One free-kick goal, one win, and presto, the Timbers leap in the Major League Soccer power rankings.
Portland (2-1-3) vaulted from No. 14 a week ago to No. 8 in Soccer America's rating and to No. 7 in bleacherreport.com's analysis. Mlssoccer.com elevated the Timbers from No. 11 up to No. 7. Goal.com was not quite as smitten, moving Portland from No. 16 only to No. 13.
Here's what mlssoccer.com said: Suddenly it's four unbeaten and "Porterball" looks very much like a winning gambit. It entails a ton of high pressure, first and foremost, and as a result the Timbers are a lock to win the possession battle every week. They're still – like everyone else – letting too many good chances slip away, however.''
Portland plays the California portion of a home-and-home series with San Jose on Sunday.
Mired at No. 19 (last) in most power rankings are the struggling Seattle Sounders (0-3-2).
What a mess. Alex Rodriguez has been linked to the alleged purchase of documents from a former employee of Biogensis of America in an attempt to destroy evidence linking him to the anti-aging clinic's distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez "flatly denied the accusation.'' To be fair, we have to give the Yankees third baseman the benefit of the doubt.
This is the sort of self-defeating blunder for which Rodriguez has become known. It's pretty much a complete annihilation of his reputation.
Advice to Alex: If it's true, stay gone. Don't come back from this injury. Put your ego on hold. Forget the Hall of Fame. Just fade away and enjoy your millions.