It's official. Barring any late announcements, there will be no new incoming players to the Portland Timbers until after the season has officially ended. This means that who the Timbers have now are the same players who will be expected to take them into the play-offs and win the MLS Cup championship, something that is a fairly long shot at this point.
It's funny, throughout the transfer window we kept seeing names come and go. Aleksander Ignatovic, Cillian Sheridan, Juan Carlos Toja, John Thompson, Morten Rasmussen. Some were here officially on trial, others were just rumored to be "interested" players. Still, with so many names flying around it's quite a surprise the Timbers didn't sign a single one of them. Instead opting for two MLSers from John Spencer's former team.
I'm not saying that Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer are disappointing. In fact, I've been pleased with both thus far, especially Chabala who has really shored up that back left position. It just comes as off as a little odd to me that despite so much chatter, the Timbers are really not that different than when they went in. And it's not like they're a championship team this season either to justify not making any moves...
So what do you think? Were you expecting more out of the Timbers? Are you happy with where they are now? Sound off in the comments and poll after the jump.