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Portland Timbers Player Rankings #7: Eric Brunner

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As the team leader in starts and minutes in 2011, Eric Brunner looked like a lock to be one of the starting center backs in the Timbers' second MLS season. He started 10 of the first 12 games of the season and scored the first goal in the Timbers' match against the Chicago Fire, breaking a long scoreless streak for the Timbers and proving that they could, in fact, score at the goal away from the Timbers Army.

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Earlier this week, the Houston Dynamo started their roster re-tooling with the addition of a central defender, Eric Brunner. Brunner was acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money. No further details of the trade were released.

Brunner is a five year veteran in MLS, getting his start in 2008 as the 16th pick in the SuperDraft to the New York Red Bulls.

Portland Timbers Trade Eric Brunner to Houston Dynamo for Allocation Money

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We've been hearing the rumors for what seemed like months, but as of today Eric Brunner has departed the Portland Timbers for Houston Dynamo. It's a move that probably won't shock many fans as Brunner did not see much playing time in 2012 due to various injuries as well as David Horst coming into his own as a competent defender.

The Way to Down the Energy Drinks

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As pointed out at NASN by Kelly McClain the Timbers' offensive numbers on average have started to climb in the last few games. A lot of analysts and people who casually follow this league probably look at the schedule and see Portland Timbers at New York and automatically write off Portland's chances.

Portland Timbers at Toronto FC Preview and Match Thread

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It has been ten days since the last time we had a Portland Timbers game to watch, but with the changes that have been made in the interim, it seems like an eternity. Emotions will be running high for the Portland faithful today, as, for the first time since April 2011 -- a run of 51 league matches -- a Timbers game will start without Troy Perkins in goal.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas Preview and Match Thread [4:00 pm]

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Heading into tonight's match is about more than the three points that the Portland Timbers desperately need. It's about vengeance. It's about restoring the pride that a team like the Timbers should have given the city that loves them so much. With FC Dallas having outplayed Portland twice at home in embarrassing fashion (4-nil last year, 5-nil just a couple weeks ago) it's time for the Timbers to return the favor and deal Dallas the same kind of humiliating defeat.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: 45 Points Edition

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The Portland Timbers held a regeneration session today at their Beaverton training facility. With Saturday's starters, minus Lovel Palmer, heading inside after a brief workout the Timbers youngsters had a chance to shine in the the team's first open practice in months.

After the hard-fought, if futile, game over the weekend it was good to see all of the Timbers back on the pitch today.

Scouting Report: Sounders at Timbers - I'm A Lumberjack And I'm OK

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The Portland Timbers are not a good MLS team right now. Sure, they have the nobility of support (as Seattle fans we've been through that with the Seahawks, Sonics and Mariners), but the team itself is poor. John Spencer and those above him are trying to rebuild on the fly. They recently added Danny Mwanga and Mike Fucito to add to the offense.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Rain Returns, Just in Time for Sigi

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Wrapping up preparations before Sunday's derby against the Seattle Sounders, the Portland Timbers trained at their Beaverton training complex. As usual, it was a closed session. The last practice before the match, it was a short session, only about an hour long.

Eric Brunner and Rodney Wallace continued their absence, still recovering from their ailments.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Counting Down the Days Edition

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With their Cascadia Cup clash against the Seattle Sounders only two days away, the Portland Timbers held a closed training session at Jeld-Wen Field this morning. Returning from a day off yesterday, the Timbers held a full practice session today, not wrapping things up until after 11:30.

Eric Brunner and Rodney Wallace continued to miss practice as both are still recovering from their respective injuries.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Is It the 17th Yet? Edition

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The Portland Timbers held practice today at their Beaverton training facility. As has been the case over the last two weeks, practice was completely closed outside the league mandated 15 minutes at the beginning of the day.

Eric Brunner is still concussed. Rodney Wallace's ankle is still hurt.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Long Break Edition

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The Portland Timbers held training this morning at their Beaverton facility. It was yet another closed session, as will all sessions be for the foreseeable future. At the end of the session today, all players except the goalkeepers left the pitch as a unit, instead of the usual lingering to get in some extra work.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Practice Without Perkins

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After the big news of Troy Perkins' trade today the Timbers still practiced at their Beaverton training facility. Perkins was sighted briefly before practice as he stopped by to say goodbye to his teammates and clean out his locker.

