The Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS Conference Finals for the second time in their MLS history and hosted FC Dallas in the first of two legs. Using a solid defensive effort and unheralded scorers to tally goals, the Timbers jumped to an early series lead with a 3 to 1 win at Providence Park. The same clubs meet on November 29 in Texas with FCD needing at least 2 goals to have a chance to advance to MLS Cup 2015.
The Portland Timbers didn't have much time to rest after their draining win over Sporting Kansas City to prepare for their first leg match hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps. A tense, tactical defensive match ensued as the clubs played to a scoreless draw, but the Timbers did have some late chances to try and secure the win.
Quite simply, this was one of the most incredible MLS matches - actually, it was one of the most improbable soccer matches - I've ever witnessed in person. Emotions were across the board, but in the end, it was the Portland Timbers defeating Sporting Kansas City behind goals from Rodney Wallace and Maximiliano Urruti combined with one of the most dramatic penalty shootouts ever.
The Portland Timbers have been the talk of the league with two huge wins on the road to get their offense rolling, but Providence Park hasn't been the field of dreams they want. After taking an early lead, the Timbers conceded the leveling goal. However, they rallied to score up three more goals to give the Timbers a huge win to finish the 2015 regular season.
Things are always interesting when Real Salt Lake and Portland meet up, especially when the teams meet in Utah. Portland was hoping to rebound for a rough loss in their last match versus Sporting Kansas City, and they did with...
Fanendo Adi has been pretty good over the past two matches with three goals in two matches in addition to his stellar hold up play and passion. It's been needed to help push the Portland Timbers closer to securing a...
In evaluating the Portland Timbers efforts versus Sporting Kansas City back on October 3, I tried something a bit different - trying to figure out the reasons for the up and down play put forth by them. It's not scores, but something I hope a bit more personal.
Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe prepares to shoot versus Sporting Kansas City. While there was more passing and shooting from the Timbers than the last time they played here, the result was another scoreless game for them. However, the visitors earned...
We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 win over the Columbus Crew back on September 26 on the road. Included are marks for every Timbers player that appeared and a composite mark for the team in addition to marks for the coaches, opponent and officials.
After suffering a humiliating loss to the New York Red Bulls in their last match, Timbers Coach Caleb Porter promised changes. Making three lineup changes for a road match in Columbus, the Timbers used a swarming attack, timely defense and a Fanendo Adi brace to secure a hearty 2 to 1 win.
Providence Park hasn't seen a Timbers home win since August 7 versus the Chicago Fire, and the past two matches - the scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City and the 2 to 0 loss to the New York Red Bulls...
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to the New York Red Bulls - including individual player marks, a collective rating for the team, plus marks for the officials, opponent and coaches.
The Portland Timbers were hoping a home date - and the return of several players from their previous eras and MLS alumni for a halftime celebration - would be enough to inspire their tepid offense and help cement their playoff positioning in the West. Unfortunately, the defense broke down in the first half to concede two goals, and the offense was unable to find any rhythm in an uninspired 2 to 0 loss to the Red Bulls.
It's a big game for the Timbers this weekend as New York - the Red Bulls - come calling to Providence Park. With just six matches left in 2015, it will be important for the Timbers to work out the one big issue that has plagued them this season - the lack of finishing in the final third of the pitch.
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips has been on a tear, and he'll be playing at Providence Park this weekend against the Timbers. While the team defense has been solid, they will be pressured by several key weapons from...
It had been quite a while since the Portland Timbers had seen Sporting Kansas City in play, but with two fixtures in the final few weeks of the season, the midweek match had some important to help them hold playoff positioning. While the defense played well, the offense was mired in another episode of finishing woes as the teams played to a scoreless draw keeping both sides just about the red line.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC from August 30. Included are marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus a mark for officiating, opponent, coaching, and the complete team.
After a difficult draw at home versus Houston, the Portland Timbers were hoping to secure a win in hostile territory against their arch nemesis to the North, the Seattle Sounders FC. The hosts, however, took a two goal lead off a defensive error and a controversial penalty, but the Timbers fought back to add a goal in the second half to make things interesting.
The latest edition of the Rose City Soccer Show has hit the airwaves. The fearsome foursome - Chris Gluck from the Columbian, Will Conwell from Stumptown Footy, Dan Adams from Cascade Rangers.com, and yours truly - talk about the draw with Houston and preview the big Cascadia Cup match up north.
Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe was able to add another goal to his account with a 75th minute effort that bounced off Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric and into goal. Portland was down two goals at the time, but had been...
The Portland Timbers were hoping to earn another three points against the Houston Dynamo, but they fell behind in the first half behind two defensive gaffes and good Dynamo pressure. However, Portland rallied with goals from Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Melano to salvage a draw in dramatic fashion.
In this week's episode, the crew - the Columbian's Chris Gluck, Cascade Rangers.com guru Dan Adams, Stumptown Footy's Will Conwell, and your truly - avoid the technical mess that plagued last week's show to talk about the RSL win, preview Houston, Nat Borchers, injury updates, and talk about the next three matches for Portland.
We won't see La Gata running about anymore for the Timbers, but Gaston Fernandez and the Portland Timbers left on good terms earlier this month. Fernandez wanted more playing time, and the Timbers accommodated the request to terminate his contract,...
In this week's episode of Rose City Soccer Show - and my first back after the break, 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 the win over Chicago from August 7, preview the August 15 match with Real Salt Lake and talk about our choices for Timbers MVP up to now.
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.