PORTLAND - Who doesn t want a passionate owner who speaks (or tweets) his mind? Most owners hide behind, or make their comments through, the teams media relations staff.
Owners usually say very little, or they don t say anything. Which is kind of like another owner in this city who will remain nameless. (He s the co-founder of Microsoft if you needed a hint.)
Merritt Paulson did it after a putrid loss in Dallas last year, he used profanity on camera when talking about a questionable call in a loss to the L.A. Galaxy last month, and he did it again last Saturday following the Timbers 2-0 loss to expansionist Montreal.
Paulson used his social media platform to blame the mounting losses on, not a lack of talent, but other issues.
You know who doesn t want a passionate owner who speaks his mind? The guy who coaches the team.
You d have to ask him, Timbers coach John Spencer said of Paulson s discontent, his head pointing to the sky where the owner's office is located above the playing surface at Jeld-Wen Field. He s the owner, he can say what he wants, because he pays for everything we do.
Right now, the Timbers aren t doing much. They ve won just twice in their first eight matches of 2012.
Throw in a draw and the team has registered five out of a possible 24-points this season. Now Goalkeeper Troy Perkins could be lost for a game or two or more. He sustained a facial laceration, severe enough, that he is scheduled to meet with a plastic surgeon this week, and a concussion hasn t been ruled out.
Spencer wanted a red-card on the play, which saw Perkins take a face full of spikes while sliding to make a save attempt. No red-card was awarded.
Nothing comes easily for this team.
This is not what we set out to do at the beginning of the season, said Spencer.
It s a long season, with plenty of games to be played (26 to be exact,) but the rest of the Western Conference isn t waiting around for the Timbers to get their act together.
For me, I know there s quality here, we have to change the results, Spencer added.
When asked how he can jump-start his struggling unit, Spencer referred to practice. That s why we train, we re trying to (get) this right and keep our spirits high, keep our confidence high. While trying desperately to keep their owner off Twitter!