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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.

Portland Timbers use Gaston Fernandez brace & second half defense to advance in U.S. Open Cup

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their good fortunes from a long 2013 run in the Open Cup with their opening match against Orlando City U-23s at Providence Park. While Orlando City wasn't intimidated, they were overmatched by the speed and pace as Gaston Fernandez tallied two first half goals to stake Portland to a lead.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 all draw with FC Dallas from June 11. The ratings include marks for the coaches, officials and team plus individual marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match.

Red cards, converted penalty & Kah goal push Portland Timbers to dramatic draw with FC Dallas

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to resume their home pitch dominance against FC Dallas, a team that they had never lost to at home in their MLS history. The first half didn't fare so well with two goals for the visitors, but a wild finish combined with two red cards, an ejection of a coach and improved offense allowed the Timbers to escape with a draw by tallying two goals of their own.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas second match

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It will be a significant night for the Portland Timbers in many respects as they host FC Dallas in their final MLS regular season match for some time. MLS has a break in the schedule for World Cup 2014 necessitating the midweek match, and for Portland, they are hoping to resume their home pitch dominance after establishing themselves as a battle tested road side with three consecutive wins away from the Rose City.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Real Salt Lake (second match)

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers impressive 3 to 1 win over Real Salt Lake back on June 7 in Utah. Included are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, the officials, the Timbers coaches and a complete rating for the entire club.

Portland Timbers use Adi brace & first penalty awarded to knock off Real Salt Lake 3 to 1 on road

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to extend their unbeaten streak on the road, but to do that, they would need to defeat Real Salt Lake, a team that they hadn't beaten but once over 3 seasons of meetings. They fell behind in the first half, but stormed back to score two goals in the first half - both by Fanendo Adi - then converted a penalty at the 73rd minute to secure a 3 to 1 win in Utah.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake second match

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There's been plenty of emotion on display after the Portland Timbers last match against Vancouver that ended in frustration for the home side, but the challenge for them now is to keep even keeled going into a venue they've struggled in against a side that has a great track record against them - Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Real Salt Lake.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (first match)

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We have complete player evaluations from June 1's Cascadia Cup battle between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps, including a few new categories. We still have marks for each player plus coaches and team, but a few new ratings that will pop up on a regular basis.

Furious finish by Portland Timbers can’t overcome penalties in wild 4 to 3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their unbeaten streak going into a home match with the Vancouver Whitecaps, a team they had not lost to in the MLS era. However, Portland couldn't overcome two penalty kick calls against them in the first half nor could they find a way to consistently stop Caps forward Erik Hurtado.

Portland Timbers trade Futty Danso to Montreal for draft pick, hinting toward future moves

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The Portland Timbers have been planning to make some big moves within their roster this summer when the international transfer window opens in July, but they executed a trade on June 1 that could be a precursor towards that activity. Defender Futty Danso, the longest tenured Timbers player with his service time dating back to the team's USL days, was traded to Montreal for a 2015 MLS Super Draft pick.

What I’m watching for in Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver first meeting

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The Portland Timbers finish a busy stretch of matches when they battle their Cascadian rivals from Canada, the Vancouver Whitecaps. With both teams coming into the battle with long unbeaten streaks, there likely won't be much that could separate a team from extending their streak from being disappointed with a loss.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Chivas USA (second match)

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We have full player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 victory over Chivas USA. There are ratings for the entire team and coaches in addition to an individual rating for every Timbers player that appeared in the match.

Timbers use revolving lineup & Adi brace to knock off Chivas USA 2 to 0 to finish road trip

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The Portland Timbers finished their cross country road trip in style with a 2 to 0 win over Chivas USA. The match tempo was very slow at points, but it also featured Portland using several fresh players, allowing Timbers Coach Caleb Porter to rest several regulars. We also saw forward Fanendo Adi's first two goals as a Timber in the second half - a 65th minute strike off a cross from defender Jorge Villafana and a 1 v 1 goal over Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy that was sprung by a great pass from midfielder Diego Valeri.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA second match preview – Goats present challenge on final match of coast to coast road trip

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The revolving door of matches continues for the Portland Timbers as they play their second of three matches in a nine day period and second on the road as they travel to Los Angeles to play Chivas USA. After knocking off New York in their first stop, Portland must battle a Goats side that has proven to be challenging to defeat despite their myriad of challenges as an organization.

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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.