DARREN MATTOCKS

Portland Timbers

Darren Mattocks provides key boost for Timbers in Adi's absence

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Diego Valeri is earning all of the plaudits for the Portland Timbers, and they're most certainly deserved. With Fanendo Adi out of action, the Argentinian star has stepped up in a big way, scoring seven goals in as many games to lead the Timbers to the top of the Western Conference.

Diego Valeri Scores Again in 1-0 Portland Timbers Win Over New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers gutted out their fourth road win of the year on Saturday, beating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.

After sustained pressure from New York to start the match, the Timbers were able to rattle off a couple of quick chances late in the first half, coming close through a Roy Miller header in the 41st minute and a series of half chances in the moments after.

Storylines: Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers look to make it two in a row on the road

The Story So Far...

The Timbers made their trip to the great white north with barely a squad, and came out with a win. Honestly I didn't have a lot of hope going into this match, being so shorthanded. But they proved me wrong and took all three points on the road.

Portland Timbers Beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Two Darren Mattocks Assists

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The Portland Timbers ground out a close first half against the Philadelphia Union before scoring a pair of quick goals off assists from Darren Mattocks in the second to earn a 2-1 win.

In a back and forth first half, both sides created chances and it was the Timbers who looked to have the better of the match but the Union who came closer to opening the scoring, nearly getting the better of the Timbers on two occasions early on.

Portland Timbers Beat Toronto FC, Baldomero Toledo 2-1

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The Portland Timbers gutted out a 2-1 win at Providence Park today against a strong Toronto FC side, overcoming a tying goal and some baffling refereeing in the contentious match.

The Timbers opened the scoring early, getting on the board int he 17th minute. After working the ball down the pitch, the home side were able to keep Toronto under pressure for an extended period, working the ball around the outside of the box.

Portland Timbers Make Darren Mattocks Acquisition Official

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The Portland Timbers have long been linked with Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks, and now they have got their man.

The Timbers announced today that they have acquired Mattocks, 25, from the Whitecaps for Targeted Allocation Money this year and General Allocation Money and an international roster spot next year.

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.

Moves in the Making? Merritt Paulson Drops Hints for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns

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It just wouldn't be MLS Roster Compliance Day without Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson dropping a hint about impending roster moves. Of course, Paulson did not go into specifics in his tweeted innuendo, simply saying that Timbers and Thorns general manager Gavin Wilkinson was hard at work and that there would hopefully be news for both teams in "the next week or so".

Cristian Roldan

Rose City Forecast 29: NYCFC vs PTFC

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Almost two weeks ago, you may remember that the Timbers traveled north to Seattle and came away with a 1-1 draw. The Sounders got the first goal when Cristian Roldan finished up a sequence of pinball in the Timbers box. PTFC would respond just before half time when Valeri launched a perfect through-ball to Darren Mattocks who was fouled in the box.

Cristian Roldan’s goal needs to be seen in slow-motion to be fully appreciated

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There were at least 15 touches on Sounders' goal.

SEATTLE — Soccer is a game where randomness can sometimes decide the outcome. Rarely was that more on display than on Cristian Roldan's opening goal in the Seattle Sounders' 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The extent of that randomness was captured perfectly by LevyFilms (video above).

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 24: Another win for Montreal, Chicago’s problems grow

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Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season started with the New York Red Bulls falling flat in a 2-0 loss at Portland on Friday night. The Red Bulls played at Cincinnati in the US Open Cup on Wednesday. Diego Valeri put Portland up in the 65th and assisted on Darren Mattocks's goal six minutes into stoppage time.

On Rooney to Everton, the MLS transfer window, & more: Freedom Kicks for 7/11/17

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Also, stop being so great, Sweden.

Hello hello hello! It's Tuesday, which means I'm here to serve you up some Freedom Kicks.

By the way, it's gonna be 90+ degrees all week, and I just want to register my severe displeasure re: that.

Okay, soccer!

A preview of the MLS transfer window | B&RU

ICYMI: Ben looks at two positions D.

