Listless Timbers smoked 4-1 in Kansas City.
Gio per the Oregonian, “I thought we managed the game very well in the first half,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “I think at the end of the half we could’ve been up 3-1. We were in control even though we didn’t have a lot of the ball. We had organization in the back line. We just had to continue to carry on in the second half the same idea. Three minutes of distraction, and the game changed completely. ... We had control of the match for the majority of the game.”
Seriously, what game was he watching? Gio has to go.
I mean, what else is there to say that hasn't been said? Gio's past it. He needs to go. This team isn't playing with any spark, creativity, or energy - and the team has most of the starters back, so that's not an excuse any more.
This was always going to be a rough season, with the roster what it is and with very little ability to change it, but for the love of all that's holy Gio isn't helping things. The Gio era needs to end, tomorrow.
So it seems to me the Timbers have a question to ask of themselves at this point in their MLS evolution. They - top to bottom - need to ask themselves "who do we want to be as an organization?"
Do the Timbers want to be the team that regularly beats Seattle and claims local bragging rights and accomplishes nothing else? Or do the Timbers want to be a team that is in the Supporters' Shield conversation every season, and is a consistently good team that other teams legitimately do not want to face, at any time? Because it sure seems like the Timbers are opting for the former, and they're increasingly being lapped by much newer teams that have a clearer idea of where they want to go.
I'm tired of the Timbers coasting on the banked goodwill/nostalgia of "here's a bunch of really nice players and oh yeah double post and 2015 and we always beat Seattle!"
That's not good enough, and the entire org should want more from and for the team than that. If Portland really wants to be "Soccer City, USA", they need to earn that title through their play and not coast on the nostalgia of the 1970's to make that claim. Other teams, newer teams, are increasingly far more relevant in the national soccer conversation than the Timbers are, and that should motivate every single Timbers employee to make things better, because nothing we're seeing now is remotely good enough.
Like others have said. A new coach will not make us contenders or best in the west. Not with roster we have. But a good coach could put out a better style and make us way more competitive. Our last 6 games mls ranks out of 29 teams and results.
14) Minnesota- lost
19) Vancouver- won
21) Austin - draw
22) RSL - Lost and draw
27) skc - lost
Softest part of our schedule and we got 5 points out of a possible 18. How bad does one need to be at their job before you fire them cause at this point a kid playing football manager could do better.
Ned Grabavoy, who needs a grace period to clean up Wilkinson's mess, should meet with each player and ask, "What is it that you think you're supposed to be doing?" Then bring in Gio and ask, "What are you trying to do out there?". Follow that up with the neat Socratic trick, "What do you think you mean by that?" Love to be a fly on the wall for that one. But I don't think anyone has a clue.
Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah Hey goodbye!
Should be the army chant to gio at every home game
I'm not going to get on the "Gio Out" bandwagon that seems to be gaining momentum, but I have to wonder why, with big matches coming up, Chara and Paredes were still on the pitch at the final whistle in a match that was an obvious loss by the 70th minute?!? Those guys need rest but are instead getting run into the ground. Is our depth truly that poor in central midfield? Loria couldn't do a shift at the 8?
The FO didn't do the job in the offseason and now the team basically isn't competitive in MLS. NIezgoda isn't even a starter but has over cap hit salary. Boli is meh as the new guy so far. Evander is still adjusting, but hasn't been consistently amazing. Blanco can barely play sadly due to injury. They don't have a good or deep backline, and now the team is just bad.
They have to get rid of underperforming players and sign a really good 9 and get a new CB and midfielder. Until they have a solid 9 this team is always going to be meh or worse. The FO has a lot of work to do, but man it's not even worth watching these games till they do something about it. Just a terrible organization right now altogether.
This team is just a brutal watch, week in and week out.
comments about players are honestly moot, it is YEAR SIX of this nonsense, the roster is a result of the FO and Gio, if it is a mess it is on THEM. Stop taking it out on players who have no idea what the plan is and are constantly BEING MISPLAYED.
Seattle lost last night at home to San Jose, making that three home losses in May for them. They aren’t doing so hot
This week ain’t all bad
I've been checked out since the team gave up that last second goal at home. I am just disgusted with this team. I've had four season tickets for the last dozen years and honestly am not sure if I want to keep doing this. I like most of our players but I don't like the results. I'm now fully on board with the GIO GO gang. Sure, let's let Ridgy give it a go. I live the guy. Maybe even go find someone who's really experienced and successful in the manager's role. Is anyone like that out there? And where the hell is our owner these days? He used to be so engaged......
Worth $650 million on paper and, currently, not worth much of anything on the field. MP, if you're paying attention any more, that big number could shrink quickly.
Not that anyone played a good game for the Timbers, however Evander, who seemed pretty full of himself after his brace so long ago, had virtually no impact on the Timber’s attack. I hope he doesn’t just end up another Yimmi Chara, clearly talented but infrequently impactful. Why did everyone seem so disinterested, especially in the second half?