PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland Timbers supervisor Gio Savarese stated his facet was “fantastic” in the primary leg of the Western Convention finals in opposition to Sporting Kansas City, whilst Portland was held to a Zero-Zero draw.
The Timbers outshot SKC 14-9 and had a 6-1 edge in phrases of photographs on purpose. Portland even managed to hit the woodwork on Jorge Villafana’s sixth minute effort, however could not discover a well past goalkeeper Tim Melia and the remainder of the SKC protection.
“They battled the complete match, they put their hearts in,” Savarese stated concerning the Timbers. “We confirmed high quality, we saved the ball, we created possibilities. One, I even jumped after we hit the put up. I assumed it was in. However in the present day it did not need to go in.”
The Timbers had been particularly dominant in the primary half, and got here shut to scoring on a number of alternatives.
“We had been ready to strain them fast, we created loads of issues, we created good possibilities, however in some moments perhaps we wanted an additional participant coming contained in the field,” Savarese stated. “In some moments perhaps the cross may have come in extra decrease than greater, so simply little issues that perhaps may have been a bit bit higher that we’ll look into it after which we’ll plan accordingly for Thursday which might be one other very troublesome recreation.”
Within the second half, the guests utilized extra strain, and Johnny Russell had a transparent have a look at purpose, solely to hearth his 47th minute effort over the bar. The Timbers’ David Guzman later had an obvious purpose dominated out for offside. Savarese indicated that solely small tweaks to the assault are wanted forward of the second leg on Thursday in Kansas City.
“We now have to consider perhaps some actions, perhaps some issues extra that we are able to do,” he stated. “Only for instance, there was a cross in the second half that Jeremy [Ebobisse] jumped however perhaps there was no person in the second put up entering into that house. So little issues we are able to analyze, however general the blokes carried out very properly, and it simply was a bit bit unfortunate for us not to discover a purpose.”
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The Timbers suffered a blow in the 19th minute when center-back Larrys Mabiala suffered a decrease leg damage. Savarese did not need to speculate on the severity of the issue although he did say that the defender was being evaluated by medical doctors. Invoice Tuiloma performed in Mabiala’s stead and acquitted himself properly over the course of the match.
“I assumed [Tuiloma] got here in with the proper mentality, did the whole lot the proper means, and sadly virtually may have had a purpose proper there, nice save by [SKC keeper Tim] Melia,” Savarese stated. “However I assumed he performed very, very properly.”
Savarese was requested what sort of strain the result places on his crew on condition that it did not win at residence, however the Portland supervisor said that he would not have a look at Thursday’s second leg in these phrases.
“We now have to go there with the mentality that it’s one recreation, like it’s in the common season,” he stated. “And we’ve got to go there to strive get a win. Put together the plan, put together the gamers to guarantee that we’re there, get well the blokes that in the present day weren’t accessible, after which guarantee that we go there to win.”