The well-oiled machine that is the Portland Timbers are currently riding a franchise-best, six-game unbeaten streak. That number can be pushed to seven with a positive result over the New England Revolution in Week 10.
A statement was delivered in Sporting Park last Saturday. Confidence is brewing in Portland following an impressive 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City.
That “swagger”—I believe that’s the vernacular the kids use these days—emanated from head coach Caleb Porter following the match:
I think it tells us that we can go into any game against any team, home or away, and play our identity and not hope to win but expect to win...If we perform like we did tonight, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.
Now, some will argue that Portland's unbeaten streak is already over.
Atticus—an eight-year-old diagnosed with cancer last fall—lived out his dream of playing in the professional ranks thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
His youth team—the Green Machine—defeated the Timbers 10-9 before a crowd of 3,000 at JELD-WEN Field Wednesday afternoon. Jack Jewsbury, Darlington Nagbe, Will Johnson and other Timbers favorites took the field to square off against Atticus. But in the end, the Green Machine proved to be too much.
Atticus’ quadruple—including the game-winner—caught the eye of some of his hometown heroes. He swapped jerseys with Johnson following the match. It truly is a must-see image.
The Timbers will look to rebound against much tougher competition Thursday night and push their “MLS unbeaten streak” to seven.