Some will still point to the Cal FC loss as the worst game in the Timbers history as a Major League Soccer club, but last night's 5-0 loss that knocked the Timbers into last place in the league has got to be up there. Positives were few and far between and even the optimists here at Stumptown Footy had a hard time picking out someone to praise. However, we did not quit on the task, so here are our picks for the Timbers' Man of the Match.
Geoff - Franck Songo'o
I'm reluctant to choose one, but I gotta go with Franck Songo'o.
Let's be honest. No player was perfect. Far from it, in fact. But Songo'o was at least consistently getting the ball into the final third and creating some chances where as most other Portland Timbers' players were willing to just sit back and watch the game unfold. So while Songo'o was, at best, merely a mediocre player for the night he was by far the best Portland player on the pitch. Sad, but that's the truth.
Check out the rest of our Man of the Match picks and vote on your own after the jump.
Ryan - Mike Fucito
If I actually have to give it to a player I will give it to Fucito for hitting the post. It was the lone bright spot in the game and unfortunately it occurred early in the game. The rest of the game was uneventful and forgettable. Just like the last few road games. This might be a forgettable season.
Andy - Brent Richards
I don't think there was a Timbers starter whom I could give anything higher than a player rating of 2. I'd like to give it to John Spencer for having his poor record as coach redeemed, or possibly James Marcelin, for his effort to try to show up his former team. But I think I have to choose a Timber. So I'll give the MOTM to Brent Richards, who tried to make up for his weaknesses and inexperience as a player by running hard all sixteen minutes he was on the pitch.
Will - Kris Boyd
Boyd shot the ball on goal once, which is one more time than everyone else on the team but Mike Fucito. Also, I don't remember him doing anything really terrible while he was on the pitch so that counts in his favor as well, although I may have amnesia.
There are our picks for Man of the Match, but what are yours? Be sure to cast your vote and let us know why in the comments.