There’s a few storylines going into this weekend’s matchup with the New England Revolution. Will Vytas “Not going to look up the spelling” finally get back into the lineup? Can the team rebound from their away loss to Columbus? What will the impact of a returning Darlington Nagbe and David Guzman be?
Then of course there’s the one of Fanendo Adi’s pursuit of the all-time leading scorer in club history. He tied former record holder John Bain last week, which harkens back to the Timbers NASL days, so when he finally breaks through it will be a major moment for all involved.
A story just as big, if not bigger, has been Adi’s journey to this point. From growing up in Nigeria, to playing in Denmark, to accepting the Timbers offer to come to Portland, it’s been a great story. One I can’t do justice here, but the Timbers captured from the man himself.
What we’re seeing here with Adi is something Timbers fans will be talking about for generations. At only 26-years-old there is a lot more to come for the Nigerian. Timbers Head Coach Caleb Porter spoke about what Adi means not only to the current club, but the club’s history and future, earlier this week.
Adi is a real joy to watch on the pitch. His size and strength make him an imposing force up front, but it’s his intelligence that sets him apart from his peers. His positioning and ability to out-think defenders is impressive to say the least. It’s almost not far when he has the ball against two defenders and the keeper.
For selfish reasons I hope he breaks the record this Sunday at Providence Park, as I will be in attendance. However, it will be great no matter when and where it occurs. I am also looking forward to many more years of watching Adi in a Timbers uniform. I have a feeling by the time he is done in Portland, it will take a Herculean effort to equal his tenure with the club.