With the Portland Timbers trying to sort out their recent road woes, they get a big challenge in a road match with the San Jose Earthquakes. However, in examining everything, sometimes you need to look at all the different possibilities for the answers.
In this week's episode of Rose City Soccer Show, the lads - Chris Gluck from the Columbian, Kip Kesgard from Oregonlive.com, Will Conwell from Stumptown Footy and Dan Adams from CascadeRangers.com - look at FC Dallas while reviewing our 2015 prognostications and we ask if those need to be adjusted somewhat.
We have complete player ratings from the 4 to 1 loss for the Portland Timbers to FC Dallas back on July 25 in Frisco, Texas. The ratings include individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent, officials, and a composite team mark.
The road hasn't been a kind place for the Portland timbers over the past few weeks - since they won dramatically late against the Colorado Rapids back to finish May. Since that victory, the Timbers have lost their last two road matches in MLS and a third defeat against Real Salt Lake in U.S. Open Cup play.
We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers 1 all draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps back on July 18 at Providence Park. Included are ratings for all Timbers players that appeared, plus a rating for the coaches, opponent and officiating.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to rebound from a tough loss in Philadelphia, but the task wouldn't be easy with the Vancouver Whitecaps calling. Although Diego Valeri got a first half goal to stake the Timbers a lead, the Caps tied it in the second half as the two sides slogged to a 1 all draw that boiled over after the final whistle.
While the Portland Timbers have a huge match with the Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend to help them rebound from their last loss on the road, the team made plenty of news for other off the pitch maneuvers. This includes getting an unexpected player back from break and a newly acquired striker for down the stretch.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 0 loss to the Philadelphia Union back on July 11. There are ratings for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the coaches, officials, and opponent.
The Portland Timbers hadn't lost to the Philadelphia Union in their MLS history, and with the Union struggling in all aspects, it looked like another match to give the surging Timbers confidence despite a dramatic change of personnel. Unfortunately, the Timbers fell apart in the second half and conceded three late goals to absorb a dramatic 3 to 0 defeat on the road.
With the Portland Timbers rebounding from being ousted from the U.S. Open Cup with a win over San Jose, they now turn their attention to the Philadelphia Union on the road. While they have never won in Philly - two scoreless draws there - the offense seems to be improved and should give the team a chance to score goals.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes back on July 5 at Providence Park, including marks for each player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and the officiating.
After being bounced from the U.S. Open Cup tournament midweek, the Portland Timbers returned to league play to face the San Jose Earthquakes. Under warm conditions - even with a later start time - a barrage of physical play and baffling officiating, the Timbers earned a win in stoppage time off a Jack Jewsbury chip shot from close range.
In the latest episode of the Rose City Soccer Show, the crew - Oregonlive.com's Kip Kesgard, Chris Gluck from the Columbian, Will Conwell from Stumptown Footy and Dan Adams from Cascade Rangers.com - talk about the big Cascadia win, the USOC match, look at the Gold Cup and potential impacts to the Timbers roster, and we try to make sense of MLS rules.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers epic 4 to 1 win over the Seattle Sounders FC, including individual marks for the players, a team rating, and ratings for the coaches and opponent.
After suffering the worst defeat of the 2015 season in their last match, the Portland Timbers were hoping to right the ship against the Seattle Sounders FC at home. While the teams battled back and forth through a physical first half and goals from Darlington Nagbe and Lamar Neagle, the Sounders defense eventually crumbled under a Fanendo Adi brace and late Rodney Wallace tally to absorb a 4 to 1 victory by the Timbers.
With two matches in the week, I put together the topics and situations I'll be watching for in the fixtures with Los Angeles (June 24) and Seattle (June 28) for the Portland Timbers. They've been playing well recently, but they will have some challenges to extend their current winning streak.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers big 2 to 0 win over the Houston Dynamo back on June 20, including scores for each Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and officials.
The Portland Timbers hadn't played an MLS match since their 2 to 0 win over New England, but a draining USOC match with Seattle midweek that went into extra time gave concern for them as they returned to MLS league play in hosting the Houston Dynamo. With some adjustments to the starting eleven, the Timbers used solid defense and goals from Maximilano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez to give them a 2 to 0 win and their fourth consecutive victory in MLS play.
