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The lesson of 2014 - Pass and Move alone is not enough

We need players - particularly wide players - who can beat defenders in 1v1 situations on the dribble...

  • Urruti - meh. Sometimes, but his finishing has not been good enough, and he drops at the slightest touch.
  • Fernandez - no. He will show up to finish, and he can make nice passes. He does not beat players on the ball.
  • Valeri - not this year. It has been a disappointment. Defenders have picked up on his feints, and they are picking his pocket. Part of that is because he does not have dangerous players working off of him.
  • Nagbe - he has the talent, but not the mentality.
  • Johnson and Chara - no.
  • Jewsbury - hell no.
  • Harrington - sometimes. He would be much more dangerous with a more dangerous player in front of him.
  • Obviously our central defenders do not / should not be doing this.
Subs
  • Zakuani - at his peak, this was his calling card. He terrorized defenders. He's far from his peak.
  • Alhassan - sometimes, but his issue is decision-making on when to beat players, and when to get rid of the ball.
  • Piquionne - no.
  • Powell - better than Jewsbury, but a worse defender.
  • Namchoff - no. Another passer.
  • Zemanski - ha.
Bottom line is when we lost Wallace to injury and released guys like Valencia, we lost players who can open up defenses by winning their 1v1 battles. And that has made our pass and move system impotent.
It's a bad, boring, and ineffective combination of players we have. We can thank some poor offseason moves, a management team that fell in love with one type of player, and injuries for being a difficult team to watch right now.

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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