Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Misfiring Timbers not helping Spencer

Portland Timbers continued their dismal MLS campaign with a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers LA Galaxy, heaping further pressure on under-fire manager John Spencer.

The result defied soccer betting tips and saw the Timbers once again fail to score a goal, continuing a theme that has been running throughout the team all season.

With the fourth worst goals record, it is clear where things have been going wrong for Portland this season, despite the club starting the campaign with great hopes from their forwards.

A lack of killer instinct in attack has been Spencer’s biggest concern, prompting him to bring in Philadelphia’s Danny Mwanga in a bid to add a spark to a struggling offensive unit.

“The good thing about it is we’re creating. The negative is we’re not taking the opportunities. In games like that, especially away from home, you’ve got to try to capitalize on the half chances or the few chances you get, and at the moment we’re not doing that,” said Spence

“I’m sick and tired of hearing the word potential. For me, potential gets you your contract, gets you on the field, then you’ve got to produce. We’ve got too many guys right now not producing to the best of their abilities.”

Kris Boyd was expected to take the MLS by storm following his arrival from Europe, but the Scot has struggled with his form since the beginning of the year and will need to soon start justifying his reportedly hefty wage.

Those that bet on soccer games will tell you that his strikers will need to start finding the back of the net on a regular basis, otherwise, it could be the end of the Glaswegian’s time in Portland.

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