The Portland Timbers (8-11-9, 33 points) head to Texas for the final time in 2023 to face Austin FC (9-12-6, 33 points) in a match where both teams are absolutely desperate for three points. The Timbers have momentum, while Austin has the home field on their side.
Pretty good stuff- and we didn't even have to listen to Taylor...
1. Above the line, baby. We’re gonna win MLS Cup!
2. Did we have ANY possession in the attacking half the first 30’. Bingham kept us alive. Some bad giveaways in our half.
3. Stover has hideous hair. Like if Adolf Hitler went decon.
Don’t look now but Timbers are one of the hottest teams in the league. But teams near them on either side of line have games hand and have better goal differentials (except Galaxy with -10 vs. -9). Wild ride ahead.
If Moreno can clean up his finishing, he can play anywhere in Europe. Heck, maybe even w/o the finishing. What the heck is he doing in MLS? (meant rhetorically). Selfishly, I wish we could pay him big money and lock him down, but that would not be in his best interest.
Considering our history, a real quality winner in Texas. Definitely could’ve been nicer and quite honestly could’ve been at least two or three more goals on the board for us. Boil with an absolute mess was very sad for him certainly keeps him at the bottom of the Striker pecking order, I was super nervous not seeing Chara either in the lineup or on the bench. But honestly really impressed with Paredes as our lone CDM. And his wing mates in the middle played solid to control the midfield. Moreno playing some pretty physical defense is pretty sweet to see as well. Evander being Evander isn’t exactly always what I like to see, but in this current set up that Miles Joseph has, it all seems to be working pretty decently so for me, that’s a huge kudos to Joseph. All in all solid, coaching performance solid player performances. Really nice and quite frankly not some thing I thought was going to happen to be above the playoff line at this point, or at all this season.
This might end up being the most important win of the year. An away win against direct competition in a state we almost never win at, and without Diego Chara. If that doesn’t boost team morale I don’t know what will
This week is huge. Nice start to the week.
Above the line! Nice job boys!
Mora was excellent.
Don’t look now, but we are above the line.
Whatever else you say about Asprilla - and you can say a lot -, he always puts in the effort. He'll remain a useful player until he loses a step.
The last 20 minutes or so was unnerving, to say the least. We almost threw away three points. But we hung on. Bingham was a disastter today, imo. Also the back line really struggled. And then you get stuff like the seond goal. Could also have made it easier on ourselves if we had done a better job of finishing - Boli's shot and then Santi's two chanes. That said, we won on the road. And we scored first. And then scored another beofre Austin pulled one back. There's been some progress the last few eeks. Still don't think MJ belongs here next season but he's doing his best to prove himself. So credit to him.
Buuuuuttttt gio wasn't duuuuu problem duuuuuuuuu. Said he should have been removed last year. This just proved is was right. Again, and again and again. Goodnight
Nice win. Honestly thought this was going a different way in the first 35mins. Held tight and got just enough going forward. Not sure how long new coach bounce will last, but it's a lot more fun to watch.
Elite game management from Asprilla and Mosquera at the end, that was key
Nice win! In Texas, no less
Our left side, we always let them get the ball and cross it, game after game. It frustrates me to no end.
We really have no idea how to kill off this match. Austin is just walking into the 18 and firing away. Just dumb luck that they can't finish.
Tough Zup didn't feel that
Take them both off. Not worth the risk to their health. That was bad.
come onnnnnnnnnnnnnn Franck you gotta bury that
Mosquera on. More speed on the back line. Anyone else think we need another goal?
Santi's gonna want that one back.
Back line and Bingham just completely asleep there.
Oh, too casual from Evander, as Cobi said
And it was going all so well.
Acosta for Yimmi. Might be a bit too early to try and kill off this match. But we really need to stop Austin from just running rhough the midfield. To Bryan: please don't screw up.
Very good combo play. Right at the moment Yimmi struck the ball, I was thinking if he could move just a bit inside and get a better angle to get the ball into or near the box...
What a touch from Mora, and a great ball from Yimmi! Deserved goal, we’ve been the much better team this half
Who is this team? Nice stuff.
That was a beautiful goal
Evander spent the morning watching the wrong football. Little lower.
Talk about a late challenge. Like no way Wolff was getting to that ball. hank god Santi was able to avoid getting taken out.
How many times has Evander lost the ball/given it away tonight? I think I'm counting 8 so far and i haven't been watching that close
Pretty crappy half in terms of play but luckily Austin is pretty bad as well and can’t capitalize. Got a scrappy goal. Would love to see us play with more possession, and I don’t think we can do that with our current midfield. I wouldn’t mind bringing on Acosta for Yimmi and putting Santi out wide, even though I like Santi in the middle. Puts Paredes higher up the field and a better ball playing defensive midfielder to help with the build out. But at the same time I wanna see what this midfield can do on offense...
Watching a replay of Mora's goal, it's amazing that when Asprilla started making the run, Mora slipped into the box and nobody marked him, from the original cross, and he was still open on the ricochet.
That's classic Timbers defense.
Yep, MLS after dark. But we scored first so it's all good. Gets us further to a result.
HAHAHA....awesome. Weather the storm, sneak one in. Good work from Asprilla and a lucky bounce.
Mora earning that armband!
I don't know where that came from but I'll take it!
"Money Moreno is what they're starting to call him in the Rose City"
Are they? I have literally never heard that.
Moreno's shot was wide open if he'd gone far post
Got some decent counter stuff going on right now. Oh that long pass was sooo close to being perfect. At least the back line is getting a breather.
Breaking news: Timbers took a shot! WTG, Evander! ;-)
We did something! That was cool! Great switch from Evander to start it, man it would’ve been great for Moreno to bury that
We have no attack whatsover. This is classic Gio ball. On the road, mind you. So par for the course. Was nice of the guys to let us (and them!) have some fun last Sunday.
Can we talk about how useless Y Chara is at this point?
We are playing a classic "no Diego Chará" game here.
Hey remember how fun the LAFC game was