Preview: Portland Timbers vs Austin Aztex | August 26

By Ben Golliver

The New Head Coach Is Unveiled.

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Timbers Aim To Keep Rolling Thursday Night Against Austin

The last time the Portland Timbers were in town, they looked to build off some positive off-the-pitch momentum. Just a few weeks (and two wins and a draw in three matches) later: mission accomplished.

Indeed, the addition of new head coach John Spencer (pictured) is starting to look like a turning point for the season. Portland looks to remain unbeaten since Spencer's hiring as they host the Austin Aztex tonight at PGE Park.

The Aztex mean business, boasting a 13-3-5 season record, good enough to have already locked down a playoff seed.  Portland has had perfectly mixed results against Austin this year: one win one draw and a loss in three meetings. The Timbers managed just two goals in those three meetings, though, and won each of their past two games 1-0. Nothing wrong with winning by the narrowest of margins — nothing at all — but surely Portland's coach Gavin Wilkinson is hoping for a more comfortable result this time around.

If you're looking for an extra incentive to attend tonight — besides the weather, which should be sunny and clear — the Timbers are honoring local legend Jimmy Conway with a testimonial match. Conway enjoyed a lengthy, high-profile playing career overseas and has been a coaching mainstay in Portland for three decades. Look for the Timbers to deliver big on what should be a special night for both Conway and the local soccer scene he has helped build.

Event information: Austin Aztex @ Portland Timbers | PGE Park | Kickoff @ 7PM | Tickets are available on Ticketmaster or at the box office.

———-Ben Golliver

Ben Golliver is a freelance writer, native Oregonian and avid follower of the Timbers.  He edits Blazersedge, co-hosts The Dontonio Wingcast and regularly contributes to SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter.

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4 Responses to Preview: Portland Timbers vs Austin Aztex | August 26

  1. Christian August 26, 2010 at 08:09 #

    Here’s hoping for a positive result tonight..

  2. emily willard August 26, 2010 at 15:35 #

    Aww my Timbers are awesome! I even went to Beulahland and watched them play their away game against Minnesota. I would make Portland and the Timber’s Army proud if I got to attend this game and event!!

  3. Christian August 27, 2010 at 13:32 #

    Well… that was disappointing. Should have gotten 3 points out of that one, especially with a 1-man advantage for the last 30 minutes of the game.

    Couple of problems I have with the Timbers currently:

    1) Nimo. I know he’s small, agile, etc. But the guy plays a wing… and I see him constantly in the middle of the field. And he can’t win a challenge. And I saw him have zero forward runs.

    2) Shots on net. Again, another 10+ shot game but how many were on frame?

    3) Pore. Playing “porely” ever since he early season great start. So many times he literally dribbled the ball out of bounds when he had zero pressure.

    • benjamingolliver August 27, 2010 at 15:46 #

      good thoughts christian.

      nimo’s play and position can be frustrating for sure. he’s absolutely at his best attacking from out wide and with plenty of touches.

      it was a frustrating night all around with the shots… especially at the end.

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