Portland is punchless and pitiful as they fall to the Whitecaps at BC Place.
Truly abysmal. Damnable waste of an evening.
Outside of our defensive 18 we were a void in a vacuum in deep space. Very disappointing performance.
Just play Ivacic against Seattle. Or maybe just send only Gio out of the locker room with a literal white flag instead of the figurative one he ran out with today.
I’ve been fairly defensive of the team so far this year. But if they aren’t going to make Vancouver defend at all, I’m not going to either.
Gio has no idea what he's doing. He needs to go.
Niezgoda shouldn't be playing at all.
The players have skills but Gio can't figure out how to use them.
I love Moreno but he's been out of it the last few games and not sure why. I think he's one of the best in the league but something is not working with him.
Crime fighter McGraw is a Boss!
Mosquera is the real deal and i hope we keep him for awhile- he missed the shot but he's so good.
Boli and Evander look like they'll team up nice.
I'm gonna stop there with the players.
Terrible game but we have the skills if someone can get them out.
No more reactive defending.
Simply put, worst game of the year. There was no connection between the players, I don’t know if I saw more than 4 passes connect all game long. It’s good to have Evander back, but he needs to be on the ball a lot more. Moreno just hasn’t shown up this year, and I’m a big fan of his. The team has to get things together, or next weekend is going to be U G L Y!
If Bravo’s not injured, I can’t fathom why Rasmussen is starting.
But that’s just a quibble. The team looks like a mess. Not much else to say.
Haters are gonna hate, but we missed Williamson out there in transition and on the attack. We had no one steering the ship. Evander looked frustrated once he finally came on. And then suddenly we had three forwards and no midfield connecting them. Everything was just a shambles.
All these injuries are really frustrating. Why aren’t the training and physio staff under some fire. It’s their job to keep the players in a condition that staves off niggling injuries which lead to long term injuries.
Are there any lights on in Timbers' offices? Anyone home? I don't know who is, or can be, making decisions at this point; is Paulson sulking alone in his room? Does Grabavoy have any authority? The Timbers seem like a ghost ship adrift on a big ocean, and the product on the field must be a reflection of the overall state of the franchise.
Defend Gio. Because there's literally no way I can. This was inexcusably bad. Gio had a reasonably strong lineup to choose from, and we got...that.
The one advantage to probably getting boatraced by Seattle next week is that that will make it hard to defend him having a job here, and easier for Ned to fire him.
Bravo had hamstring tightness, which is why he didn’t play.
I’m looking forward to having players back because we actually had some competent sequences of play with Evander and Boli on the field. Ayala had some nice plays. Both of them look very good. But for now? There was no team out there, just a bunch of individuals. We were getting swarmed every time we got the ball. Gutierrez was lost in the midfield, too little fault of his own, it’s not at all his position and just his third career MLS start.
Why Jaro came on instead of Nathan I will never know. We ended with Boli and Nathan playing on the wings... a sign of where our squad is at health-wise. I still believe this team may do something with actual healthy players, but for now it is rough
Hard to watch, both literally and figuratively. First, I spent the first 35 minutes trying to get Apple TV to let me watch this "free" game. It wanted me to activate through a link to apple.com, first it worked but when I logged in it said my password was wrong (it wasn't I set it up on Friday after spending an hour with Apple support trying to get my existing account working, ultimately they said to create a brand new gmail account purely for this since my existing one doesn't work and they can't say why). Then when I tried logging on directly on my TV it said my account is locked for security reasons, then I logged on with my PC and it said my password was wrong. I reset it again, and could watch the game on my laptop or phone. Went back to TV and tried activating again, but this time it said the code it gave me was invalid. I reset and tried again 5-6 times. Ultimately I just typed in my login and password using the remote and got to start the game. I was able to skip the 30 minutes of them talking about Seattle and went straight to watching a low quality feed of the game. My son said the quality and graphics made it looks like a 10 year old FIFA game.
Then I got the pleasure of watching the team play another game of clueless, listless, uninspired, confused soccer. I wondered what exactly was Gio's pre-game plan he gave the team and whether they were failing at it or succeeding? Still haven't paid for this Apple crap product, and the team isn't really inspiring me to do so.
