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MLS: Portland Timbers Are On A Roll

Diego Valeri

Tim Heitman – USA Today Sports

The Portland Timbers are a team with a phenomenal fan base that are behind their boys through thick and thin. Prior to this season, the Timbers played very well in some games but badly in others, causing them to miss the playoffs in every season thus far.

However, we are witnessing a new story under different penmanship this season — new head coach Caleb Porter.

Undefeated in their last 15 league games and advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup, Porter has designed a new attacking style of play that is bringing the goals and the points in most of their games. In fact, they currently sit in second place with 30 points in the Western Conference with seven wins, nine draws and only one loss to their name thus far.

They have made two signings that have pushed them through this run: Will Johnson (midfielder and captain) and Diego Valeri (designated player on loan from Lanus).

Johnson was chosen to become the new captain of the club as soon as he arrived from Real Salt Lake. Already, he scored six goals in 17 appearances while Valeri has added an extra flare that was missing from the midfield in previous years. The duo’s presence in the starting 11 has made creating chances and staying disciplined throughout the 90-plus minutes a bit easier for the Cascadian side.

They have the fans, the new coach and players who want to play this game for fun and most importantly to win. This organization is finally ready for a debut in the MLS postseason. If they continue playing strong defense and a fearless style of attack, they will perform very well as long as nerves don’t get the best of them.