The Timbers Army sings a chant, "Let it rain. Let it pour. Let the Portland Timbers score. Nah-nah-nah-nah, nah-nah-nah, nah-nah." Well it rained and the Timbers certainly found the back of the net - six times, in fact - as they defeated Alpha United, 6-0, in a CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) group stage match at Providence Park. Six goals equals lots of chainsaw, smoke and saw dust, and tonight and there was plenty of it all on social media.
Compared to the weather for the match against Vancouver last weekend, tonight gave us the first taste of Fall in the Rose City. And it may have been a school night, but c'mon, it's CCL.
It was cool and damp, but you could feel something special in the air hanging over Providence Park. MLSsoccer.com writer Dan Itel went so far as to call his shot pre-game.
I'm calling a Jack Jewsbury goal. #PORvALU— Dan Itel (@dan_itel) September 24, 2014
Well, Dan. You nailed it. Portland's six goals came from five different goal-scorers, starting with, of course, Jack Jewsbury.
Feed La Gata #rctid— Dean Tracy (@Dean_Tracy) September 24, 2014
The Timbers produced a four-goal second half, including a brace from defender Norberto Paparatto. Yep, two goals from a center back. It was that kind of night.
Well, it worked for Dan Itel in pre-game, so Oregonian beat writer Jamie Goldberg decided to make a prediction herself.
I feel like I would really like to see Michael Nanchoff score a goal #RCTID— Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) September 24, 2014
And wouldn't you know it. This game is fun.
Fanendo Adi, who scored two goals of his own against Whitecaps FC, got in on the goal-scoring action as well; this was goal No. 5 on the night. Like a boss.
Wow, Fanendo Adi, what an absolute monster. That looked like Shaq posting up against a point guard. Unstoppable. #RCTID— Jake Zivin (@JakeZivin) September 24, 2014
Now that's using your noggin, Pappa.
(Em)brace the Pappa. #RCTID— Sean Rea (@seanrea) September 24, 2014
And a suprise guest joined Timber Joey to cut log slab No. 6 on the night.
A log slab for each goal scored and there was enough of Timber Joey's log left to cut a slab for goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, making his first start of the season, for the clean sheet.
So...7 slabs tonight! That's a good night. #rctid— Ray Marcham (@rmarcham) September 24, 2014
When it was all said and done, Tetris.