We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the 1 to 0 loss to Real Salt Lake back on April 19 in Utah. There are individual ratings for each player, the coaching staff, and a complete rating for the entire team.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to earn their first victory of 2014 on the road, but they were going to face Real Salt Lake, a team that has dominated them over the past few seasons. While Portland was indeed improved in several areas, they conceded a goal to Ned Grabavoy in the 79th minute and couldn't convert their own chances in absorbing a 1 to 0 loss to RSL.
The Portland Timbers haven't had much success in Salt Lake City over the years, but this isn't exactly the same RSL side either. The team said goodbye to longtime coach Jason Kreis, but they've been able to keep the same system in place with several veterans and longtime assistant Jeff Cassar stepping in as head coach.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the 1 all draw against Chivas USA on April 12. There is also a rating for the coaches, supporters and a mark for the overall team.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to get their first win of 2014 against a team they had dominated in 2013, Chivas USA, in a home match at Providence Park. While the home side got off to a good start with a Will Johnson goal in the 7th minute, they couldn't add any other goals on the night. With Futty Danso joining the starting lineup, the defense was more composed, but a mistake in the 79th minute allowed Erick Torres to level for Chivas USA, and the teams played to a 1 all draw.
The Portland Timbers are still looking for their first win in 2014 with a resurgent Chivas USA side coming to town. After a 2013 season that saw the organization use three different coaches and a myriad of players, the club was brought under league control until it can be sold to new ownership that will keep it in Los Angeles.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to show off an improved offense to take a lead in the annual Cascadia Cup competition against the Seattle Sounders FC, and they certainly put on a show with four goals, including a brace for Diego Chara. However, the Timbers defense wasn't able to contain the Sounders FC offense and conceded four goals over the match as the teams played to a dramatic, draining 4 all draw in front of a packed Providence Park stadium.
Some matches automatically carry more weight than others for the Portland Timbers, and that couldn't be any more true when their heated rivals from Washington, the Seattle Sounders FC, visit Providence Park on April 5. This one promises to be a feisty, nip and tuck battle between two sides that are searching for consistency and a purpose, although both teams have positives to build upon.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to earn their first win against a team, FC Dallas, that they had some success against in 2013. However, the task would be difficult especially with FCD being one of the hottest teams of the early season. The Portland offense did have some struggles and the team lost defender Michael Harrington to an unfortunate red card, but battled back to earn an own goal to keep things close.
The Portland Timbers play their second road match of 2014 hoping to see their offensive fortunes change against a club, FC Dallas, where they enjoyed some success in 2013. FCD is one of the hotter teams to start the 2014 campaign with a diversified scoring group, but they have several questions on defense that should set this match up as a potential high scoring affair.
We have complete player ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the team's 2 to 0 loss in Denver versus the Colorado Rapids on March 22. This includes individual ratings for each player in addition to a composite mark for the coaches and the full team.
In the first road match in the 2014 regular season for the Portland Timbers, the club was hoping to take some of the advantages created in possession and passing statistics to jump start their offense and take advantage of chances. While the team stuck to their plan for most of the match, they fell behind courtesy of two penalty kick calls against goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Andrew Weber that the Rapids converted for a 2 to 0 in Denver, CO.
It could be an adventure when the Portland Timbers travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids on March 22 in their first of three scheduled meetings. The weather is expected to be wintry - snow, wind and cold conditions - but Portland is hoping to jump start their offense despite the distractions Mother Nature has in store for them.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the 1 all draw with the Chicago Fire on March 16 at Providence Park, including marks for the entire team and coaching staff.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to break out of their scoring doldrums with the Chicago Fire visiting Providence Park before the team heads out on the road for the next two matches. While the Timbers again showed great passing and player movement, their finishing was still an issue as the team struggled to break down the Fire defense.
Week 2 of MLS actions features a matchup between two sides at Providence Park that are looking to rebound from disappointing results from week 1 - the Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire. Chicago lost to Chivas USA 3 to 2 on a very late goal in regulation time while Portland needed to strike in stoppage to level against Philadelphia at home.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the season opening 1 all draw with the Philadelphia Union. There is also a rating for the coaches plus an overall team rating for the match.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to get the 2014 MLS Regular Season off to a great start, while the Philadelphia Union wanted to steal some points away from home. The Union got a goal in the second half off a corner kick, and it looked like Philadelphia might walk away with three points until Gaston Fernandez headed home a deflection for a leveling goal in the final moments of the game.
The 2014 MLS regular season starts on March 8 when the Portland Timbers host the Philadelphia Union. History from previous Timbers openers should tell us that there should be rain, goals, and smiles from the Timbers Army, but Philadelphia has added some serious pieces to a strong club that would love to leave the Rose City with three points.
In our final season preview entry for Oregonlive.com, we look at the forwards. While the Timbers have a wonderfully talented group of players up top, there are also questions surrounding each one of them. If the answers to those queries turns out positive, there are plenty of opposing goalkeepers that will have sleepless nights facing this bunch.
