The Portland Timbers continued their undefeated record on the road yesterday after putting together a handy 2-0 victory against D.C. United. While the defense looked, at times, to be lucky to have kept the clean sheet, the Timbers' possession game and free flowing attack were both as overwhelming as ever.
Here are our picks for the Timbers Man of the Match. Be sure to vote in the poll below and let us know your pick in the comments.
Andy: Darlington Nagbe
Easy call. Without Valeri in the lineup, it was up to Nagbe to take the reins of the offense and create scoring opportunities. Even playing nominally as a winger, Nagbe was up to the task. He also showed more confidence with his shots than he's had all season, launching a scorcher from outside the area before slipping one through Bill Hamid's legs for the team's second goal.
Ryan: Rodney Wallace
He was a terror on the wings. DC United could not account for him on numerous occasions and by the end of the game his presence caused United to compensate too far towards his side. His goal was one you rarely see, a near post shot, and it takes a lot of power to get it past a keeper on the short side. Without Diego Valeri multiple players needed to step up and Wallace, as well as Darlington Nagbe, did enough to earn three road points.
Will: Darlington Nagbe
Last year Timbers fans saw the team lean on Darlington Nagbe as a playmaker and were disappointed more often than not. Yesterday, however, when Nagbe was called upon to step up and pull the strings in the absence of Diego Valeri, he more than responded to the challenge, he excelled. Nagbe looked tough, aggressive, and completely comfortable in his role as he drove the Timbers' attack forward.
There are our picks, but what are yours? Vote in the poll below and let us know why in the comments.