Portland's offense has been shut out for five straight halves
April 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
It's been a long time since the Portland Timbers lit up a crowd with a goal of their own.
They've still managed to win a game, but only with the help of an opponent scoring on itself.
It's been an even longer time since the Timbers scored at home, all of which will be in the air Tuesday as No Pity City begins its eighth episode live at 8:30 p.m. from the Bulldog Tavern in Southwest Portland.
The Timbers play host to as Columbus Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Portland, which lost 2-0 at Montreal Saturday, enters at 2-5-1, 7 points, while Columbus, which lost 1-0 at home to Vancouver Saturday, enters at 2-4-1, 7 points.
Both Columbus and Portland have a goal differential of -4, although in Portland the Timbers are +1 in four games. In their last outing, though, their score came off an own goal from Sporting Kansas City in a 1-0 win. The Timbers scored just once in their previous home game - in the first half of a 2-1 loss to Chivas USA. So, Portland hasn't scored at home in five three halves and hasn't scored overall in five halves since a first-half tally at Los Angeles, April 14.
Portland has scored just eight goals this season, which, interestingly, puts it at or ahead of eight other teams in MLS.
Kris Boyd and Darlington Nagbe lead the team in scoring with three goals each.
Tune into this page for the live webcast, and sign on to the chat room to converse with co-hosts Cliff Pfenning and Mike Donovan. Or show up at the Bulldog Tavern to be a guest on the show.
NO PITY CITY: Tonight the cast talks about Portland's scoring drama
April 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Maybe it is the players on the field, but the Timbers Army seems to be having quite an affect on games this season at Jeld-Wen Field.
In three games, the Portland Timbers have scored six goals, with all of them into the North goal - the net directy in front of the Timbers Army.
It's not a situation for coach John Spencer or other older players such as team captain Jack Jewsbury, who view it as a coincidence, but younger players such as Darlington Nagbe, who's scored twice in that direction, and Jean Andrew-Baptiste, who's scored once, have noticed it.
"Yes, some of us have noticed it," Nagbe said after the Timbers lost 2-1 to Chivas USA Saturday. "It seems like there's more energy going that way and that plays a role in the game."
The Army seems to have had an affect on opposing teams, too, as both goals Chivas USA scored were into the North net.
Of the 12 goals scored this season in three games at Jeld-Wen, nine have been to the North.
Portland's role on the field got an answer Monday as the Timbers brought in defender Brett Evans for a trial after back Lovel Palmer got outpaced for a pair of crosses that turned into assists Saturday.
The Army and Palmer will be key points of discussion tonight during the weekly episode of No Pity City, which begins live on oregonsports.com at 8:30 p.m. from the Bulldog Tavern in Southwest Portland. The episode can be viewed on this page with viewers able to chat live with hosts Cliff Pfenning and Mike Donovan. Live video from your Android device on Ustream