Caleb Porter

Portland Timbers

The MLS report: Week Zlatan

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MLS had quite the weekend. We'll recap the week that was with a look to the Pacific Northwest, a brief snapshot of the Union's next opponent, and touch on a certain someone's debut.

Five games to watch in 2018

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You can't attend every game, but PSP's Nick Fishman gives you five games to circle on your calendar this season.

Sounders vs. Portland Timbers preseason, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Preseason match 2 is against the second oldest rival Seattle has.

Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Suffering leads to Caleb Porter quitting. The Portland Timbers have a new coach and Seattle Sounders first chance to see what he's done to the team is Saturday night in Tucson at the Mobile Mini Sun Cup event at the Kino Sports Complex in MLS Preseason Presented by adidas (I think that's the full name and sponsorship involved).

Around The Forest: USL to use Pro/Rel?

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Also: Matt Doyle looks at the Timbers roster, Cubo Torres off to Pumas in LigaMX, Luciano Acosta gets green card and more!


Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for Portland Timbers |
The Offseason So Far: The two most shocking moves thus far have come from the Rose City.

The Portland Timbers Unzipped

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Akron's roots ran deep under Caleb Porter

Timbers coach Caleb Porter struck an optimistic chord following the season-ending loss to Houston when he said, "I think when you look at this team – and this is very encouraging moving forward." Porter began. "We have the pieces to again next year put together an extremely positive season and make steps even further to accomplish what we want to accomplish.

Savarese to be next Timbers Coach?

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ESPN is reporting Giovanni Savarese will be the Portland Timbers' next head coach, succeeding Caleb Porter who unexpectedly left the club in November.

His managerial experience is exclusively with the New York Cosmos where he won the NASL title three times in his tenure (2013-2017) including an undefeated season in 2015.

At Long Last: Highlights from the Offseason Press Conference

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The Portland Timbers planned to have their offseason press conference sometime in the week or two after their conference semifinal loss to the Houston Dynamo. Well, the best laid plans...

On Wednesday afternoon Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson held a half-hour press conference to talk about the Timbers' coaching search and offseason plans.

What’s next for the Timbers?

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Caleb Porter and the Timbers have parted ways, now what?

One of my favorite TV shows of all time is the West Wing. In it, after any crisis, fictional President Jed Bartlet always asked "What's next?" when he was ready to move on to the next thing.

So what's next for both Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers?

News Roundup: Union offseason needs, continuing Columbus drama Columbus, an important discussion about net quality

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The headlines you missed if you weren't paying attention this weekend.

Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia wins goalkeeper of the year

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Matt Doyle talks Caleb Porter, Luka Modric outcast to all-world midfielder, USMNT legend Landon Donovan, NWSL lands in Utah and more!


Armchair Analyst: Caleb Porter's Portland tenure comes to a close |
It was unexpected. Caleb Porter had guided a dinged and damaged Portland Timbers team to the top of the Western Conference during the regular season, and then – as they proceeded to pick up a few more dings, and sustain yet more damage – they battled gamely in the Western Conference semifinals before falling, 2-1 to Houston.

Official: Caleb Porter Has Left the Portland Timbers

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In a statement released this morning the Portland Timbers made it official: Caleb Porter has moved on.

As FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio first reported last night, the Timbers' coach of the last five seasons has reached an agreement with the side to step away, leaving the Timbers without a head coach as they head into the 2017-2018 offseason.

Report: Caleb Porter out as Timbers head coach

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Caleb Porter's tenure as Portland Timbers head coach is reportedly coming to an end.

FourFourTwo USA reports the man who led the Timbers to the 2015 MLS Cup title is out of a job. The move was reportedly his decision.

Porter was hired as Timbers coach in 2013, when he led them to the top seed in the Western Conference before losing in the conference final to Real Salt Lake.

Timbers left to wonder 'what if' after injuries derail postseason campaign

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The Portland Timbers had been battling the injury bug for quite some time. Throughout the season, the team relied on depth and the superstar heroics of Diego Valeri en route to the top overall seed in the Western Conference.

On Sunday, though, the task was simply too great for the battered Timbers, and their season ended because of it.

Timbers depth on display after rash of injuries in Houston

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After a 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo, the Portland Timbers are leaving Texas with a clean sheet in the first leg, but they are taking back a few unwanted knocks to Sunday's second leg back at Providence Park.0

Three key players all had to leave the match early due to uninvited injuries.

