Study Guide

PTFC Study Guide: Timbers vs. Dynamo 3.18.17

Jeremiah and I rewatch each game moment by moment. I do player ratings, a simple tally of good plays (+2, +1) vs. bad plays (-1,-2). There is a lengthy explanation of methodology here.  Jeremiah GIFs 30-40 big moments in the game and posts them on here at PTFCollective, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


We wanted to cut down on the number of GIFs posted just so folks don’t get bored. The full gif set will be available on at PTFCollective, Reddit and Instagram.

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1. Valeri’s PK

2. Gleeson’s save

3. Guzman’s disbelief

4. Chara’s shot

5. Valentin’s cross and Valeri’s header goal

6. Powell poppin’

7. Guzman channeling the ghost of WJ

8. Guzman’s goal

9. Blanco’s rip from 30 yards out

10. Adi’s goal

Player Ratings vs Dynamo

Darlington Nagbe 15.00 8.00 4.00 3.00
Diego Chara 14.00 7.00 4.00 3.00
David Guzman 13.00 5.00 3.00 5.00
Roy Miller 12.00 3.00 1.00 8.00
Zarek Valentin 7.00 2.00 2.00 3.00
Fanendo Adi 4.00 2.00 2.00 0
Diego Valeri 1.00 1.00 0 0
Sebastian Blanco 0 0 1.00 -1.00
Larry Olum -1.00 -1.00 0 0
Alvas Powell -8.00 -8.00 2.00 -2.00


Darlington Nagbe 31.00 18.00 9.00 4.00
Fanendo Adi 26.00 13.00 12.00 1.00
David Guzman 19.00 14.00 1.00 4.00
Sebastian Blanco 16.00 7.00 5.00 4.00
Roy Miller 15.00 2.00 1.00 12.00
Diego Chara 15.00 13.00 2.00 0
Diego Valeri 14.00 6.00 7.00 1.00
Zarek Valentin 7.00 2.00 2.00 3.00
Marco Farfan 6.00 4.00 0 2.00
Vytas 4.00 6.00 -1.00 -1.00
Darren Mattocks 1.00 0 1.00 0
Liam Ridgewell -1.00 -2.00 2.00 -1.00
Larry Olum -1.00 1.00 -2.00 0
Dairon Asprilla -1.00 2.00 -1.00 -2.00
Alvas Powell -17.00 -16.00 3.00 -4.00



1st Half

0:18 – Just once…I want PTFC’s first shot of the match to go in

I want that for you.

3:30 – Around half time I tweeted that this backline reminded me of ‘14’s back line.  I take it back.  I was caught up in the moment after HOU scored their second goal.

4:50 – Wonder how that corner would have turned out if Powell had let Adi head it

6:25 – Did Guzman do a stepover headed away from goal. Yes he did.

6:30 – Currently 8 PTFC players on the attack.  Only Valentin, Olum, and Miller back.

6:38 – Powell slipped a few times and a HOU player or two as well…was it Powell’s ankle giving him problems or was it just a lil slippery?

7:10- This a good foul from Valentin. He’s hugging the box, it’s a breakaway and he only needs to slow him down before Chara has coverage. If he plays it loose, Cubo has a choice of two runs with Miller’s back turned.

7:21 – Huge snot hanger hanging from Valentin’s nose.  He doesn’t care.

8:00 – Is Torres 18 or 38?

9:44 – Chapman is a cross between Mr. Clean and T-1000

10:37- Valeri is locked in. I have a ton of photos of him just standing there because there was some weird kind of serenity and strength in him.

12:15 – PTFC’s midfield defense is a group of annoying mosquitoes

14:59 – It didn’t come off but Adi kisses the ball like the ball has always wanted to be kissed.

16:00 – Foreshadowing things to come, Chapman asks Quioto if he wants a YC for talking to him

18:52 – I mean… Adi’s hold up play is CRAZY

But he’s so lazy!

19:14- I have never seen Nagbe get his pocket picked like that before.

Wanted to GIF it, but didn’t want any proof it existed.

23:09- The last few games my ratings have been killing Powell. But man, I’m not seeing any evidence that he doesn’t deserve it.

It’s ok to admit you hate him.

25:00 – During halftime, there was a mini shit-storm on Twitter about how bad Chapman was.  I didn’t really see anything to get that fired up about, but man, people weren’t happy.

25:30 – Happy to give Powell my first positive defensive mark.

26:06 – Wow Guzman just ate a man for lunch.

27:33 – Guzman might extend Chara’s career by 18-24 months

29:50 – PTFC just had possession of the ball for 2+ minutes.

39:00 – Last YC blanco earns all season?


40:19 – If you have it GIF’ed, watch just Valeri here. He just glides.

43:24 – Brospheno, I like Roy Miller.

46:35 – PTFC had two defenders back.  Hard to stop a counter with just two CBs.


2nd Half

46:11 – Chara so incisive with his midfield passes

48:00 – Super sloppy first three min

48:30 – HOU parking that bus early.  8 in their defensive third.

54:56 – When POR is in control in the attacking third, the ball just sticks to our feet.

56:01 – You all wanted selfish Nagbe.

62:03 – Constant infringement should pertain to multiple players, such as Nagbe and Valeri.  If the teams is constantly grabbing/fouling two or three players, give a YC.

65:13 – Heard the announcer say “Miller flying in for the header” more than a few times

67:31- Are you shitting me with that pass Chara? 🙂

68:37 – Thoughts on Valeri taking the corner while Leonardo was sitting just out of bounds near the goal?

Fuck’em all.

That’s why I like you.  You’re so caring.

70:55 – Ever since I found out that possession is measured in # of passes, not actual time with the ball, I’ve wanted to know what actual possession time # was.

76:44- So much negativity about Valentin but I have a good score for him. I’d keep in mind the scores are pretty inflated this week. We were pretty dominant.

Scores are pretty inflated…except Powell’s.  Hmmmmmm…

77:06 – Am I the only one hoping for a CP goatee again?  I feel like he’s feistier with it.

83:06 – The only reason I’m looking forward to PTFC losing their first match of the season is so I can read all the people overreact about how shit the team is.

87:15 – Best part of Adi’s goal was when he went and hugged two fans


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