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Portland Timbers

Timbers left to wonder 'what if' after injuries derail postseason campaign

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The Portland Timbers had been battling the injury bug for quite some time. Throughout the season, the team relied on depth and the superstar heroics of Diego Valeri en route to the top overall seed in the Western Conference.

On Sunday, though, the task was simply too great for the battered Timbers, and their season ended because of it.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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This piece started at the beginning of the season as a forest-level survey of each game. Occasionally zooming in to spotlight a player here or a stat there, the idea was to provide a comprehensive look at the Timbers' most recent performance.

Now stepping back to the season-wide level, that job gets pretty easy:

After 34 games, there's just no arguing with that.

Timber Cruise: Seattle Sounders 1, Portland Timbers 1

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That's a good point.

Actually, no, that's a very, very good point.

The Timbers — sans a good portion of their spine in Fanendo Adi, David Guzman, Liam Ridgewell, and Jake Gleeson — went on the road and earned a deserved draw against the hottest team in MLS.

There's no need for qualification or equivocation.

Timber Cruise: Toronto FC 4, Portland Timbers 1

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A loss in Toronto is hardly something to hang your head about this year. This TFC team is on pace to finish as one of the best in MLS history, and at 8-0-3 heading into Saturday's game the Reds were tied with the Houston Dynamo for the best home record in MLS.

So Saturday's game was always going to be a difficult proposition, which unquestionably informed the Timbers' decision not to press Fanendo Adi and Liam Ridgewell back into duty.

Portland Timbers Take Down LA Galaxy 3-1; VAR Debuts at Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten run to three games with today's 3-1 home win over the spiraling LA Galaxy. Shaky defender but an overwhelming attacking carried the Timbers past the 9th place Galaxy.

The Timbers got the scoring started early, notching their first goal in just the 5th minute.

Match Preview: What will the Portland Timbers look like at Sporting Kansas City?

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The Portland Timbers have struggled with injuries in 2017, but the side has never been as hard hit by injuries and absences in the defensive half of the field as they are coming in to Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City.

At center back Gbenga Arokoyo, Liam Ridgewell, and Amobi Okugo are all out injured, leaving Lawrence Olum and Roy Miller as the side's likely starters and Rennico Clarke as the team's only other rostered possibility off the bench — although Clarke has not made the 18 for T1 or T2 since the side's ill-fated US Open Cup loss to the Seattle Sounders three weeks ago.

Portland Timbers at Minnesota United: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [5:00]

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The Portland Timbers are set to play their fourth game in twelve days as they stay on the road to face off against expansion side Minnesota United tonight. Now in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference, and within striking distance of a tie for first, three road points would go a long way toward keeping the Timbers near the top of the pack as they reach the halfway point of the 2017 season.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [7:30]

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Week three of the Major League Soccer season is here and the Portland Timbers are set to host the Houston Dynamo in a clash of two-win teams in the West.

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Match Preview: "On the back line, Liam Ridgewell remains out after picking up a foot sprain following the Timbers' week one win over Minnesota United FC.

Cop says he didn't have authority to detain Portland Timbers' Liam Ridgewell before alcohol testing

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Timbers player Liam Ridgewell flew in from England to make a court appearance Wednesday in Lake Oswego as his lawyers argued to throw out a field sobriety test that led to his arrest in October on a drunken driving charge.

Report: MLS to Increase Targeted Allocation Money for 2017

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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.

Portland Timbers' Liam Ridgewell shouldn't have been tested for alcohol, lawyers say

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Liam Ridgewell, a Portland Timbers defender, is accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants after police say he drove to the scene of a Lake Oswego crash involving teammate Jake Gleeson in October.

Timbers' Ridgewell, Gleeson arrested for DUI

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The Portland Timbers' season ended with a thud on Sunday, butthings got even worse on Mondaydue to an off-the-field incident including two regular starters.

Captain Liam Ridgewell and goalkeeperJake Gleeson were arrested on Monday nightfordriving under the influence of intoxicants.

Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union Match Preview

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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.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ridgewell, Pirlo and more

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An MLS veteran is set to move on to his next career, while several stars feel the fallout of Thursday night's All-Star Game.

Veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall is reportedly set to retire from professional soccer to begin a career in law enforcement.

Portland Timbers Go Down a Man, Up a Goal to Beat San Jose Earthquakes 1-0

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The Portland Timbers played half of tonight's match down a man, but still came out on top in this 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Once again the Timbers grabbed the first goal, going ahead in the 11th minute off a Diego Valeri free kick. With the ball at his feet wide on the Timbers' right, Valeri drove at the San Jose box only to be taken down by San Jose fullback Jordan Stewart.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Back from Orlando

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The Portland Timbers trained at the team's Beaverton practice facility today, putting in their first workout of the week after returning from Sunday's 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC. With a week's practice to go before the Timbers' kick off their upcoming three games in seven days, the team put in a hard but quick session on the pitch before heading indoors for a gym session.

Portland Timbers at Orlando City SC Quick Preview

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Today the Portland Timbers are as far away from Portland as they are going to get while still playing in Major League Soccer, visiting sunny Florida to take on Orlando City SC in their fourth match of the 2016 MLS season.

