—by Mike Coleman
Sunday was amazing.
I will admit I didn’t think there was any way we could win that match. I was prepared for another drubbing. And, going into the half ONLY down by 1, I felt at least we wouldn’t be humiliated.
And then the team clicked. All that potential turned into production. Adi nets another brace, and does his best Hakeem Olajuwon imitation holding up two defenders before flicking to Wallace who feeds Chara for a header (WHO knew he had hops). Nagbe dances past Ricketts, and Urruti drills one home after Villfaña makes the LA defense look silly. What a night.
In any case, as I sit here watching the highlights for the umpteenth time, I ask myself - where does this performance rate in Timbers MLS history.
Here’s my top 10 list after some Twitter convo this AM (presented in chronological order)
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What’s there to say about this one. It was a dream that had been brewing for many years, and the culmination of a lot of hard work by folks who were here LONG before me (thanks to them, btw).
Timbers Beat Down Club Beckham 3-0 (8/3/2011)
Earlier in the year LA had embarrassed us 3-0 down in Carson, but at home it was a different story. The Timbers hammered LA at home in a mid-week match that nobody saw coming.
Captain Jack hammers one home to win the Cascadia Cup (10/21/2012)
In a season with very little to be excited about, Captain Jack drilled home the lone goal against the Whitecaps to lock up the Cascadia Cup. Our house in the middle of BC, indeed
Signature win and delicious BBQ (4/27/13)
An epic back and forth affair that might of been the first time we all thought that the team really was good, and 2013 was going to be something special.
AJB Scores at the death to turn back LA (7/13/13) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mw_sbZdYoU
Just when you think it’s over, it’s not. AJB scores a goal that ignites a celebration so loud it’s reportedly heard over a mile away.
First time for 5 (sure, it was Chivas, doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun) (10/26/13)
In a game that sealed the #1 seed in the Western Conference the Timbers put up 5 goals for the first time in MLS. Diego Valeri was magnificent, and it really was The Diego Valeri Show that night in Carson.
Welcome to YOUR Nightmare! (11/2/2013)
What needs to be said. First ever MLS playoff match, and it’s in Seattle, and we win? And we got a great new chant to mock their lame ass tifo?
Timbers send Seattle packing (11/8/2013)
Maybe you preferred the return leg where we sent Seattle home from the playoffs, we wouldn’t blame you if you did. Pretty sweet watching that merry band of clowns leave our stadium as we celebrated.
The Meltdown in Tukwila (6/16/2015)
What more could you have asked for? Timbers win and Seattle completely loses their minds. This is truly one where people who weren’t even in the state will say they were at the match. Not to mention it kicked off a long slide for $$FC - the gift that kept on giving
HOLY LEAPING DIEGO - did that just happen? (10/18/2015)
Forget that LA Galaxy hand only lost once at home this season, that they’d only given up 11 goals in 16 home games. Disregard Gio, Gerrard, and Keane. Pay no attention to the fact the Timbers had never beaten them at home. AND WITNESS DIEGO CHARA SCORING WITH HIS HEAD - along with four other quality goals.
That's my Top 10, what's your favorite MLS-era match?