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D.C. United

Gifted goal hands DC United 2-1 win over the Union in Suncoast Invitational opener

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Luciano Acosta made it 2-1 seconds after Cory Burke's equalizer

A missed penalty kick and a terrible giveaway on the back line were the difference between a 2-1 win and a 2-1 loss for the Philadelphia Union in their first game of the Suncoast Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

CJ Sapong had his penalty kick saved in the 30th minute after he drew a foul in the box from Ulises Segura.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

Recap: Mattocks, Acosta score as United beat the Union 2-1

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Darren Mattocks scored for the second game in the row, with Luciano Acosta netting a late winner

D.C. United notched their first win of the preseason, defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the preseason in the first half, and moments after conceding an equalizer, Luciano Acosta won the game for the Black-and-Red in the 89th minute.

U.S. Soccer presidential race, D.C. United vs. Malmö, and more: Freedom Kicks for 2/9/2018

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This ugly election is very nearly over, and the MLS preseason has only just begun

Before we get into D.C. United's preseason, the U.S. Soccer election (I know, I'm sorry), and some MLS news and notes, it's time for the normal Friday self-indulgence. I just went for a short late-night run because I'm trying to get back into good enough shape that I can play in a respectable pick-up game without needing medical help at the end.

D.C. United versus Malmo FF lineup: Soccer is back!

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And I have missed it so

D.C. United has finally officially left 2017 behind them, and the first (preseason) game of 2018 is upon us. They will take on their old foe, Malmo FF of the Swedish Allsvensken, this afternoon at 2:30pm. It will give fans their first look into the thought process of Ben Olsen going into the 2018 season, who his starters might be, and which trialists have the edge in making the team.

D.C. United vs. Malmö FF 2018: Time, TV schedule and how to watch preseason online

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For the first time in three months, happy United day!

After three long months, D.C. United is back on the field for something other than training. As has become a preseason custom, they'll take on Swedish power Malmö FF at Florida's IMG Academy today. The Black-and-Red have never beaten Di Blåe, conceding a first half goal in each of their three previous meetings en route to a 0W-2D-1L record against the club that has won four of the last five Allsvenskan championships.

Rose City Forecast 34: PTFC vs Vancouver

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After an entire season, welcome back to the last prediction thread for 2017. As mentioned previously, I like to just sit back and enjoy the playoffs, particularly because we never know just how many playoff games we'll get. So this is your last chance to earn points!

Last week, everyone correctly predicted a win against DC United at home.

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.

Portland Timbers

MLS Releases Expansion Draft Protected Lists, No Keepers for PTFC

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The protected lists for the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft have been released and the Portland Timbers have left both of their starting keepers from the 2017 season exposed.

On the Timbers' protected list are Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, Larrys Mabiala, Vytas Andriuškevičius, Diego Chara, David Guzman, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, Fanendo Adi, and Dairon Asprilla.

MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

Plot Twist: Timbers Decline Darren Mattocks’s Option

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The Portland Timbers are not exercising Darren Mattocks's 2018 option, after all.

In their initial press release Monday afternoon, the Timbers indicated they were exercising the contract option to bring Mattocks back in 2018. After that release issued, however, the Timbers announced they in fact declined Mattocks's option.

Timbers Reveal Players Under Contract for 2018

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We have our first roster moves of the offseason, and they reveal a logjam on the 2018 roster that Gavin Wilkinson and company will likely have to work hard to free over the course of the winter.

The Portland Timbers on Monday released the list of players for whom they had exercised or declined 2018 contract options, as well as additional information regarding whom the Timbers have under contract and who is now out of contract.

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.

WATCH: Darren Mattocks score the game winning goal!

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Mattocks' scored the eventual winning and makes the Timbers Kings of The West!

Mattocks puts Portland up 2-1! pic.twitter.com/22JhqR9A5R

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) October 22, 2017

Darren Mattocks takes the game by the scruff of the neck and putting the Portland Timbers up 2-1 against the Whitecaps.

Timbers seal top seed in the West with win over Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers jumped above the Vancouver Whitecaps, their Cascadia rivals, to take the top seed in the Western Conference for their second time in their history.

After Kendall Waston headed home the opener for Vancouver, the Timbers equalized through their captain, Liam Ridgewell. Darren Mattocks fired home the winning goal in the opening minutes of the second half, sending his team to the top of the Western Conference table with the Cascadia Cup in hand via a 2-1 win.

Valeri goal, two assists send Timbers to playoffs with win over D.C.

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The Portland Timbers are back in the playoffs after a year away from post-season action.

Diego Valeri was the hero as he opened the scoring from the spot just before half time and provided the assists on the second and third goals from Alvas Powell and Sebastian Blanco, respectively, as they toppled D.

Portland Timbers Run Over D.C. United in 4-0 Win

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The Portland Timbers returned home with an emphatic win over D.C. United, beating the Eastern Conference basement dwellers in a comprehensive 4-0 victory. Featuring a brace for Sebastian Blanco and a goal and two assists for Diego Valeri, the Timbers attack looks to be in fine form as they close out the season.

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.

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.

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.

Diego Valeri

WATCH: Soon to be MVP Diego Valeri knocks home a PK

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That's 21 now for the midfielder!

hey Portland got a penalty and Valeri scored it. 1-0 PDX. pic.twitter.com/xGoGXpKFFk

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) October 16, 2017

Diego Valeri stepped up to the spot after Darren Mattocks had been brought down in the box by D.

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.

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.

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).

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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.

Major League Soccer

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:

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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.

The Rest

News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.

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.