The Portland Timbers will not be advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League after failing to beat visiting CD Saprissa in the final match of the CCL group stage, drawing 1-1 on the night.
Things got off to a rocky start for the Timbers in the first minute of play as the home side had a pair of penalty shouts declined by referee Bernardo Barriga.
In a week full of do or die games for the Portland Timbers, tonight's match against CD Saprissa is the most clear cut: no matter the margin, the Timbers must win if they want to advance out of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Of course, with injuries once again mounting, a key suspension to Fanendo Adi, and the final match of the season coming up on the weekend, how the Timbers will approach this match is very much up in the air.
The Portland Timbers have signed winger Victor Arboleda on a short term loan from their USL side Portland Timbers 2, making the young Colombian available for tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match against CD Saprissa.
Arboleda, 20, made 25 appearances with T2 over the course of the 2016 season, notching four goals and an assist for the side.
Chris and Jamie are back to discuss whether the Portland Timbers can advance in CONCACAF Champions League and qualify for the MLS Playoffs despite key suspensions and injuries, point the finger at the responsible party in the unfolding saga between Darlington Nagbe and Jurgen Klinsmann, and muse on whether NWSL can stem the tide of premature retirees after new that Kat Williamson has hung up her boots.
It's all in the Portland Timbers' hands now.
In both CONCACAF Champions League and MLS, the Timbers' fate rests on their own shoulders. Win on Wednesday against Saprissa and the Timbers are impressively through to the CCL knockout round, despite drawing arguably the most difficult group in the tournament.
It wasn't pretty, but the Portland Timbers got all three points from this afternoon's must-win match against the Colorado Rapids, grinding out a 1-0 win against the former Supporters Shield leaders.
Much like the last time the two teams met, the match started out chippy and got worse as the game went on, with the Rapids out fouling the Timbers 14-6 in the first half.
The Portland Timbers have been one of MLS's top teams when they play at Providence Park this season, but they will not be able to rest on their laurels in this afternoon's must-win match against the Colorado Rapids. Today's opponents, meanwhile, will be coming into this match looking for all three points as they look to hold off FC Dallas and stay in pole position in the race for the Supporters' Shield.
As the Portland Timbers' season draws to a close, the club is in dire need of three wins to keep their MLS Playoff and CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive. Facing games against the Colorado Rapids and Saprissa at home and Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on the road, the Timbers need to piece together three of their best performances of the year in a row if they are going to have a chance to move on in the respective competitions.
The Gresham, OR native and Centennial High School senior is now a Portland Timber.
When you heard 'the Portland Timbers signed a homegrown player' today your first thought might not have been Marco Farfan.
Farfan was heavily involved in the first half of the season, but went quiet once school started up at the end of August just as fellow academy prospect Blake Bodily started to grab the attention of Timbers fans.
This morning the Portland Timbers made their fourth homegrown player signing since since joining Major League Soccer, adding former Timbers Academy and Portland Timbers 2 player Marco Farfan to the first team.
A left back by trade, Farfan has been turning heads with his play for T2 this summer, showing that he had the skill to hang with the professionals as he made eighteen starts for the Timbers' USL side in the 2016 season.
Jamie and Chris return to look ahead to the Portland Timbers' upcoming season-determining week, discuss NWSL's options for where and how to host the NWSL Championship, and diagnose the U.S. Men's National Team's abysmal attendance numbers.
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This week is just the worst.
With the Portland Timbers currently sitting below the red line, hoping for some confluence of results that will allow them to overtake at least one of the teams above them on the table, this last, gameless week has been a drag for Timbers fans as we stew on the lost opportunities and plentiful injustices that have dogged the side this season.
Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Thorns and Timbers' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week; Mark Parsons' NWSL Coach of the Year recognition; and the Portland Timbers' DP priorities in the offseason.
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Parsons led the Thorns to their first NWSL Shield.
Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons has been named the NWSL Coach of the Year, the Thorns and NWSL announced Monday.
The third coach in team history, Parsons, 30, led the Thorns to their best record in 4 NWSL seasons, setting records in wins (12), fewest losses (3), and points (41), and their first NWSL Shield in his first season with the Thorns.
The 2016 NWSL Shield-winning Portland Thorns saw their season end Sunday, as they fell to the Western New York Flash 4-3 in front of a NWSL Playoff record crowd of 20,086 at Providence Park.
The match was an entertaining affair from the start, with the Thorns pinning the Flash deep in their half of the pitch for much of the first 15 minutes, but it was the Flash who found the back of the net first, as Sam Mewis ripped a one-time shot from the top of the box to give the Flash the first goal of the match.