Video: Indonesia Dream Team 0-7 Arsenal

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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 [.

Beckham at his best: LA Galaxy overcome Portland Timbers, 5-3

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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.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timber Player Rankings: #8 Kris Boyd

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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.

Quotes, stats and links: Chivas USA Edition

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Here are all quotes from the gutting loss to Chivas USA.


Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

On scoring chances in the first half:
"I think we had a lot of chances in the second half, as well. We could have scored three, I think, in the first half.

MMCB: A Story About a Draft Pick

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In this edition of Monday Morning Centre Back, I tell the story of a draft pick.

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.

Recap: I went to Jeld Wen and a FIFA 12 game broke out

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Quick Recap

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.

First Half

You couldn't ask for a better start from the Portland Timbers, especially against a team who has not played well from behind.

Galaxy DPs drop five goals on Timbers in 5-3 shootout at Jeld-Wen Field

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Saturday night's match didn't start out the way the LA Galaxy would have wanted, but the rest of the night could not have gone much better.

The Galaxy shook off an early Kris Boyd goal by rattling off four unanswered goals in just nine minutes on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday night.

Merritt Paulson to Hold Press Conference Today at 2:30pm; John Spencer Will Not Be There [UPDATED]

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC

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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 team.

Vindication on the scoreboard: Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders FC 1

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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.

Timbers ride strong start to win over Sounders

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In a match-up of heated rivals both in need of a victory, the Portland Timbers started Sunday's showdown vs. Seattle looking every bit like the team intent on snapping their recent funk.

The Timbers rode a pair of first-half goals from Kris Boyd and David Horst and some of their best soccer of the season to a 2-1 victory over the Sounders at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday.

Star show from BECKHAM lifts Galaxy to much-needed win

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LA Galaxy snapped a seven-game winless streak in MLS on Sunday, beating the Portland Timbers 1-0 at the Home Depot Center.

It was a fine performance from DAVID BECKHAM which helped last year's champions break out of their demise. His pinpoint corner was headed home by Todd Dunivant for the only goal of the game.

Galaxy Welcome Saunders Back in Win over Timbers

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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.

Recap: Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy

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Quick Recap:

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.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Is It the 17th Yet? Edition

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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.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Preseason 2.0 Edition

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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.

How Does Danny Mwanga Fit in with the Portland Timbers?

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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?

MLS Spotlight: Boyd battling through rough start for Timbers

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PORTLAND, Ore. – 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.

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Portland Timbers Man of the Match: At Least It Wasn't Another Loss Edition

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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.

What Portland Needs to Do to Win at the Dick

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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.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes:

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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.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready For Real Edition

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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 Tuesday.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Flying High Edition

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The Timbers held a short, closed practice today at their Beaverton training facility before they fly out to Colorado later today.

Rodney Wallace practiced with the team today, staying on the field for the whole time for the second time this week (the other being yesterday, which I missed).

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: The Boyd is Back in Town Edition

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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.

Six Timbers up for Fan Voting for this year's All Stars Game

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Six Timbers up for Fan Voting for this year's All Stars Game

As usual, the voting session has revealed nominated players for this year's All Stars team. Six Timbers are on the docket this time around:

Kris Boyd
Eric Brunner
Diego Chara
Jack Jewsbury
Darlington Nagbe
Troy Perkins

The players with the highest votes will be considered for the team this year.

LA Galaxy

Stars beginning to align for the Galaxy

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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.

Portland Timbers show improved offense, but can't contain defensive lapses against Los Angeles

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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 Field.

Timbers Man of the Match: Valiant Effort Edition

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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 scores from distance and with yet another free kick for brace against Portland

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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.

This weeks 5mTKO is now available on CSRN – everything Timbers and talking Footy Movies

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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 Rest

Press ‘A’ To Shoot: Ep.5 – Football Manager

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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?

Anatomy Of A Goal: FC Dallas Deposits In Portland

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Return of MLS's Modric?

Aspiring coach Sean Monaghan was in attendance off Burnside to witness some Ferreira wizardry.

A hot Sunday afternoon at Jeld-Wen Field greeted two teams struggling to heat up in the Western Conference, Portland and FC Dallas. Both teams started the game out playing 4-2-3-1, with Scott Sealy and Kris Boyd the lone strikers for their respective teams.

Rapids Sink Timbers

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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.

Timbers Man of the Match: The Let Down In Colorado Edition [Poll]

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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.

The Goal Line #5 – Irish calamity, nervous wait for England, plus Kev & ‘Pole of the Day’

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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!

We hear from Kris 'The Professor' Voakes, goal.