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: 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 →

Gluck: Can @Timbersfc Triumvirate of Triumphs Continue?

Over the last three years there probably isn't a team (and Head Coach) that's been more focused on possession-based soccer than Columbus Crew. When Columbus out-possesses their opponents they are about 75% more likely to earn points... usually three... when playing at home. So in seeing early success for the Timbers, and a rematch (if you will) of... Continue Reading →

New Hat? Old Tricks? Portland Timbers Preview 2017

Last years' end state was horrible; the Portland Timbers, returning MLS Champions, missed the playoffs.  Not good; especially when 60% of  the teams in your Conference make the playoffs. Clearly changes needed to be made. Notable midfield additions include David Guzman, Sebastian Blanco, and the return of Dairon Asprilla. On the defensive side, where the Timbers had... Continue Reading →

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