In part 7 of our 2014 season preview for Oregonlive.com about the Portland Timbers, we look closely at the team's midfield. It was a source of strength in 2013 due to several player changes, and it would appear that 2014 will only add more talent to an already solid group of individuals.
In part 6 of our 2014 season preview for Oregonlive.com, we focus upon the defensive line. The Timbers will return three players from their center back rotation and their regular starters at the defensive wings, but they've added some intriguing pieces that should give them plenty of exciting options to use throughout the year.
For part 5 of Oregonlive.com's 2014 Portland Timbers season preview, we look at the men that guard the goal for the club, the goalkeepers. Portland has seen some of the very best players fill this role for the team over the years, and the 2013 effort from starter Donovan Ricketts was historic for many reasons.
The Portland Timbers introduced two new kits on March 4 at an event for fans in NW Portland's Pure Space venue, but the resulting shirts are really inspired by previous eras of the club in their various leagues before joining MLS in 2011. The team unveiled an updated secondary black/red kit and a new dark green/gold look as their alternate or third kit choice.
The Portland Timbers played their final exhibition match for 2014 to finish up the Rose City Invitational tournament, facing off against their long time rivals from the North, the Vancouver Whitecaps. While the Timbers were able to strike early courtesy of a Will Johnson free kick, they couldn't hold the lead as Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez tied the score on a penalty kick in the second half.
The Portland Timbers played their first of three matches in the 2014 Rose City Invitational tournament at Providence Park against their old rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes. While the Timbers held significant advantages offensively in terms of possession and chances, they couldn't break down San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch.
The Portland Timbers increased their roster by two on February 11 by agreeing to terms with two of their 2014 Super Draft selections, forward Schillo Tshuma and defender Taylor Peay. Per league and club policies, terms of the individual deals were not disclosed.
The Portland Timbers started team activities officially on January 25 with their first practice of 2014. Considering they played their last competitive match in late November, there wasn't much down time from last year, but the team remained focused on their goals to improve from last season. That won't be easy with what they accomplished in 2013, but to a man, they are ready for whatever challenges present themselves this year.
Sacramento Republic FC officially announced on January 23 that they had reached an affiliation agreement with the Portland Timbers for the 2014 MLS and USL Pro campaigns, which was exciting news for the club. The information was tempered slightly by a development whereby Sacramento will also be an affiliate for San Jose, the closest MLS club to them in proximity.
Major League Soccer held the final two rounds in the 2014 Super Draft via conference call, and the Timbers selected three additional players during the proceedings. With several matches in various competitions and potential Reserve matches to prepare for, some of these names could be key depth players or occasional contributors to a very busy season.
The Portland Timbers went into the January 16 MLS Super Draft hoping to find attacking talent and depth within their roster, and they left after the first two rounds rather excited at their results. The Timbers selected forward Schillo Tshuma, center back Taylor Peay and midfielder Aaron Long, which should add even more speed, creativity and craftiness to an already powerful roster.
After watching several other MLS clubs make various signings and trades to alter their rosters, the Portland Timbers finally announced some long rumored adjustments to their collective of players. Portland said hello to forward Gaston Fernandez, center back Norberto Paparatto and defensive back/Home Grown Player Bryan Gallego while sending forward Jose Valencia on loan for the 2014 season to Club Olimpo.
The Portland Timbers have been expected to announce some long rumored signings forthcoming to bolster the roster, but on January 10, they released word of an unexpected move. Portland signed goalkeeper Andrew Weber to a contract while officially indicating that forward Sebastian Rincon, who has been with the team for the past two seasons, will not return after signing a contract to play in Argentina.
The Portland Timbers officially added Frederic Piquionne to their 2014 roster after he signed a deal with the team on January 7, but the team still has several other rumors floating about regarding player moves. This could be a busy few weeks, especially with Portland having six draft selections in the 2014 MLS Super Draft taking place on January 16.
To finish out a busy week of Timbers news relating to player movement and All-Star Game preparations, Portland announced one final move for the week involving midfielder Sal Zizzo. Zizzo, who has been with the Timbers since 2011 but was out of contract after the 2013 season, was traded to Sporting Kansas City for allocation money.
A flurry of moves altered the Portland Timbers roster significantly. The team started the day by trading Andrew Jean-Baptiste for Jorge Villafana and a switch in spots for the December 12 MLS Re-Entry Draft. They followed it up by exercising the pick for former Seattle Sounders FC forward Steve Zakuani, a former teammate of several current Timbers and a player under Timbers Coach Caleb Porter while he was there.
The Portland Timbers announced their pre-season travel plans on December 11, which includes a two week training camp in Arizona and four matches against varied competition. They will return to Portland to host their annual pre-season tournament, now called the Rose City Invitational, where the Timbers will play San Jose, Vancouver, and Portmore United FC from Jamaica over the week long event.
Days after the MLS Cup has been completed, the business of updating team rosters began with several clubs waiving players, extending contracts or exposing players to the Re-Entry Draft. Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Thursday, December 12, where Portland would have pick 17 of 19 in the first round.