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Portland Timbers

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.

Game changers: A visit to the woodshed

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Defensive miscues and bad fouls sunk the Union against Portland.

1.) Ensuring domestic tranquility - The Portland Timbers had a Wednesday match against Saprissa in Costa Rica that was supposed to leave the club drained and softened up before the match against the Union. Caleb Porter rested a good portion of the Timbers starters against Saprissa, taking a 4-2 loss to make sure he had a rested lineup against the Philadelphia Union.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Loss at Dallas

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We've been here before.

The Portland Timbers were run off the field by FC Dallas on Saturday. There really aren't many other ways to put that.

Here are three questions from the Timbers' most recent capitulation on the road:

1. Could the Timbers build some momentum from last week's win over Seattle?

Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes U.S. Open Cup Preview

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The Portland Timbers get to take part in two of their seemingly annual traditions today: squaring off against MLS competition in the early rounds of the U.S. Open Cup and playing the San Jose Earthquakes in back to back matches.

Coming off the side's long break for the group stage of the Copa America, the Timbers are an enigma.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are mired in a three game losing streak, the team's longest under Caleb Porter, but they have a chance to turn things around tomorrow as they host the Vancouver Whitecaps in as close to a must-win match as you will see in May.

To get a better idea about the side that the Timbers will be facing, we exchanged questions with SB Nation's Whitecaps blog: Eighty-Six Forever.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Win Over San Jose

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The Portland Timbers figured it out on Saturday. It took some time. It wasn't always pretty. But they figured it out.

And as a result the Timbers come out of a brutal three-game week that felt like a disaster with four points. Not ideal, but also far from devastating.

Here are three questions from the Timbers' win:

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Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Meltdown Against Dallas

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What a ridiculous first-half performance that was from the Portland Timbers.

If anybody thought the Timbers would come into Providence Park with a chip on their shoulder after Nigel de Jong mugged Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, Caleb Porter's team dispelled that notion in short order by putting in a listless, sloppy effort in the first half that had Porter apologizing to supporters after the game.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers have their first Saturday match of the 2016 season tonight as they face off against Real Salt Lake in Providence Park. Following on the back of the Timbers' loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, this match is the side's last chance this year to set a team record for points in the month of March with Caleb Porter at the helm, already having claimed the month's first win under Porter when they defeated the Columbus Crew in the season opener.

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [4:00]

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The Portland Timbers are on the road and set to face off against the San Jose Earthquakes today. The Quakes were a tough, defense first side in 2015 and not much has changed there, despite the home side dealing with a bevy of injuries to start the 2016 season.

Where last week's season opening win against the Columbus Crew was a strange replaying of the MLS Cup, today's match against in San Jose against the always-physical 'Quakes feels more like the start of the true MLS season.

Wait, Darren Mattocks is Actually Coming to the Portland Timbers?

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Fans of the Portland Timbers must have felt like they were suffering from deja vu earlier this week as the side was once again linked to Jamaican forward and former Akron Zip under Caleb Porter, Darren Mattocks. Now, however, it seems that that rumor might just be true after all.

Jamaican website RJR News reported that Mattocks, 25, had been traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to the Timbers earlier this week, and just yesterday Marc Weber of the Province confirmed the story, claiming that the Whitecaps are expected to receive allocation money in return for the streaky striker.

Portland Timbers Training Quote and Notes: Porter on Jack Barmby

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The Portland Timbers held a short but intense practice session today at the team's Beaverton training facility, kicking off the week in high spirits following their first win in March under Caleb Porter despite the chill and rain. With the whole team alternating between high paced, short field matches with miniature nets and circuit drills, training on the practice pitch wrapped up quickly and the team headed indoors for a long gym session.

MOTM & Picture ratings: Portland Timbers Top Columbus Crew

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The Portland Timbers opened the 2016 season with a well-fought win against the Columbus Crew. Our experts chose their man of the match, find out who they chose.

The Portland Timbers started off the 2016 season with a well-deserved win over what may turn out to be the best team from the eastern conference last Sunday.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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In 2015, the Portland Timbers ascended to the MLS mountaintop by claiming the club's first-ever MLS Cup. Now, the challenge comes in defending it.

Following an offseason full of parties, parades and praise, the Timbers arenow set to begin their title defense by featuring much of the same.

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire Preseason Preview

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The Portland Timbers are almost done with the 2016 preseason. with six games out of the way, only one remains between the Timbers and the regular season: tomorrow's match against the Chicago Fire, the final match of the 2016 Simple Invitational.

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Since the Timbers returned from their camp in Tucson, Caleb Porter has been adamant that the match against the Fire would be treated like a regular season match.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 7 LIVE at The Civic Taproom

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Jamie and Chris go on the road to record an episode in front of a live audience at The Civic Taproom just one-half block from Providence Park.

In the first segment, Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter joins the crew to talk about the Timbers' preseason and tactical adjustments he expects to see from the league in 2016.

Soccer Made in Portland LIVE Details

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Jamie and Chris will record this week's Soccer Made in Portland live at The Civic Taproom on Tuesday, February 16th, at 7:00 p.m. The Civic Taproom is located just one-half block north of Providence Park at 621 SW 19th Avenue.

