Cut Down by Opposition
Portland have to feel a little bewildered after dropping their third round match in the US Open Cup to a side that is not even in the MLS. More to come on this from new Timbers writer Chris this week.
What makes matters worse is that this game was actually at home.
That’s right Timbers‘ fans, Cal FC walked right into JELD-WEN Field and managed to upstage our boys in extra time. It was a pretty lifeless game in the early going and resulted in an embarrassing 1-0 loss.
What, no goals against this amateur club?
Portland did manage however, to fire off 37 shots during this match. They also had a penalty chance in the 80th minute that overpaid Kris Boyd was not able to put into the back of the net.
So leave it to Artur Aghasyan -who’s this guy anyway?– to jam home a goal in the 95th minute that would prove to be the game-winner. To add insult to injury. This was the first time that a United States Adult Soccer Association team has scored against an MLS opponent.
The road is not getting any easier either for Portland, as they have yet to win away from JELD-WEN on the season, and have managed just two draws total in their five tries.
The two draws that they did pull out were sandwiched by three very sound defeats. One of which was to the team they will match up with on June 17th.
The good news is that the game is over two weeks away which means that the team will get plenty of rest, and hopefully put enough time between them and that dreadful game against Cal FC.
If history is a precursor though, it does not look good for Portland. The Galaxy handled them to the tune of a 3-1 drubbing when they were at their lowest point. Now that they have been looking a little better out there, even in defeats, you do not really expect Portland to right their road woes here.
If you do, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona for sale.
This club is actually one of the very few that is injury free at the moment. They need to get their act together if they want to make a run for the playoffs as many expected them too.
Bleak? I usually refuse to write any team off this early in the season, but this squad has got to find a way to play better away from home if they expect to find themselves in the running.
It also wouldn’t hurt if they begin to pickup full points a little more often inside friendly confines.
This was just the second time in 2012 that Portland has been kept out of the scoring column at home. The first such occurrence happened against the Columbus Crew back on May 5th.
The loss broke up a four match unbeaten streak for the Timbers. They won only one match during that time period, but it was still better than their form in the earlier part of the season.