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Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Omar Gonzalez and more

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While one American begins a Europa League campaign, the majority of this week's action will come from Mexico.

Christian Pulisic serves as this week's headliner as Borussia Dortmund begins Europa League play after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League. The German powerhouse takes on Atalanta, kickstarting the Round of 32.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Eric Lichaj, Jorge Villafana and more

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Wednesday was a solid day for a pair of U.S. Men's National Team fullbacks looking to make an impression ahead of World Cup qualifying.

Eric Lichaj played a full 120 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Wednesday as the Championship club upset Premier League side Newcastle United to advance in the League Cup.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Williams, Alvarado, Villafana and more

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Tuesday was a good day for Danny Williams, but a poor one for each of the other Americans Abroad to take the field.

In a battle of Americans, Williams emerged victorious, toppling Tim Ream and Fulham, 1-0, in Championship action. The room boosts Reading to third in the league, while Fulham sits all the way in ninth, nine points behind Tuesday's opposition.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Tim Howard played his final match for Everton on Sunday, playing a rolein a resounding victory over Norwich City as he wrapped up a 13-year stint in the English Premier League.

In the final match of the EPL season, Howard said goodbyeto the Everton faithful at Goodison Park after a decade with the club.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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As this year of club soccer winds down for some American's abroad this weekend, former MLS foes hope to extend their stay into the Mexican post-season.

A number of USMNT regulars are taking partin the Liga MX playoffs, with two defenders facing off in a marquee matchup.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT vs. Honduras: Your Live Commentary

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Following Friday's defeat against Costa Rica, the U.S. Men's National Team faces a vital World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Tuesday night.

The USMNT lineup features seven changes from Friday's match, including Brad Guzan in goal while Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler enter at centerback.

Costa Rica 2, USMNT 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Let's start with the positives and just get that out of the way. Graham Zusi looked solid at right back. Michael Bradley had a good game in the central midfield. Jorge Villafana made some plays at left back.

Now that that's out of the way, we can discuss what really happened in the U.

Dwyer, Acosta lead USMNT to friendly win over Ghana

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It took just 19 minutes for Dom Dwyer to make his first U.S. Men's National Team impression, and it was a strong one in what ended up being a confidence-boosting win ahead of the Gold Cup.

Dwyer joined Kellyn Acosta on the scoresheet on Saturday at Rentschler Field as the USMNT topped Ghana, 2-1, in a pre- Gold Cup friendly.

Villafana headed to January camp as late addition

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The never ending search for an answer to the U.S. Men's National Team full back situation took an unexpected twist on Wednesday, as former Portland Timbers left back Jorge Villafana confirmed he's on the way to January camp in California.

Villafana, who moved to Santos Lagune after the Timbers won MLS Cup in 2015, will be a late addition to the group that started training in California a week ago ahead of friendlies with Serbia and Jamaica, the first of which takes place on Sunday in San Diego.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew Season Opener Preview

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The moment that we have all been waiting for is almost upon us: the Portland Timbers are just one day away from the start of the 2016 season when they will take on the Columbus Crew SC at Providence Park. With the players prepared and the stands packed, tomorrow's re-match will start the season in earnest.

Timbers transfer Jorge VillafaƱa to Santos Laguna

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Less than a week after winning the MLS Cup, one starter is already out of the Portland Timbers' door.

On Friday, the MLS Cup champions officially announced that left back Jorge VillafaƱa hasbeen transferred to Liga MX side Santos Laguna. The 26-year-old defender turned in a remarkable performance during the MLS Cup Final vs.

Report: MLS Cup champ Jorge Villafana to be sold to Santos Laguna

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Shortly after the Portland Timbers win the MLS Cup on Sunday, head coach Caleb Porter said some tough roster decisions would have to be madethis winter.

Now, we apparently know one of them.

The Timbers are on the verge of selling stout left back Jorge Villafana to Liga MX outfit Santos Laguna, SI.

SBI MLS Cup Final Man of the Match: Jorge Villafana

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Throughout the 2015 season, Jorge Villafana was targeted as the weak linkof the Portland Timbers back line. Yet, in Sunday's MLS Cup Final, Villafana proved dominant yet again to help lead his side to the league's ultimate crown.

Matching up with MLS Best XI winger Ethan Finlay, Villafana proved to be the best player on the pitch, looking both calm and composed on the attacking and defensive ends to earn honors as SBI MLS Cup Final Man of the Match.

Fanendo Adi

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids third match

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There was a lot of this happening on October 25 when the Timbers finished their season. It's always great to see, and I hope that it happens a lot more. Seriously.Jennifer Kesgard, community blogger For a look back at match...

