Caleb Porter tried on Wednesday night. He tried hard.
For eight-and-a-half minutes of his ten-minute press conference Porter qualified every bit of praise. He found every nit that there was to pick. He insisted that he still wanted more out of his team — more fitness, more goalscoring, more sharpness on the ball, more defensive discipline.
Welcome to the first edition of the Timber Cruise, a forest-level survey of the Timbers most recent game, this week their Preseason Tournament opener against Real Salt Lake.
The Timbers' priorities shift ever-so-gradually over the course of the preseason. In the first games in Tucson, the focus is fitness.