Portland Timbers Have an Up and Down Week
It has been a average week for the Portland Timbers with some good news and some bad news. They finally announced our next coach for the 2013 season and the Timbers defeated Colorado at home. However, we were right back to where we were losing on the road to the Colorado Rapids. At one point of time we were out of last place only to find ourselves back down there again. For me this is what comes to being a Timbers fan: having the highs and lows within a span of 7 days.
The first good news was defeating the Rapids at home 1-0. It was very simple playing at home and winning is nothing new, but it gave us something that we did not have in a while which was confidence. Confident that maybe, just maybe, we could have gotten a hot streak coming out of that win. We had our defense very sturdy, our team meshing in all the right positions, and we had players who were predominately on the bench all season outshine and outperform expectations on the field. Sal Zizzo and Bright Dike really were the stars of the night. Dike was the one who scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. It was a remarkable game and lead to people to think that maybe the tide has turned.
Also that same week with the win, Merritt Paulson, a gay4soccer ally, announced Akron head coach Caleb Porter as the next coach of the Portland Timbers in the 2013 season. Porter has a collegiate record of 107-17-15. He received his 100th win in College Soccer faster than Sigi Schmid and Bruce Arena ) and has a bright future ahead of him. He coached players like our star Darlington Nagbe, Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks, Sporting’s Teal Bunbury, DC United’s Perry Kitchen, and Seattle’s Steve Zakuani.
Now that the good news is out of the way, time for the bad. The Timbers got shellacked away from Portland 3-0 by Colorado. The defense was poor, people were not marking their men, and the attack was weak. There is nothing new to say about that. We never won on the road this season so I had a preconceived notion that they were not going to be up to par the way they did at home against the same exact team. After this game, we are back in the bottom in the Western Conference, our defense is still lacking any backbone, and Wilkerson still hasn’t done anything to convince me that he was ever a good coach to begin with and has never been a great GM either. I think I’ll probably be saying this until this season is done: we need to get rid of Gavin Wilkinson before the 2013 season begins. It needs to happen, it has to happen or else Caleb next year will be restricted to who he wants on his roster. We cannot let that happen to this young man.