Takeaways from Portland Timbers’ disappointing finish vs. Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers looked to bounce back after a troubling loss at home to the Seattle Sounders last Sunday at Providence Park. 

The MLS Is Back Tournament Champs couldn’t keep the momentum and flame from distinguishing against their Northwest rival.

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Unfortunately, a different problem arose on Saturday against visiting Real Salt Lake. The offense was there, but that was about it.

While Portland sent four goals to the back of the net, so did Real Salt Lake.

The match ended in a 4-4 draw. RSL scored two goals in the final four minutes of the game. 

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Here’s what Portland head coach Giovanni Savarese had to say at the end of the match.

“It was a disappointing match. A game that we scored enough goals to come out of this game with three points, but at the end we didn’t have the resilience to finish the game with a result that should’ve given us three points. We give up too easy, when you score four goals at home, you should have a minimum three points. Giving up at the end those two goals, it goes back to the similar situation against Seattle, giving up three goals at the end, so we need to be better, it's not good enough. So I take full responsibility first of all for the situation, but I think some players need to understand that it's not good enough at the end to give up two goals when you went in 4 to 2 in the last four minutes. So I’m very disappointed about this match, and I’m sure the defense is disappointed as well.”


Disappointed to say the least and a missed opportunity to climb in the standings. The Timbers did not value possession as much as they should have and RSL capitalized on it. 

It was nice to see the offense rolling after not having a goal a week prior.

But this was a great opportunity and one that got away from Portland.

Coach Savarese left his team with one lasting message:

It’s simple, what I’m saying right now, is when you score four goals you should win, at home especially. To give up the points, to tie 4-4, especially allowing them to score two goals in the last four minutes, it’s not good enough… — Giovanni Savarese

Portland (3-2-2) is fourth in the Western Conference standings with 11 points. The two other teams ahead of Portland in the standings but have the same number of points are Seattle and Minnesota Uniter FC.

Next up, the Timbers will face the LA Galaxy at 7:30 PM (PT) on Wednesday, September 2.