The Portland Timbers host Sporting Kansas City tomorrow night in the team's second to last home game of the 2015 MLS regular season. With both teams vying for a playoff spot and the San Jose Earthquakes lurking just below the red line and waiting to pounce on any team that falls off the pace, this match is a vital one for both teams.
The Portland Thorns might not be in it, but somehow the NWSL Championship is happening anyway and happening right here in our backyard at Providence Park. Watch the hated Seattle Reign take on somewhat less hated FC Kansas City for all the marbles tonight.
Merritt Paulson tells us that over 12,000 tickets were sold for the match as of yesterday, making this the most well attended NWSL Championship to date.
Portland Timbers' team captain Will Johnson has undergone surgery to remove a pair of screws from his tibia after several weeks of consulting with team coaches, doctors, and a third party medical team. The procedure, Johnson told the press, was a minor one, but the midfielder was unwilling to give a timeframe for his return to the pitch, saying only that he hopes to be able to return for the end of the season.
With the USL season over, Portland Timbers 2 have sent the team's leading scorer, Kharlton Belmar, on loan to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League through the end of their season.
With the NASL regular season extending into November, the Timbers should get an idea from this move just how Belmar's blazing speed and nose for goal translate to a slightly higher level of play.
Jamie and Chris are back to rehash the Portland Timbers' potentially season-saving win in Columbus, discuss whether and why the Timbers are getting the short end of the penalty stick at Providence Park, and whether Mark Parsons is a good, bad, or uninspiring hire for the Portland Thorns.
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According to a report from the Equalizer, former Washington Spirit coach Mark Parsons is set to sign with the Portland Thorns as the side's new head coach. Parsons was already being linked to the Thorns job as he stepped down from his position with the Spirit this morning.
The Thorns, who cut ties with head coach Paul Riley one week ago, have been expected to bring in a high profile signing to compliment their status as one of the most widely recognized teams in women's soccer and Parsons, who has brought Washington to the playoffs in each of the last two years, fits the bill.
The Portland Timbers put in a short recovery session today at the team's Beaverton training facility. With the starters from Saturday's 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC heading indoors early on in today's practice, the rest of the team stayed on the pitch for a 5v5 short field match with keepers that lasted for the duration.
For the Portland Timbers there are only four games remaining in the club's fifth season in MLS and, despite Saturday's relief-inducing win, their place in the playoffs is far from assured.
Home against Sporting Kansas City, away against Real Salt Lake, away against the LA Galaxy, and finally home against the Colorado Rapids: the Timbers' remaining matches give the team every chance to move up the table and every chance to free-fall down it.
After a frustrating six weeks in which the Portland Timbers dropped crucial points at every turn, we finally saw the fight that Caleb Porter's Timbers teams have become known for.
On Sunday the Timbers went into MAPFRE Stadium and deservedly beat a Columbus Crew team that had won five of seven coming in.
Fanendo Adi scored yet another brace in tonight's 2-1 Portland Timbers win over the Columbus Crew to give the Timbers their first win in five matches. In a wide open, back and forth game, the Timbers were able to come up with three key points against their final Eastern Conference opponents of the season.
The Portland Timbers are looking for redemption after their 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last week, but more importantly they are looking for points to stay above the red line and in playoff contention. An Eastern Conference road trip is generally not where you want to be looking for all three points, but against the Columbus Crew today that is exactly what the Timbers will need.
The Portland Timbers come into today's match against the Columbus Crew in a rough patch of form that culminated last week in the team's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Now on the road, the Timbers will be looking for all three points from their final match against Eastern Conference opposition with the dreaded red line all that is separating them from falling out of playoff position.
Despite how it felt after the Portland Timbers' 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the season is not yet over and there are still games to be played; the Columbus Crew is set to host the Timbers this afternoon as the season continues and, to get a better look at the Crew, we turned to our SB Nation sister site, the Massive Report.
Jamie and Chris return to talk about the Portland Timbers' faceplant against the New York Red Bulls, whether a sixth-place season is good enough in the eyes of the organization, and the Thorns parting ways with Paul Riley.
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The Portland Thorns have elected not to retain the services of head coach Paul Riley for the 2016 season.
In two seasons with high expectations, Riley was only able to guide the Thorns to the playoffs once, finishing in 3rd place in 2015 and 6th in 2015. The 2015 season was particularly disappointing as the Thorns posted their first losing season with a record of 6-9-5 on the year.