Ryan Pore Is a Poor Man’s Steven Gerrard

On a rain drenched turf at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon, it's a 0-0 game between the Portland Timbers and Carolina Railhawks. Although dominating for most of the game, the Timbers have yet to break-through.

Then, in the fifty-eighth minute, an opening presents itself. Ryan Pore sprints down the left side of the pitch to a patch of open space fifteen yards in front of the Railhawk's goal.

Bright Dike, a Timber's forward, slips through a pass to the sprinting Pore. He has the ball and a clear shot at goal.

At a time when many players, given that amount of space and time, will choke and pull the ball up and shoot right at the keeper, Pore calmly takes aim and rocks a bullet into the left side of the goal.

Ryan Pore is never the fastest guy on the pitch.

Nor is he the quickest.

Other players possess a more deft touch.

What Ryan Pore possesses is the inexplicable ability to consistently be in the right place...

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