Miami FC 0-3 Portland Timbers: Post Match Thoughts.
Once again, I was lucky and honored enough to provide the match commentary on USL Live.com alongside the voice of Miami FC, Augusto Blacker. But truthfully, my skills as a color analyst were tested in this match as Miami FC’s good run of form went out the window and Portland continued its fight to win the Commisioners Cup (and a first round playoff bye) with a convincing 3-0 win over the Blues.
Miami FC was terrible from the word go. Paulo Jr. continued his fine play since coming to USL from Brazil, but the rest of the Miami FC attack was dysfunctional. An early injury to Zach Kirby forced Chris Williams into action and the Blues lost their shape at the back. Johnny Pulido sitting right in front of the back four did not have one of his better game breaking up plays and helping to stimulate the counter attack.
Keith Savage, whose dad Bruce, played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL and the USMNT was outstanding in the Timbers midfield. Steve Cronin was hardly tested in goal and Portland got expansive play down the flanks beginning around the 15th minute and continued to exploit the Blues weakness defensively until the end of the match. Also exemplary for Portland was David Hayes whose distribution from the back provided a key to the match for the Timbers.
A poor game to say the least from Miami FC. The Blues still reside in a playoff position as of now in the USL-1 table, but with lots of football left to be played and Montreal, Vancouver and Minnesota all behind the Blues with arguably better talent, Miami FC must avoid dropping any more points at home. This perfomance was shocking after the Blues had played well in every league match for over a month.
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