"It's just not in the cards" may be what you hear from me, as I try to explain the countless injuries and suspensions ahead of tomorrow's game to new fans. With O'brien and Demerit still out and recently injured Kenny Miller out, not to mention the talens of Gershon Koffie will be missed, and the untalents of Jun Marquez Davidson will spare the life of a few Timbers players. A makeshift lineup should be expected, but don't be surprised to see Martin Rennie throw in a few curveballs. Uncommon players like Heinemann or Hurtado may get the call, in order to use their hunger for a starting position. We must not forget the surprise tie over San Jose under an "interesting" XI courtesy of Martin Rennie. Under the same breath, we shouldn't forget Martins failed attempt in the 2-0 loss against FC Dallas. Which will it be, a lucky tie or a disappointing loss? My guess is on the latter.
AH HELL NO! I AIN'T EVEN TRYING THAT, GOOD LUCK MARTIN
4-2 for Portland (and if Im not incorrect, the first loss I've predicted this year- yikes)
Johnson (28), Nagbe (50), Rusin (56), Nagbe (65), Manneh (76), Johnson (85)
Ryan Johnson kicks off the scoring parade in the first half after a through ball cuts between the lanky Carlyle Mitchel and stranded Leveron, directly onto Johnson's foot. He shoots top left to put the home side ahead. Darlington Nagbe proves to be not such a Darling for the Caps, acting as a Thorne in our side. He launches a ball at the top of the box and into the bottom corner of the net. Brad Rusin opens his account coincidently with his feet. Teibert cuts inside off a counter attack and puts it on Rusins big foot, and he is unable to not finish. Nagbe the tree thorn puts them again after a low cross finds his foot at the back post. Kekuta Manneh attempts to fuel the comeback after he takes the ball from Donavon Ricketts hands and slots home an open net. The Timbers plead to the ref, but the goal stands (debatably). Ryan Johnson settles the Cascadia match after A clear breakaway forms and he rounds the keeper.
A tough loss for the Caps, but certainly not unexpected.
Lets hope my predictions wrong, Good Luck Caps