TodaySaturday, March 24
by Alex Schieferdecker on 3 March 2017
When? – 8:30 PM CT, Friday, March 3
Where? – Providence Park, Portland, OR
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Checking in from Ohio. Competent play will win the day.
On the podcast, I predicted a close 2-1 Timbers victory. I think it’s a matchup that should be a lot of fun. Deep down, i just think the chemistry and attacking ability for Portland (plus the home field advantage) pushes them over the edge.
I’m just here to tell Jeff he’s wrong.
Head: 2-2 draw
Heart: 3-0 Loons win!
Nagbe v Taylor is a bit nerve racking…
It’s Vytas vs Taylor that scares me more.
head: 2-0 loss
heart: reverse-twins. 19-0 win!
Pretty nice hit from Molino there
talent differential is pretty large
I would completely agree. They were talking about this possibly being Portland’s best ever squad, meanwhile this is Minnesota’s first squad.
Serious question, can someone tell me why Ibarra isn’t playing?
Coaches decision clearly. Kadrii is good. But I’d like to see Ibarra next week.
ugh. nice goal, but that was a BS call against MN.
hard to beat portland at home for any team in league
the old kick them in the nuts strategy.
That really transcends all levels of all sports.
some nice passing and possession.
must be raining in PDX, sat signal keeps going out on FS1
The commentators are on Nagbe’s jock so hard
are MN fans OK with the Target logo on the jerseys (I am a Sounders fan, but went to college in MN)? I would really prefer to just see “Target” like “Xbox”, maybe a shoulder Target logo, much smaller.
Nah, from what I’ve seen, we all find it quite ugly. I agree words would have been better for this one rather than a large bullseye on the chest
I think it’s actually one of the least intrusive logos i’ve seen on a jersey. I like it better than spelled out for sure. Ultimately, I really miss the last kits the Loon’s had. The grey on black was so badass.
I will have to take a closer look at them in person, maybe it is OK?
I love it. It’s a great high profile sponsor for the club. And the target on the GK kit is amazing in so many ways.
they did pretty well, intense game. maybe not try weak crosses to the box, the counter from PDX is pretty fast
Molino was the only bright spot offensively.
not sure you needed that last word there.
(half kidding… Calvo/Demi were fine-ish)
Hahaha for sure.
First half was poor, but we grew into the game. Only down one, so plenty of time left to get back in this.
We need to change formation though. The 4-3-3 is the same disaster we saw in preseason. We need to shift to the 4-2-2-2. Replace Saeid with Ramirez. Or, with Ibarra, and put Kadrii up top. Nothing against Saeid, but he’s surplus in this formation.
Seems like we’re panicky on the ball. Just hitting passes without trying to weight them- blast it towards the guy and hope they can catch it, so to speak.
wind. out of. sails.
Awful marking on that cross
Not to fond of this keeper so far to be honest.
Me neither. Crosses are going to kill us, at least until we get a better RB.
It takes time to build a rapport with the defensive line, but at the professional level it needs to be a more clean box.
We will be a better team with a real formation and Jerome Theisson. I’m
not comfortable with Alvbåge either. Might need Shuttleworth or McLain.
what a gross final goal.
Uff da is about all I have to say at this point.
I spoke too soon, but my comment stands. gross final 5 minutes.
It can only get better from there.
Really bad but will fix their issues, I think:
Davis, Saeid, Kadrii
Need to see more from:
Schüller, Molino, Venegas
Warner, Calvo, Ramirez
Too little time: