Gluck: Tea Leaves on Timbers Traveling to Toronto

Is this a likely pre-cursor to the MLS Championship Game? I'm not sure, but given the wild west, and more predictable east, it isn't beyond reason to think so.  In preparing my information for your consideration here's a link to my Total Soccer Index:  The Science (Attacking):  Toronto at home compared with Portland on the road. The... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Getting Hot in Portland? Yes… Only…

This time it's about the weather; record temperatures in Portland this week are forcing the Timbers vs Galaxy match to kick-off at 11 AM 'left coast of America time' and it should be a doozy... Here's my take using my new publication format, for your consideration. Pre-Match Report Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Best, Chris... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Portland Timbers – Out of the Woods?

If you're part of the Portland Timbers supporter-base or football organization this (should?) be a picture out your rearview mirror - not a vision on what's ahead. As noted by Porter in his latest post-game presser - there's been some bullets flying... part of them their own making...   Getting Hot in Portland For me, even in... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Focus on the present – @Timbersfc v @FCDallas

Many times in a head coaching career you're confronted with situations beyond your control - as in players will be injured or missing and those issues have nothing to do with you or your coaching staff. As such, you make do with the best you have and hope that 'consistency of previous purpose' takes over.... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Is it Too Early for a “Must Win”?

Mathematically, yes...  psychologically... probably not. The Portland Timbers have two wins, three draws, and five losses in their last ten games with a season goals against average of 1.66; that's higher than last years' record setting 1.55. Last year (after just four games) the Timbers showed some early season trends  "Is it too Early to Worry?" that are surfacing again this... Continue Reading →

Gluck: Forward into the Past: Dealing without Darlington

I'm sure many feel the Timbers were unlucky this weekend - perhaps rightly so.  For now, at least, I'm not convinced. In the post-game press conference Caleb Porter offered these thoughts about missing Darlington Nagbe; they struck a chord with me, perhaps they will with you too? Porter: "And I think today missing Darlington you could see... Continue Reading →

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