Around The Forest: Injuries abound in Houston

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Checkout how Thorns players are doing abroad, Viera praises the Crew, Chelsea fans attacked, and more!


Portland's Caleb Porter encouraged by Timbers' depth after rash of injuries |
Add another name to the long list of soccer players who've missed games owing to unusual injuries.

Timbers quietly take West's top seed, ready to make push in playoffs

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The Portland Timbers finished on top of the Western Conference thanks to their 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. The victory capped off a season that started strong, then began to fall flat due to increasing injuries, and concluded with only two losses in the final nine games as the team got healthy and found a breakout performance off the bench.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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This piece started at the beginning of the season as a forest-level survey of each game. Occasionally zooming in to spotlight a player here or a stat there, the idea was to provide a comprehensive look at the Timbers' most recent performance.

Now stepping back to the season-wide level, that job gets pretty easy:

After 34 games, there's just no arguing with that.

Around The Forest: Fanendo Adi to return in 2017 according to Caleb Porter

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Kaka will not renew his Orlando City contract, Redbulls cautious going into their match with Atlanta, World Cup bribery case opened and more!


Caleb Porter expects injured striker Fanendo Adi to play again in 2017 |
A series of setbacks have turned what was initially thought to be a short-term injury into a two-month absence for Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, but Caleb Porter expects his star forward to play again this season.

Around The Forest: Paris Saint-Germain sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan deal

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Toronto FC on a record blazing pace, Wondo tops Landon Donovan and more!


Caleb Porter: Timbers "starting to hit our stride" ahead of "final push" |
The Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders in their Cascadia Cup derby at CenturyLink Field on Sunday would have been an impressive result under any circumstances.

Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta could leave at contracts end

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Patrick Vieira concedes Supporters Shield race, Jack Wilshere red carded in U23 match and more!


PHOTOS: The Portland Timbers celebrated the solar eclipse during training |
Both the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City were the two MLS teams closest to the direct path of Monday's solar eclipse.

Around The Forest: Portland Timbers struggling with defensive issues

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The MLS transfer window closes, DC United the busiest team in MLS and more transfer news!


Portland Timbers have struggled to find consistency on backline this season due to injuries |
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter started his preferred center back pairing in Liam Ridgewell and Larrys Mabiala for the first time this season in Portland's 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy last week.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 28 with Caleb Porter

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Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter returns to the show to talk youth development, his team's late-game yips, and the end of the summer transfer window. Jamie and Chris recap the Timbers' 2-2 draw at Houston, run down the latest injury list, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' weekend showdown with the Houston Dash.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, Chicago Fire 2

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It's in there. Whether it will come out very much remains to be seen. But the Timbers have it in them to be one of the best teams in MLS.

The best teams in MLS, however, maximize their results — something the Timbers have not done to a spectacular extent in the last three weeks. As a result, the Timbers have three points form a give-game stretch in which they could — and probably should — have taken at least 11.

Timbers showed improvement, but left frustrated by loss in Seattle

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The Portland Timbers' hot start is a thing of the distant past. After beginning the season with three emphaticwins, the Timbers are now winless in their last five matches with three losses in that time. They have sunk from the top spot in the Western Conference to fifth place, where they cling to a playoff spot by two points.

Darlington Nagbe set to return against Montreal Impact

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On the mend and could start Saturday

Darlington Nagbe seems to be on the mend and is expected to be in the starting XI when the Portland Timbers take on the Montreal Impact on Saturday. He's missed two straight matches with a hamstring injury. He returned to full training this week, after joining the team for training late last week.

Timbers 'missed' Valeri and Nagbe in shutout loss to Earthquakes

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SAN JOSE, Calif.- Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe were missed as the Portland Timbers crumbled at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes, suffering their second shutout of the season in the form of a 3-0 defeat.

After falling down a goal in the eighth minute, the incomplete Timbers' were unable toshowcase any attacking cohesion against the Quakes on Saturday night.

Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers came out of the gates on fire last weekend in their 5-1 season-opening win against Minnesota United FC. Now the Timbers head to California to face the LA Galaxy in their first road match of the year as well as their first test of the side's depth.

While the Timbers' front six is intact from last week, it is their back line that is in question; three of the side's four starters on defense went down with a knock this week.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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Caleb Porter tried on Wednesday night. He tried hard.

