The Portland Timbers came away from their match with FC Dallas with the point, one more point than any other team has managed in Frisco yet this season, but it still felt like they could have gotten more. The team was characterized by a number of good performances, but few were great, making it difficult to pick out the game's Man of the Match.
Here are our picks for the Timbers Man of the Match. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let us know your pick in the comments.
Andy: Diego Chara
That he was the best Timber against Dallas really isn't saying much (although Ricketts was also his usual stellar self), but he came up huge. He was the only one consistently passing well, and he made just a fantastic tackle early on to keep the game level.
Stacey: Diego Chara
With the Timbers struggling to hold possession, there would have been a lot of one-way traffic toward Donovan Ricketts' goal if Diego Chara hadn't been doing his usual thing in the midfield, racking up the recoveries, tackles, and interceptions. His tackle on Blaz Perez was possibly the best play of the game.
Will: Donovan Ricketts
With the exception of Fabian Castillo's soft header in the 66th minute, three of Rickett's four saves were highlight reel material. Diego Chara, Rodney Wallace, and Darlington Nagbe each had one brilliant moment amongst some solid overall play, but Ricketts had three. That being said, this pick is mostly due to my being less than impressed with the performance of the team overall.
Ryan: Futty Danso
With Silvestre out Futty was our veteran presence in the CB position and he played one of his better games of the year. He intrecepted passes with good anticipation, recovered and helped stamp out fires and did everything he could to keep the clean sheet.
Geoff: Donovan Ricketts
This game could have very easily been a 2-1 or perhaps even 3-1 loss had Ricketts not been on his top form. With a bit of an assist by the goal post, he managed to keep a tight ship all night. Of course, he wasn't able to stop the PK, but you can hardly fault him for that one. Overall, another solid performance by Ricketts.
There are our picks, but what are yours? Vote in the poll below and let us know why in the comments.