So, let's see what the coach and the players can do to counter that.
In the last 4 matches, high/deep pressure from the opposition has made the Timbers attack look disjointed and definitely has taken away the number of good looks and shots at goal. The offense looks a bit limp. It is ahrd to argue they have looked as dominant as they did earlier. Granted, their finishing hasn't been good...way too many wide shots and blasts over the crossbar...but the sort of offensive dominance we were showing in the first half of the season has not been there as of late.
This has nothing to do with particular players being absent for particular matches, either.
Dunno which team figured it out first, but obviously the news has been spreading. Caleb knows it, too; his last couple of halftime interviews have been a bit pricklier than usual, eh ? A little graciousness towards the announcers wouldn't hurt.
The T's are going to have to play better than .500 ball the rest of the way to guarantee themselves a playoff spot, probably. They certainly will need to average more than a point per game, as they have done in the second half so far.
In order to do that, they are gonna have to figure out how to adjust to the way teams have been adjusting to them.
(It would also help if they stop blowing their marks inside their own 18.....)
Popcorn, anyone ?