For eight-and-a-half minutes of his ten-minute press conference Porter qualified every bit of praise. He found every nit that there was to pick. He insisted that he still wanted more out of his team — more fitness, more goalscoring, more sharpness on the ball, more defensive discipline.

After months of transfer rumors, Porter determined to put Nagbe in position to succeed with Timbers

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Caleb Porter has obviously heard the chatter. Throughout the offseason, any discussion regarding the future of the Portland Timbers has inevitably turned towards Darlington Nagbe. Just over a year removed from winning an MLS Cup, the Timbers' offseason has centered around the potential of losing a player that remains one of the team's biggest pieces.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 43 with Caleb Porter

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Portland Timbers' head coach Caleb Porter returns to the show (beginning at 50:37) to discuss the Timbers' offseason, changes in MLS over the course of his four years in the league, and the perils of a long evening stuck on the snowy streets of Portland.

First, however, Jamie and Chris return to the microphones to run down the latest Timbers news including the first wave of offseason transactions and Darlington Nagbe's flirtation with Celtic, as well as Tobin Heath's U.

Timbers identify positions of need going into offseason

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The offseason may have only recently begun for the Portland Timbers, but head coach Caleb Porter has already identified the club's positions of need.

Changes are coming to the Timbers' roster after a disappointing 2016 season that saw the reigning MLS Cup champions fail to reach the playoffs.

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NCAA College Cup semifinals preview: Akron vs. Stanford

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With the College Cup coming to Talen Energy Stadium this weekend, Nick Fishman previews the first of Friday's semifinal doubleheader. Here's everything you need to know about Stanford and Akron.

Jurgen Klinsmann is out, so here are 8 coaching candidates for the U.S. men's soccer team

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Jurgen Klinsmann is out as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team after two consecutive losses in World Cup qualifying recently. Check out some options for federation president Sunil Gulati.

Major League Soccer

The End of an Era of Mutual Growth

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The Caleb Porter Era is over.

The top-line summation of Porter's time in Portland is straightforward: He was among the best coaches in Timbers' club history. Posting a 68-50-52 record over his five years in Portland, Porter's 1.54 points per game are the best in the brief MLS era and second best of any coach in the Timbers modern era.

Major Link Soccer: Caleb Porter out in Portland

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The departure takes everyone by surprise. Also, CONCACAF announces new Nation's League, and Messi wishes Nelson Valdez's son a happy birthday.


Many of you know Atlantic Crossing as a bar that's been at the center of the soccer renaissance in Seattle over the last 10 years. It's also at the center of a changing neighborhood, as rampant construction and different demographics present serious challenges for many small businesses in that section of Roosevelt.

Major Link Soccer: Is Mike Petke MLS’ best dressed?

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Go vote, keep Brian Schmetzer in the running through the first round. Get him past Caleb Porter.


Who is the best dressed coach in MLS? Mike Petke is probably a good vote, BUUUUUT you should go vote for Brian Schmetzer before voting closes at 11am PST. Just make sure he beats Caleb Porter.

The Rest

Landon Donovan wants an American coach for USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will go on throughout the year, but one former star has listed a few names he'd like to see in charge.

Landon Donovan went on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast and discussed the ongoing USMNT rebuild, includingwho he feels should take the reins of the USMNT.

Injury Report: Liam Ridgewell suffers setback, out 6-8 weeks.

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When it rains it pours...

Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian is reporting that Timbers Captain Liam Ridgewell has suffered a setback after returning to training. He re-injured his quad his first day back and will now be out at least 6-8 weeks. There is a little bit of good news in this, because when the Timbers get back from the Gold Cup break Larrys Mabiala will be available for selection.

Injury Report: Diego Chara out 4 weeks with a hamstring strain

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And the hits keep comin'...

Jamie Goldberg at the Oregonian is reporting that Diego Chara picked up a hamstring strain against the Sounders over the weekend and will be out for at least a month. If that wasn't enough, Amobi Okugo is out 4-6 weeks as well with a ACL strain. He was injured on that Dempsey header that sealed the draw.

Major Link Soccer: Millwall supporter fights London attackers

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Roy Larner took on the trio because "I'm Millwall" also could Jordan Morris replace Romelu Lukaku?


One fan is breaking down how to get the boys back to the MLS Cup because right now, they are just average.


What do Romelu Lukaku and Jordan Morris have in common? They are strikers.