Donovan Ricketts, who was picked up in exchange for Perkins, will practice with the team for the first time on Friday, according to Gavin Wilkinson.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Moving On Edition

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The Timbers held practice today at Jeld-Wen Field for the first time since their 5-0 loss to FC Dallas on Saturday. With only one day of practice between their two game road trip through California and Texas last week and tomorrow's friendly match against Aston Villa, the Timbers kept practice short today, heading inside to watch the tape of Saturday's loss together shortly after eleven.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Third Time's the Charm Edition

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With The LA Galaxy coming to town tomorrow, the Timbers underwent their final preparations for the two teams' third match up of the season at practice today. Training today was a closed session that, at an hour and fifteen minutes, ran somewhat longer than John Spencer's usual pre-match practices, which usually were between forty five minutes and an hour long.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Kimura Edition

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Today's practice was a tricky one with all sorts of news, rumors, and misinterpreted tweets flying around. Despite all that, practice kicked off like any other out in Beaverton before being closed to the press.

Kosuke Kimura, the team's new signing, had not yet been announced and was not with the team at the beginning of training, but apparently he worked out with the team after the press was removed.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Shell Shocked Edition

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After canceling practice yesterday (a decision that came before the Timbers shocking Open Cup defeat), the Timbers got back on the pitch at their new training facility today. With a long rest starting for the first team and a reserve game tomorrow, the Timbers did not have a very strenuous practice but did close the proceedings to the press after completing their warm-ups.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Buzzing Edition

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The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility as they returned from their midweek day off. Where Wednesday's practice seemed somewhat unsettled at times, today saw the team out and joking with each other from the get go.

After the usual running, the team broke into groups for games of keep away and Gavin Wilkinson yelled for the "privileged kids" to get in the middle.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Free Trencito Edition

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The Portland Timbers held an open practice today at Jeld-Wen Field after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Chivas USA. Practice was active with the team splitting off into three groups doing fitness work and two short fielded games. The first half of practice was run by Gavin Wilkinson while Sean McAuley, the team's new assistant coach, took the second half.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Five and Counting Edition

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Returning home for their first game at Jeld-Wen Field in two weeks, the Timbers showed some fight in an ultimately futile 1-0 loss against Chivas USA last night. Several Timbers showed well, and but for some poor finishing and one mistake at the back the Timbers should have taken all three points from the match.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA Preview and Match Thread

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Reading all the vitriol about Gavin Wilkinson over the last few days you'd be forgiven for forgetting the Timbers' first game under the new interim coach was just two weeks ago. It might be more comforting, I suppose, for a Timbers fan to convince him/herself that it has been three or four weeks, considering the eleven goals the Boys in Green have leaked with Wilkinson at the helm.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Middle Ground Edition

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The Timbers held a long training session today at their Beaverton training facility. With the team bolstered by their improved play at home against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, training was lively as the team prepares to take on Chivas USA this weekend.

Helping to run the proceedings was new assistant coach Sean McAuley.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: See You Next Week Edition

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The Portland Timbers held their last training session before embarking this afternoon on a five day, two game road trip through Carson and Frisco. Today's per-game preparations necessitated a closed but short practice before the team heads off to the airport this afternoon.

The Timbers' line up was unchanged from yesterday with Eric Brunner, Chris Taylor, and Rodney Wallace all missing practice due to injury, while Jake Gleeson is still abroad with the New Zealand Olympic team.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Dawning of a New Era Edition

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Today the Timbers held their first practice, a closed one, since it was announced that John Spencer was out as head coach. Gavin Wilkinson ran the proceedings at the team's Beaverton training facility as the team continued to adjust to this big change. Although the initial warm ups, run by John Ireland, were the same, Wilkinson favored passing drills rather than games of keep away before practice was closed.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready For Real Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today before flying out to Salt Lake later today.

Franck Songo'o was missing from practice today, although he was spotted around the training enter after practice had reopened. According to John Spencer on last night's "Talk Timbers" on 750 The Game, Songo'o suffered a strained knee before coming out of the game against San Jose on Tuesday.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters, especially against a rival such as Seattle.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Flying High Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today at their Beaverton training facility before they fly out to Colorado later today.

