With three of the last five games on the road, the Portland Timbers face another daunting task: three straight road games. While there have been some moments in the last few road games in which players and fans felt like there was more to be desired, the Timbers have demonstrated not only a commitment towards winning but one of class as well. Take for instance the San Jose game with Steve Lenhart recklessly slide tackling every player in sight, or when Alan Gordon "inadvertently" elbowed Silvestre in the face, or maybe more recently when Mario De Luna pushed the innocuous ball boy for no apparent reason (I'll touch on this in my next article); the Timbers have kept their composure and have come away with a bevy of hard fought points on the road. Recent history would suggest that the Timbers squad would perform morbidly on the road, seeing that they have only won a few sporadic games over the course of two seasons. But this squad is different; this squad is calm, collective and has a moral fortitude that makes me proud to sport my Timbers green. Ultimately, they play inspired football and I love it.
In April, I wrote an article that outlined a couple recipes for success for Timbers games on the road. Let us reevaluate/breakdown these components in application to these last three road games.
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