Our soccer history, tradition and people make this community special. Be it the athleticism of our players or the creativity and passion of our supporters, the Timbers are one-of-a-kind.
On or off the field, attributes like quickness, agility, vision and tempo help drive performance — ultimately, skills that all of us use every day. This set of six digital games, launching throughout the month, is developed to test these skills against our experts. Whether you have been to every match or just one, see how you stack up.
Set pieces, specifically (direct) free kicks, are one of the most critical elements of any match. They require a blend of power, accuracy and vision.
Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is one of the best in the league at scoring from set pieces. What’s his approach? “I’m mainly analyzing where the free kick is located in relation to the goal,” said Valeri. “I’m also looking at the goalkeeper to see where he is standing, while obviously looking at the wall.”