Portland Timbers

Timbers to Potentially Face Monarcas Morelia, Unnamed EPL Side in Summer Friendlies

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According to Paulson's tweet, the Portland Timbers could face Mexico's Morelia in early July and an English Premier League side in August.

Paulson's tweet:

@TheMikeDonovan EPL team likely in Aug and Morelia likely early July

An early July date likely puts the Morelia friendly on Wednesday the 3rd.

Paulson: Designated Player Announced this Week, Trencito Deal Done in 24 Hours, A New Trade to be Announced

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Ever the popular Twitter-teaser, Merritt Paulson certainly didn't disappoint with his latest 140-character spiel. According to Paulson an announcement for a Designated Player, a deal regarding Jose Adolfo Valencia (aka El Trencito) and a new trade will all be done this week at some point.

Here was his exact tweet:

Caleb is at 10:30AM PST today; our new DP will be announced later this week; Trencito also will be completed in 24 hrs; trade as well.

Portland Thorns FC Making Waves; Has Over 2,000 Season Ticket Deposits Already

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According to Merritt Paulson via Twitter, the Portland Thorns FC NWSL team already has over 2,000 season ticket deposits after only being available for a few weeks. This number includes people who have deposited the $25 fee to reserve their tickets as well as Portland Timbers season ticket holders who have registered their interest.

Twitter: Mix Diskerud Deal Falls Apart

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Merritt Paulson took to Twitter this morning and shared with us something a little interesting. Here it is:

Always disappointing when deals that were done fall apart. Crazy biz but that's the biz we are in. Next option may make more sense anyway.

While he's not naming names, based on last week's hot rumor of Caleb Porter pursuing Mix Diskerud, Mix's agent/father confirming Porter's interest and Paulson, himself, having been following Mix on Twitter it should be pretty easy to surmise that this tweet is in reference to this deal.

Merritt Paulson Makes Official Statement on Women's League

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As Ryan Gates reported yesterday, numerous reports have come out in recent days concerning Portland's involvement in a new US women's professional soccer league. And late last night, Merritt Paulson confirmed the speculation with a simple "Yes," via DM on Twitter.

The Portland Timbers released a statement from Paulson this morning, officially confirming the reports.

Paulson Talks MLS Expansion

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Just a couple interesting tid-bits that came out of a recent interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson. Bloomberg got him to discuss what the future holds for expansion fees into MLS and other items.

Here are some of the highlights below.

Expansion fees:

"The last team, inMontreal, went for $40 million," Paulson 39, said in an interview this month in London.

Timbers’ Paulson as Mark Cuban: Good for MLS?

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Whether he likes it or not, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has become one of the most interesting figures in Major League Soccer.

In the last couple of months, he has used Twitter to feud with Eric Wynalda, argue with journalists, lash out at fans who criticize general manager and interim coach Gavin Wilkinson and rant against poor officiating.

Getting to know Caleb Porter: Developing young talent

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With the international break this weekend I thought this would be a good time to take a closer look at the Portland Timbers' new coach, Caleb Porter. Before we knew for certain Caleb Porter was going to be the Portland Timbers' new head coach Gavin Wilkinson talked about the new coach. Here is the quote:

Just an up and coming coach that has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

Report: Timbers to announce Porter as head coach on Wednesday

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The Portland Timbers wanted Caleb Porter, and the second-year MLS club has reportedly gotten the coach they set out to hire as their permanent replacement for John Spencer.

Portland radio station KPAM 860 reported on Tuesday night that Portland would announce Porter as the team's new head coach on Wednesday.

Portland Timbers Announce No Increase in Season Ticket Prices

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Good news for those of you who might have been dreading a possible annual rate increase in your beloved Portland Timbers season ticket package as the FO just sent out a press release announcing that the price you paid last year will be the price you pay later this year.

I think this goes without saying, but after struggling all season long and going through many a difficulty on and off the field, this is probably one of the smartest things they could have done.

Caleb Porter To Be Portland’s Next Coach?

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I want to open this up with saying I don't like the idea of this move at all, for either side. is reporting this morning that the Portland Timbers are set to offer their head coaching position to Akron head coach and US U-23 national team head coach Caleb Porter.

The Portland Timbers have offered their head coaching job to University of Akron coach Caleb Porter, according to sources.

