The Portland Timbers were fighting for their playoff lives throughout all of October, and they pushed past all the pressure to put forth a remarkable string of results.
The Timbers enjoyed quite an October, overcoming an early setback vs. Sporting Kansas City to win three straight games at the end of the regular season. They then won a fourth consecutive match by edging Sporting KC in a memorable and intense penalty kick shootout that went to 11 rounds in the opening stage of the postseason.
That 4-1 record, which included a 5-2 victory over the LA Galaxy and 4-1 triumph over the Colorado Rapids in the season finale, won the Timbers SBI’s MLS Team of the Month award. The Cascadia club is still currently in the hunt for the MLS Cup, even on terms with the Vancouver Whitecaps after a scoreless first leg in the Western Conference semifinals.
Other teams who made cases for winning the October award were the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas. The Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield while going 4-1, and FC Dallas compiled a 4-0-1 record that was impressive but did not yield the regular-season crown.
What do you think about the Timbers winning SBI’s Team of the Month award? How impressed were you with their performances? Should it have been FC Dallas because of its better record or the Red Bulls because they won the Supporters’ Shield?
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