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Monday, March 19, 2012

Spenny Makes The Call, And Portland Gets The Point

Posted by Brian Gjurgevich on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Say, Timbers coach John Spencer—why'd you decide to put Darlington Nagbe in at forward?

In a remarkable bit of timing, both Spencer and Nagbe gave equally compelling answers to that question on Saturday, as Nagbe scored a second-half equalizer during Portland's 1-1 draw at FC Dallas. Nagbe answered with his feet, showing precisely why he should be playing alongside Kris Boyd at forward for the Timbers: Portland's first-ever SuperDraft pick came off the bench at halftime and scored in the 51st minute after pressuring Hoops keeper Kevin Hartman into a downright awful popped-up clearance, which led to an even-worse touch by midfielder Daniel Hernandez. Nagbe took full advantage of the bad (if you're Dallas) bounce and knocked a sliding right-footer past the closing keeper, sending Spencer into his couldn't-have-timed-it-better color commentary.

Spencer, meanwhile, answered with his unfiltered reaction, proving once again that handing the fiery Scottish skipper any sort of voice-amplifying instrument is never a bad idea.

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