Arsenal recorded a comfortable win against an Indonesia Dream Team in their first pre-season fixture. The Gunners eased to a 7-0 win thanks to goals from Theo Walcott, Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud (two), Lukas Podolski, Kris Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld. Although the result doesn't tell Arsenal fans too much about the season ahead, they will [.
Take that Stuart Pearce, he seems to say. Becks at his best. An open field goal and a set piece
with his trademark wicked Magnus effect. He had to be that good because Kris Boyd was in form
playing in front of MLS's most avid fans.
I think it is fair to say that signing Kris Boyd did not turn out to be the signing everyone wanted. Kris started strong by scoring in his MLS debut and then scoring 3 goals in the first six games of the season. After that Boyd went 5 games without scoring and only scored 4 goals over the next 12 games.
In this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, I tell the story of a
Lost in the shuffle of the season is next year's SuperDraft. Why are we talking about the draft
in July? Well, I'm only mentioning it because I've been reminded about an extra pick the Dynamo
picked up earlier this year.
The Portland Timbers score their fastest goal of the year but then have their worst 9 minutes of
soccer and give up 4 goals. Portland is able to get one back for a 4-2 half time score. In the
second half Portland did not quit but were still unable to get it closer then 2. 5-3 final.
You couldn't ask for a better start from the Portland Timbers, especially against a team who has
not played well from behind.
A few minutes ago I received an email from the Portland Timbers front office stating that there
will be a press conference held at 2:30pm today with owner and president Merritt Paulson. Neither
Gavin Wilkinson, nor John Spencer are going to be there. We don't know anything more than this, but
we can definitely speculate.
The Portland Timbers put out one of their best efforts of 2012 in beating the Seattle Sounders 2 to
1 at home behind goals from Kris Boyd and David Horst. Here are player evaluations for every
Timbers player that appeared in the match, as well as overall rankings for the coaching staff and
After a week of uncertainty surrounding the Portland Timbers, the team responded with one of their
most complete efforts against their rivals to the north, Seattle Sounders FC. Behind first half
goals from Kris Boyd and David Horst, the Timbers won the match 2 to 1 in front of a sell-out crowd
of just over 20,000 fans.
It was a Father's Day full of returns for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Galaxy themselves returned from a long, three-week international break, but more
importantly, it welcomed back an important piece to their lineup, as goalkeeper Josh Saunders made
his return to the lineup on Sunday, and his presence between the pipes was crucial in the Galaxy's
1-0 win over the Portland Timbers (3-6-4, 13 points) at the Home Depot Center.
The Portland Timbers pass the ball well side to side, backwards, and sometimes even forward but
never threatens except for one long range shot from Kris Boyd. The a few dangerous chances and get
the lone goal. 1-0 loss.
First and Second Half:
Both halves are pretty much the same so I will sum it up with the following paragraph:
Portland passes the ball down the wing to (insert outside player name) who then passes it back
to the outside back.
The Portland Timbers held practice today at their Beaverton training facility. As has been the
case over the last two weeks, practice was completely closed outside the league mandated 15 minutes
at the beginning of the day.
Eric Brunner is still concussed. Rodney Wallace's ankle is still hurt.
The Portland Timbers trained as usual at the Timbers' training facility in Beaverton this
morning. Players stayed out on the field until well after noon today, taking advantage of the
almost-summer sun. We were not allowed to see any of the players' post-training activities, so I
don't have anything to report on that footing.
It's an interesting question and one that many people have been asking since the trade was
announced a few days ago. Fact is that, despite the Portland Timbers being full up on strikers,
we'll almost definitely see Danny Mwanga play a huge role in the team from this moment on. But just
how will he fit it?
PORTLAND, Ore. â€“ Kris Boyd came to Oregon with big-time credentials, chief among them being
his status as the all-time leading goal scorer in Scottish Premier League history.
Signed as a Designated Player, Boyd figured to be an upgrade at target forward for the
second-year Portland Timbers, who parted ways with Kenny Cooper in a trade in January after Cooper
couldn't live up to his high-scoring history as a charter member of the Timbers' MLS side.
