The Portland Timbers started a winning streak last night with their 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. Coming from behind for the second game in a row, the Timbers broke down twice on defense, but kept up the pressure on Montreal for the full 90', eventually breaking them down for the game winner in the 82'.
You can check out our picks for the Man of the Match below and do not forget to vote in the poll at the bottom of the page.
Ryan: Darlington Nagbe
This was Nagbe's best game in some time. He was aggressive and forced Montreal's defense into focusing a lot of their energy on him. This opened up space for all of Portland' s play makers and he directly contributed to one of the three goals.
Kevin: Darlington Nagbe
For most of the match I was going to give my MOTM to Nagbe. His passing is beauty in action, his runs sublime. And you could tell this game that he was really going for it. But then Valeri drew a PK to put the Timbers in the lead. And after we let in another goal, Valeri got another game winning goal for a second straight match. But I think I'm still going to go with Nagbe on this one. I agree with others that this was his best game this season. And even without goals scored, he obviously one of the most dangerous players on the pitch given how so many teams just want to hack him down constantly. I'd hate to be his shins.
Kelly: Darlington Nagbe
Great setup for Urruti's goal and was dangerous all game.
Will: Will Johnson
In a game where so much of the Timbers' attack came from their possession around the box, Johnson's steady distribution was the key to this one. While Nagbe had some fantastic runs and Valeri was again timely with his finishing, neither player could have had that level of success without the steady work of the midfield. With a hat-tip to Diego Chara, who was also excellent, Johnson played the higher and more central role of the Timbers' midfield pair, keeping the attack going during the team's long spells of possession and while only mislaying two passes on the night. His contributions on the other side of the ball were also timely, getting into good positions to harry players while Chara was unleashed to do the dirty work.
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