Much has been said about the penalties awarded against the Timbers. After doing a bit of checking I noticed a few things:
8 penalties in 6 matches. All converted.
Each foul resulting in a penalty was committed by a different Timbers player.
Two of the six games resulted in losses (Colorado 0-2 and Vancouver 3-4)
One resulted in a win (NY 2-1)
Three resulted in ties (Chicago 1-1, Columbus 3-3, Seattle 4-4)
Perhaps most telling is that four out of the six matches were at home.
I would categorize three penalties as very soft:
Pappa vs Chicago, Footy vs Columbus, Kah vs NY
Semi soft (diving involved)
Villanfana vs Vancouver, Chara vs Vancouver
Ricketts vs Colorado, Weber vs Colorado and Zemanski vs Seattle
I can't conclude anything except that three soft penalties is a lot considering we've been given none in 14 matches. My challenge to someone with photographic memory (or all the games on DVR and a lot of free time) is how many penalties should Portland have? And specifically, which games should the have been called?