Everything was set up for the Portland Timbers to open their 2014 MLS season up with a bang.
Home openers have been special for the Timbers. The team has never scored less than three goals in their first home game of a season, and what’s more, the kind of relentless rain that we saw Saturday night punctuated more than one of those memorable nights.
There was a terrific tifo, and a fantastic rendition of the national anthem from the Timbers Army. There were classy new kits and classy new players.
Of course, the Timbers had a clunky preseason in which obvious flaws with the inevitable title-charge that we figured was going to be the end result of 2014 were made clear – but there was a prevailing feeling that a team of talented individuals would turn it on under the bright lights.
You know, opening night. In the rain.
Instead, it was a languid, insipid, frustrating performance from a team that is lacking for chemistry and dynamism.no comments