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Sunday, August 19, 2001

Playoff Update
How I hate having to watch other club's results and the effect that has on the Timbers, but some unhelpful results this weekend.
Pittsburgh picked up 4 points at home to Rochester, who also failed on the road today at Montreal. Connecticut (probably too late for them as they have some tough games against Hershey and Rochester to finish the season) beat Milwaukee (six of one, half a dozen of the other on that one!), Charlotte beat Richmond and San Diego beat Vancouver. All those results boost teams that will be probably be fighting for those wild card playoff places with the Timbers. I’m sticking my neck out and saying that the Timbers need 59 points minimum. That would mean 17 from their remaining games letting them drop one game and split another (bonus points not included). It’s going to be tough. Beating a Minnesota side buoyed after their thrashing of the Liberian national side, but coming off a game in Seattle on Monday. Then 2 home games against in-form Central Conference teams Charleston and Charlotte. Then, Milwaukee at home and finishing with 2 tough road games in San Diego and El Paso. Lose another game and end up with 55 points and it’s going to be very tight. It might only get the Timbers 5th place in the Western and mean we lose out to Charlotte, Nashville, and Seattle for the wild card places.

It could all come down to a really exciting last weekend. Picture Pittsburgh and Montreal battling it out in the North, Seattle and Vancouver playing twice in 2 days, Nashville at Charleston and Atlanta at Charlotte in the Central and of course the Timbers at San Diego and El Paso!

posted by the timberlog at 4:28 PM



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