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Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Decline and Fall?: Football and “Failing” Towns

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[L]ast month The Economist hit the headlines for publishing a distinctly unflattering portrait of several British towns including Wolverhampton, Hull, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. As the stats - for unemployment in particular, but also educational standards, welfare cuts and numbers of empty retail units - made clear, the towns and cities in question are undeniably enduring tough times.

‘You look like Joey Barton’ comment leads to pub fight

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A pub fight started after one man told another he looked like Joey Barton, a court heard. Sean Beckwith, 21, and Maxwell McStravick, 40, admitted using threatening behaviour after Beckwith had told McStravick he looked like the former Newcastle bad-boy while both drank at the Tap and Spile pub in Darlington.

New City: Newcastle

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With all of the games in the Olympic soccer tournament spread throughout the U.K., the WNT is getting a pretty extensive tour of England and Scotland. After spending some time in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Manchester the WNT is now in another new city -- Newcastle -- for their quarterfinal match-up with New Zealand.

Videos

Video: Joe Hart at fault as James Morrison scores (England vs Scotland)

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West Brom midfielder James Morrison gave Scotland the lead in tonight's game against England with a helping hand from Joe Hart. The Man City keeper made a right mess of his attempts to keep out Morrison's long range effort. But since Morrison was born in Darlington this doesn't really count, right?

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 17th February 2013

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This week's Non-League Videos of the Week will be the last to be posted up here on a Sunday night. We're moving them to a midweek spot from next week on. This weekend's batch of matches come from the Northern League, the Blue Square Bet South, the Southern League Premier Division and the Combined Counties Football League.

Portland Timbers

Recap: Well, that sucked.

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers once again go to Colorado and get absolutely pasted. The Colorado Rapids did everything they were supposed to do and wanted to do, meanwhile the Timbers looked listless on offense and some of the defenders looked clueless. 3-0 loss and back into the cellar.

With Porter In, Kris Boyd Cedes Starring Role to Darlington Nagbe

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Late in the Portland Timbers' match at Toronto FC, Darlington Nagbe, playing on the right wing in place of subbed-out Sal Zizzo, saw the chance to do something he hadn't done in five months. He snuck in behind the Toronto defense and got himself on the end of a perfectly chipped cross from Steven Smith.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Player Ratings: No Longer Last Edition

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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.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [7:30 PM]

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Fresh off their first win in a long time, the Portland Timbers remain at home this week to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids in a two game, home and away series. While the Timbers are still sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference table, last week's win has offered them a gleam of hope that they don't have to stay down there.

Darlington Nagbe talks about his former college coach, Caleb Porter, who has been...

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Darlington Nagbe talks about his former college coach, Caleb Porter, who has been hired to coach the Portland Timbers in 2013.

Rumor Confirmed: Porter to Coach Portland Next Year

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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.

Portland Timbers break losing streak with 2 to 1 win over Vancouver, take control of Cascadia Cup competition

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The Portland Timbers have been playing improved soccer over the past few weeks, but they hadn't won a match since their July 3 win over San Jose. Behind some new faces, improved offensive flow and lessening defensive mistakes, the Timbers beat their Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 to 1 behind goals from Darlington Nagbe and Franck Songo'o.

Report: Porter offered Timbers coaching job

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The Portland Timbers aren't wasting time when it comes trying to find the head coach that will guide the team into the next era.

The Oregonian is reporting that the Timbers have offered their coaching job to University of Akron head coach and former U.S. Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter.

Caleb Porter To Be Portland’s Next Coach?

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I want to open this up with saying I don't like the idea of this move at all, for either side.

OregonLive.com is reporting this morning that the Portland Timbers are set to offer their head coaching position to Akron head coach and US U-23 national team head coach Caleb Porter.

The Portland Timbers have offered their head coaching job to University of Akron coach Caleb Porter, according to sources.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Points! Edition [Poll]

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The Timbers' win over the Vancouver Whitecaps last night put them at the top of the Cascadia Cup standings and pushed the team up a place to 17th overall in the league standings. Yesterday's win came with some close calls on both ends of the pitch, but again it was the team's attacking play that looked the most impressive with key contributions coming from players all across the pitch.

Kings of Cascadia! Well, more like Kings of BC!

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Quick Recap:

Portland Timbers control the first half for 45 minutes and 30 seconds and get the first goal. The 30 seconds they didn't control the game the Vancouver Whitecaps get a Corner on a dubious call and of course they score. Portland did not let the late first half goal get them down and they came out firing on all cylinders and got the go ahead goal.

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Offense Edition

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Pardon us for being a day tardy with our usual Man of the Match series as we aim to return to full power after the four of us have taken turns going on vacations, etc. It's a busy job keeping track of the Portland Timbers, and some weeks we just need a break, ya know?

Last Sunday saw the Portland Timbers take on the New York Red Bulls in what would be a thrilling offensive affair from both sides.

Pearce game winner helps cap Red Bulls rally, keeps RBNY unbeaten at home

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With the final minutes of the first half ticking away on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls looked like they just might suffer their first loss at Red Bull Arena this year. Two early goals by the Portland Timbers had the Red Bulls on the ropes and looking ripe for defeat.

The Red Bulls had other ideas.

Quotes, Stats and Links: Portland at Toronto Edition

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Quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

What are your thoughts on the game?
Toronto created some chances in the second half, but I think we controlled the tempo and the rhythm for a majority of the first half. When you do that, I think you have to finish teams off, but Toronto responded very well.

