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May 22, 2018 12:01 UTC
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Timbers cement quality in 2-1 victory over LAFC

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If you were starting to worry that the Timbers didn't play exciting soccer anymore, you can toss all your cares aside, as they delivered their most entertaining performance of the year on Saturday. On top of that, they cemented themselves as a top-level MLS team by extending their win streak to five matches.

Around the Forest: USMNT names 22-man Roster for Bolivia Friendly

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Also: BWP does a number on ATLUD, Thorns grind out a road win, Fire drop another one and more!


Thorns FC back to the grind to snare three points against Washington | Portland Timbers
It didn't feature the oft-oppressing attacking displays we'd seen against Orlando, Seattle and Utah, but Portland Thorns FC's Saturday visit to the Washington Spirit was also devoid of the slips the defending NWSL champions had experienced in each of those recent matches.

Six Degrees: A Game of Firsts

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Portland 2, LAFC 1

There were a whole lot of firsts in Saturday's 2-1 victory over LAFC. Let's go through them one-by-one.

1) The game's first first? Our first real look at Julio Cascante. It wasn't the first appearance in a Timbers uniform for the 24-year old Costa Rican, but those three minutes of mop-up action in Chicago?

Recap: Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 1-0 on the road

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Portland snapped their five-game winless streak today with a 1-0 win against the Washington Spirit. The game saw a mostly listless offensive performance by the Thorns, punctuated by Ellie Carpenter's first goal in a Thorns jersey late in the second half.

The Thorns fielded a lineup close to their best XI this week, but with a new shape: a 4-2-1-3 with Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Meghan Klingenberg starting on the back line, Andressinha and Lindsey Horan in the double pivot, Christine Sinclair in the number ten role, Tobin Heath and Midge Purce on the wings, and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic at striker.

Perfect at Providence Park; Portland Timbers Beat Los Angeles FC 2-1

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The Portland Timbers extended their winning streak to five straight matches today as they took down expansion side Los Angeles FC 2-1. Both Cristhian Paredes and Samuel Armenteros opened their scoring accounts in the Timbers win.

From the outset, the game played out like a chess match. With both sides switching between creating through possession and looking to draw out their opponents to hit on the counter, there was rarely a moment to breathe for either.

Portland Thorns at Washington Spirit: Preview, How to Watch, Match Thread [04:00]

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The Portland Thorns hit the road to take on another underachieving team, the Washington Spirit. After three games in a seven days in which the Thorns failed to collect a win the team is outside the playoff spots and hungry for a win. AD Franch and Hayley Raso remain unavailable for selection but Emily Menges is expected to go 60 minutes in her second game of the season.

Coverage Hub: Portland Thorns at Washington Spirit

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Portland heads across the country to take on the talented but underperforming Washington Spirit, who have no goals in their last two games despite featuring some of the top young American attacking talent. Mallory Pugh has only two shots in her last two games. Portland are only missing AD Franch and Hayley Raso from their preferred first XI but keep making defensive mistakes to give away results.

Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles FC: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [12:00]

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Today's match between the Portland Timbers and expansion side Los Angeles FC is an early one, but that makes it no less exciting as the Timbers put their four game winning streak and 279 minute shutout steak on the line against one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference.

While the Timbers are still working their way up the rankings after a slow start to the season, LAFC have been comfortable contenders in the West since their first MLS match, a 1-0 road win against the Seattle Sounders.

Portland Timbers vs LAFC: Coverage Hub

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The Portland Timbers will try to defend their perfect home record as MLS newcomers Los Angeles Football Club come to town. LAFC are in the midst of a record start for an expansion side, including an impressive 4-2-0 away record, but have shown they can be vulnerable defensively on a bad night.

Will the Timbers make it five straight unbeaten, or will LAFC snap their streak?

Storylines: Portland Thorns at Washington Spirit

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The Thorns hit the road again in a quest to break their now five-game winless streak. Portland's home loss to Orlando pushed them to 2-3-3, but the Washington Spirit are 1-4-2. Both teams have been underachieving based on talent and both will be eager to get back on track as soon as possible.

Annoyingly, the Thorns played some of their best soccer all season in stretches against Orlando last Saturday, but couldn't find the finishing touch to put Orlando away after letting them go ahead on some simple giveaways.

Rose City Forecast 10: Portland Timbers vs LAFC

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Welcome to the 10th iteration of the 2018 prediction thread! We return after an always-enjoyable win over those foes just to the north, the Seattle Sounders. If you don't remember, Seattle did a magnificently ugly job of parking a bus in front of their goal for about 85 minutes and held the Portland Timbers to only one or two quality chances, which the boys in green couldn't quite finish.

Storylines: Portland Timbers v LAFC

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The new kids come to town

The Story So Far

Well, well well - would you look at that, the Portland Timbers have now won 4 in a row, a feat the club has only done twice. Thanks to the Seattle Sounders, we catapulted our way up the table to fifth place, just one point out of fourth and only two points out of second.

ATF: Could Andres Iniesta end up at Manchester City?

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Also: Tim Howard talks Rooney, How to beat ATLUD, another injury for the Sounders and more!


What the Timbers' new midfield depth means for a returning David Guzmán | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese confirmed that Saturday's choice to omit David Guzmán from his game-day roster was a coach's decision, two words that have become euphemistic, in coaching parlance.

Play The Kids: 2018 Episode 7

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FC St Pauli Special!

It's Play The Kids! And what a wonderful episode we have for you this week.

With the upcoming FC St Pauli friendly at Providence Park, we bring you an episode dedicated to the clubs and culture of the Timbers and St Pauli. We were blessed to have Shawn and Samantha, the hosts of FCSP Podcast: Fell In Love With A Girl, along with author of Pirates, Punks & Politics, Nick Davidson.

The Thorns Prediction Game: Reading the PTFC Leaves – Matchday 9

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Another home game, another warm day, another sad result. The Thorns lost 2-1 to the Orlando Pride. Nobody predicted a loss (because who would do that?) but there were still points earned. Timber Dave remains in the lead, mrdnfc holds the middle-of-the-pack position.

Honors go to WallofEmilys with four of a possible 20 points for calling two of the goals, one of them with the correct assist.