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Portland Timbers Need to Sign a Big Defender This Off Season [Poll]

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Perhaps not as glamorous as a marquee striker or midfielder, as what we've come to expect from MLS teams in the recent years, but I think, if anything, these past two road games have shown that the Portland Timbers desperately need to bring in a marquee, veteran defender to command and lead the back line.

Who Would You Trade Away from the Portland Timbers? [Poll]

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With tomorrow's big game the first since the trading away of both Troy Perkins and Mike Chabala, there's been a lot of opinion and suggestions coming from the fan base on what the Portland Timbers FO should do with regards to players. Obviously, most of you probably wouldn't have traded Perkins away, some of you probably would have traded Chabala.

Portland Timbers @ FC Dallas Preview and Match Thread [6:00 pm]

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It's a battle of the basement dwellers tonight! And it brings me absolutely no joy in saying that. As the Portland Timbers look to earn their first road win against the other worst team in the league, FC Dallas will be looking to right their season amidst a series of injuries.

One thing to remember is that the Portland Timbers don't have the best record at FC Dallas Stadium.

Recap: Season on the rocks as Portland can't drink the Chivas

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*Shout out to FNTM for the recap title*

Quick Recap

The Portland Timbers again open the road going down a goal and look listless in the attack. Chivas looks just as bad offensively, except for the ability to exploit the Timbers' LB, but defensively they look miles ahead of Portland. 1-0 loss

First Half

Gavin Wilkinson trotted out the 4-2-3-1 just like the Galaxy game but this time he had Futty Danso in stead of David Horst and Diego Chara in for Palmer.

Portland Timbers @ Chivas USA Preview and Match Thread

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So, Game One with Gavin Wilkinson as interim head coach didn't go so well -- entertaining, yes, but entertainment doesn't add points to the standings. The Portland Timbers will try to turn things around in front of a prepubescent midday crowd at the Home Depot Center today. If the Boys in Green are going to get a win away from home at all this season, it might as well come against the worst offense in MLS.

MLS Mid-Week Recap

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by Pedro Gomes

Happy belated Fourth of July everyone. Although not every match in the mid-week line-up offered its own dose of fireworks for the MLS faithful there was still plenty of soccer to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday night. And the late game dramatics of the Los Angeles and Philadelphia game capped off a spectacular slate of Holiday activities.

Timbers survive July 3rd tremor but no liquefaction occurs

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Quick Recap

Another great start as the Portland Timbers score first on a very quick counter attack. In the second half Portland added another goal and it turned out to be the cushion they needed as the San Jose Earthquakes pulled one back. 2-1 Win for Portland.

First Half

From the first whistle Portland looked like they actually came to play tonight.

Timbers halt Earthquakes for key home victory

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Just three days after what was arguably their worst game of the year, the Portland Timbers responded to that disappointing show against Colorado by putting together the kind of victory has just might spark a full-blown turnaround.

The Timbers scored goals in each half, including Danny Mwanga's first for Portland since joining the team from Philadelphia, to earn a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

Portland Timbers Training Notes and Quotes: Quick Turnaround Edition

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The Portland Timbers held their first practice after the bloodbath in Colorado at Jeld-Wen field this morning. With a match coming up tomorrow against league-leading San Jose, today's closed session was a strange mix of regen and game prep.

Kalif Alhassan took part in his first practice since pulling a hamstring against Seattle last week.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: Here We Go Again Edition

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Player ratings for Sunday's match won't be quite as in depth as you're probably used to. This is primarily because we four writers here at Stumptown Footy are running into ourselves trying to finish up the post game coverage of the Colorado game while also getting all our preview game material ready for tomorrow's game.

Timbers Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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That did not go as planned. For the first time in the MLS era, the Seattle Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers. I wouldn't say the Sounders were outplayed, but I don't know that I'd say they were clearly outplayed in many of these seven games that they've failed to win.

Rather, this was a hugely frustrating continuation of an incomplete game being followed by a substandard result.

Timbers vs. Sounders: Your Running Commentary

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The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders square off at Jeld-Wen Field today in the latest installment of their Cascadia Derby (5pm, ESPN2 first, then ESPN).

The match is a vital one for two teams struggling at the moment. The Sounders come into Portland winless in six matches and in danger of slipping even further down the standings.

Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Preview and Match Thread [2:00 PM]

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Big day. Big match. Big EVERYTHING. There's really not much I can say about the rivalry today that most of you don't already know. But if this IS your first time heading to a match between these two sides, all I will say is be prepared. There's nothing timid about a Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders match.

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.

US Open Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Cal FC Preview and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Yesterday kicked off MLS's foray into this year's US Open Cup and the results were mixed, to say the least. Of all the MLS sides participating in the tournament, seven famously flamed out against teams from lower tiers of the American soccer pyramid. If there's one thing we have learned from what occurred yesterday it's that the Portland Timbers shouldn't be expecting an easy game tonight.

Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Preview and Match Thread [7:00 PM]

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Another game day. Well, maybe not just another game day. After all this is a Cascadia Cup match and that, in itself, is something that makes tonight's match just a little more noteworthy than traditional games. There's a bit more adrenaline. Perhaps even a little more brazen raucousness from the fans.

Danso, Gleeson, Palmer and Wallace Called Up by National Teams

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The Timbers front office announced that four Timbers players will be serving with their respective national teams during the FIFA international break between May 23 and June 16. The players mentioned in the press release were CB Futty Danso, GK Jake Gleeson, MF Lovel Palmer and MF Rodney Wallace.

