When Darlington Nagbe scores, he tends to score with style. From Goal of the Year contenders to Goal of the Year winners, Nagbe has put together quite the portfolio.
Against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday he added another stellar strike, beating Matias Laba and Kendall Waston on the dribble before unleashing a top-shelf shot that left keeper David Ousted waving at air and put the Timbers up 1-0.
Points are great. And the Portland Timbers took all three points from their Cascadia showdown with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, the Timbers still sit atop the MLS standings and it's hard to complain too much from the top.
Yet the Timbers' performance on Saturday against a Whitecaps team that's been in the midst of a serious road slump left a fair amount to be desired, as Portland's shorthanded attack struggled to keep control of a game that they led 2-0 at halftime.
The Thorns lost their first road game against the season in Cary, North Carolina in the the Courage's inaugural home opener.
In a frustrating turn of events, the Portland Thorns lost against their new rivals the North Carolina Courage 1-0 today. The Courage, who were the Western New York Flash last season and beat the Thorns in the painful September semi-final, did a lot of work over the off-season.
The Portland Timbers were short handed due to injuries and suspension coming into today's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but they overwhelmed the visitors early before grinding out a 2-1 win.
The Timbers held the ball for much of the match, keeping the Whitecaps pinned back in their own end and working the ball from flank to flank.
The Portland Timbers are at the top of the league, but with the pack breathing down their necks getting three points from today's Cascadia Cup clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps will be vital. Missing Fanendo Adi and recovering from a rough match against Sporting Kansas City last weekend, the Timbers will need a comprehensive performance against this surging Whitecaps side if they want to get back on track.
After an ugly week, here we are back at the forecast.
The Timbers had a rough week, last Saturday, failing to score a goal for the first time in 2017. SKC, for all their faults, flat outplayed PTFC on their own turf. the immovable wall topped the unrelenting attack. All that said, PTFC had their chances, but Adi flubbed his, and Nagbe was robbed, and so the final score was 0-1 on a Dom Dwyer finish.
The Portland Timbers were knocked for a loop by the physical defense of Sporting Kansas City last weekend, but now the side have a big opportunity to bounce back in their first Cascadia Cup match of the year when the Vancouver Whitecaps come to town tomorrow.
While the Timbers remain at the top of the West on points earned, the Whitecaps are working their way up the table after a slow start to the season that saw the side bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League and landing below the red line in MLS.
It's another episode of Play The Kids!
Josh and I go over the fifth loss in a row. Frustration and futility make for a compelling episode with plenty to talk about. And we preview the upcoming match where T2 will travel to California to play the Sacramento Republic! It's going to be a challenge for T2 to get a result there.
...plus the latest Pugh news out of Portland
The Portland Thorns head to Cary, North Carolina this weekend to take on the North Carolina Courage (formerly the Western New York Flash) in their first-ever home game. The last time these teams met, of course, was in last year's playoff semifinals, when the Thorns suffered a heart-wrenching loss at home in extra time.
Expansion plans for Providence Park have been hinted and rumored at for months, but now we finally have the first official details from the proposed expansion to the home of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns.
Posted in the outside of Providence Park today are city notices, announcing a May 11th design commission review of a 4,000 seat expansion to the stadium.
I'm trying something new with our written T2 coverage. Don't forget to also get your T2 news by catching the Play The Kids podcast every Friday & the most recent Roots Report here.
So right off the bat, the roughest point to cover. T2 is without any points 5 games into their season. Which puts the young squad in the unenviable position of holding up the rest of the USL Western conference.
In 2016 the Portland Thorns shocked the WoSo world when they traded into the top spot in the newly established NWSL allocation rankings. The Thorns sent the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL draft to the Boston Breakers in return for what analysts agree was the chance to pick up teenage sensation Mallory Pugh.
The FPI Power Rankings for Week 7 of MLS.
Week 7 of the 2017 MLS season is in the books, and we have a new Number 1 in the second edition of the FPI power rankings, along with lots of other movement.
The biggest winner of the week was The Montreal Impact, jumping five spots following their first win of the season.
Jamie and Chris return to recap the Portland Timbers' 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City, discuss whether the status of the competition at left back between Marco Farfan and Vytas has changed significantly, and look back at the Portland Thorns' season-opening 2-0 win over the Orlando Pride.
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The Portland Timbers came up against their Providence Park kryptonite on Saturday night. In the Caleb Porter Era, the Timbers now sit 1-3-1 against SKC in the Rose City.
Aside from the Timbers' ten-v-ten 3-0 home drubbing of the Wiz on August 7, 2016, the Timbers have one point from the other four games against Kansas City at Providence Park.