Timbers' owner tweets about a rough season

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by By Michael Berk

NWCN.com

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 7:44 PM

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!

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