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Around The Forest: Landon Donovan considering a run for USSF President

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More Columbus to Austin news, the importance of seeding in the playoffs, Neymar to take Mbappe under his wing and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Timbers wrap up the regular season against Cascadia foe Vancouver | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers wrap up the 2017 MLS regular season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [4:30]

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The Portland Timbers are into the literal home stretch today as the side host D.C. United in the first of two back to back home games to close out the season. Win out and the Timbers are a lock for a top three spot in the Western Conference, but any sort of stumble could see the side tumble down the rankings.

Around The Forest: Fanendo Adi to return in 2017 according to Caleb Porter

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Kaka will not renew his Orlando City contract, Redbulls cautious going into their match with Atlanta, World Cup bribery case opened and more!

Portland:

Caleb Porter expects injured striker Fanendo Adi to play again in 2017 | MLSsoccer.com
A series of setbacks have turned what was initially thought to be a short-term injury into a two-month absence for Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, but Caleb Porter expects his star forward to play again this season.

Around The Forest: Meet Miguel Almiron 2017’s #1 24 under 24

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Check out the top 5 rated players of each MLS team for FIFA 18, how did LA Galaxy fall so far and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Timbers defense holding opponents to average of .67 goals per game over last six matches | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers will play in their final regular-season road match of the year when they travel south to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium Saturday night (7:30pm, KPDX).

Around The Forest: Timbers award 45k in community fund grants

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USOC final tonight, Atlanta United to sell out again, Jay Heaps firing sets MLS record and more!

Portland:

Portland Timbers award $45,000 in Community Fund grants | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers today announced the awarding of $45,000 in grants to eight educational, environmental and community-focused nonprofit organizations in the greater-Portland area through the Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF).

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 27

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It doesn't look like anyone will be catching Toronto FC in the regular season nor the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but there's plenty of movement behind them as the playoff push continues.

The Western Conference certainly has a Cascadia feel at the current moment as the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps duke it out for playoff positioning.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"This franchise is committed to winning. And I think that shows in being now the only [active] club to make the playoffs nine years in a row." -Brian Schmetzer

After having trouble finding the right rhythm out of the gate, the Seattle Sounders got in sync, putting four unanswered goals on the board against FC Dallas and snatching a secure playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Community player ratings form

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Rate the players in their 1-1 draw against their Cascadia rivals.

How did the Sounders do in their second Cascadia clash of the week?

As usual, let us know in the form below.

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Diego Valeri

Valeri goal, two assists send Timbers to playoffs with win over D.C.

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The Portland Timbers are back in the playoffs after a year away from post-season action.

Diego Valeri was the hero as he opened the scoring from the spot just before half time and provided the assists on the second and third goals from Alvas Powell and Sebastian Blanco, respectively, as they toppled D.

Portland Timbers Run Over D.C. United in 4-0 Win

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The Portland Timbers returned home with an emphatic win over D.C. United, beating the Eastern Conference basement dwellers in a comprehensive 4-0 victory. Featuring a brace for Sebastian Blanco and a goal and two assists for Diego Valeri, the Timbers attack looks to be in fine form as they close out the season.

Quakes playoff hopes live another day after edging Timbers

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The San Jose Earthquakes playoff hopes remain intact after a gritty performance against an old foe who, as well, has playoffs in mind.

After the turbulent, woeful showing against the Chicago Fire midweek, the Quakes performed in a do-or-die manner, and edged the Portland Timber, 2-1, at an antsy Avaya Stadium.

Around The Forest: Hope Solo settles with the United States Soccer Federation

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Hot and fresh playoff scenarios, ATLUD's Almiron injured at the wrong time, epic fail by Luke Mulholland and more!

Portland:

MLS MVP? Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri sets loftier goals | MLSsoccer.com
Chants of "MVP" cascaded throughout Providence Park when Diego Valeri was presented with his log slabs following the Timbers 3-0 defeat of Orlando City SC Sunday night.

Valeri scores two more to lead Timbers in thumping of Orlando City

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Diego Valeri's scoring streak has the Portland Timbers rolling.

The Argentinian star scored two more goals on Sunday evening, extending his MLS-record streak to nine consecutive games with a goal in a 3-0 beating of Orlando City. Valeri's goal saw the midfielder take over the lead in the Golden Boot race while the win pushed the Timbers back into second in the Western Conference.

Around The Forest: Timbers to begin construction on expansion after the season

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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you're not watching? And more!