Lost in most of the kerfuffle of this week's U.S. Open Cup match because of the disciplinary meltdown late in the affair was the work of Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. He made several huge saves on Sounders players - including...
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' 2 to 0 win over the New England Revolution back on June 6 at Providence Park, including marks for every player that appeared, the coaches, officiating and the opponent.
The Portland Timbers were not only hoping to continue their impressive momentum from recent wins, but to accomplish a three match winning streak, something that had never been done in the team's MLS history. Matching up against a New England side that wasn't playing tentatively, the Timbers used solid defense, great player movement and a Fanendo Adi brace to earn a hard fought 2 to 0 victory over the Revolution.
The Portland Timbers have shown great fire in their past two matches, and that complete team effort has pushed them to a two match winning streak, matching their longest overall winning streak ever since they joined MLS. They get a challenge with a visit from the New England Revolution, but despite that and some other questions about their club, they've got a very good chance to extend this mark if they can put together a performance where everyone contributes.
We have complete player evaulations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 2 to 1 comeback win over the Colorado Rapids on the road. We have marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the opponent, officials and coaches.
With both the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids playing midweek matches before their fixture, you could expect some sluggish efforts. While it started out slow, the Timbers got going first with a first half goal from Gaston Fernandez in the 38th minute. While Colorado nearly stole points with a Sam Cronin goal just before stoppage, Jack Jewsbury rescued the Timbers with a goal late in stoppage to give the Timbers a 2 to 1 win in dramatic fashion.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over D.C. United back on May 27 at home. The marks include one for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with marks for the coaches, opponent, and officiating.
After three consecutive matches on the road, the Portland Timbers returned home to face D.C. United in a quick visit before going to the road this weekend for Colorado. While the offense was much more composed in their attack and finally broke through with a goal in the 5th minute to take the lead, it was the defense that held up strong to keep D.
With the short week and the Portland Timbers struggling with various issues, I take an abbreviated look at the week's matches. I'm trying to keep my wishes for the team simple to help them build forward momentum. I'm still believing beyond reason, but I need to see something more than just unfulfilled potential or near misses.
The latest episode of Rose City Soccer Show is now available, where the crew talks Toronto - the good, the bad, and the ugly - before turning our attention to the busy week of dates. Both matches have importance - D.C. United lead the East but are bringing half their starters, while Colorado has started to find their form with a home win and are currently tied with the Timbers on points in the West.
The Portland Timbers finished up their three match road trip with a date in Toronto FC back on May 23, hoping to earn two wins along the way. However, they fell behind early and couldn't generate enough offense - of any kind - to threaten the TFC defense as they fell to Toronto FC 1 to 0.
The Portland Timbers complete their three game road trip in Toronto against Toronto FC before playing two matches next week with all sorts of questions. Can they avoid the offensive morass that enveloped them in Houston? Can the defense rebound? What happens now if I agree with a rival coach about the USOC?
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 1 loss to the Houston Dynamo back on May 16, including marks for every Timbers player that appeared and scores for the officials, opponent and coaches.
The Portland Timbers had been hoping to build some momentum for their 2015 season during their recent three game road trip, and it started out well with a win in Montreal. The trend didn't continue, however, as the offense and defense had issues at points and Houston's dynamic duo of Will Bruin and Giles Barnes did the rest in a 3 to 1 win for the Dynamo.
We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers impressive 2 to 1 win over the Montreal Impact from May 9. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with marks for the coaches, officiating and opponent.
With the Portland Timbers facing a tough stretch - three consecutive matches away from home followed by a midweek home date and finished with another road match to finish May - it was important for the team to fix their offensive issues. Starting Diego Valeri for the first time in 2015, the Timbers fought through a sluggish first half to tally two goals to then hold on against a wild Montreal rally to secure a hard fought 2 to 1 win.
The Portland Timbers have a tough part of schedule in May with three consecutive road matches, but it might just be the tonic the team needs to get their offense on track. Their first stop is in Montreal to play the Impact, who have just played 4 MLS league matches due to CONCACAF Champions League obligations.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps back on May 2, 2015 at Providence Park. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, the opponent, coaches, officiating and opponent.