Rose City ‘Til I Die
It was not too long ago at all that many Portland Timbers fans were wondering just how long they could stand watching their soccer team.
With the Los Angeles Galaxy up next and the Seattle Sounders right around the corner, the Timbers knew that they had to turn their season around fast.
Despite a sound effort against the Galaxy, the Timbers could not find an equalizer as they fell victims in Los Angeles, putting added strain on a team looking for an ounce of momentum.
And then, as if by some miracle, the Seattle Sounders were on the schedule.
Their bitter rival from the North, Seattle had spent a good part of the MLS season flying high atop the MLS ranks. Despite having a fallout since losing their starting goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, the Sounders came into Jeld-Wen field as the favorites to win MLS soccer’s best rivalry.
With Jeld-Wen field and the Portland Timbers on center stage on ESPN, Kris Boyd and David Horst surely gave Timber fans something to cheer about as they helped the Timbers secure a 2-1 victory over the Sounders.
Though many doubted the prospects of the 2012 MLS season prior to their game against the Sounders, their seems to be a renewed passion and love for these gritty players from the northwest.
These are the things to love about the Timbers after their win over the Sounders.
They Can Score!
After scoring just 12 goals in their first fourteen games of competitive play in 2012, the Timbers finally got back on track with two goals against the Sounders, proving that they can be a scoring threat once again.
As the season progresses and Boyd gains further confidence, expect to see the Timbers assaulting the goal even more than they did against Seattle, a team that has a fairly good defensive front.
It was also encouraging to see the many opportunities the Timbers were generating in both the first and second halves of play. While they did score their two goals in the first half, a little better execution on set pieces and headers could have definitely made this game one for the record books.
A rejuvenated offensive front as well as sound midfield should give the Timbers plenty of scoring options as they continue on their MLS resurgence.
We Beat the Sounders!
As heated as other rivalries are in other sports, you would be hard-pressed to find a rivalry more passionate than the one between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.
Sure, other sports’ rivalries may be more mainstream, but there is just something about this soccer rivalry that has the feeling of a bloodbath each and every time the teams go against one another.
Winning any game in the series is crucial for both teams, and up until Sunday, the Timbers had not beaten the Sounders in MLS play.
Beating the Sounders not only gave the Timbers a huge momentum boost, it also gave them bragging rights over the Sounders fan base.
While Seattle fans had rubbed Portland’s loss to Cal FC in their face for the past few weeks, the tables have been tipped the other way as Portland has a direct upper-hand in this years Cascadia duel between the Sounders and the Timbers.
Sunday also marked the first time Portland secured a victory against the Sounders in MLS play, a huge milestone for a young franchise.
Freddy Montero was ejected!
While there are many players on the Sounders that Portland Timber fans hate, there is likely none more hated than Freddy Montero.
Whether it is his copycat hairdo of Mauro Rosales or his diva attitude on the field, Montero is a very easy player to become annoyed with.
For those Timbers fans who despise Montero above all others, you can love the Timbers twofold after their match against the Sounders.
First off, the Timbers were able to limit Montero’s touches on the ball and make him virtually irrelevant throughout the entire match.
Second of all, and most importantly, they got him ejected!
After being annoyed and pestered throughout the entire match, Montero’s bubble finally burst as he shoved a defenseless Timbers player to the ground, receiving a red card and subsequently being ejected.
Timbers 1, Freddy Montero 0.
We’re not in last!
With a victory over the Sounders on Sunday, the Timbers not only generated much-needed momentum but also jumped out of last place in the Western conference.
Though a rather minor note in the grand scheme of things, there is just something about not being in last that feels awesome.
I guess it does help that the Timbers are moving up the MLS rankings too…