Thursday's practice started off with a standard warm up followed by passing drills emphasizing game-like motion and intensity. After half an hour the team closed practice to play a full field game of eleven vs. eleven, their first of the year. Although we didn't get a chance to see the formations that they were using, check out Wednesday's training report for some good possibilities.
With the international break this weekend I thought this would be a good time to take a closer
look at the Portland Timbers' new coach, Caleb Porter. Before we knew for certain Caleb Porter was
going to be the Portland Timbers' new head coach Gavin Wilkinson talked about the new coach. Here
is the quote:
Just an up and coming coach that has the potential to be one of the best in the league.
On this convening of the round table, the gang's all here! We discuss Caleb Porter's hiring by
the Portland Timbers, if people are underestimating the Chicago Fire and the looming MLS Playoffs.
Ryan also wonders why Panini America doesn't make and/or sell paninis.
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The most notable aspect of the forthcoming SB Nation MLS Power Rankings is the ability to judge
if people are paying attention to the league as a whole, late to make adjustments or just not
believing that recent form matters. There are two teams that should show positive movement on this
front (Crew, Dallas) and there are two teams that deserve negative movement off of recent form
(Revolution and United).
Well what do we have here? Could it be... should I say it? Oh what the hell, I'll say it. Could
it be that the Portland Timbers have found themselves in the midst of a winning streak? I don't
want tog et everybody's hopes up being that it's only two wins, both of which were at home, but I
think it's safe to say that the Timbers' performance during those two games were markedly better
than they were in the months since John Spencer left.
In getting back from vacation, the Portland Timbers made things difficult for me by releasing a
slew of news including 2013 ticket prices, a change to their pitch, and a new coach. While we won't
officially meet Caleb Porter until December when he is introduced to the media, there's certainly a
lot to be pleased about.
Caleb Porter is making the jump to the professional ranks, but not until December.Â
Porter was named the new coach of the Portland Timbers Wednesday, where he will take over
full-time duties from interim coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, who took over for the
ousted John Spencer.
The Portland Timbers held a closed practice today at the team's Beaverton training facility, but
like yesterday very little attention was being paid to what was happening on the field. Instead,
everyone in attendance was waiting for team owner Merritt Paulson to arrive and make the formal
announcement that Caleb Porter had been hired on as the Timbers' new coach, which he did as
practice was wrapping up.
The waiting is over! I can't tell you why but i really think this could be a great hire. Porter
turned down an MLS head coaching position once before in 2009 but this time Caleb felt if was a
better fit and a much better situation. Hopefully his instincts are correct. This also explains why
Portland has gone to a 4-3-3 and has started using Darlington Nagbe differently.
Their Words "Obviously, the more I play with the guys, the better our understanding will be. So,
hopefully today was the first step, and now we can hopefully build upon that and continue to get
better collectively." Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron. Other Sources San Jose announce
groundbreaking date for new stadium - from MLSsoccer.
UNC leads the way after two weeks. (Photo via UNC Athletics/Jeffrey A. Camarati)
After two weeks of play, there are no clear cut favorites in the college game that we can say
will be in the College Cup later this fall. Some teams in the top of the rankings (for this purpose
we'll use the Coaches poll), have looked good while others have struggled.
The A in MAC might as well have stood for Akron for the last couple of decades.Â
Akron has won the Mid-American Conference's regular season title 14 times since 1993, including
each of the last seven years. Caleb Porter's side is reloaded again for another run at the
conference crown and a potential national championship, but the Zips have a new league foe to
contend with this season: West Virginia.
This weekend marks the arrival of the college soccer season for most of Division I, and once
again the Sounders Academy has spread a crop of talented young players across the American
landscape. By my count, the Sounders are represented in over 20 institutes of higher learning.
Here's a brief preview of what we'll be watching this season.
With two games against Colorado in six days, the Timbers had a light practice session today at
the team's Beaverton training center. Friday's starting eleven broke off and took part in a short
regen session before heading inside while the rest of the team did their fitness work and played a
short field game.
Welcome to the big show, Caleb. Merritt Paulson has the attention span of Bobcat Goldthwait, so it
only makes sense that those Twitter lambastings about Gavin Wilkinson finally sunk in. And here we
have Caleb Porter, he of recent U23 failure. Welcome to MLS our newest coach and Portland's third
since joining MLS.
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discusses the new hire for 2013 Caleb Porter NASL Segment: ...
Nat Borchers, star defender of Real Salt Lake is kind enough to lend his time and offer some fun
insights into which RSLer spends the most time on their hair...also Champions League, Supporters
Shield and MLS Cup. Pedro and Luke discuss all things soccer including which D2 team has is right,
this week's crazy MLS results and our thoughts on Caleb Porter heading up Portland.
On Monday to follow-up on the previous conversation with Kurt Schmid about scouting college and
potential HomeGrown Player signings I talked to Chris Henderson. At that point the rumors of Caleb
Porter were quite strong which could change how the Sounders approach DeAndre Yedlin 's status.
There was also the shift in Darwin Jones' status at the University of Washington, as he was unable
to complete a transfer due to the lack of an AA.
Rumor Confirmed: Porter to Coach Portland Next Year - Stumptown Footy
Say what you will about how successful it will be, but the Timbers have certainly managed to
sign one of the hottest coaching candidates out there in Caleb Porter. From a selfish perspective,
we can rest easy knowing that Porter will at least finish out the year of coaching DeAndre
Sal Zizzo named to the MLS team of the week. Jose Valencia cleared to start training with team.
Caleb Porter reportedly likes the Timbers and they like him. Uruguyan/Italian striker/attacking mid
Pablo DiFiori on trial
SoccerInsider tends to be on the money with these types of rumors. Can't say I mind hearing the
Timbers interest him. While unproven at the professional level, his raising of the Akron program to
national title levels and the grooming of such players as Mattocks, Zakuani, Bunbury and our own
Darlington Nagbe certainly would bode well for his prospects.