Portland weathers the storm, breaks out, then holds on for a massive three points in Texas.
I don’t see people giving kudos to Mora and what a difference maker he’s been sine coming back.
Nice match, great result. Team is feeling more cohesive. Still, not sure Miles Joseph is the man of the future.
Too many teams make the playoffs and the format this year is beyond stupid. But if that’s how they want to do it we might as well sneak in and spoil some high seed’s season.
We’re maybe a third or fourth-tier talent team that has played very little good soccer this year and currently in playoff position. It’s silly. And the first round is going to be a PK-shootoutathon. But again, might as well go eff things up. Don’t think we’ll go too far, but we could end the Sounders season or St. Louis’ fairy tale, or Will Farrell’s autumn plans.
I'm very excited about this team. To go into Texas without D. Chara and get the three points says all you need to know. They are battle tested and know how to get results. They aren't a system team, like an Austin, for example, they are more free flowing. I think MJ kept the Gio free flowing model, but put in some general concepts for offense and defense for more structure. It's working. Above all, MJ is better at player management and is making the right moves. I was a little critical of him making subs last night, but maybe he was forced to due to the congested schedule coming up. I think if there wasn't a midweek game, he should have/would have ridden that starting lineup until/if Austin scored. I think that scoreline would have been different than what it ended up. Speculation, of course. Overall, great job by the coaching staff to get the result.
That second goal was something else! It started way earlier with Moreno doing the Merengue all the way up the field.
MotM - Both Moreno and Asprilla stood out. McGraw had a gazillion clearances, and Bingham was good, too. Good effort from the team.
Austin threw everything at the Timbers in the first 30 minutes, as Sam said, and then they couldn't sustain it. It was a good thing they did not have one or two goals out of that barrage. I can't blame the Timbers, although they were a little tentative perhaps.
My favorite thing besides the win was the Spanish commentators making fun of Wolff (the player) and calling him a nepo baby.
Just caught the new Diego Valeri show and it's actually really great:
He's relaxed and just seems to be enjoying himself. Wish I didn't need the subtitles!
Total derail from the game recap, but watching the CL just now they cut to a half time interview with Jesse Marsch, who...just moved to Italy because his wife just got her Italian citizenship. I think my pipe dream of luring him to Portland is going to remain just that.
I'll be the first to admit that I thought we would partially lose the ability to get up for important games when Gio left. I'm quite pleased to see that the team can turn things around even within a half