Yesterday afternoon the Timbers managed to not lose for the first time in six games as they tied
FC Dallas 1-1. After looking outclassed at times in the first half, the Timbers gave up a goal
early on after half-time but struggled back and, thanks to a red card to Dallas's Zack Loyd and
some persistence from captain Jack Jewsbury in keeping pressure on the shorthanded Dallas
back-line, the team managed to pull even.
Once again a week as gone by and we are just over 24 hours to another kick off. This week
Portland will battle a mile above sea level against the Colorado Rapids, a team that, just like our
last opponent, is reeling and looking for an end to a disappointing run of results. However,
winning on the road against such a team is easier said then done, especially for the Timbers.
The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility today. Practice started
off tense and somewhat discombobulated as Gavin Wilkinson introduced some new drills under a cloudy
sky, with striker Kris Boyd looking fed up with his teammates inability to grasp the drills which
emphasized making runs and one-two passes.
The Timbers held a short, closed practice today before flying out to Salt Lake later today.
Franck Songo'o was missing from practice today, although he was spotted around the training enter
after practice had reopened. According to John Spencer on last night's "Talk Timbers" on 750 The
Game, Songo'o suffered a strained knee before coming out of the game against San Jose on
Today's Timbers practice was once again closed to the press as the team trained at the Beaverton
training facility. However, for the first time since the beginning of the break, the team was still
out on the field kicking the ball around when the press was allowed to return.
Kris Boyd, who put in an appearance at the season ticket holders event last night after getting
back in to town earlier in the day, practiced with the team today.
In a match this past weekend that saw a total of eight goals, including four consecutive goals
scored by the Galaxy in a span of nine minutes, the fans at JELD-WEN Field in Portland were treated
to an attacking showcase between Los Angeles and the Timbers.
Ultimately, MLS Cup holders Galaxy prevailed with a dramatic 5-3 win away from home.
Despite a brace from Kris Boyd and a renewed passion on the pitch, the Timbers couldn't overcome
braces from David Beckham and Robbie Keane in losing 5-3 in front of a sold-out crowd at Jeld-Wen
Last night's match against the LA Galaxy was a confusing one for Timbers fans. Despite the
team's defensive lapses the Timbers had several stand out performances in the the attack, giving
some hope going forward. Nobody was perfect, but a few players stood out enough for our editors to
pick them as the Man of the Match.
David Beckham scored two lovely goals within five minutes of each other in the LA Galaxy's 5-3
win over Portland. The goalfest started in the third minute when Kris Boyd gave Portland a 1-0 head
start, but Beckham equalized in the 19th minute with a perfectly placed shot from 35 yards out.
Roberto and Nevets are joined by movie critic Shawn Levy (aka Bickle). Topics include: Kris Boyd
won a 2.4 million pound settlement against his former club in Turkey. Scottish papers have forward
Kenny Miller linked with the Timbers. Wallace came back from international duty with an ankle
injury. A look ahead to the match with the LA Galaxy and we talk Footy movies!
The Boys are back in town with special guest Kris Heneage in tow. This weeks episode takes a look at the ongoing Football Manager careers that everyone is playing. Kris is just starting his Russian adventure, while Morgan is pulling double duty managing both Senior and Junior Chelsea teams. Also, has Matt made it through a full season at Sunderland?
Aspiring coach Sean Monaghan was in attendance off Burnside to witness some Ferreira
A hot Sunday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field greeted two teams struggling to heat up in the Western
Conference, PortlandÂ and FC Dallas. Both teams started the game out playing 4-2-3-1, with Scott
Sealy and Kris Boyd the lone strikers for theirÂ respective teams.
Sorry for the delay, a 14+ hour work day will do that. On Saturday an almost healthy Rapids team
took the field for the first time this season and took the Timbers to the woodshed. The game was
well in hand after 22 minutes and really over as soon as the teams came out of the halftime locker
room and the Rapids stayed in control.
Well, that was disappointing wasn't it? I could talk about the fact that the Timbers were run
ragged, or that the defense that has been the toast of the town let in three goals, or that nobody
know what the heck happened with Franck Songo'o in the 38th minute, but I will try not to; that is
for the recap and the player ratings.
Finally the day of England's first match is upon us after champions Spain get off to a shaky
start against Italy. Ireland face an uphill struggle after defeat in their opening match, while
Joey Barton tells the world he's easily good enough to play for England!