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Bruin made a great play. Mabialla jumped a half sec too soon. Gotta live with that. Many finishes missed to make the third goal. Overall Gio did a good job.

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May 8, 2023·edited May 8, 2023

So this was the post that prompted me to ask the mods if a weekly open thread was possible (thanks, by the way!). The Timbers are deficient in the coaching ranks, and we believe they may be deficient in the training/medical staff ranks, and it also appears that they're deficient in the analytical ranks as well:

https://www.americansocceranalysis.com/home/2023/5/1/2023-mls-analytics-survey

I am a big believer in using stats, I've seen over the years how they have changed baseball and changed the way we evaluate baseball players. I do not believe that stats in and of themselves are a silver bullet, a magic formula, or the automatic solution to all a team's problems, but if having a robust statistical analysis group can find enough of an edge to give the Timbers one or two extra wins a year, it's worth it.

The whole Timbers operation should be under a microscope and constantly trying to be better; the fact that they seemingly aren't is squarely on the shoulders of MP. If he really doesn't want to invest that time or money, he should either sell and cash in or bring in a group of investors who are willing to be more active.

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May 8, 2023·edited May 8, 2023

Anyone else skeptical of Gio's late-match tactics against Austin? Why not sub in Clegg for a third CB and keep Bravo and Mosquero from racing forward? Tired legs and a must-score-a-third goal approach spelled disaster.

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Is there a timeline for Sauerbrunn's return? We're missing her.

"When we draw, we draw 3-3."

-Portland Thorns

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Does anyone know what's up with getting our money back from the Brian Fernandez situation? I thought it went through some kind of sports arbitration something-or-another, or has it even gotten to that point yet? Any infos would be appreciated. P.S. - really dislike Will Bruin by this point

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In response to FDChief's comments on Riveting!, where I can't seem to log in anymore-

Bixby was so hot and cold this game. She certainly should have saved the early goal. And possibly the second one too, though if she had we'd be calling it a fantastic save - Kerolin's shot was well struck, caromed in off the post, and got deflected to boot. But then Bixby did go and make at least two fantastic saves later in the game, on Lussi's header and another point-blank one that saved the game.

For me she's earned the right to keep starting despite some poor plays lately. That won't be true indefinitely, of course, but for now it is.

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I like a weekly thread like this. Thanks for doing it.

I wonder what kind of lineup we will have for SLC in the OC. This seems like a good game for Loria but he may still be tired from Saturday. Maybe we get another Blanco siting and Gutierrez. This also seems like a good chance for Bonilla to get minutes. Too bad Miller will probably still be sick. Do you play Rasmussen or Bravo and go for the win. Anyway it will be interesting to see how hard Gio goes for a win with such a depleted squad.

Speaking of a depleted squad is there any exception the team gets to sign a player when they have had multiple season ending injuries? It seems like need to pick up someone like Flores or Fochive to fill a spot in the middle for yellow card accumulations etc. the way we got Ketterer as keeper when we were short.

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time to get revenge for 2013

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Regarding the Thorns, I'm a little concerned that they are not coming out with enough intensity early in their games. The past few games have seen the opposition come at us early to try and control the game, and the Thorns have been on the backfoot. Perhaps it is simply the early goals that bother me, but I would think putting the opposition on the defensive would pay huge dividends throughout the game.

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It might be just me, but I haven't really noticed Mosquera the past few games. I can't tell if he is more committed to defense, or just not as involved in the offense as much as he was earlier. If he is more focused on defense that is a good thing as it appears to be tightened up from earlier, but I would like to see more of him going forward. He is such a threat.

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Did anyone who went to the match notice a "laurel garland and all seeing eye" illuminati flag being flown by the section 104 capo? I've been trying to figure out what that was all about. Even the capo didn't know.

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Does anyone have an informed assessment of Tyler Clegg and his potential? I am not interested in half-assed observations based on watching him play for five minutes, his looks, or where he is from. He is 6' 3." -- which is a strong asset in this league.

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