Timbers thrash Rapids to finish regular season, will meet Sporting Kansas City in play-in match

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The Portland Timbers have been the talk of the league with two huge wins on the road to get their offense rolling, but Providence Park hasn't been the field of dreams they want. After taking an early lead, the Timbers conceded the leveling goal. However, they rallied to score up three more goals to give the Timbers a huge win to finish the 2015 regular season.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Sporting Kansas City third match

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In evaluating the Portland Timbers efforts versus Sporting Kansas City back on October 3, I tried something a bit different - trying to figure out the reasons for the up and down play put forth by them. It's not scores, but something I hope a bit more personal.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Columbus Crew

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We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 win over the Columbus Crew back on September 26 on the road. Included are marks for every Timbers player that appeared and a composite mark for the team in addition to marks for the coaches, opponent and officials.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New York Red Bulls match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to the New York Red Bulls - including individual player marks, a collective rating for the team, plus marks for the officials, opponent and coaches.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC from August 30. Included are marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus a mark for officiating, opponent, coaching, and the complete team.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo match

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Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe was able to add another goal to his account with a 75th minute effort that bounced off Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric and into goal. Portland was down two goals at the time, but had been...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas second match

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We have complete player ratings from the 4 to 1 loss for the Portland Timbers to FC Dallas back on July 25 in Frisco, Texas. The ratings include individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent, officials, and a composite team mark.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps third match

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers 1 all draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps back on July 18 at Providence Park. Included are ratings for all Timbers players that appeared, plus a rating for the coaches, opponent and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. San Jose Earthquakes first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes back on July 5 at Providence Park, including marks for each player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and the officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers epic 4 to 1 win over the Seattle Sounders FC, including individual marks for the players, a team rating, and ratings for the coaches and opponent.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers big 2 to 0 win over the Houston Dynamo back on June 20, including scores for each Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and officials.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New England Revolution

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' 2 to 0 win over the New England Revolution back on June 6 at Providence Park, including marks for every player that appeared, the coaches, officiating and the opponent.

Energetic effort and Adi brace lead Portland Timbers to victory over New England Revolution

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The Portland Timbers were not only hoping to continue their impressive momentum from recent wins, but to accomplish a three match winning streak, something that had never been done in the team's MLS history. Matching up against a New England side that wasn't playing tentatively, the Timbers used solid defense, great player movement and a Fanendo Adi brace to earn a hard fought 2 to 0 victory over the Revolution.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids first match

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We have complete player evaulations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 2 to 1 comeback win over the Colorado Rapids on the road. We have marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the opponent, officials and coaches.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. D.C. United

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over D.C. United back on May 27 at home. The marks include one for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with marks for the coaches, opponent, and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 loss to Toronto FC back on May 23, including individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, the opponent, coaches and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 1 loss to the Houston Dynamo back on May 16, including marks for every Timbers player that appeared and scores for the officials, opponent and coaches.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Montreal Impact

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We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers impressive 2 to 1 win over the Montreal Impact from May 9. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with marks for the coaches, officiating and opponent.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps back on May 2, 2015 at Providence Park. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, the opponent, coaches, officiating and opponent.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC first match

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We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC back on April 26 on the road, with ratings for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New York City FC

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over New York City FC back on April 19 on the road. There are rating for all the players that appeared in the match, coaches, opponent, officiating, and a special mark for the club.

Dairon Asprilla scores first MLS goal as Portland Timbers earn 1 to 0 win over New York City FC

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In a match that featured plenty of drama on and off the pitch, the Portland Timbers ventured to New York City to battle the other expansion team for 2015, New York City FC. After a first half of limited chances, Portland was able to open things up more in the 2nd half and finally took the lead on Dairon Asprilla's first MLS goal.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Orlando City

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to Orlando City back on April 12 at Providence Park. The marks are for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, composite ratings for the team and coaches, plus marks for the opponent and officials.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 1 win over FC Dallas, including individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, a composite rating for the team, officials and opponent - including comments about the coaching.

The Rest

Busy transaction day sees Timbers net Klute, say goodbye to Villafana and Urruti

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The Portland Timbers had been talking about the varied player moves the team will need to make in order to keep their core players together for the 2016 season. One of the moves that ended up happening was the...

Fantasy Focus: Bradley Wright-Phillips gets Ousted

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A pair of penalty saves goes a long way.

Salisbury United SC led the round with 70 points, and closed to within 97 points of the leader. Jorge Villafana (POR, $6.4) led the team with 13 points on a clean sheet, assist, and an earned penalty. Donny Toia (MTL, $4.8) scored 12 points on a clean sheet and a goal, while Juninho (LA, $8.