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Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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We have complete player evaulations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 2 loss to Toronto FC back on September 27. There are marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match in addition to marks for the coaches, opponent and officials.

Timbers unravel in second half versus Toronto, lose 3 to 2 behind late Bradley goal

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The Portland Timbers wanted to continue the momentum gained from strong play recently, and certainly had things their way against Toronto FC with a 2 goal lead despite losing Will Johnson to injury. Unfortunately, defensive woes on set pieces allowed Toronto FC to come back to secure a 3 to 2 win.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps third match

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We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 3 to 0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on September 20 at home. Included are individual ratings for every Timbers player that appeared plus composite scores for the team, coaches, officials and opponent.

Adi brace, Valeri flair and stout defense propel Timbers to dominant win over Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers were hoping for a dominant effort at home to give their postseason aspirations a big boost, especially with the Vancouver Whitecaps - the team just above them in the playoff chase in the fifth spot - visiting. The Timbers used an organized defense, flair from Diego Valeri and two scores from Fanendo Adi to secure a 3 to 0 victory over their Canadian Cascadian rivals.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers versus Vancouver Whitecaps third match

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While it's one match within the schedule, the stakes between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps in their September 20th meeting couldn't be higher. With the Caps sitting in fifth place hoping to stay in the playoffs while Portland sits in sixth just one point back, there is plenty to battle for between these sides that just Cascadia pride.

Portland Timbers post dramatic 4 to 2 win over CD Olimpia in Champions League home opener

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The Portland Timbers were hosting their first ever CONCACAF Champions League fixture when CD Olimpia from Honduras visited Providence Park for a group stage match. Olimpia currently lead the group after two wins over Alpha United, but the visitors fell behind early via goals from Maximiliano Urruti and Will Johnson.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 all draw versus the Colorado Rapids from their September 13th match in Denver. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, plus marks for the coaches, opponent, officials and a team rating.

Timbers salvage draw with Colorado despite officiating challenges and uneven offensive effort

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The Portland Timbers had hoped to regain fifth place in the Western Conference and help their playoff hopes, but in order to do that, they would need to win in Colorado against the Colorado Rapids - a place that hasn't been very good to them historically. While Diego Valeri staked them to a lead, the Timbers had to rally late behind a Gaston Fernandez goal to secure a 2 all draw on the road.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers renew their chase to secure the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings and reserve a spot in the playoffs when they travel to Denver, Colorado to play the Colorado Rapids for the third time this season. While history hasn't been too kind to the Timbers in previous visits, Portland has all of their available weapons healthy and ready to go while Colorado is dealing with various lineup absences that could alter their attack.

Portland timbers player evaluations vs. San Jose Earthquakes first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 all draw versus the San Jose Earthquakes, including marks for each player that appeared, coaches, officiating, opponent, and an overall mark.

Portland Timbers offense explodes at home, but defensive issues keep San Jose in match for draw

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to build off the positive vibes earned from a big win in Vancouver in their last match to push them above the red line with a home date with the San Jose Earthquakes. While their offense was up to task with three goals, the defense fell apart at inopportune times which allowed the Earthquakes to tally three goals of their own as the teams played to a frenetic, frustrating draw.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers first match versus San Jose Earthquakes

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Within the craziness of the 2014 schedule is the fact that this will be the first regular season meeting of the year between the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers. With their varied styles - San Jose playing physical to try and control tempo, Portland with quick passing and movement - the systems couldn't be more different as the teams battle at Providence Park on September 7.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' 3 to 0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps back on August 30. There are ratings for every Timbers player that appeared plus composite ratings for the coaches, team, opponent and officials.

Second half rally produces three goals as Timbers jump into playoffs with win over Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to vault into the playoff picture, but they would have to beat their Canadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, up in Canada in order to do it. After an evenly played first half, the Timbers exploded for three goals while their defense held up very well after being reorganized by the coaches.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers versus Vancouver Whitecaps second match

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A key battle will occur this weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia as the Portland Timbers visit the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Caps currently sit in fifth place in the West, just points ahead of the Timbers, so a Portland win could push them over the red line. Vancouver won't be an easy out, though, as they have designs to avoid a late season swoon while trying to keep the Cascadia Cup in Canada for the 2015 season.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers third match with the Seattle Sounders FC that resulted in a 4 to 2 loss for the home side. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, plus rankings for the coaches, team, and officials.

