The Timbers are stuck, trapped in a second gear of mediocrity that threatens to swallow our season. We aren’t terrible - have a look at possession and defensive statistics and you’ll see - but we aren’t all that good either. Everyone is pointing the finger at Kris Boyd, and he deserves a chunk of the blame, but not all of it. Where has Nagbe been for the past month? If anyone has seen him, we’d appreciate a call. Mike Fucito has had limited chances to get into the lineup, but hasn’t exactly caught the world on fire in those minutes either.
We need to shuffle some things, and shuffling always involves risk. We want to add an offensive dimension without sacrificing what we have done well lately - holding possession and reducing opponents’ goalscoring chances. Here’s how I think we can do that:
1. Start Zizzo and Alexander on the Wings
As dreadful as our finishing has been this season, I don’t agree with those calling for the strikers’ heads. There have not been that many quality cr...