Expectations ruined this for me. If this game followed the Galaxy game against a rested Whitecaps team on the road I wouldn’t be surprised at how pathetic the Timbers played. But the Dallas game looked like the team was making some progress. Add to that the Whitecaps had a midweek game and might be a little tired/flat/rotated and aren’t a great team so I thought the Timbers had an even chance at points in this game. In the first half I thought the plan was to let the kids play (Guittierez, Rasmussen, Ikoba), keep a compact defense and wear them down a little and then bring in some subs and a coherent attack in the second half. But then the attack in the second half wasn’t any better and they looked slow to react and lethargic the whole game. I know there are injuries and people playing out of position but that team looked lost.
Tip of the hat to Vancouver. They got beat midweek and came out and played hard. They could smell a chance at points and were determined to get them. Sartini had them motivated. They went after loose balls and switched to defense immediately when they lost possession winning the ball back several times. I don’t mean to offend fellow Timbers fans but I admire the grit.
After starting the season with some optimism and then seeing some good signs in Dallas I am back to trying to take some positives out of bad games (Ivacic looks good, Zach is a legit starter, we are developing some players, Chara had some tackles, Mosquera was a good pickup).
Last thought - if Bravo wasn’t fit to play why was he on the bench? I guess he could play in an emergency? But wouldn’t that risk making the injury worse?
The starting lineup was met with some despair when I saw it. Ikoba was fine, but the midfield was a lot of strange choices. Made up of "returning from major injury" (Asprilla), Inexperienced guy who is OK but not MLS starting quality (Gutierez), out of position but maybe it will work (Mosquera), woefully ineffective all season long thus far (Moreno) with Chara who is a legend but can't do it all at 37. It was chaotic and disorganized, lots of 1 on 1 play and lots of just bad passing and lack of movement. Unfortunately bringing on subs didn't help much - they did find rhythm a bit later in the game and strung together a few passes, but nothing incisive enough to even get 1 shot on goal in 98 minutes. That is pretty sad, even worse than I would expect - but I didn't expect to win this one, especially after I saw the starters - not just the midfield chaos but two outside backs who are backups.
I don't think there is much to be learned from this game other than we have some significant offensive problems and we already knew that.
Anyone else thinking this is what Merritt wants. Watch us tank so he can throw it in our face. Or is gio trying to get fired so he can get payed out on his new contract and leave the team. I mean honestly the guy doesn't even wear our colors on the sideline. I was not the biggest fan of porters interviews but he always showed he loved the team and city. He always wore our colors and scarfs. Tbh I didn't think I would be saying this but I would take porter back in a heartbeat over gio at this point.
No shots, no goals. The midfield was absent for much of the game until Evander got on the pitch. But there is no offense in this current team form. There is no transition from defense to offense.
If not for our outstanding goalie, this would have been a blowout. Again.
This game was so bad I almost committed a crime in Canada so I would never be tempted to go back and watch another game there again.
Each week I can't get over how excited I am for "next week's game" only to be let down yet again and again. To try and adjust my piss poor attitude about our Timbers, I'm going to list what I thought were positives. (Emphasis on "what I thought"...)
Good to see Evander back on the pitch. His experience showed as he moved to get into position and advance ball. I sure as hell hope he can keep a positive outlook on what he's gotten himself into with the current team we have. Boli looked good too. Like Evander, it was good to see one of our forwards, getting open, attempting to create some offense and helping on D when needed. I've been skeptical about Ivacic, but after the past two games, I think I'm ready to join the masses and be proud of having him as our primary keeper! Good to see Diego being Diego. I love seeing tackled opponents wondering what hit them as they pick themselves up off the pitch. Mosquera continues to impress me even though he's not in his usual position. I hope this time playing up helps him grow even more. The Zuparic/McGraw combo at CB has really come together. When we're healthy and have Mosquera and Bravo joining the back line, we should be as solid as defenses come! Ikoba got tossed around a bit, but it was good to see him 'return the favor' and take out one of his assailants. As ugly as the game was, I think we made it through without another injury! And finally, I think I saw Niezoda touch the ball once, maybe twice?
Glad I stopped watching after the start of the second half. This team isn't worth the time, effort, or money I spend supporting it. It's a Joke at this point. I would take porter back in a heartbeat over having to watch another game of gioball. It's horrendous. I have said it since last year. He needs to go. Enough is enough. I guarantee even porter would come in and get more out of this team. Way more. It's time for gio to go. The excuses are gone. He is a fraud.