Although neither Brynjarsdóttir nor Nadim will be representing their National Team in Portugal this year, Raso will be making the trip for the first time.
Although neither Nadia Nadim nor Dagny Brynjarsdóttir will be at the Algarve Cup tournament representing Denmark and Iceland respectively, the Matildas recently announced their roster, and Thorns forward Hayley Raso was part of it.
Once again, the Thorns will host the Orlando Pride to open the NWSL season at Providence Park
The NWSL announced the schedule for the first two weeks (plus one game of Week Three) of the NWSL this morning; hopefully the full schedule will follow later this week. Right now, all we know is that Thorns will be facing the Orlando Pride in their home opener on April 15th.
Diego Valeri retains the title of the Portland Timbers' best player. And he is unquestionably the Timbers' most-loved player. If you had to choose one player to be the face of the Timbers' franchise, Valeri would be the obvious choice.
But is he the Timbers' most-indispensable player?
Over at FourFourTwo, all of the above was part of Paul Tenorio's criteria when he set out to identify each team's most-indispensable player in both the MLS Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.
Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' triumph in the Preseason Tournament, debate whether optimism about the Timbers' 2017 season should be qualified, and assess the sudden departure of Michelle Betos from the Thorns.
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Caleb Porter tried on Wednesday night. He tried hard.
For eight-and-a-half minutes of his ten-minute press conference Porter qualified every bit of praise. He found every nit that there was to pick. He insisted that he still wanted more out of his team — more fitness, more goalscoring, more sharpness on the ball, more defensive discipline.
The Portland Timbers finished out their preseason invitational with a win, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps comfortably despite the close 2-1 scoreline.
The Timbers took it to the visiting Whitecaps for early on in the match, dominating possession and creating a series of chances with their sharp passing and interplay.
The Portland Timbers finish off their slate of home preseason matches tonight in the final match of the 2017 Rose City Invitational as they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The match will mark the first full-game action for the Timbers' fist team team as most of the side will play the full ninety minutes.
On Wednesday afternoon the Portland Timbers traded their rights to Rodney Wallace to New York City FC in exchange for $75,000 of 2017 general allocation money and $50,000 of 2018 targeted allocation money.
Wallace, 28, appears poised to return to MLS after a year abroad with FC Arouca in Portugal's top flight and Sport Recife in Brazil's first division.
The Portland Timbers wrap up their slate of home preseason games on Wednesday with a match against their Cascadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Both sides come into this match having draw their previous two games, so a decisive victory could put either side at the top of the Rose City Invitational's non-existent table, so long as they outscore the possible winner of the day's earlier match, Real Salt Lake vs.
The Portland Timbers struggled with Minnesota United in the first half of tonight's preseason match, going down 2-0 to the visitors before storming back in the second half to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Things started out looking promising for the Timbers in the first half thanks to a series of speedy attacks down the left flank through youngsters Victor Arboleda, 19, and Marco Farfan, 18.
The Rose City Invitational continues to day as the Portland Timbers take on Minnesota United. The Timbers are expected to roll out their second XI today, giving a look to players like Jack Barmby, Chance Myers, and Amobi Okugo who will be competing for spots in the XI this season before bringing in the team's projected starters to close out the match.
The Rose City Invitational continues today as the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake and then the Portland Timbers host MLS newcomers Minnesota United in the main event of the night. After a draw in Thursday's match against RSL, including a red card to Diego Chara prompted by the use of video assists review, the Timbers will be hoping to start to build some momentum today with some strong play from their second unit.
Norwegian club Vålerenga reported Michelle Betos as the "latest addition" to their 2017 squad this morning.
Michelle Betos, the Portland Thorns starting goalie, has been acquired by Norwegian club Vålerenga, according to an article published on their website early this morning. had an incredibly good season for the Thorns in 2016.
Welcome to the first edition of the Timber Cruise, a forest-level survey of the Timbers most recent game, this week their Preseason Tournament opener against Real Salt Lake.
The Timbers' priorities shift ever-so-gradually over the course of the preseason. In the first games in Tucson, the focus is fitness.
The Portland Timbers never seem to get along with their preseason opponents and tonight's match against Real Salt Lake was no exception as the Timbers hung on for a 3-3 draw after a first half red card.
Surprising nobody, things got testy early in the match, kicking off with a trio of yellow cards to Alvas Powell, Yura Movsysian, and Luke Mulholland in the 24th minute after a fracas by the corner flag that saw Mulholland and Powell get into a shoving match after Powell shouldered the RSL player off the ball, and Movsysian come in to grab Powell by the throat.