Mr. pdxscoob was on hand for the Portland Timbers' matches against the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders, and shot some photos that he has shared with us today. Check them out below.
Sorry these are a bit late. Had a bit of computer trouble but once I threw it against the wall it began to behave.
Time for some housekeeping.
It came out late last week that teams from Major League Soccer will be entering into the 2016 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during competition's fourth round on Wednesday, July 15th.
With a number of players sure to be gone for the Copa America Centenario from June 3rd to 26th, the first round of MLS matches will certainly be missing some first team players.
The Portland Timbers won their first preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, logging a 2-1 win in Tucson over the Seattle Sounders. And coming off a strong first-half performance against the Houston Dynamo earlier in the week, a dominant performance by the Timbers starters came as little surprise on Saturday.
The Portland Timbers went with their first team side for the first sixty minutes of tonight's match against the Seattle Sounders, but it was the second unit that produced the fireworks, scoring twice in the final half hour of the match to get the win.
For much of the first half the Timbers were in control, generating chance after chance but failing to find the back of the net with any of them.
The Portland Timbers' preseason continues tonight as the team takes on their arch-rivals, the Seattle Sounders, in their third match of 2016. There has never been a match between the Timbers and Sounders that has failed to capture the enmity between the two sides, so expect a bit of a spark in this one, no matter how far away the regular season might be.
The Portland Timbers are back in preseason action today, taking on their hated rivals, the Seattle Sounders. Like the Timbers, the Sounders have strived to keep the core of their side intact over the offseason, but have made a few significant changes along the way.
The match will mark the fourth time that the two sides have met in the preseason since the Timbers joined MLS, starting with 2011's Cascadia Summit.
The Portland Timbers don't play again until tomorrow, but you can still get a little bit of that Timbers flavor from tonight's match between the United States Men's National Team and the Canadian Men's National. With Darlington Nagbe, one of only four remaining 2011 Timbers with the side, and Will Johnson, the Timbers' captain until he was traded to Toronto FC over the offseason, both likely to see the pitch, this one is a must see.
Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 1-1 preseason draw with the Houston Dynamo in Tucson, the Timbers' transfer of George Fochive, and U.S. Soccer's preemptive lawsuit against the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association.
And mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16th, and 7:00 p.
It's easy to read too much into 45 minutes of February soccer at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson.
But for the half that they played on Wednesday evening, a not-quite-first-choice Portland Timbers side looked good.
Okay, pretty good.
Here are three questions from the Timbers' 1-1 draw with the Dynamo:
With a different XI playing in each half of today's friendly against the Houston Dynamo, it is no surprise that the Timbers were not able to hang on to their early 1-0 lead, eventually tying the Dynamo 1-1 at the end of regulation. Following a strong first half from the Timbers' first-choice XI, the youngsters deployed in the second half struggled against a more experienced Dynamo.
It is finally time! The Portland Timbers have their second preseason match of the year today, but this time we will be able to watch it!
The Timbers are set to take on the Houston Dynamo today at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. The match will be the Timbers' first of three against MLS opposition in Tucson this year.
New Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons continued putting his stamp on the remade side over the 2015-16 offseason today as the team brought in his former player with the Washington Spirit, defender Katherine Reynolds, and sending defender Alyssa Kleiner to the Spirit in return.
Australian defender Clare Polkinghorne was also waived by the Thorns today, reportedly due to Australia's probable qualification for the Olympics.
A club source tells Stumptown Footy that the Portland Timbers have transferred holding midfielder George Fochive to Danish side Viborg FF for an undisclosed fee. While a portion of the selling price will go to MLS, word around the club is that the Timbers will receive approximately $100,000 in allocation money as a result of Fochive's transfer.
Well, you didn't get to watch the Portland Timbers lose to USL PDL side FC Tucson to open the preseason, but you can still see one Timbers player in action today: Darlington Nagbe and the United States Men's National Team take on Iceland today at 12:45 p.m. on ESPN2 in an international friendly.
Now, Nagbe is not in the USMNT starting XI, so you might have to wait a little bit to see him on the pitch.
After a week of training at their Beaverton practice facility, the Portland Timbers have headed to Tucson, AZ and are set to play their first game of the 2016 preseason: a closed match against hosting club FC Tucson.
Unfortunately, the match will not be streamed and isn't open to the public, so following along is going to take a whole lot of guesswork, some Twitter-scouring, and a healthy imagination.