Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 8/23/16.
From the Wide World of Soccer:
Atlanta FC sets a record for ticket sales for an expansion club. [Fox Sports]
How does NASL see its identity when successful teams like Minnesota are making the jump to MLS? [FourFourTwo]
ESPN pokes fun at Stephen Gerrard and Frank Lampard for being old and English.
Let's hope this is rock bottom. Because if it's not the Portland Timbers will have an early end to 2016.
For 80 minutes the Timbers did a lot right. Aside from an unforced Vytas mistake, the Timbers largely defended well. For parts of the second half Portland was genuinely the more dangerous team on the field.
The Portland Timbers were badly beaten on the road by the Seattle Sounders 3-1, grabbing a last second consolation goal from Fanendo Adi and opening the door for a Sounders playoff push.
The first half saw the Timbers playing a solid defensive game, leaning on a pair of big saves from Jake Gleeson to preserve the 0-0 scoreline going into the break.
The Portland Timbers have headed up north to take on the Seattle Sounders this evening in a match that both sides must win to keep their post-season ambitions alive. The Timbers are barely clinging to the last spot in the Western Conference, while the Sounders are charging their way up the table after making some big changes that they hope will turn their season around.
With Sunday's Cascadia Cup match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders coming up quickly, we got in touch with Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart to get the low-down on the team from up north. Make sure to swing by SaH to see our answers to Dave's questions.
On a scale of 1-100, how sure are you that Lodeiro is the real deal?
The Portland Timbers are headed up north this weekend to take on the Seattle Sounders and the side's lack of even a single road win in the 2016 season has never seemed so perilous.
Since the Timbers joined the league in 2011 they have had years where they struggled on the road — 2011 and 2012 in particular — and others where they were among the best in the league away from home.
This week is a 3 game week. T2 continued where they left off in the final 30 minutes vs LA II and secured a second win in a row vs Orange County Blues. Up next are two road matches, rounding out 3 games in only 7 days. Thanks USL schedule!
OC Blues: 2-1 Win
If T2 turned a corner in the final 30 minutes against LA II in Carson, CA they stayed around that corner back home at Merlo Field.
Jamie and Chris return to postmortem the Portland Timbers' 2-0 drubbing at the hands of D.C. United, hot take Sweden's run to the Olympic gold medal match, and look ahead to whether Lucas Melano could be making his way out of Portland this winter.
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The Portland Timbers traveled across the country to take on struggling Eastern Conference side D.C. United today, looking for their first road win of the season. After another slow start, however, the Timbers found themselves in a 2-0 hole that the team was never in danger of escaping.
Once again things started off on the wrong foot for the Timbers as they found themselves down a goal in just the 7th minute.
Update: The match's start time has been pushed back from 4:00 p.m. PT to 5:00 p.m. PT due to the heat in Washington.
The Portland Timbers have headed across the country to the District of Columbia, where they will look to pick up their first road win of the season against a struggling D.
It's always nicer to write about a win than another loss or a draw (for obvious reasons). And T2 had one of the more thrilling victories in a comeback 4-3 win over LA II in LA. Lot's of firsts from that game too. Let's dive in.
LA Galaxy II: 4-3 Win
This is a game of two halves. The first half played out as you would expect given both teams run of forms.
After a struggling performance in the CONCACF Champions League on Wednesday evening against CD Dragón, the Portland Timbers returned to their winning ways in the league with a 3-0 win at home against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. With losses in their previous two games against Sporting on the road and the Los Angeles Galaxy at home, the win pushed the Timbers back into the playoff picture where they sit in the final playoff slot in the Western Conference.
It's a new episode of Play The Kids!
Josh returns and it's also a return to much quieter environments. Longer than usual, Kevin & Josh discuss quite a lot that has been happening around T2 & related first team topics.
We also get to discuss a win finally! First win since June 4th and what a thrilling comeback it was.
El Maestro signs multi-year extension as a Designated Player
For those us at Stumptown Footy, it's not much of a take to say things like "our entire offense depends on Diego Valeri" or "the Timbers attack is benign without Valeri on the field" or even "Diego Valeri, your soccer skills make me weak at the knees, please make sweet love to me.
Jamie and Chris return to recap the Portland Timbers' 2-1 CONCACAF Champions League escape against CD Dragon, PTFC's second-half turnaround against Sporting Kansas City, and the U.S. Women's National Team's less-than-stellar beginning to their Olympic campaign.
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