Fanendo Adi nets brace for Portland Timbers, but Seattle Sounders tally four goals for victory

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The Portland Timbers returned home after winning their first CONCACAF Champions League match in Guyana, hoping to gain some traction in the Western Conference playoff chase in hosting the Seattle Sounders. While Fanendo Adi scored twice to give the home fans some great moments, the Timbers defense had issues in controlling Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey and the Sounders tallied four goals on the day to earn a 4 to 2 win.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New England Revolution

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We have complete player evaluations from the Timbers' 1 all draw with the New England Revolution, including a composite rating for the coaches, team, and officiating.

First MLS goal for Liam Ridgewell helps Portland Timbers salvage draw versus New England Revolution

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The Portland Timbers wanted to start off their long road trip with a big result against the New England Revolution, but the club put themselves in a hole with a Charlie Davies goal in the 24th minute. However, a great defensive surge, improved offensive movement and a Liam Ridgewell goal gave the Timbers a point as the teams played to a 1 all draw.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers versus New England Revolution match

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The Portland Timbers will certainly get used to airports over the next few days as they travel to the East Coast for a date with the New England Revolution. The match precedes their historic inclusion in the CONCACAF Champions League, but for Portland, it's a chance to earn precious points in their playoff chase against a New England side that has been struggling mightily in many areas on the pitch.

Portland Timbers use goals from Valeri and Wallace to secure 2 to 0 victory over Chivas USA

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The Portland Timbers were looking to regain momentum for their playoff chase against Chivas USA on August 9 at home. Behind contributions from the offense - Diego Valeri scoring in his fourth match in a row, while Rodney Wallace tallied his first - and a revamped defensive line, the Timbers defeated Chivas USA 2 to 0 in front of another sellout crowd.

What I am watching for in Portland Timbers versus Chivas USA third match

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The Portland Timbers resume their MLS regular season against Chivas USA after hosting the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. The Timbers could really use a good result to help their playoff push, but Chivas USA has proven to be a challenge from time to time and won't be a pushover.

Another contentious battle between Timbers and Galaxy decided by Robbie Keane brace, Galaxy win 3 to 1

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to carry over momentum from previous solid efforts on the road and their two match winning streak into an afternoon affair with the Los Angeles Galaxy back on August 2, and a Diego Valeri goal in the 15th minute gave them hope for another win. Unfortunately, a Galaxy side that is finding their tempo and talent put them under siege and pulled away for a 3 to 1 victory.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers versus Los Angeles Galaxy (third match)

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The Portland Timbers are hoping to continue their winning ways against the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 2 in California. The Timbers come into the nationally televised battle winners of two in a row to give their playoff hopes a needed boost, but they will need to contend with the cavalcade of weapons possessed by the home side.

Portland Timbers player evaluations versus Montreal Impact

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 2 win over the Montreal Impact. There are individual marks for every player that appeared in the match in addition to composite ratings for the coaches, opponent, officials, and the entire Timbers team.

Diego Valeri nets game winner for second consecutive week as Portland Timbers defeat Montreal Impact

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their winning ways on the road against the Montreal Impact, but like in many affairs this season, they fell behind early. After taking the lead before the halftime break, Portland had to rally with a second half goal by Diego Valeri to win 3 to 2 for their second consecutive victory.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers match versus Montreal Impact

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Long time rivals from the lower divisions of soccer meet in Canada this weekend, as the former A-League/USL/USSF D-2 members Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact meet for the third time in MLS history. While the Timbers have some confidence after a home win and some key players returning to health, Montreal is on a four match losing streak and the entire team is trying to find some answers to their troubles.

