I just can't get this smile off of my face, it feels so good to finally see a goalsplosion and to see Darlington Nagbe get on the score sheet. So many good performances to choose from just days after a game where there was no desire to choose a Man of the Match. Here are the SF's contributors picks for Man of the Match.
Chris G. - Darlington Nagbe
Superb game by Darlington, as it was for most every Timber today; but the dynamic play offered on the left side (I think his best side) plus the interlinking with Gaston, Diego, and Fernando was tree-mendous! I'm not sure I want to offer up any more than that - in many ways his superb play left me speechless!
Case - Fanendo Adi
I mean you have to say, Adi, he won the game for Portland. He changed the momentum in the middle of the 2nd half and put the team on his back. Everyone was doing fine up until that point, but he ran Seattle through the dirt in the short period. He was having an issue most of the game finishing but when he needed he had it.
Kevin - Gaston Fernandez
I am torn between Nagbe and Fernandez. Adi scored a brace yes but Nagbe bagged his first goal of the season and added quite the assist to it too. I think Nagbe was the best player on the pitch and should be MOTM.
But I'm voting La Gata because he might have had his best game in a Timbers uniform. Not only aesthetically pleasing but he created 5 chances. And the aesthetic part? He downright molested Seattle players with his nutmegs, back heels, and just dirty, filthy, R-rated passing.
Will - Darlington Nagbe
Nagbe is always going to produce a few of his patented dazzling runs through the midfield, which are wonderful by themselves, but when he can marry them to actual, statistical production then look out. Nagbe scored the first goal, assisted on the game-winner, and just generally terrorized the Seattle midfield. Plus, just look at his passing chart. Unreal.
Chris R. - Darlington Nagbe
Darlington Nagbe - He scored a nice goal, which, as Caleb Porter noted postgame, provides a ray of hope that Nagbe can start to get himself on the scoresheet with greater consistency. But most impressive was Nagbe's ruthless efficiency in midfield, creating four chances and only misplacing two passes. With a lot of attacking options on the field and only one ball, the non-Valeri Timbers attackers need to be efficient to make an impact with limited opportunities. Nagbe's efficient outing on Sunday, therefore, is exactly the kind of performance the Timbers need from him.
Ryan - Gaston Fernandez
Three out of the four at the top were absolute class on Sunday. Diego Valeri was uncharacteristically off but it didn't matter. Fernandez and Nagbe more than made up for it. Nagbe is 1a and Gaston is 1b for my MOTM. Gaston was right behind Adi to receive his one touch lay offs and made decisive runs to pull defenders away from the ball. He may have not have collected assist or a goal but his movement as a deep laying striker helped Adi be affective and thus kick started the offense.
Who do you have as MOTM?