The Portland Timbers couldn't make the most of their chances in last night's 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The match held some promise, but was ultimately another effort where the team could not bring together every element needed for a win.
There were no consensus stars in this one, but there were some very impactful performances that we chose from for the Timbers' Man of the Match.
Will: Diego Chara
The little Colombian that could did his usual thing yesterday, popping up all over the place, providing coverage on defense and helping to preserve the possesion that on a better day could have lead to the winning goal. Back in his usual defensive pairing with Will Johnson, Chara was especially effective at harrying the opposition in the midfield, both making interceptions of his own and causing turnovers for others.
Ryan: Will Johnson
Portland's captain is an essential cog to the Timbers' offense and defense. On numerous occasions he tracked back defensively to stop Vancouver attacks and played a hand in a lot of attacks. His goal is a great example for young players to just put a shot on frame because you never know what will happen.
Michael: Gaston Fernandez
Though Diego Valeri worked in for an hour, it was Fernandez who was again the most creative and dangerous attacking player. Whether playing through the middle, out wide or up top, he caused Vancouver problems. His combinations with Maxi Urruti and Darlington Nagbe sparked more than a few attacking sequences and though he never found the back of the net, Fernandez kept David Ousted on his toes.
There are our picks, but what are yours? Vote in the poll below and let us know why in the comments.