The first Cascadia Cup showdown of the season on Saturday will be without a star forward due to a suspension from a Week 7 incident.
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was handed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday for violent conduct in the 26th minute of the loss to Sporting Kansas City.
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.
The Portland Timbers have a new all-time leading goalscorer in Fanendo Adi after his 88th minute penalty kick conversion yesterday against the Philadelphia Union. In just over three seasons, Adi has scored 46 regular season goals for the Timbers, breaking the record set by club legend John Bain in 1982.
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.
The Portland Timbers closed out their preseason with a road win over the LA Galaxy tonight, opening up a two goal lead thanks to a brace from Fanendo Adi before giving up a late consolation goal to end the match at 2-1.
The Timbers started things off looking every bit as dominant as they have throughout the preseason, winning the ball high up the pitch and holding possession for much of the match.
The Portland Timbers are back and the preseason invitational is underway at Providence Park tonight as Minnesota United and the Vancouver Whitecaps open for the main event: the Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake.
With the Timbers planning on running out their starting XI in tonight's match, what we see today should prove to be the prototype for the Timbers early in the season.
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.
According to SI.com's Grant Wahl, Major League Soccer is set to give teams $400,000 of targeted allocation money each in addition to the $800,000 that had previously been announced last year. Since the cash-infusion comes in the form of TAM it will need to be used by teams to bring in or retain players whose salaries are over the designated player threshold.
The Portland Timbers are back in the Rose City and set to take on their final Eastern Conference opponents of the season, the Philadelphia Union. With the Timbers still just above the red line it is vital that thy keep all three points from this match.
Coming off a tough, mid-week trip to Costa Rica where the Timbers lost 4-2 to Deportivo Saprissa on Wednesday, Portland must bounce back quickly against a rested Union side.
This time of year any three points are three big points.
But Saturday night's three points were absolutely imperative. The Portland Timbers have been as hapless on the road in 2016 as they have been stellar at home. And with six games remaining coming into Saturday evening -- three home and three away -- the Timbers were in a position in which they needed to be close to perfect at Providence Park is they want to make the playoffs.
The Portland Timbers are back home and in need of a win if they want to continue their run to the playoffs, but standing between them and three points are the second place side in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.
"While the match ups on the wings are somewhat concerning for the Timbers, at the top of the formation, Fanendo Adi should be primed for a good match as RSL are missing both of their first choice center backs: Jamison Olave to suspension and Aaron Maund to a broken toe.
It came as a bit of a surprise on Monday when Fanendo Adi retweeted (twice) a report from Goal Nigeria in which one of his agents indicated Adi had asked the Portland Timbers to accept a transfer offer from Tigres UANL in Liga MX and to send the big number nine down to Mexico this summer. Although transfer rumors had been swirling around Adi for the last couple months, none rose above the predictable "so-and-so is interested in behemoth striker Fanendo Adi" whispers.
In the wake of yesterday's Goal.com report on Fanendo Adi's desire to move on from the Portland Timbers, it seems that the Timbers' ace has become frustrated with the club's unwillingness to sell him in the middle of the season.
Again the report comes via Goal.com and an anonymous representative of Adi's, this time telling Goal that talks between Adi and the club are ongoing despite yesterday's statements from the Timbers that Adi would not be allowed to leave over the summer.
The Portland Timbers are back on the road and headed out East to take on the Chicago Fire in a remote of the two teams' preseason meeting in Portland that ended in a 2-0 Fire victory. Both sides have struggled since then and are each below the red line in their respective conferences as the Timbers dealing with injuries and the Fire trying to find their way under the guidance of a new coach, but both teams are now coming into this match after a win and will be looking for more with a spot in the playoffs still a possibility at this point in the season.
33 goals in 69 appearances. 26 goals since the start of the 2015 season. Fanendo Adi has consistently been one of the best forwards in the MLS since his arrival in 2014. The young Nigerian fits in so well with the surrounding pieces; offering a large target for the skill players like Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri to find and combine with, while also offering wingers like the Rodney Wallace of old and the Lucas Melano of new a target on their whipped in crosses.
According to Samatha Yarock, while Jake Zivin may think he has the best job in MLS, it turns out he just has a pretty good job. Continuing with our series on the Timbers' media personalities, Samantha and I chatted about her awesome job, Fanendo Adi's rise, and her dangerous fondness for sushi.
While Jake Zivin and Ross Smith are up in the broadcast booth describing the action on the field, Samantha Yarock, the Portland Timbers' Broadcast Reporter/Producer, is hard at work behind the scenes, looking for the back story, finding out what makes the Timbers tick.
Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth
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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...
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While the Portland Timbers have struggled on the road, they've been fabulous at home. Portland battled a game Real Salt Lake side in a very intense match at Providence Park, and they were able to make a Fanendo Adi 12th minute strike stand up for the victory in front of their 100th consecutive sell out crowd.
We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 4 to 2 win over the Seattle Sounders FC from earlier this week. Included in this are scores for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, ratings for the offense, defense and coaches, and a mark for the opponent and officials.
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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' significant 3 to 1 win over the Seattle Sounders from back on July 17, 2016 at Providence Park. Included are marks for each Timbers player that appeared, plus marks for coaches, offense, defense, opponent and officials.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to keep their long unbeaten streak going, but with the Seattle Sounders visiting and strange things happening in each rivalry match, the home side knew it wouldn't be easy. Taking their lead from the returning Diego Valeri, the Timbers put forth one of their best performances in 2016 together for a resounding win over their Washington Cascadian rivals.
With a huge road trip completed, the Portland Timbers were hoping to get off to a good start on their three match homestand. While they were able to extend their unbeaten streak to 8 with a 1 all draw with the Montreal Impact, the Timbers had plenty of chances to take the full points and they weren't able to take advantage.
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.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 loss to New York City FC back on May 15 at Providence Park. Included are marks for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus ratings for the coaches, opponent and officiating.
Over the last year, Fanendo Adi has been linked to clubs all across the globe and, despite strong protestations coming out of the Portland Timbers' camp that the MLS Golden Boot contender is not for sale over the summer, those links just keep multiplying. The latest rumor surrounding Adi, which surfaced on Goal.