Spencer hasn't gotten over L.A. loss
Monday's training session at Jeld-Wen Field was as lighthearted as any soccer practice you are likely to attend. The Portland Timbers had two energetic games of monkey in the middle going. The players who were left in the middle by game's end supposedly had to buy coffee and bagels for the coaching staff.
That does not mean coach John Spencer has fully gotten over the 3-0 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.
'I wouldn't say completely moved on,' Spencer says. ' As a coaching staff, we're going to sit and analyze. I watched the game late Saturday evening, and it still haunts me the fact that we gave up two goals in quick succession again. We don't want to get a tag or a stigma around the league that we're soft to play against: 'If you score one you can score four against this team.' '
Next up for the 2-3-1 Timbers is 4-0-0 Real Salt Lake, which visits Portland for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday match.
• Spencer still has not quite let go of two calls that ended up putting L.A. goals in the back of the net, either. The first came in the fourth minute, when the Galaxy's Chad Barrett may have gotten away with a handball. The second came in the eighth minute, when Landon Donovan was awarded a penalty kick after becoming tangled up with Rodney Wallace.
'A couple of very important decisions went against us,' Spencer says. 'The first goal, I'm not griping, but it hits his arm. It hits his bicep and then on his shoulder and then he scores. Then the penalty, the contact on the outside. If you look at the penalty and you give that decision, you have to look at every corner kick in every game because people are doing a lot more grappling than that. So, it's two important decisions that went against us in crucial times of the game.'