Rumor: Reports are pointing to Caleb Porter as next Head Coach

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This will more than likely be correct, as signs have been pointing to Caleb Porter being the lead candidate for the job, but we're still calling it a rumor. Here is what we know right now.

There was a tweet a week ago from Steven Goff, which broke the news that Porter and the Portland Timbers were in talks:

Getting word Timbers and Akron/U23 coach Caleb Porter like one another.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Free Trencito Edition

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The Portland Timbers held an open practice today at Jeld-Wen Field after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Chivas USA. Practice was active with the team splitting off into three groups doing fitness work and two short fielded games. The first half of practice was run by Gavin Wilkinson while Sean McAuley, the team's new assistant coach, took the second half.

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.

Quote Sheet: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

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"What is there to say? Humiliated. We quit tonight. Yes, the conditions are difficult, but we said no excuses. Merritt [Paulson] put me in the position to find out more about the players and to actually get to the bottom of a few things and right now we're trying to fix a few broken things and it showed tonight.

Biz of Soccer: Referencing The Word “Brand”

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Bit of a cordial disagreement here on Twitter.

Recent front office moves, (Portland firing John Spencer, DCU gaining new ownership) have created public communication from the teams from front offices where the word "brand" has been used to refer to the entity. For example, instead of Portland Timbers "club," it was referred to by Merritt Paulson in his presser this week as the Portland Timbers "brand.

John Spencer Appreciation Thread

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Yesterday was a watershed day for the Portland Timbers, one of those key moments in the team's history that will stick with fans for many years. Though nobody seemed shocked by Merritt Paulson's decision to fire John Spencer, the first coach of the Timbers' MLS era, certainly the timing of the decision was a surprise.

Portland Timbers Fire John Spencer

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The dreaded sophomore slump has hit the Portland Timbers, and today John Spencer paid the price.

Portland are a woeful 5-8-4 this season and are in next-to-last place in the league's Western Conference, with no road wins.

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson made the announcement during a press conference at JELD-WEN Field.

Slumping Timbers fire Spencer (updated)

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MLS has claimed its third head-coaching casualty of the year, and it is the Portland Timbers' John Spencer.

Spencer has been shown the exit door in Portland after a disappointing first half of the 2012 season that has the 5-8-4 Timbers in second-to-last place in the Western Conferece.

UPDATE: Portland Timbers Relieve John Spencer of Duties with Club

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We all knew it was going to happen since this morning, but the 2:30 press conference made it official: the Portland Timbers have fired John Spencer, the team's first coach of the MLS era. Gavin Wilkinson will serve as interim coach until the end of the season. Club owner Merritt Paulson and General Manager, Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement jointly at Jeld Wen Field today.

The Portland Timbers have fired head coach John Spencer, owner Merritt Paulson announced during a...

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The Portland Timbers have fired head coach John Spencer, owner Merritt Paulson announced during a Monday press conference. Current GM Gavin Wilkinson will take over the head coaching duties, but Paulson made it clear that it would be in the interim only. Paulson said a permanent replacement will likely be announced during the offseason and that the team has identified 10 possible candidates so far.

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.

How Long Does John Spencer Have to Turn the Portland Timbers Around? [Poll]

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So far this season we have already seen two different coaches sent packing for under-performing during the first third of the season. First Aron Winter was let go for Toronto FC's staggeringly awful start to the season and now, as of just few minutes ago, we saw the Philadelphia Union give Peter Nowak the boot after some incredibly questionable moves on and off the field throughout the season and a disappointing start to the season for a team that made the play-offs last year.

Union Trade Danny Mwanga To Portland For Jorge Perlaza

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The Philadelphia Union have traded Danny Mwanga for Jorge Perlaza of the Portland Timbers.

Mwanga moved to the United States in 2006 and attended high school in Portland before playing at Oregon State for a year. The 20-year-old was drafted first overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, becoming the Union's first ever draft selection.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Pollyanna had a hand in writing this one. You know, the girl with the constant optimism? Over the last 6 weeks I have been pretty much depressed every Saturday night, except for the week of the Sporting KC Game. However with the help of the community here I got through it and now I want to help everyone else.