Because of the long break from MLS competition, neither Lovel Palmer nor Rodney Wallace will miss MLS matches.

Futty Danso Receives One Game Suspension

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Futty Danso received a one game suspension and a fine for an undisclosed amount for striking Calen Carr in the head while tackling the ball away from him in the Portland Timbers game versus the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday. During the game the play in question was ruled fair play as Futty got the ball before colliding with Carr, but upon further review the MLS Discipline Committee ruled that Futty's challenge warranted further action.

Dynamo v Portland Timbers: Houston Fails to Solve Troy Perkins in Scoreless Draw

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Well that was not a match to write home about. It happens in every sport, not every game is great and while last night's nil-nil draw between the Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers will not make any highlight reels, it wasn't the worst match we've ever seen. It's a little disappointing to leave points on the table against a struggling Timbers side but considering the lineup changes and the insanely busy schedule the Dynamo are facing right now, a point is a point.

The Timbers Need Improvement on Set Pieces

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At this time last year, the Portland Timbers were just eight games into their inaugural season, and they were already creating a reputation for a dangerous ability to score goals off corner kicks and free kicks.

By May 8 the Timbers had scored eleven goals, seven from set pieces. Portland's next game came against Seattle, when Futty Danso famously got his head above Kasey Keller's outstretched mitts and redirected Jack Jewsbury's long free kick for the score.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Jack is (Right) Back Edition

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The Portland Timbers held a closed practice today at Jeld-Wen field ahead of their impending match up against the Columbus Crew. With both the Timbers and Crew near the bottom of the league table, the pressure is on for the Timbers to find a win but the mood around practice seemed upbeat.

Perhaps the most interesting news out of practice today came from a tweet by Mike Donovan.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Broken Face Edition

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The Portland Timbers practiced today at Jeld-Wen Field for the first time since their defeat by the Montreal Impact on Saturday. Practice was closed to the press after the team completed their warm-ups.

The Timbers wounded were a mixed bag at practice with Troy Perkins, who will be a game time decision this weekend according to John Spencer, at practice and running with a bandage on his nose.

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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.

Timbers Man of the Match: Defense? Edition [Poll]

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Another Timbers away match, another Timbers away loss. Although the Timbers took longer to collapse than they did against Colorado last week, the final score line was the same. With Geoff unavailable, Ryan, Andy, and I searched and eventually came up with some suitable candidates for the Timbers' Man of the Match.

Maybe Chris Penso should be disciplined as well?

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Maybe Chris Penso should be disciplined as well?

MLS announced today that Mamadou "Futty" Danso will be suspended one game and fined for the vicious hit to the head he delivered to Calen Carr (who is wearing protective headgear for goodness' sakes!!) late in the 0-0 draw on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Portland Post Game Comments and Videos

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Here are all the videos we the SF gang took after the game. Will will be transcribing them for you and adding some of the comments we could not get video for. I know there will be added quotes from Will from Kris Boyd and others as well as the transcription of these videos (give Will major props for transcribing all of these).

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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 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: 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.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Cascadia! Edition

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The Timbers trained today at Jeld-Wen Field in preparation for their first Cascadia Cup match of the year. With the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps tomorrow night, practice was closed after warm-ups.

For the first time this season the Timbers were missing no players due to injury at practice today.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready, Aim, Fire Edition

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The Timbers held a full practice today after yesterday's light regeneration session as they prepare to face the Chicago Fire on Sunday. Today's closed session at Jeld-Wen saw only one change in personnel from yesterday.

Troy Perkins returned to the pitch to practice with the rest of the team after doing his own work out yesterday.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Recovery Day Edition

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The Timbers ran out for a short training session today as they recover from their 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo. After the team's initial warm-ups, practice was closed to the press.

Missing from today's practice were Jack Jewsbury and Futty Danso, both of whom picked up injuries in Houston.

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Espinoza and Vermes Appear to Avoid Disciplinary Committee

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Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the suspensions and fines for the past week. Brek Shea and Mamadou Danso picked up suspensions for actions this past week, but two names were absent from the list. Roger Espinoza and Peter Vermes were both missing from the list.

Espinoza had picked up a red card for an elbow to Sebastian Grazzini while going for a ball.

Timbers defender Futty Danso fined and suspended by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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Any question whether Futty Danso would play against Chicago has been answered by Major League Soccer and their disciplinary committee. Danso was suspended for one match for hitting Houston midfielder Calen Carr in the head during a collision in the 82nd minute of their May 15 match in Houston. Danso will sit out the May 20 match against the Chicago Fire, although his availability was questionable because of a hamstring injury he suffered on the same play.

The Rest

NASL Week 12 Rewind

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Article by Doak Gips
We're moving closer to the halfway point in the NASL schedule, and while the fight for the top continues onto next week, Atlanta is trying to real hard to lay claim to the cellar of the league. Actually, they don't have to try much harder, they've pretty much got that part nailed down.

Timbers Man of the Match: Shutting Down the Sounders Edition [Poll]

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The Timbers' win over the Seattle Sounders yesterday was an epic one. There were goals, there were fights, there was an epic tifo, and in the midst of all that there were some fantastic performances put in by the players. With that in mind, the editors here at Stumptown Footy thought we should recognize those performances by each declaring our man of the match.

Compilation of Timbers 2012 Player Ratings (post HOU)

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NOTE: Click on each of the charts below for bigger (more readable) versions.

Thanks to all who followed the survey link and submitted player ratings for the Houston match. We had another week with over 100 responses. Here is the distribution of your player ratings...

The rest of the charts are after the jump.