Over the course of the 2013 season the Portland Timbers recorded 15 Ties (for my British friends, that’s a ‘draw’). This led the league. By a lot. In fact, the next closest team netted 11, 36% fewer. The league average was 8, nearly half the total of my beloved Timbers. Why is this, you ask? Could it be part of the team’s mindset, part of who we are/just what we do? Play to our opponent’s level but not beyond? Well, turns out it’s right there in our name!
But that was last year, right? Well, the 2014 season is underway and the Timbers are 0-0-2, having tied both matches so far. Deja vu all over again. The name fits.