In what has turned into one of the Timbers' longest standing traditions since joining MLS, the team gave up three goals while visiting Colorado's Dicks Sporting Goods Park. In a lackluster effort, standout performances were few and far between, with even the best showings tempered by moments of rashness or lapses in concentration.
The last few games have made the picks for Man of the Match hard, and this one did too, just in a completely different way. It took some doing, but after much sighing and shaking of heads we were able to make our selections.
Geoff - Steven Smith
Despite the 3-nil loss, Smith was the only defender I saw who was consistent and played well throughout the game. In fact, his side of the field was locked up pretty tight. Additionally, he lead some decent attacking chances as well and, while nothing came of them, his effort was definitely appreciated in a game that was oh so typical of a Portland Timbers road team.
Check out the rest of our Man of the Match picks and vote on your own after the jump.
Will - Donovan Ricketts
Ricketts did everything he could to keep the Timbers in the game. He made two big saves early on to keep the Timbers in the game but was hung out to dry by most of his defense. Ricketts distribution was much improved from last game as he kept each pass in bounds. Overall, a good but not great game from the big guy at the back. Giving Ricketts the nod speaks to the quality of the other performances on the pitch more than anything else.
Andy - Diego Chara
I'm gonna go with Chara. I don't know what he was doing with that handball -- I suppose it was just frustration, which I can relate to. But aside from that, in spite of the Colorado defense clogging the middle of the pitch, Chara did a decent job of controlling the ball and distributing. He also created and nearly scored Portland's only shot on goal. That's gotta be worth something, right? No? Sigh.
Ryan - Steven Smith
Smith seemed at times the only offense threat Portland had and the only Defender who knew what he was doing out there. Just another sad and disappointing loss on the road where it tough to pick a MoTM.
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.