoes, but all that time wasting and shitfuckery was...rough.

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Ben Olsen: comes on and resurrects Houston. Maybe Porter could do the same for Portland. The reason? He gets the importance of RB and LB, among other things.

Mosquera - a total disaster. Go through the games and see what I saw -- complete and utter defensive liability. The eye test the same -- two steps too late and U11 level defensive ability.

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Depressing but fairly predictable. Houston is a much better team than we are - if that is 4th out of 8/9 playoff teams, then we had no business there.

Suspect it will be an offseason of change. The Miles Joseph bump had us all wondering if he would coach himself into a job, but the last 2 matches just showed it was too good to be true.

Onward, Rose City!

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Knew this was going to be a tough game because Houston is a good team and think could sneak through the west.

Sucks missing the playoffs again but maybe more change is coming. Can only hope.

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They teased us for that one brilliant week adn then reverted to the bad Timbers we all know and love. From actually looking up at 3rd place (they really blew that match) to 7th to 10th. One spot out of playoffs in a not too difficult Western Conference.

Probably for the best that we miss playoffs and the stupid play-in match. Now time to offload a bunch of players and hopefully bring in some new starters. I'm not holding my breath though.

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Should be noted the Timbers finish out of the playoffs in a very poor western conference. Embarrassing

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From 7th to 10th in one fell swoop.

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Time to start the offseason work. Lot of change coming. Let's hope the right decisions are coming.

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I'm over these Evander fluff corners.....waste of money

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International breaks do us no favors this juncture in the season. Didn't we lose in injury time last year to LAFC at home - international break - then got trounced at RSL for the nail in the coffin that time? Whatever momentum we seem to generate just gets lost on a FIFA-induced vacuum

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I hope this is the last we see of Yimmi in a Timbers uniform. Operating way below his pay grade.

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At least we didn't get shut out. Nice finish on a good ball in.

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Oct 22, 2023·edited Oct 22, 2023

It's like MJ reviewed the results from a few weeks ago -9 straight points and then bloew a chance to vault into rd. Then he probably said, "This is fun! Now it's time for the return of Gio Ball!" The rest is history.

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We don't have one player that can score from that angle. We needed one win in the last 3 and we couldn't get it done. now just like every other year, I sit and wait to see if the FO makes the right signings and right decisions. I highly doubt it, but it's always fun until the trash starts piling in. The announcer just said MJ has done a phenomenal job and I would have agreed 4 games ago but not getting one win in the last 3 games and against 2 bottom feeders, tells me he isn't the guy. Time to move on and get a whole new staff.

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Timbers suck. This ref game management is pathetic. Time wasting since the 13th minute. He is pathetic for a point of emphasis.

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It was a fun end to the season for a while but eventually talent wins out. There's a big gap between Portland and Houston.

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Okay, just gonna go about my day now (it's almost noon here in Sapporo). Anything's better than this.

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Boli for mosquera is the weirdest substitution. There is no plan for the Timbers this evening

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Burn it to the ground. Start over. This team is embarrassing. Substandard football beginning to end

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Fool had 1 goal all season.

Now has brace

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2nd time we've had 3 guys bunch up and collapse on 1 guy at the top of the box and leave someone wide open for the goal. Frustrating.

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I think that about does it. Whatever .0001% of hope that we make a comeback just got extinguished. Just pathetic defense all around.

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Can’t believe this is how the season is going to end. Gave me hope, just to take it all away

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Sell the team Merritt

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Oh no, Timbers announcer said hope this isn't Blanco's last 32 minutes as a Timber. Beg. To. Differ. Love Blanco for what he brought to the club, but it's time to move on if club is to be more than a nostalgia act.

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Blanco and not Asprilla?

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Is this gio ball? Like wtf happened to 4 games ago. This team has no idea how to attack centrally and consistently cross to nobody. Like wtf happen MJ? He had this team flying and playing great. Now we are back to gio ball. At this point sell the team to another owner cause like others have said, the list of potential coaches is a joke and MJ has lost all momentum good will. Ffs what happened to 2013-2015 Timbers. It's getting hard to watch a toothless Timbers year after year.

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Oct 22, 2023·edited Oct 22, 2023

Bravo’s been an abject disaster today. It was Mosquera who got caught reaching on the second goal, but something called “Griffin Dorsey” has been getting behind Bravo all match long.

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argh...so tired of these high floaty corner kicks. Put some pace on the damn ball.

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David "Near Post" Bingham, ladies and gentlemen.

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Game. set, match. This abortion of a season is over, and two straight failed seasons are in the bag. Months later than I predicted, but finally dead and buried. No, I take no satisfaction in it. At least we can anticipate some much needed (but likely not sufficient) change in the offseason. Based on the reported finalist list of head coach candidate circulating last month, I'm not terribly optimistic.

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Not good at all. Guess you gotta hope Dallas loses. But it might be better to just kill the season here and now. Get the roster makeover started ASAP.

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Yet again another goal given up by Mosquera, it’s getting ridiculous at this point

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Gosh, nice "defense."

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Joseph has done great things going forward, but this defense may have actually gotten worse lol

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Welp. That was pathetic.

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Yimmi’s been pretty fine but I think we need Asprilla, he’s an X factor and is one of our most goal dangerous players

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We've been great at almost scoring and gave up a silly goal when our "keeper" let a floating ball land right on his knuckles. After all that and still in the game. I, too, would like to see Asprilla over Yimmi.

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Is Asprilla hurt? He's been in great form. One of our best. Yimmi not so much...

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So set piece defending and not taking advantage of our set pieces the story in the first half.

The ref seems to not want to call much.

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Right to the ankle. I'm pretty sure I know what that's supposed to be...but I think I'm too smart to be a ref.

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That’s mightyyyy close to a red

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So the rest of this match is basically going to be watching Houston tie their shoes, huh?

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So has Bingham ever caught a ball in life? It's like his training consisted of punch, punch, and more punch.

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The good news is we're getting into the 18. Bad news is we haven't converted. And we can't figure out the killer pass.

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