Portland Timbers player evaluations versus Colorado Rapids (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers big 2 to 1 win over the Colorado Rapids back on July 18 at Providence Park. There are individual ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus composite ratings for the coaches, team and other categories.

Portland Timbers turn tables & tempo on Colorado Rapids, win 2 to 0 behind goals from Urruti & Valeri

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The Portland Timbers had a tough week of distractions after two losses to Seattle, but they remained confident they could right the ship with a good effort. They got their first chance against the Colorado Rapids at home, however, they fell behind in the first half behind a Deshorn Brown goal. The Timbers were able to rebound with second half adjustments and substitutions to tally two goals to earn a 2 to 1 win over the Rapids for their second home win of the season.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Colorado Rapids

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There has been enough off the pitch news surrounding the Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army for fans to keep up on, but nothing helps focus a group better like match day. The Colorado Rapids are just above the Timbers on the table, and a victory would give the home side a chance to build some momentum before a busy August and September.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC on July 13 at Seattle's Century Link Field. Included are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus several collective marks for coaches, officials and other categories.

Portland Timbers continue to unravel in 2 to 0 to Seattle Sounders FC behind second half goals

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The Portland Timbers did battle with their fierce rivals from Washington for the second time in five days, although the stakes of the meeting were a little different. Meeting for the second time in three scheduled meetings, the Seattle Sounders used two goals in the final 20 minutes and an intensified offensive approach to defeat Portland 2 to 0.

What I’m watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Seattle Sounders FC

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The Portland Timbers jump back into MLS regular season play against their rivals from Washington, the Seattle Sounders FC for a July 13 affair. We also take a look at various news and notes surrounding the team over the past few weeks, including the same two sides battling on July 9 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Sporting Kansas City

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We have complete evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 loss to Sporting Kansas City from June 27. There are marks for every Timbers player that appeared, a rating for the coaches and team, plus a few other marks for the officials and visiting fans.

Sporting Kansas City use physical play & Olum goal to outlast Portland Timbers 1 to 0 at Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City met for the second time within the week as the teams resumed the MLS regular season. While Portland won the battle in the U.S. Open Cup midweek with an attacking style and different lineup, they couldn't overcome an overly physical tone set by Sporting and that approach allowed Lawrence Olum's 24th minute goal to hold up under furious pressure from the Timbers offense.

Timbers vs. Sporting KC round 1 goes to Portland as Fernandez brace advances them to USOC quarters

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The Portland Timbers faced two battles with Sporting Kansas City in various competitions during the last week of June - a June 24 date in KC in the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup and a June 27 fixture in Portland in regular MLS league play. The June 24 affair featured another scoring flourish by Gaston Fernandez and exceptional goalkeeper from Andrew Weber as the Timbers advanced to the next round, where they will play the Seattle Sounders on July 9 in Tukwila, WA in the USOC quarterfinals.

Portland Timbers sign defender Liam Ridgewell to multiyear, designated player contract

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Rumors had persisted that the Portland Timbers would be looking for defensive reinforcements after several troubling performances, and the long rumored signing was announced on June 25. English defender Liam Ridgewell, a veteran of the Premiership, has agreed to terms to join the Timbers under a multi-year, designated player contract.

What I’m watching for in Portland Timbers week versus Sporting Kansas City

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In an oddity of MLS scheduling combined with the quirky planning of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Portland Timbers will end up playing Sporting Kansas City twice this week in differing competitions. The teams play on June 24 at Sporting's home park for the next round of the U.S. Open Cup, then the teams meet in Portland to resume the MLS regular season on June 27.

Portland Timbers officially add Fanendo Adi to roster as designated player with multi-year deal

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The Portland Timbers have long been rumored to be making roster additions, and on June 23, they officially added a player that has been with them for the past six weeks. Forward Fanendo Adi, on loan from European club FC Copenhagen, was officially signed by the Timbers after the team was able to secure his rights.

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Covering the MLS All-Star festivites up close: Day 3

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In Day 3 of my MLS All-Star activities, I spent time at the park interviewing several All-Stars, watching Special Olympics soccer, and a special footgolf exhibition out at Glendoveer Golf Course.