Friday, July 18, 2008


Good thing tonight's match is an 8 p.m. ET kick, because at the moment the heat and humidity is off the charts. Maybe it was because I had a long workout in the hotel "fitness center" (very loose description), but I wanted to stop and rest halfway from the locker room to the "press box" (also a very generous term to describe the broadcast location here at the Silverbacks' grounds).

It's hard to know which Portland team will take the field tonight - the talented, efficient bunch who won here recently or the slow starting crew that fell at home to Puerto Rico. My money is on the former, now that Jamil Walker has had some time to acclimate and after Brad Knighton and the backline were so on form versus Tigres. Let's hope so, especially with another overnight bus trip on tap post-match.

I'm guessing there is a fairly elaborate strategy session and team talk taking place in the locker room since we arrived here at the stadium two hours before kickoff and well ahead of most Silverbacks' game personnel. Also, it's just too uncomfortable outside to spend too much time on the pitch. These conditions give a whole new meaning to the term "warm-up".

Until kickoff, cheers!

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