Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 4/20/12
When the Timbers lost their third straight game on April 4th to Chivas USA, things looked about as bad for the club as at any time in recent memory, not just because of their record, but because of their upcoming schedule. The two games after that loss - away at the Galaxy and home against Sporting Kansas City - looked like two of the hardest fixtures of the season, for nearly opposite reasons. LA is a side that was playing far below their potential, and was eventually going to break out. Sporting is a team playing to the limit of theirs. Despite a generally good performance in LA, with vast improvements across our defensive play in particular, we lost to two perfectly placed shots from Juninho and David Beckham. Now, we face a Kansas City side on seven wins from seven games, perfect despite having to play some of their most difficult games already - away at Real Salt Lake, the Galaxy and Vancouver. If they beat us, their reign continues to an incredible 8-game perfect streak. If w...
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