The Portland Timbers practiced today at their Beaverton training facility in their first full day of practice since taking on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Today's session started out with some relaxed games of keep away while the Timbers kicked the ball around. From there the team went into their warm ups, which were again at a relaxed pace, before closing training to the press.
Caleb Porter, after practice, talked about what the Timbers need to do going in to Thursday night's game.
We'll be ready for every scenario, but I think that the key is for us to worry about ourselves and to worry about being good at what we're good at. We always approach every game wanting to win. Nothing is going to change. We are not going to over think this double-leg thing; we are going to play to win.
Guess what? If you win every game then the double-legs don't matter. We are aware that we can draw, but we are going to play to win like we have done every single game all season long.
Porter also described the way that the Timbers will approach their home leg against the Sounders.
We will not play to draw, we will play to win this game, and that means that we will have a very proactive, aggressive, attack-oriented, ruthless mentality.
Injuries and Absences
Diego Valeri was in the team warm ups today despite his ongoing adductor injury. This marks the first time since his injury that he has appeared in the first warm-up after a game, but also the first time that he has had to deal with a shortened schedule between games. Caleb Porter confirmed that Valeri was in the same condition that he was before Saturday's match against Seattle: sore, but fit.
Maximiliano Urruti was in the warm ups as well as he continues recovering from the hamstring strain that he suffered in the Timbers' final regular season match against the Sounders at the start of October. Urruti returned to practice with the team in last Thursday's closed practice. According to Porter, Urruti will likely be available for this weekend's game.
Michael Nanchoff is back in town after the end of his season with Jönköpings Södra IF, according to Caleb Porter. Nanchoff is carrying an ankle knock and did not train with the team today, but will likely be back in practice next week. Porter said that Nanchoff will not be a factor in the playoffs this year as they try to preserve the chemistry of the team.
David Horst, who is recovering from a knee strain suffered in the Timbers' final reserve game of the season, was on the sidelines today as the team started their warm ups and did not take part in the team training.
Mikael Silvestre was in today's warm up session today, something that he has done off and on for the last several weeks as he completes his recovery from a torn ACL at the start of the season. Yesterday there was some speculation that Silvestre was back in full training after he tweeted this:
Feels good to be back !!!— Mikael Silvestre (@IamMSilvestre) November 4, 2013