Around The Forest: San Jose Earthquake’s Matheus Silva wakes from coma

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David Villa and the Chicago Fire take home a fair share of midseason awards from ESPN FC and more.

Portland:

New swimming beach opens next week in Portland | KGW.com
Soon the city of Portland will have a brand new swimming beach. Poet's Beach marks the city's first designated swim area on the Willamette.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

MLS Ticker: Drogba joins Impact, Mattocks targeted by China and more

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The Montreal Impact received a boost in training on Tuesday, while another player from the Pacific Northwest is gaining interest from China.

Impact forward Didier Drogba joined the team's preseason training in Florida after spending time in Qatar this offseason with a personal trainer. The Impact will face New York City FC in a scrimmage on Wednesday.

Jamaica

Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semis as Canada downed

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.

Goals in each half from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams secured victory for the ‘Reggae Boyz’, who will play Mexico or Honduras in the last four.

Jamaica, the beaten finalists in the 2015 Gold Cup, got off to a dream start at the University of Phoenix Stadium when Francis scored after only six minutes.

Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semis as Canada downed

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.

Goals in each half from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams secured victory for the ‘Reggae Boyz’, who will play Mexico or Honduras in the last four.

Jamaica, the beaten finalists in the 2015 Gold Cup, got off to a dream start at the University of Phoenix Stadium when Francis scored after only six minutes.

Jamaica, El Salvador secure spots in CONCACAF Gold Cup quarters

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica and El Salvador both punched their tickets to the quarter-finals after playing to a 1-1 draw in a Group C match at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament on Sunday.

Jamaica now have one win and two draws which moves them into first place in the group standings with five points - just ahead of seven-time champions Mexico who have a game in hand.

Second-half goals lift Jamaica in Gold Cup opener

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San Diego (AFP) – Jamaica came alive in the second half on Sunday to score two goals that gave them a 2-0 win over Curacao in the Group C opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Romario Williams in the 58th minute and Darren Mattocks in the 73rd, gave the Reggae Boyz the first three points in a group that also includes defending champions Mexico and El Salvador - who were next up in the day’s double-header in Southern California.

Jamaica defeats Nicaragua, advances to CONCACAF group stage

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The Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake kept a clean sheet as the Reggae Boyz overcame a 3-2 deficit on the aggregate, pulling out a thriller in the waning minutes of regulation against Nicaragua.

Jamaica looked certain to be out of the 2018 World Cup before 2015 was over with, however a last-minute goal by Simon Dawkins put the Reggae Boyz through to the group stage, as they defeated Nicaragua 2-0 (4-3 on the aggregate) in front of a record 18,000-plus in Managua.

How to watch: 2018 World Cup Qualifying - Nicaragua vs. Jamaica

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The heavily favored Reggae Boyz went down 3-2 to Los Pinoleros in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers in Kingston. Can the Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake help keep Jamaica's World Cup aspirations alive?

It was a wild one in Kingston on Friday night, as Jamaica clawed their way back from a 3-0 deficit to head to Managua down only a goal in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Andre Blake and Jamaica tie Martinique 1-1

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With all of the talk about Zac and Rais, some people had something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips - just a bunch of gibberish because you probably act like you forgot about Dre.

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and Jamaica's Reggae Boyz drew Martinique 1-1 in the opening round of the 2014 Caribbean Cup in Montego Bay, Jamaica last night.

Fanendo Adi

Patchwork Portland Timbers Beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1

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The Portland Timbers were short handed due to injuries and suspension coming into today's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but they overwhelmed the visitors early before grinding out a 2-1 win.

The Timbers held the ball for much of the match, keeping the Whitecaps pinned back in their own end and working the ball from flank to flank.

Timber Cruise: Philadelphia Union 1, Portland Timbers 3

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The Portland Timbers are back to their winning ways.

After two consecutive games in which the Timbers dropped points in the final ten minutes, Caleb Porter's side made sure that wasn't going to happen again. Up a goal heading into the final minutes, Darren Mattocks drew a penalty and Fanendo Adi broke the club record for all-time goals-scored with the resulting finish.

Timbers Part Ways With McInerney

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The Jack McInerney Era in Portland is over.

