NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers grabbed a nice win on Sunday. The Timbers (3-5-3, 12 points, eighth in the Western Conference) ceeded a one goal lead, but refused to give up a second one in front of their home crowd. Eric Brunner scored his first goal of the season that came from a corner kick from Franck Songo’o.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile of none other than Bob Lenarduzzi. In 1974 Lenarduzzi joined the Vancouver Whitecaps. In 2001, Lenarduzzi was inducted as a player into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 2003, he was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.
NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why despite a loss vs New England, the Timbers should hold their heads high. Things could be worse. After the lone goal was scored, the Timbers controlled the tempo of the game and Franck Songo’o made a comeback of sorts. Any time a team can go on the road and at least come away with a point via a tie, the feat should be considered a victory.
C-Mac one of our Vancouver bloggers tells us If the Vancouver Whitecaps ever need to dip into the PAST to grab players for their future the five guys he’d call upon would be. Bobby Lenarduzzi, Carl Valentine, Bruce Wilson, Bruce Grobbelaar, and Peter Lorimer. He does have faith though that the Martin Rennie is working hard to bring better talent to the current Vancouver Whitecaps squad.
Jason Green one of our MLS Soccer bloggers weighs in with some MLS changes for 2012. He points out one of the biggest tweaks for the upcoming MLS season is that the finals will no longer be held at a neutral site, but the club with the most points of the 2 in the finals will be the host. Big changes for the Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers in the northwest to look forward to.
Jason Green one of our MLS Soccer bloggers weighs in with the top picks for the 2012 MLS SuperDraft coming up in January. The teams picking first are the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, New England Revolution, Toronto FC, and Chivas USA. Players to go first will be Darren Mattocks, Andrew Wenger and Enzo Martinez.
C-Mac one of our MLS Soccer bloggers tells us the L.A. Galaxy 2011 winners of the the MLS Cup may leave a legacy that other teams will seek to imitate. Professional sports leagues and their coaches are notorious when it comes to their attempts to emulate winning teams. Can Freddy Montero and the Seattle Sounders reach this level?
In another installment of our Great Northwest sports moments Matt Larkin weighs in with his take on the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl Championship run by the Vancouver Whitecaps. Who will be the next great Whitecaps legend to get them back in to an MLS league title?