Caleb Porter addresses the team after practice. - William Conwell
This morning the Portland Timbers held their final practice at Jeld-Wen Field before kicking off the Portland Preseason Tournament with a match up against the San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow morning.
The Timbers hit the field later than usual today after taking in a morning video session to prepare for the Earthquakes. Once they were on the pitch, the team went through the usual battery of warm up exercises, wrapping things up just as practice was closed to the press.
As today's training session was opened back up, the Timbers spent some time stretching before being addressed as a team by Caleb Porter. Given the group of players who were dismissed first, it is likely that we will see a 4-3-3 run out against San Jose tomorrow with similar personnel to what we saw in Tucson.
My predicted line up:
Trialists and Guest Players
The only change in the Timbers' group of guest players was the absence of Deon McCauley at practice this morning. After training with the team since the beginning of this week, McCauley's trial with the Timbers was concluded.
Calum Angus and Andre Clennon, both free agents, continued their trials with the team today. Chris Hegngi, David Meves, and Michael Nanchoff, whose rights the Timbers currently hold but that the team has not signed, were also in practice.
Injuries and Absences
Futty Danso made his return to practice today after missing most of the week thanks to a sore hamstring. Futty warmed up with the team on Monday after returning from Tucson, but was pulled from practice.
Jake Gleeson also continued to train with the team for the second day in a row after missing the first three practices of the week because of a sore back.
Chris Taylor, who suffered a knee strain in Tucson, made his first appearance back on the pitch since taking his knock and spent the beginning of practice jogging around the perimeter of the pitch.
David Horst and Jack Jewsbury, both of whom picked up injuries in Arizona, continued to miss practice today. Horst could return soon, but is being held out of practice as a precautionary measure while he recovers from a groin strain, while Jewsbury will likely be out for several more weeks thanks to a pulled hamstring.