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.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to rebound from a frustrating loss to the Seattle Sounders in their last match, but they faced their other Cascadian rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps, in that attempt. While Portland was buoyed by the return of Diego Valeri, they missed three chances in the first half and slogged through a second half of errors to end up with a scoreless draw.
With the calendar turning over to May, the Portland Timbers will face one of their Cascadian rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps, for the second time in 2015 and the third overall meeting. The Whitecaps have won both battles so far this year, although both coaches agreed that the Timbers outplayed the Whitecaps the last time they met up in Canada back in March.
We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC back on April 26 on the road, with ratings for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and officiating.
The road trip for the Portland Timbers continued as they headed North to their Cascadian rivals in Washington to play the Seattle Sounders FC for the first of their three meetings. While the teams played an even first half, the Timbers' defense couldn't clear a throw in from the side until it was too late, and Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey turned the error into the only goal as Seattle won the match 1 to 0.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over New York City FC back on April 19 on the road. There are rating for all the players that appeared in the match, coaches, opponent, officiating, and a special mark for the club.
In a match that featured plenty of drama on and off the pitch, the Portland Timbers ventured to New York City to battle the other expansion team for 2015, New York City FC. After a first half of limited chances, Portland was able to open things up more in the 2nd half and finally took the lead on Dairon Asprilla's first MLS goal.
Who knows what to expect from the Portland Timbers when they face New York City FC in their next match? Hopefully the effort will be different from what we witnessed in their last match versus Orlando City FC - where the Timbers really struggled with focus and executing their attack plan.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to Orlando City back on April 12 at Providence Park. The marks are for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, composite ratings for the team and coaches, plus marks for the opponent and officials.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to establish positive momentum at home and they were presented with a unique challenge - Orlando City - one of the two newest teams in MLS for 2015. While relatively new, Orlando City used experienced players, an attacking, physical style of play and hesitancy from the Timbers at key points to stake out a first half lead.
After playing their first five matches against Western Conference foes, the Portland Timbers get their first look at clubs from the Eastern Conference - and ironically, they will get the two new clubs added for expansion in 2015 in back to back weekends. They host Orlando City SC first in the final game of their two match homestand before traveling to New York City to play NYCFC next weekend.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 1 win over FC Dallas, including individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, a composite rating for the team, officials and opponent - including comments about the coaching.
Still looking for their first win in 2015, the Portland Timbers had a daunting task with FC Dallas - the hottest team in MLS with 10 points from four matches - visiting Providence Park. While the team started out well with a Nat Borchers header to take a lead, FC Dallas leveled off a set piece gaffe in the first half.
We have complete player ratings from the March 28 Cascadia Cup match between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, which was won by the home side 2 to 1. There are ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared, plus ratings for the coaches, opponent and officiating.
March hasn't been a very good month for the Portland Timbers in the past few seasons, but there was hope in the form of a trip to Canada to battle the Vancouver Whitecaps - where the Timbers hadn't lost in their MLS history. While Fanendo Adi scored his third goal of the 2015 season to pull Portland even at the time, a defensive gaffe allowed Vancouver to break the losing streak and defeat their rivals 2 to 1.