Nagbe goal gives Timbers tie on road with TFC

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The Portland Timbers may not have won their first road game of the season on Wednesday night, but they did manage to get a result that surely felt like a victory.

The Timbers drew Toronto FC, 2-2, at BMO Field on Wednesday after a late headed goal from Darlington Nagbe. The Timbers attacker took advantage of some poor defending by TFC to get open and equalize in the 82nd minute after Portland had relinquished a 1-0 lead earlier.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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Complete player rankings for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with a composite ranking for the coaches and team.

Nagbe’s late header salvages 2 all draw for the Portland Timbers in Toronto

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The Portland Timbers traveled east on a two match road trip in the hopes to secure their first win away from JELD-WEN Field. Behind a promising start and a Sal Zizzo goal, the Timbers appeared to be on their way, but instead, the Timbers had to fight back to salvage points from a draw behind a late goal from Darlington Nagbe.

Recap: Oh Captain my Captain! Portland ties FC Dallas on Jewsbury's goal

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Quick Recap:

The weather made it feel like FC Dallas was at home and the Portland Timbers were on the road but the result was not the same as the last game these teams played. Portland, namely Franck Songo'o, came out strong but were unable to get the opening goal in the first half and were then punished for a defensive mistake.

Recap: Portland's 2012 woes continue

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers rolled out a modified 4-5-1 and actually looked decent going forward. However none of the chances actually created a goal and in the end it cost Portland the game. Chivas USA scored the only goal of the game past the hour mark. 1-0 loss.

First Half

Brent Richards was rewarded with his first start of his career and Portland played Darlington Nagbe and Diego Chara played the attacking base in an inverted pyramid in the center.

Portland at Chivas USA: Quotes, stats, and Links

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After 10 hours of scoreless road soccer here is what everyone had to say.

Quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

Thoughts on the game:
"I think in the first half we lacked a little bit of energy, we lacked imagination, we lacked creativity - our ball speed was a little bit poor and individual areas cost us the goal.

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.

forwards

Portland Timbers Man of the Match: Fourth Time's the Charm Edition [Poll]

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After failing to shut out their opponents in their last fifteen league matches, a run that started in May, last night the Timbers finally were able to keep their opponents off the board in a herculean defensive effort. The Timbers didn't quite click on the offensive end of things but the team were able to put together several moments of magic in the first half that let them keep the pressure on Colorado and put one in the back of the net.

What Would You Give Up For Juan Toja? [Poll]

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With MLSSoccer.com reporting that the New England Revolution are planning on taking Juan Toja with their first pick in the current allocation order and that they are entertaining offers for the services of the Colombian play-maker, there has been talk around the Internet that the Timbers should make a play of their own.

Why signs point to Portland having a good game

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I am ever the optimist and always try to find the silver lining in dark and stormy clouds and these last few months have not been even close to the CumulUs humilis of last year. The clouds have not even been the typical Nimbostratus clouds of a normal up and down season but have been the cumulonimbus incus which usually foretells a very rough patch in the weather.

New York Red Bulls

Portland Timbers @ New York Red Bulls Player Ratings: Zizzo Edition

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I'm doing something a little different with this week's player ratings. Instead of adding my own, I'll be using just my fellow editor's opinions. The unfortunate truth is that I'm in my last week of classes at PSU and I just don't have the usual hour-hour and a half or so it takes me to craft these articles what with all my looming projects coming up.

Red Bulls Rewind: Gaudette steals the show

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

On a night where Tim Cahill scored his first goal as a Red Bull and the team rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory, it was Bill Gaudette who stole the show.

And that says a lot.

"I think the real hero tonight was probably Billy," Cahill said after the match.

wnt

Golf Scramble

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Abby Wambach gives some putting advance to Alex Morgan

You may have seen video of the USA's golf scramble competition in Darlington before the team left for Glasgow, but if you didn't, you can watch below...



As fans are well aware, even the smallest of competitions can turn intense with the WNT gets involved, so even though some of the above golfers went a bit on the lighter side, others knew the distance to the hole, the best lies and even how to chip out of the sand.

Last Full Day in Darlington

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The U.S. WNT spent its last full day at its training base in Darlington today, but that didn't include training. After a scrimmage yesterday, the U.S. players got today off, besides some regen work in the morning that included yoga.


The players mostly rested today and packed up in preparation for traveling to Glasgow, Scotland tomorrow, but a handful of players took a short excursion to the charming city of Durham for some brief shopping and dinner.

The Rest

Paid Their Dues: Joe. Tait.

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Joe Tait scored. All hail Joe Tait.

Joe Tait has been loaned to Darlington 1883, the club he joined in 2012 after leaving the Union. Darlington currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One North *breath*, in the eighth division. Gateshead, the club that loaned him out, plays in the sixth division.

Darlington Nagbe's miCoach Speed Cell Data. He maxed out speed at 20.13 MPH, covered 6.773 miles...

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Darlington Nagbe's miCoach Speed Cell Data. He maxed out speed at 20.13 MPH, covered 6.773 miles and sprinted a total of 52 times once he put on his cleats.

Caleb Porter and the Timbers: Mutual interest?

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Caleb Porter and the Timbers: Mutual interest?

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.

Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

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Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found.

MOTM: 2 Away Goals edition

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For the first time in their brief MLS History Portland has scored 2 away goals and not only have did they score two but one of them was a late equalizer. With all that said there were not that many players to choose from for Man of the Match honors as quite a few players had pretty poor performances, so let's see who the writers thought was their MOTM.