The show will feature guest appearances from Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter, Portland Thorns manager Mark Parsons, and a media roundtable in which Timbers color commentator Ross Smith and Caitlin Murray of the Portland Tribune and The Guardian will join Jamie and Chris to answer questions from the audience.

SBI Spotlight: Valentin chasing new American dream after European stint

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Growing up in the American soccer scene, Zarek Valentin had heard all about the American dream of plying his trade in a European league. For years, Europe has been the promised land, a place where American players can make their name among the very best while earning a comfortable living playing a sport they love.

Caleb Porter 'hungry' to build on Timbers' success for years to come

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Caleb Porter received a reward on Wednesday for his part in leading the Portland Timbersto their first MLS Cup, but he insists that the successes of last year have beencast aside.

Porter signed a new long-term contract as head coach of theTimbers on Wednesday, nearly two months after leading to the club to an MLS Cup title.

Caleb Porter Gets Long-Term Contract Extension

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In his three seasons with the Portland Timbers, head coach Caleb Porter has made the Timbers one of the most consistent teams in Major League Soccer, not to mention guiding the team to it's first MLS Cup win last season. In the wake of the team's triumph, it is not surprising that the Timbers announced today that Porter has been given a "long-term" contract extension.

Timbers Prepare for Familiar Foe as Camp Opens

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We meet again.

The Portland Timbers exorcised a lot of demons in their 2015 MLS Cup run. And at their first training session on Saturday morning it was clear that the Greed-and-Gold are still carrying with them a great deal of confidence from their trophy-winning campaign.

But among the foes that remain for this team is one that should have been vanquished long ago: March wins.

Major League Soccer

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 32 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned on Decision Day as the 2016 MLS regular season drew to a close.

1. The Timbers' Title Defense Goes Up In Flames

Despite enduring a 2016 season with more turbulence than anyone in Portland could have imagined, the defending champion Timbers entered the final day of the MLS regular season in an excellent position: Beat Vancouver, make the playoffs.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 32 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned on Decision Day as the 2016 MLS regular season drew to a close.

1. The Timbers' Title Defense Goes Up In Flames

Despite enduring a 2016 season with more turbulence than anyone in Portland could have imagined, the defending champion Timbers entered the final day of the MLS regular season in an excellent position: Beat Vancouver, make the playoffs.

Around the Forest: Caleb Porter reflects on his rise

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 4/29/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Salon asks in an extremely Salon-like long read: Has Soccer finally arrived in the US? [Salon]

David Beckham is moving quickly from not having the financing for a Miami expansion team, to not having the funds for a Las Vegas franchise.

Major Link Soccer: Expansion to the Midwest

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Don Garber has affirmed that the league is making a concentrated push to the Gateway of the West.

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Don Garber says that MLS is full steam ahead towards expanding to St. Louis.

While acknowledging a bit of bragging rights, Caleb Porter says the MLS Cup doesn't change how they view their Cascadia rivalry.

Philadelphia Union

Carroll set to make 350th MLS appearance, second walls, more Union bits, more news

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Carroll set to make 350th league appearance on Saturday. B.J. Callaghan on that second wall. More power rankings. More news.

New Union CBO, more preseason games, open practice, more news

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Union announce new chief business officer. Preseason match schedule now at six games. Video and more from open practice. More news.

The Rest

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?

Seattle

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

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

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.

Chara, Mattocks not available for tomorrow's game.

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Key players out against NYCFC

Fresh off the presses from Jamie Goldberg: Diego Chara suffered a toe injury and Darren Mattocks tore his meniscus in the Whitecaps game. Our record wasn't the only thing that was hurt:

Mattocks tore his meniscus in the game and underwent surgery Friday.

FC Dallas Scouting Report: Road woes, home dominance?

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FC Dallas fails on the road, but we're in Frisco. It'll be tough, but Sounders should get three points.

FC Dallas is a curious side. They are pretty good at home, going 4-0-2, but not on the road, going 2-4-0. They don't change to a bunker or leave players home, they just get beat outside of Frisco.

FIFA Match Preview: In Which Borchers Builds You Up to Break You Down

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Against my better judgement, I continue my series of simulating the Timbers' upcoming games in FIFA16. Today, the Whitecaps are on board.

Hi again. It's that time of week where instead of doing literally anything else that could make me a productive member of society, I spend a few hours simulating this week's matchup against the Whitecaps in a video game, and telling you about that experience.

Major Link Soccer: Matt Miazga to Chelsea?

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Landon Donovan has a baby, Caleb Porter gets an extension, and Juan Carlos Osorio has a problem with MLS.

Seattle

Nos Audietis is no longer alone in the world of Sounders Podcasting. The team has released the first episode of their new official show, the "Sound of Soccer".

Clint Dempsey is entering his third full season with the Seattle Sounders, but this will be his first full off-season.

Some Soccer News for Jan 27, 2016

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It's Day 27 of 2016.


A vision of the "superblock" surrounding the new Minnesota United stadium was rolled out in St Paul yesterday. By Frederick Melo of the Pioneer Press.

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Young RBNY and USA centerback Matt Miazga is on his way to Chelsea. And because he has a EU (Polish) passport he does not need an English work permit.