18 Days, 6 Matches and Zero Losses for Portland
Regardless of what the MLS front office and various media organizations have published recently, the Portland Timbers are not on a 15 game streak without a loss. Yes, it is indeed 15 regular season matches in MLS without a loss, but they have also won three US Open Cup matches as well. With the current streak at 18 in all competions, including the win on Wednesday in their USOC match on the road in Dallas, soccer fans have been provided something quite special and unique.
During just the month of June, PTFC has had a run that is mind boggling. The Timbers had 6 matches in 18 days. They outscored the opposition 11 to 4. They won 4 matches, earned a draw in two and lost none. That is pretty impressive but to be fair, other teams have had similar but this is different based on what happened last year and the year prior.
For this article, what I intend to do is to comprehensively discuss why the Portland Timbers have been so dominant and difficult to beat, unlike the team that most of the league got to know over the past two seasons. Before this, something must be said of their latest performance against Colorado.
The match Sunday was full of expectations. On the road in Los Angeles, PTFC was able to muster a draw against the Galaxy. Fans of MLS may recall the thrashing LA gave Seattle a few weeks past. It was one of those games where simply everything went right for Arena’s boys and nothing for Sigi’s. As someone who travelled down to LA for the match, this was in my mind the whole time. To get a draw may not be what I really wanted but it was a fair result but it ultimately led to a must win situation against the Rapids.
The match was not even close when looking at the score. A 3 to 0 victory appears to be a total victory. However it was a fast paced game with over 800 combined passes. Portland connecting 80% while Colorado connected 73% of theirs. On shots, Portland was able to connect 50% of their 6 on frame resulting in 3 goals. This is odd because typically PTFC has something like `19 shots attempted and 5 on frame. This was true however for the Rapids. They had a high amount of attempts. Some of them very close but slightly off target. Of the 18 they launched towardsReal Salt Lake? What do you think needs to happen or not happen? I believe their magic is real and a force to reckon with. Let me know your take on it?