For the Timbers, the solidity of the back line remains the main question that the team must answer.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City, Sounders, Generation adidas Cup and more

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Week 3 of MLS is just around the corner, and some of Orlando City SC's regular contributors are showing signs of full fitness.

Orlando City winger Carlos Rivas reportedly should be available for Friday's game vs. New York City FC, while David Mateos and Bryan Róchez trained with the team on Monday.

Liam Ridgewell's Time with Brighton & Hove Albion FC is Up

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Darlington Nagbe returned to the Portland Timbers in time for the team's final match down in Tucson on Thursday, seeing the field for sixty minutes in the team's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. Nagbe's return from national team duty went a long way toward getting the Timbers back to full strength for the upcoming season, but there is still one big piece missing: team captain Liam Ridgewell.

MLS Ticker: Ridgewell, Crew, NYCFC and more

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While the MLS transfer window is slowly coming to an end and teams are starting preseason camps, one member of the 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers is hoping to stay in England fora bit longer.

Timbers center back Liam Ridgewell, 31, hopes to extend his loan spell with Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion, saying: "It saves me going back and doing pre-season – I can do it here and get to play in the Championship.

Liam Ridgewell to join Brighton & Hove Albion on short-term loan

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Once again, Liam Ridgewell is on the move. Once again, only temporarily.

The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that they will send Ridgewell to Brighton & Hove Albion on a short-term loan that begins on Jan. 2. Ridgewellwill begin training with the English Championship outfit this week, but cannot officially play for it until after the winter transfer window opens.

Liam Ridgewell Goes on Loan to Championship Side Brighton

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The Portland Timbers have allowed defender Liam Ridgewell to go on loan to English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. Ridgewell will be with Brighton until mid-February, helping the injury-riddled side in their bid to return be promoted to the Premiership before returning to the Timbers in time for the Simple Invitational preseason tournament.

Jake Gleeson

Drunken driving arrest of Portland Timbers players caught on police dash cam video

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Newly released dash camera video shows the arrests of Portland Timbers players Jake Gleeson and Liam Ridgewell after a drunken driving crash last October in Lake Oswego. Gleeson later admitted to drunk driving and entered an alcohol diversion program. Ridgewell's charges were dismissed.

Drunken driving case against Portland Timbers' Liam Ridgewell to be dropped, prosecutor says

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City Attorney Jerry Seeberger said it would have been difficult to move forward following Judge William Bruce Shepley's ruling last month that the October traffic stop of Ridgewell wasn't supported by probable cause or reasonable suspicion. Ridgewell faced charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and refusing a breath test.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake third match

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14 goals so far this season and 5 more matches to add to the total. Yeah, he's had a pretty good season in 2016. Thank you, Fanendo!Portland Timbers For a look back at match highlights and more thoughts about the...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC third match

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC first match

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo first match

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps second match

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New York City FC

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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.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 victory over Toronto FC from back on May 1. Marks are included for every Timbers player that appeared, plus composite marks for the coaches, offense, defense, opponent and officiating.

Philadelphia Union

Union-Fire previews and other Union news, USA at SVG, more

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Union look to solidify their campaign to reach the playoffs. UNion Academy season begins on Saturday. US looks to advance to final round of World Cup qualifiers. More news.

Newsy news bits before the new year

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News and such.

McFadden on possible Union move, more news and such

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McFadden hopeful for move to the Union. Colin Kazim-Richards linked to the Union. More news.

The Rest

Injury Report: Liam Ridgewell suffers setback, out 6-8 weeks.

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When it rains it pours...

Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian is reporting that Timbers Captain Liam Ridgewell has suffered a setback after returning to training. He re-injured his quad his first day back and will now be out at least 6-8 weeks. There is a little bit of good news in this, because when the Timbers get back from the Gold Cup break Larrys Mabiala will be available for selection.

Sounders at Portland Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN2 coverage starts at 7 PM with kick just over 30 minutes later.

It's bonfire time. This game will be impacted by the heat. It is vital for players, team staff, referees and fans to hydrate. The winner in this Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders match will control the destiny of the 2017 Cascadia Cup.

Liam Ridgewell signed to contract extension

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Everyone's favorite tattooed CB will be around another two years.

A hallmark of the Timber's successful 2015 MLS Cup campaign was a stout defense led in the middle by Liam Ridgewell, who provided a calm and steady organization for the entire backline. While 2016 hasn't been a banner year for the Timbers defense, the team and fans alike have certainly felt more assured of our capabilities when Ridgy in in the lineup.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Columbus Crew

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 victory over the Columbus Crew back on March 7 at Providence Park. We have ratings for each player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the coaches, officials and the team.

Some Soccer News for Jan 4, 2016

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Mark it down: Today is the day Zizou took over the reins of Real Madrid.

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Liga MX Clausura 2016 begins on Fri Jan 8.

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A year of discontent and regression for USMNT. By Matthew Doyle of MLSsoccer.com.

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An ugly 2015 for the USA men.