FRISCO, TX - JULY 21: Troy Perkins #1 of the Portland Timbers reacts after giving up a goal to FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium on July 21, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas beat the Portland Timbers 5-0. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
I'm going to make this intro section brief. I have nothing good to say here and, honestly, I would rather just not say anything at all and just get to the player ratings.
Word to the wise though, it's going to be brutal...
Troy Perkins: 1
Lowest score ever for Perkins on this site. Really he had an abysmal game. While his defenders didn't help much, the fact that he was captain and provided very little leadership sealed his fate.
Kosuke Kimura: 1
Andy's score: 1 - Eleven goals in three games. His lack of communication (or ineffectiveness of communication) created the Mosquera own-goal, and then everything got out of hand.
Okay, he's had his time to fit in and it's still not happening. At some point the Timbers need to find a serious right back who can actually defend when needed. Kimura showed during the Dallas game that that wasn't him.
Will's rating: 1 - Kimura is still just not quite fitting in. His positioning seems like it is all over the place and there is just no chemistry between him and the wingers. Oh, and don't forget that his strengths are in the attack, so asking him to stay at home is not only a waste, but it is also completely different from the way that he has played for the last five years with Colorado.
Futty Danso: 2
The better of the two center backs, Futty's play was still nothing to get excited about. Really he looked lethargic, as did everybody else, throughout the game.
Ryan's rating: 1 - The last few games I have seen on multiple occasions Futty seems to be jogging to cover someone but on other occasions he has put his body on the line. His last few performances have been bipolar, good and bad.
Terrible marking. Terrible tracking. Own goal. Check, check, check... Where is the Mosqo from before his suspension?
Will's rating: 1 - He wasn't the most culpable any of the five FC Dallas goals, but any time a central defender scores an own goal and is on the field for a route like this one his score his going to take a bit of a beating. Frankly, I was a little disappointed that nobody got punched in the face at the end of that game.
Mike Chabala: 2
For as much crap as Smith might take, Chabala is doing nothing to show that he deserves that starting position above him. He was completely useless against Dallas. The only reason why he's a 2 and not a 1 is because I'm not quite sure I can blame him for everybody else's failings around him.
Will's rating: 1 - Given his chance to grab ahold of the Timbers left pack position after several shaky appearances by Steven Smith, Chewie may just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time as the Timbers collapsed but he was not able to do anything to halt the unrelenting Dallas attack that was missing three of it's first choice players.
Sub par performance from what we expect out of Alhassan. The fact that he completely ignores any defending duties he might have just adds salt to the wound.
Ryan's rating: 1 - Our wings, especially KAH have failed to track the opposition's outside backs and this has put our outside backs on an island.
Diego Chara: 1
Another Timbers stalwart who is usually our man of the match, Chara was completely absent from the game. The tiny bruiser was pushed around, and made entirely ineffective by Dallas' midfield. Maybe he was just trying to be in too many places at once...
Ryan's rating: 2 - One man can only defend so many players...
Eric Alexander: 2
Heading into this game I really thought Alexander could make a great CAM. I'm not going to say he can't ever, but he certainly didn't prove he was up for the task against Dallas.
Will's rating: 1 - Eric Alexander put up the usual numbers for a Timbers central midfielder: only a couple missed passes, some tackles made, the occasional bad touch. However, he was supposed to be the link to the attack, lined up at the top of a diamond midfield. Instead he played more like a defensive midfielder and the Timbers suffered for it.
My "man of the match," Songo'o, to me, felt like the only person who was really orchestrating any meaningful attack and he didn't stop orchestrating until the end. He was the only player to not give up. Even if he wasn't very good, and still failed to track back to defend properly.
Will's rating: 2 - You might say that despite the failure on the field, Songo'o gets an A for effort. In reality, it is more like a C+ for effort but we just happen to be grading on a bell curve.
Danny Mwanga: 1
Completely absent from the game. Nowhere to be seen. never made any decent chances. Seriously, Perlaza would have at least gotten an offsides.
Will's rating: 1 - Looking back, Mwanga actually got on the ball a lot more than I thought he did during that game. He did seek out the ball, but he never was able to do much with it and his involvement generally ended with a lost possession or a back pass that after a couple more touches made it's way back to Troy Perkins.
Mike Fucito: 3
Almost got a goal and made the only true attacking threat against FC Dallas. Fucito, unfortunately, was ultimately a casualty for a team that just stopped giving a damn.
Ryan's rating: 2 - He gets a 2 for actually creating some offense, not much but at least he hit the post.
I'm giving Kris Boyd, Jack Jewsbury and Brent Richards a pass for this game. Despite their relative ineffectiveness on the game as a whole, I mostly lay blame on the rest of the team for giving up well before the first sub came on. Fact is, there was nothing they could have done playing with such an emotionless side.
One last thing. This post might come off as a little sensational, but I just want to be clear. I really, really want to write a good player ratings post. One where our players are scoring high. But this was, by far, the worst performance by the team so far this year, including the game against Cal FC.
What do you guys think? What are your player ratings?