At long last, the Portland Timbers have parted ways with McInerney, whose fate appeared sealed after the Timbers drafted Jeremy Ebobisse and, as preseason progressed, most of the minutes behind Fanendo Adi went to Darren Mattocks.

The Timbers waived McInerney on the final day to do so, which, in light of the timing of the move, indicates the Timbers used the annual amnesty provision to wipe McInerney's contract off the salary cap.

Portland Timbers Win First Half, Lose Second in 1-1 Draw Against Seattle Sounders

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In their third match of the season the Portland Timbers got on the scoresheet first, but they could not make the advantage last against the Seattle Sounders and ended the night with a 1-1 draw.

The Timbers started the match with an XI that looked like it would not be out of place in March, missing only Alvas Powell, Darington Nagbe, and and Sebastian Blanco from their current first-choice lineup.

Timbers set record with 11th home win in 2016 to defeat Union 2 to 1

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Timbers forward Fanendo Adi continued his torrid scoring pace in notching his 15th goal of 2016 to give his team a 2 to 1 lead. Adi and Diego Valeri have combined for 27 of their 45 goals this season, but...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake third match

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14 goals so far this season and 5 more matches to add to the total. Yeah, he's had a pretty good season in 2016. Thank you, Fanendo!Portland Timbers For a look back at match highlights and more thoughts about the...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 3 to 2 win over the Houston Dynamo. Included are individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared in the match plus composite ratings for the coaches, offense, defense, opponent and officials.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 victory over Toronto FC from back on May 1. Marks are included for every Timbers player that appeared, plus composite marks for the coaches, offense, defense, opponent and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. San Jose second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 3 to 1 win over San Jose back on April 16 at Providence Park. Included are individual marks for every player that appeared in the match, plus composite rating for the offense, defense, coaching, officiating and the opponent.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake first match

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We have complete player ratings from the Timbers 2 all draw with RSL. The marks include individual numbers for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, a collective offensive and defensive mark, the officials, coaches and opponent.

Full List of Portland Timbers Call Ups and How to Watch Them

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The Portland Timbers have had six players called up for the upcoming FIFA international dates. In addition to Darlington Nagbe's call up to the United States Men's National Team, Fanendo Adi, Adam Kwarasey, Alvas Powell, Jermaine Taylor, and Darren Mattocks have all received call ups of their own and will be with their respective national teams for matches between Thursday the 24th and Tuesday the 29th.

Timbers fortify strike corps as defensive questions mount due to injuries

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The Portland Timbers gave one player a contract extension, and added another forward that had long been rumored to be heading to Portland in separate events this week. We look closely at the Timbers roster now that everything is official

Team and Player of the Week honors, Union Academy call ups, more news

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Union named Team of the Week at Goal.com. Blake, Fabinho, and Pontius get multiple Best XI honors. Trusty and Elney called up for US U-20 MNT. More news.

D.C. United

D.C. United 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: Player Ratings

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Numbers to names. Hiiiighhwaaaay to the Banter Zone!

D.C. United was in the familiar position of probably not coming out of Vancouver with any points, much less three, considering the lack of healthy bodies. But nothing like getting three points on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps and stay in first to boot.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

The Rest

NYRB away on Saturday, Union bits, more

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Motivation high for both Union and NYRB ahead of Saturday's big game. Penn Fusion's Sydney Sandi with US at U-17 Women's World Cup. More news.

Sounders preseason recap: Seattle falls to Whitecaps, beat FC Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Seattle Sounders started the 2016 preseason with a chippy contested affair with the Vancouver Whitecaps that (as it always does) came down to quality in front of goal. While both sides' starters were held scoreless in the first half, the Whitecaps scored two to Darwin Jones' one in the second half.

Andre Blake and Jamaica defeat Haiti, advance to Caribbean Cup Final

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Out the gate on the for realla, a thrilla, or a Natural Born Killa

Jamaica defeated Haiti 2-0 on Sunday to advance to the 2014 Caribbean Cup Final against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a penalty in the 89th minute to preserve his second straight shutout.