Another day, another road defeat.
At this point there really isn't a whole lot more of it to say than that. Regardless how impressive the Timbers' home form appears or how modest their opponent is, the Portland Timbers are terrible on the road.
And they were again on Saturday.
Here are three questions from the Timbers' loss in Houston:
The Portland Thorns are a point away from winning the league and all that stand between them and the top of the standings are Sky Blue FC. The Thorns are riding a three game winning streak coming into this one and have already locked up their first ever home playoff berth, while their opponents are coming into this match looking to play the role of the spoiler after having been eliminated from the playoffs already.
Thorns can lift 2016 NWSL Shield with result against Sky Blue, take top seed into playoffs
Two weeks after securing a first home playoff game in club history, Portland Thorns FC are going after another club-first on Sunday against Sky Blue FC. With a win or a draw, Thorns FC could top the NWSL table to take the 2016 NWSL Shield and clinch the top seed heading into the playoffs.
The Portland Timbers kept their road losing streak alive, dropping a 3-1 result to the Houston Dynamo and losing vital ground in the playoff race.
The Dynamo broke the deadlock in 34th minute after a closely fought first half. A mis-placed pass from Alvas Powell across the back line was picked up by the home side deep in the Timbers' half and sent into the box from near the end line.
The Portland Timbers can't afford to look back right now if they want to hold on to their current playoff spot. Instead, the side are facing forward toward tonight's opposition, the Houston Dynamo.
Match Preview: "Of course, the Timbers have yet to win on the road in 2016 and have lost their last four matches away from Providence Park (five if you count their CCL loss to Saprissa), so even in a match against the Dynamo, who have only won four times at home this season, there is a certain level of apprehension surrounding the match.
The Portland Timbers are in the Lone Star State and are set to take on the Houston Dynamo in today's match. With the Timbers looking to hold off the pack and finish above the red line in the race to playoffs, a result against Houston would go a long way toward securing a playoff berth for the side.
The Portland Timbers are on the road and set to take on the Houston Dynamo Saturday evening in a match that could see the side all but seal a playoff spot or leave the door open for a late push from their Cascadian rivals below them on the table. To get the low-down on the Dynamo, we talked to our sister-site, Dynamo Theory, and they filled us in on all the goings-on in Houston.
The MLS playoffs grow closer every week and the race for a berth in the Western Conference is now closer than ever. For their part, the Portland Timbers managed to put themselves in a good position to make it into the playoffs, knocking off the Philadelphia Union in their final cross-conference match of the season.
Play The Kids is here! It's earlier than Friday's usual release, but I felt Tuesday morning would provide more opportunity for everyone to listen ahead of Saturday's T2 match.
Kevin and Josh get excited about the four game win streak and discuss playoff scenarios. T2 won 3 games on the road and, on paper, have the best shot of getting the win needed on Saturday (out of the 4 teams left fighting for the final playoff spot).
To say last week was a tricky one for the Portland Timbers would be an understatement.
Between two must-win home MLS games against playoff-caliber opposition and a trip to Costa Rica to play Saprissa in CONCACAF Champions League, the Timbers had to log a lot of miles and play three high-leverage games in eight days.
Jack Jewsbury is retiring.
The Old Salty Dog is hanging up his boots after the 2016 season, the Portland Timbers' club captain announced at Sunday's Stand Together Banquet.
In a fourteen year career in MLS, Jewsbury, 35, notched over 350 regular season and playoff appearances in the league, including 163 for the Timbers over the club's six seasons since joining Major League Soccer.
Enjoy this late night quickie!
After tonight's USL matches finished up, T2 still has a slim chance. But it's not in their control.
In my last Roots Report I talked about how the last two games might work out for some teams and that T2 is not yet eliminated from the playoffs. With a lot of teams above them down to just one last game left, T2 (who play their 2nd to last game tomorrow) are still alive.
The Portland Timbers ground out a close first half against the Philadelphia Union before scoring a pair of quick goals off assists from Darren Mattocks in the second to earn a 2-1 win.
In a back and forth first half, both sides created chances and it was the Timbers who looked to have the better of the match but the Union who came closer to opening the scoring, nearly getting the better of the Timbers on two occasions early on.
It is a rainy day in Cascadia and the Portland Timbers are set to host the Philadelphia Union as both sides look for three points to move up the stlandings. With the Union looking to hold on to home field advantage in the playoffs and the Timbers trying to fend off challenges from below the red line, both sides are in need of points.
The Portland Timbers are back in the Rose City and set to take on their final Eastern Conference opponents of the season, the Philadelphia Union. With the Timbers still just above the red line it is vital that thy keep all three points from this match.
Coming off a tough, mid-week trip to Costa Rica where the Timbers lost 4-2 to Deportivo Saprissa on Wednesday, Portland must bounce back quickly against a rested Union side.