The Timbers face an equally desperate Austin FC team - without Diego Chara
Some sick part of me enjoys having a reason to root for Seattle from time to time, so I was feeling Morris' belly flop at the end of the Dallas game. At least Dallas didn't win that one, allowing PTFC the chance to barely scratch above the playoff line with a win against Austin Sunday, though Austin and Dallas have a whole game in the hand that we don't. The final minutes of "Titanic" come to mind, grasping at floating debris in the wake of a massive shipwreck.
Timbers in Texas seems like a total toss up at this point. Will we look awful? Will we actually look like a professional soccer team? Who knows! But after years and years of writing Texas games off as a loss, I’ll take the toss up. We won in Austin last time, and I believe we can do it again. I also believe we could shit the bed
Happy that Joseph said he wants the Timbers to possess more this game, getting rest on the ball will be very important in the heat. And without Chara, I don’t want us to have to defend for our lives for 90 minutes. Acosta is used to playing in Texas and I thought he was the one player that didn’t look awful in that Houston game, so hopefully he can really step up
I am sick and tired of seeing old Will Bruin always score on the Timbers. He scored last minute when Austin tied it at the death in Portland. Years past he has scored on the Timbers way too often. When he comes into the game for the last 20 or so minutes, someone on the Timbers please put a body on him and physically take him off the ball. You have to defend Bruin like that. Do that and the Timbers can win the road game in Austin. Defend very aggressively and you beat Austin.
I’ve wondered if Bravo could be a sub for Chara; the guy has a bull dog mentality, is good at breaking-up passes, and can spray the ball around the field. Any thoughts?