This year was a tumultuous one for the Portland Timbers.
After getting their season off to a slow start, the side never quite got rolling on the road despite their rampant home form. With the Timbers failing to get a win away from home, it would have taken a perfect record at Providence Park for this team to be a contender. The Timbers did get a team-record twelve wins at home in 2016, but it was still not enough to overcome their deficiencies while traveling.
Looking forward, the Timbers will need to make some changes. Some will be necessitated by retirements -- both Jack Jewsbury and Ned Grabavoy have announced that they are hanging up their boots -- and some due to likely transfers -- Fanendo Adi and Lucas Melano both seem probable, although for very different reasons -- but we can be sure that one way or another the side will look different by the start of next season.
So, who should the Timbers be looking to bring back for 2017?
We have an unfortunately long offseason to talk it over, but let’s start with a list. Take a look at the list below and just click on a thumbs up if you think that the player should be brought back for 2017, or a thumbs down if they should not.