It's been ugly for T2. And it got uglier when Los Dos came to town. Let's recap the past two matches.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: 1-1 Draw
As a stand alone match, a 1-1 draw against the Switchbacks (and the first point ever taken from the team) is a good result. But when it is the only point out of the last 5 matches (L L L D L), it's merely a respite from the winless streak building up.
On Sunday afternoon, fans saw the Portland Timbers climb into the playoff picture once again with a 3-1 win at home against their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Seattle Sounders. With the win, the Timbers have now been unbeaten in their past nine games, with four wins and five draws. The Timbers have steadily been improving their play during the stretch, piecing together some of their best displays in different aspects of the game.
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DC and Vancouver did a little movin and a shakin, swapping Fabian Espindola and Patrick Mullins respectively. [Soccer America]
Colorado is approaching the MLS record for an unbeaten streak.
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Kevin and Josh go over the 4-1 defeat to Los Dos. And then look towards traveling to a resurging Sounders 2 side in Tukwila. And we congratulate Gleeson on his securing the #1 keeper spot with expectations that Hamilton will return to getting T2 minutes as soon as the first team gets a backup keeper for Jake.
Jamie and Chris are back to discuss the Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact and the latest retroactive red card issued to a Timbers opponent, the Timbers' 3-1 triumph over the Seattle Sounders, Adam Kwarasey's farewell to Portland, and the Thorns' faceplant in Houston.
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As Jake Gleeson has looked more and more comfortable in net for the Timbers, rumors have been swirling about Adam Kwarasey moving on from the club. Last month, he was headed down to Mexico, and this morning, there were rumblings that he was off to Norway.
Those rumors were quickly confirmed with Kwarasey being moved on to Norway's Rosenborg BK as presumably their starting keeper.
It's always welcome in the Rose City when the Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders. But it's especially nice when the Timbers do so to pull themselves above the red line, and bury Seattle nine points below playoff-qualification pace. And it's even nicer when the Timbers do so and the return of Diego Valeri puts to bed lingering concerns about the Portland's attack.
The Portland Timbers rose to the occasion for today's rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders, taking the lead late in the first half and never letting go en route to a 3-1 victory that moves them back above the red line in the Western Conference.
The first half was chock full of chances for both side, with Lucas Melano and Jordan Morris both missing shots from the center of the box, and Brad Evans clearing a Darlington Nagbe shot off the line with his head.
The Portland Timbers are facing off against the Seattle Sounders for the first time this season and the stakes are high for both sides. The Timbers are within reach of reclaiming a playoff spot, while Seattle are hoping to make something out of a so-far disheartening season.
With the return of Diego Valeri and Diego Chara to the lineup, the Timbers are getting ever closer to their first choice XI as they look to make another late-season surge, while Seattle are ruing the loss of their centerpiece Clint Dempsey to a red card earlier in the week.
Thorns lose second straight, concede three goals for first time this season
An early goal and a clincher from two former players left Portland Thorns FC on the wrong end of a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dash Saturday night. After going 12 games unbeaten and without conceding multiple goals in a single match, Thorns FC have now lost two-straight games, conceding five goals.
The Portland Timbers are the current holders of the most unimpressive unbeaten run in MLS; despite now having gone eight games without a loss in the league, the Timbers have only taken fourteen points in that stretch. If the Timbers want to make a run at the playoffs by the end of the season, they will need to get wins, starting with Sunday's mid-day Cascadia Cup clash against the Seattle Sounders.
The Portland Thorns were beaten for the first time this season last week, losing the second-longest unbeaten run to start a season in the league history. Now the side will be looking to kick-start a new run with a win over the ninth place Houston Dash. Both sides are missing a bevy of international players, so it will be up to the Thorns to get it done without their big names after failing to do so last week.
This weekend's Cascadia Cup match against the Seattle Sounders is coming up quickly, so we got in touch with our (ahem) fellows over at Sounder at Heart to find out just what is going on with our neighbors to the north and Mr. Dave Clark was happy to answer our questions.
Before Wednesday the Sounders were floundering, having scored less then a goal per game through the first half of the season.
Thorns look to rebound following first loss of the season
After seeing a 12-game unbeaten run come to an end last weekend, Portland Thorns FC travels to face the Houston Dash hoping to continue their winning ways in Texas. Portland has played the Dash on the road three times, winning twice and tying once.