Rodney Wallace practiced with the team today, staying on the field for the whole time for the second time this week (the other being yesterday, which I missed).

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Moving Past Seattle Edition

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The day after their first MLS win over the Seattle Sounders, the Timbers practiced today at their Beaverton training facility. The team focused on regeneration today, splitting into two groups with the players who started yesterday working inside to start practice and the subs and reserves taking to the field.

Portland Timbers Defender Hanyer Mosquera Fined and Suspended 3 Games

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Ouch. This is certainly going to hurt the Portland Timbers back line over the next three matches, as Hanyer Mosquera is often the one doing the most to stop oncoming attacks. His absence will surely be felt.

For those that don't know, Mosqo is being fined and suspended for punching LA Galaxy player Jack McBean (yes that's his real name) in the late part of last Sunday's game.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Cascadia Cup Is Coming Edition

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The Timbers held a closed practice today their Beaverton training facility. With the sun out, spirits seemed high during the team's warm-up as they mixed things up from their usual routine with some rugby-style passing drills. Perhaps predictably, few of the American players knew what fitness coach John Ireland meant by "rugby football passing".

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Do or Die Edition

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The Timbers held a closed training session at Jeld-Wen field today, the first time the team have practiced in the stadium in three weeks. Practice today was more in line with the season norm rather than the training camp atmosphere on display over the break.

The Timbers were back close to full strength today with only Steven Smith, Eric Brunner, and Rodney Wallace out of practice.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Escape to LA Edition

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In their last training session before flying to LA to take on the Galaxy tomorrow, the Timbers found themselves in the middle of a much more busy training facility that normal. With the usual practice taking place alongside a Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club tournament and a tour for sponsors of the team, the atmosphere around the Timbers training facility was much more lively that normal.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Boyd is Back in Town Edition

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Today's Timbers practice was once again closed to the press as the team trained at the Beaverton training facility. However, for the first time since the beginning of the break, the team was still out on the field kicking the ball around when the press was allowed to return.

Kris Boyd, who put in an appearance at the season ticket holders event last night after getting back in to town earlier in the day, practiced with the team today.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Preseason 2.0 Edition

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The Portland Timbers trained as usual at the Timbers' training facility in Beaverton this morning. Players stayed out on the field until well after noon today, taking advantage of the almost-summer sun. We were not allowed to see any of the players' post-training activities, so I don't have anything to report on that footing.

Portland Timbers Training Notes and Quotes: Danny Mwanga Edition

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Today's closed practice at the Timbers training center saw the introduction of forward Danny Mwanga to the team. Mwanga took part in the full practice and was mobbed by the press afterward.

Once again Eric Brunner was not at practice as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered against Vancouver.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Waiting For Mwanga

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The Timbers held a closed practice today at their Beaverton Training Facility. With a number of players still missing and new acquisition Danny Mwanga not yet arrived, the group at practice was a small one.

Mwanga, who the Timbers picked up yesterday from the Philadelphia Union, should be arriving in time to practice with the team tomorrow, leaving him just over a week to get acclimated before the Timbers take on the Galaxy in LA.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Long Practice Edition

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The Portland Timbers held a closed practice today at the tram's training facility in Beaverton. With no games to play until the 17th, John Spencer was true to his word and the Timbers trained longer than usual, not wrapping up practice until 11:30.

Eric Brunner and Sebastian Rincon both missed practice due to injury, although Rincon was present and rehabbing at the practice facility.

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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes:

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The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility today. Practice started off tense and somewhat discombobulated as Gavin Wilkinson introduced some new drills under a cloudy sky, with striker Kris Boyd looking fed up with his teammates inability to grasp the drills which emphasized making runs and one-two passes.

Six Timbers up for Fan Voting for this year's All Stars Game

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Six Timbers up for Fan Voting for this year's All Stars Game

As usual, the voting session has revealed nominated players for this year's All Stars team. Six Timbers are on the docket this time around:

Kris Boyd
Eric Brunner
Diego Chara
Jack Jewsbury
Darlington Nagbe
Troy Perkins

The players with the highest votes will be considered for the team this year.