The Portland Timbers scored first and scored last as they got back to winning ways today with a 4-2 win over their Cascadia rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Timbers have made a habit of scoring early in recent matches and this one was no different. After some high pressure in the 4th minute caused the Whitecaps to cough up the ball, the Timbers looked to find Jack McInerney on the run through the Vancouver box.
Hey everybody, Michael Orr is back (temporarily)! Michael was on the ground in Tucson for today's match and was gracious enough to give us his thoughts on the game.
Before you get any ideas, I haven't come out of retirement. Not permanently anyway. But thanks to my in-laws living in the general vicinity of Tucson, I got to spend the early afternoon watching the MLS Cup holders in action against Real Salt Lake.
The Portland Timbers jumped on Real Salt Lake early today, grabbing a first minute goal and holding on for the rest of the match to win 1-0 in their final friendly in Tucson before heading back to Portland for the Simple Invitational.
From the opening whistle the Timbers pushed down the field, working the ball out wide to Diego Chara, who send Dairon Asprilla on the run down the right flank.
Jack McInerney scored a second half brace to power the Timbers to a preseason win.
Though Darwin Jones opened the scoring in the match, the Seattle Sounders again fell due to a second half brace. The Portland Timbers got the win due to newly acquired Jack McInerney. Both goals he scored were not on Tyler Miller, who now sits with four goals given up in just two halves of play.
Jack McInerney's first day of work with the Portland Timbers was a difficult one, to say the least. Reporting for duty for his first preseason session with his new club, the forward had to watch his new teammates try on championship rings that represented one of the more crushing moments of McInerney's career.
All of the rumored moves from the Portland Timbers have now been completed as the team today announced that forward Jack McInerney has been acquired from the Columbus Crew in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money.
McInerney, 23, has been in MLS since he was 17, playing for the Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact, and Columbus Crew before joining the Timbers.
Jack McInerney has a new team, Landon Donavan is making headlines, and much more. Check out that along with the latest news below!
Jack McInerney agrees deal with Portland Timbers - sources | ESPN FC: The reigning MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers are set to acquire out-of-contract forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew SC, sources say.
According to ESPNFC.com, the Portland Timbers are set to acquire Columbus Crew forward Jack McInerney in a trade for allocation money. With a hole left in the lineup behind Fanendo Adi following the departure of Maximiliano Urruti early in the offseason, the Timbers have been looking for a new back up at the No.
Jake Gleeson has really taken over the Timbers number 1 goalkeeping spot and his confidence has been soaring over the weeks. We saw a very confident Jake this afternoon and the results have followed.Jennifer Kesgard, community blogger For a look...
After a disheartening loss versus Sporting Kansas City in league play back on July 31, the Timbers turned their attention to their CONCACAF Champions League opener at home versus CD Dragon from El Salvador. Portland took an early lead, but when the offense stalled and Dragon pulled even off a counter, it was time for the Maestro to save the day.
I'm sure that Jake Gleeson would have liked a better result after effectively earning the Timbers' starting goalkeeper job and seeing his main competition transferred away. Unfortunately, the first 12 minutes are ones that I'm sure he'd love to have...
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.
With a break in the schedule from MLS matches, the Portland Timbers turned their attention to U.S. Open Cup play to battle a familiar foe, the San Jose Earthquakes. They used two first half goals plus stellar defense to post a 2 to 0 win and advance to the next round. They will host another familiar foe later this month in the next round amidst another busy slate of MLS matches.
We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 4 to 2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps back on May 22 at Providence Park. Included are marks for each individual player that appeared in the match, plus composite ratings for the offense, defense, team, coaches, officiating and opponent.
After four consecutive 2 to 1 matches on the scoreboard with 3 of those being losses, the Portland Timbers were hoping to rebound against their longtime rivals from the North, the Vancouver Whitecaps. With injuries affecting the roster, the Timbers used a complete effort and goals from 4 different players to secure an emotional, hard fought 4 to 2 victory over the Caps in front of a sellout crowd at Providence Park.
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.
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.
Already facing a boatload of injuries, the Portland Timbers watched two players receive injuries versus San Jose. Despite that and the additional challenges of San Jose's physical play, the Timbers overcame the challenges and gutted out a dramatic 3 to 1 win over the Earthquakes behind another brace from Fanendo Adi and a goal from Jack McInerney.
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.
In their first road appearance of the 2016 MLS regular season, the Portland Timbers couldn't keep the long road winning streak going. The San Jose tallied two goals in the first half, then held on against a furious late rally fueled by Jack McInerney's first goal as a Timber.
Another busy week for the Portland Timbers nets them five players for the 2016 season, but some familiar names have moved onto other chapters as they won't return to the club to help defend the MLS Cup.
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In 2013 Nick Sakiewicz and John Hackworth were planning to build around a young core of Jack McInerney, Zac MacMath, and Amobi Okugo. Two years later, all three have been sent packing; Jim Curtin has stepped in as the new head coach; and the Union currently sit in last place in the East with little hope of making the playoffs.
The MLS mainstay finds a new home in Columbus during a time where the Crew find their striker corps in a state of flux.
Much like Jack McInerney before him, Conor Casey joins the oddly specific list of ex-Philadelphia Union strikers to end up in Ohio. Casey started his career with Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, and after six seasons with Dortmund, Hannover, Karlsruhe, and Mainz 05, he went to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer for two games.