Caleb Porter will coach the Timbers, will not have to play El Salvador

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Welcome to the big show, Caleb. Merritt Paulson has the attention span of Bobcat Goldthwait, so it only makes sense that those Twitter lambastings about Gavin Wilkinson finally sunk in. And here we have Caleb Porter, he of recent U23 failure. Welcome to MLS our newest coach and Portland's third since joining MLS.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Talking Tickets and Dropping Hints Edition

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After a busy weekend that saw both the Timbers first team and reserves play at Jeld-Wen Field, the Timbers held a short practice session at their Beaverton training facility this morning. With all the furor around the possible announcement of a new head coach this week and this morning's announcement about the lack of a raise in season ticket prices, team owner Merritt Paulson was at practice and spoke to the press despite being in obvious discomfort due to a herniated disc.

Portland's Coaching search progressing faster than expected

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When Portland started their coaching search after being let go Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson were not expecting a decision to be made until sometime in the offseason. Things have progressed rapidly since then and there is a ver real possibility of an announcement coming as early as September.

Merritt Paulson: The Mark Cuban of MLS (Poll)

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There has been a lot of talk about Merritt Paulson and affecting the team. People have compared him to Paul Allen and other more hands-on owners. I don't think the comparison to Paul Allen is apt, as there are a lot of differences between Paul and MP -- I would say MP is the Mark Cuban of MLS.

Mark Cuban, as many of us know, is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.

One thing that's become very clear this week: our head coaching role is highly desirable. We will...

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One thing that's become very clear this week: our head coaching role is highly desirable. We will get this one right.

Merritt Paulson via Twitter.

An interesting quote. I wonder if this means we could find a fairly reputable head coach in the Timbers FO this off season.

MLS: John Spencer Fired By Portland Timbers

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John Spencer out in Portland.

In a season where MLS managers are increasingly and appropriately help more accountable by the front office, John Spencer becomes the latest casualty of the trend.

Spencer, 16-22-13 in almost a year and half at the helm of the Timbers, seemed to have run out of ideas in jumpstarting the Timbers this year.

Rumor: Portland Trading for Kimura?

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Twitter is all ablaze after Merritt Paulson tweeted a new RB will be added to the Timbers Roster VIA trade. Mike Donovan (@themikedonovan) then tweeted this:

My random guess is Kosuke Kimura

Which MP replied to Mike Donovan with:

@TheMikeDonovan I'd say your guess was a good one

Now MP has sent out this tweet:

New right back arrived at training and none of our players from earlier this week are now "former Timbers" ;)

I will update as we get more information.

New Right Back?

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Post from MP on Twitter

Merritt Paulson ‏@MerrittPaulson

We will be adding a right back shortly. (trade...not int'l signing) #rctid

Let the speculation and wild theories begin!

Who will be leaving?

KSE Admit Keeping Files on Rapids Fans

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KSE Admit Keeping Files on Rapids Fans

Not Timbers related, but once again a reminder of how thankful we should be about having an owner like Merritt Paulson and not some distant conglomeration.

3 Reasons Why It's Time To Move On

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Yesterday we had our venting thread. And it went fairly well! More people commented than I expected, in fact, which just goes to show that there really is a lot of pent up frustration over what's happening, or has happened with the current team and even the Timbers Army. Everybody is unhappy right now, that's pretty obvious, but now that we've gotten most stuff out in the open it's time to return to supporting the team 100%, no matter who is playing on the field, no matter who is coaching the team.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Escape to LA Edition

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In their last training session before flying to LA to take on the Galaxy tomorrow, the Timbers found themselves in the middle of a much more busy training facility that normal. With the usual practice taking place alongside a Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club tournament and a tour for sponsors of the team, the atmosphere around the Timbers training facility was much more lively that normal.

Portland Timbers Training Notes and Quotes: Danny Mwanga Edition

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Today's closed practice at the Timbers training center saw the introduction of forward Danny Mwanga to the team. Mwanga took part in the full practice and was mobbed by the press afterward.

Once again Eric Brunner was not at practice as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered against Vancouver.

The Rest

Merritt Paulson Talks to The Best Soccer Show About Mix Diskerud

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Merritt Paulson appeared on The Best Soccer Show this week to talk about the Timbers' preseason and other matters. Paulson was especially enlightening when talking about the off-season rumors connecting the Timbers to Mikkel Diskerud.

Paulson confirmed that the Timbers had been targeting Diskerud and that he was interested in coming to Portland because of his relationship with Caleb Porter, his coach during Olympic qualifying.