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Thorns FC: Under the Lights but Still Somewhat in the Dark

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Green Shoots at Merlo

Welcome back to a new season of Thorns FC!

Well, preseason, then, for both the Portland Thorns and my column. Just as the team is reassembling and preparing for a new NWSL season, it's time for us to begin taking a look at that team and preparing for the 2018 campaign.

Savarese’s Choice: To Press or Not To Press?

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It should be hardly controversial to say the 2018 Portland Timbers have yet to discover their tactical identity.

Throughout much of preseason, new head coach Gio Savarese preached a desire to press high and be proactive from his preferred 4-2-3-1 set. And for much of preseason, that's what we saw the Timbers trying to do.

ATF: Mike Petke draws on similarities between RSL and Red Bulls

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Also: Jurgen Klopp not happy, USMNT to play Bolivia, Marco Farfan dealing with playing and education, Dynamo try to solve their road problem and more!


The academic challenge – and solution – Timbers defender Marco Farfan had to navigate while turning pro | Portland Timbers
Marco Farfan's Major League Soccer debut on March 12, 2017, against the LA Galaxy vaulted him to the attention of the Portland Timbers' supporters.

ATF: New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC Advance To CCL Semi’s

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Also: Chivas downs Seattle, CJ Sapong gets new contract, Keaton Parks impresses, England might not have journo's at the World Cup and more!


Who should be the Portland Timbers' starting forward: Fanendo Adi or Samuel Armenteros? |
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi has developed into one of the most dangerous strikers in Major League Soccer since joining the league in 2014.

Recap: Thorns draw USA U-23s 2-2

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The U23 national team drew the Thorns 2-2 in Portland's second preseason match at Merlo field.

Portland started a lineup mostly consisting of likely starters: with AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, and Katherine Reynolds started on defense, with Emily Menges resting in favor of Elizabeth Ball.

David Guzman, Andy Polo Called Up to International Friendlies

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Will miss next match against FC Dallas

Portland Timbers Football Club today confirmed the call ups of midfielders David Guzman and Andy Polo to the Costa Rican and Peruvian national teams, respectively. Both nations will play friendlies on March 23rd and 27th, meaning Guzman and Polo will be unavailable for the Timbers' March 24th MLS fixture against FC Dallas.

Around the Forest: Inside The Mind of The Thorns’ Emily Sonnett

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Also: eMLS cup details, Shalrie Joseph joins the coaching ranks, EU Super League news and more!


Inside the new mindset of Thorns FC defender Emily Sonnett | Portland Timbers
There are two moments that capture the contrasts of Emily Sonnett's last 12 months, the high's and the low's that the Thorns FC defender has experienced since the beginning of her second professional season.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2018 Episode 7

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Jamie and Chris return to the microphones to wade through the Portland Timbers' catastrophe in New Jersey, assess what exactly is wrong with Gio Savarese's side, and size up the chances that Christen Press will be a Thorn.

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Around the Forest: MLS and LigaMX Join Forces

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Also: Kaku quickly adjusting to RBNY, National Soccer Hall of Fame ballots are in and more!


How the Portland Timbers are exploring all options to fill out the club's young ranks | Portland Timbers
he acquisitions would look ambitious for most USL teams, let alone a USL team that finished with three wins in 32 games last season.

Around the Forest: Christen Press to Houston? Not So Fast..

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Also: ATLUD gets monkey of it's back vs DC United, Adrian Heath returns to Orlando, a break down of week 2 of MLS and more!

Portland Major League Soccer

MLS announces GA Cup brackets, schedule | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
Major League Soccer today announced the details for the 2018 Generation adidas Cup hosted by FC Dallas, which kicks off its 11th iteration on Friday, March 23 at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Six Degrees: Embarrassment

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Red Bulls 4, Timbers 0

Remember in last week's column when I was all like "New York might be playing their backups, so this is a really good chance for a road victory."

Welp, New York played their backups, and their backups blew the Timbers out, 4-0.

1) I'll get to the game in a bit, but I want to start with a big-picture observation.

Open Questions: Looking Ahead to the Thorns’ 2018 Season

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With the Thorns' best-ever year in the rearview mirror, the new season is closing in fast and the pressure is on. Although Portland has been very successful over the two years of Mark Parsons's tenure, 2018 poses new questions for him as a coach. Having built a championship-winning roster that changed relatively little between 2016 and 2017, he's having to contend with some major losses: Nadia Nadim, Amandine Henry, Allie Long, and Ashleigh Sykes have all moved on, and Dagny Brynjarsdottir is out for at least the 2018 season.

Timber Cruise: New York Red Bulls 4, Portland Timbers 0

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The Portland Timbers lost by four goals on Saturday to a New York Red Bulls team that almost exclusively started reserves. The question isn't "when does this team hit rock bottom?" It's "how long do they stay there?"

Let's cruise.

Deep Cuts

Every reasonable observer agrees that Gio Savarese deserves time to get this right.

Portland Timbers Start Bad, End Worse in 4-0 Loss to New York Red Bulls

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The Portland Timbers went to the East Cost in search of three points but left all three behind on Saturday night, along with their dignity, after losing 4-0 to a New York Red Bulls B-team.

Coming into the night's match, Giovanni Saravese made significant changes to the starting XI, bringing in four new players that did not get the start against the Galaxy last weekend.

Portland Timbers at New York Red Bulls: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [4:00]

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The Portland Timbers continue their season opening road trip today as they get set to take on the New York Red Bulls.

Looking to put their week one loss to the LA Galaxy behind them, the Timbers now face a Red Bulls side fresh from mid-week CONCACAF Champions League play where they beat Club Tijuana 2-0 on the road.