Merritt Paulson has never been one to shy away from sharing his opinions, and the Portland Timbers owner was in top form on Friday, going back and forth with FOX Sports analyst Alexi Lalas on Twitter regarding his list of "superclubs" in MLS.
You'll notice, of course, that Lalas' list didn't include the Timbers. And that's where Paulson came in to defend his club's credentials and question exactly what criteria Lalas was using to formulate his opinion, with the analyst responding again shortly thereafter.
Ask someone in South America or England to name a MLS team and the Timbers are on any short (5) list. Ahead on several on yours. Top 5 in ratings, attendance...— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) January 8, 2021
I could give two craps about a “superclub” listing. Not sure what the metric is other than the Alexi sniff test? 🤷
Clever but you dodged the question. Everyone is entitled to their own list in sports. Lists drive fan reactions. (And apparently owner questions occasionally in a week where I’d love to think about sports). I just want to know how you made yours.— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) January 8, 2021
Just a curious mind...
Wherever you fall on the superclub debate, we're always here for Merritt offering his two cents and spicing up the Twitter timeline. His team has some silverware, too, winning MLS Cup in 2015 and lifting the MLS is Back Tournament trophy this past season.
Does Paulson have a point? Should the Timbers have been included among Lalas' list of MLS superclubs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.