It was mere minutes after Frederic Piquionne’s bullet header with the last touch of Portland’s first leg shellacking at the hands of Real Salt Lake that the Timbers’ wounds healed, or were ignored.
At 4-2 down, Portland is all but out of the MLS Cup Playoffs after a run that made them one of MLS’ best ever success stories. Whatever happens in the second leg, this season has been a blast beyond the wildest dreams of the most ardent supporters. The Timbers’ playoff run in year one of the Caleb Porter era was always viewed as icing.
Now the Timbers are staring the end in the face. It was abrupt, how quickly it unraveled at the Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday night, just a half-hour stretch that crashed a season-long party that showed no signs of slowing down.no comments