February 27, 2016: MLS Pre-season

Timbers 0-2 Fire

Welp.  That was basically the opposite of what the Timbers were hoping to get out of that final pre-season match-up. The fan attendance was impressive. The game not so much. Let’s take a look at the stats that matter here:

  • 0: Goals scored
  • 1: Asprilla’s taken off for injury
  • 2: Goals against
  • 20: Row in which Timbers shots landed on average. Oh, and also the number of shots, 9 of which were on target
  • 1: Embarrassing yellow cards for Valentin.  What was that, dude?
  • 0: Subs to make an impact (Grabavoy for Asprilla, McInerney  for Valentin)
  • 16: Corners for Timbers.  16!
  • 6: Yellow cards in the game. 3 for each side. hey, pre-season

The Timbers offense could not really have been less efficient in this game. 20 shots, 9 on net, 16 corners. Valeri actually had a great chance on net but a good save from Chicago’s goalie Lampson kept it out. Ok, I’ll give them that. Personally, I want to see Brett get out there. Give him a run. Let the man stretch.

The game, though basically meaningless, kind of sums up the Timbers right now. Lack of finishing and poise on offense and a defense that’s been pretty stout but always makes you nervous when you can’t seem to buy a goal.  Like tonight proved, any good defense can get caught and the team is going to need goals. The Asprilla injury didn’t seem too serious (hopefully) but any blow to the offense doesn’t seem to be a good thing right now. Nagbe’s late arrival to the team is likely part of the cause, and they could start getting it back together once he’s fully up to speed on the new partnerships happening ahead of him on the pitch.

 


Is it just me or did Alvarez’s goal look accidental. Either way, sh*t defending there