Portland:

Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns | OregonLive.com
Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

How to break a record, Diego Valeri style

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Records were made to be broken and in 2017 Diego Valeri has taken that to heart. First becoming the Portland Timbers' all-time leading goalscorer, then the Timbers' leading all-time single-season goalscorer, and finally breaking the Major League Soccer record for consecutive games with a goal in Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri sets MLS record for consecutive goals

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Playoff probabilities are here, LA Galaxy growing their own food, NASL make last ditch attempt to make D2 and much more!

Portland:

#StatMan Three | Valeri puts his name in MLS record book | Portland Timbers
Playing a third consecutive road match, the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

MLS Awards season is just over a month away

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The major awards have some clear leaders.

It's not that I've locked in my votes yet. We are still over a month away from the voting period, but there are certain MLS awards where there are clear leaders. There is also a single team that is so good that it will flood the Best XI without winning an individual award.

Diego Valeri Scores Again, but Portland Timbers Fall 2-1 to Real Salt Lake

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The Portland Timbers came close but in the end could not sneak a point out of Rio Tinto Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Real Salt Lake. Despite Diego Valeri scoring for the MLS record eighth game in a row, the Timbers defense was unable to contain the individual skill of the RSL front line and they paid the price for it.

WATCH: Diego Valeri sets MLS record with his head!

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Valeri sets a record and ties it up at one..

The moment when #8 scored in his 8th straight match.
Congrats on making history, @DiegoDv8. #RCTID pic.twitter.com/7FpB5RhupH

— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) September 17, 2017

The Timbers tie up the score with a beautiful cross from Dairon Asprilla, where Diego Valeri nods it home!

Storylines: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers continue the march to the playoffs with a stop in Sandy, Utah.

The Story So Far

The Timbers continued to roll as they beat New York City FC 1-0 in Yankee Stadium over the weekend. Diego Valeri continued his tear, scoring his 7th goal in as many matches, tying a Major League Soccer record.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

After tying MLS record, Diego Valeri looking to fire Timbers towards playoffs

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Diego Valeri has been a number of things throughout his time with the Portland Timbers. He's been a creator and a playmaker that's guided the team for several years. He's been a leader and a champion, marking himself as probably the franchise's most vital player throughout its MLS run.

Diego Valeri Scores Again in 1-0 Portland Timbers Win Over New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers gutted out their fourth road win of the year on Saturday, beating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.

After sustained pressure from New York to start the match, the Timbers were able to rattle off a couple of quick chances late in the first half, coming close through a Roy Miller header in the 41st minute and a series of half chances in the moments after.

Diego Valeri scores in seventh straight to lead Timbers past NYCFC

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The Portland Timbers remain very much in the hunt in the Western Conference, and they furthered their case on Saturday thanks to yet another goal from Diego Valeri.

The Argentinian star fired a goal in his seventh consecutive match, leading the Timbers to a 1-0 winner over NYCFC at Yankee Stadium.

Around The Forest: Host Cities make their bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Chara and Valeri leading the way, Coutinho still not in the squad, LAFC drop more renderings and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Diego Chara, Diego Valeri both near top of league's stat charts | Portland Timbers
For the last time this season, the Portland Timbers will head to the East Coast as the club will take on New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium (2:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

San Jose Earthquakes

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 35

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Portland Thorns head coach Mark Parsons returns to the show to discuss the turning point in the Thorns' regular season, the team's tactical flexibility, and the lessons from last season's playoff disappointment.

Jamie and Chris recap the Portland Timbers' deflating loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, cast aspersions on the NWSL award process, and look ahead to the NWSL semifinal.

Portland Timbers Slip Up Against San Jose Earthquakes in 2-1 Loss

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The Portland Timbers could have clinched a playoff berth with a point against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night, but instead fell short on a slippery Avaya Stadium pitch, losing 2-1 on the road.

Early in the match both teams pressed forward at a frantic pace, pressing the ball and looking to sneak an early goal.

Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [7:30]

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The Portland Timbers have embarked on their final road trip of the 2017 regular season, heading south to take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a match that could sew up a playoff spot for the Timbers if the results fall their way. The Quakes, however, still have playoff hopes of their own and will need a win at Avaya Stadium if they want to have any chance of beating out Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, and the Houston Dynamo for the final two spots in the West.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 33

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Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, weigh Diego Valeri's MLS record-setting run of goals in eight consecutive games, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' visit to the Orlando Pride.

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Timber Cruise: Real Salt Lake 2, Portland Timbers 1

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After a draw in Seattle and a win in New York, the Portland Timbers were largely playing with house money on Saturday. And — well — they lost.

But with the Seattle Sounders drawing at floundering FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps losing at home to the Columbus Crew, the loss is hardly devastating for the Timbers, who still sit one point from the top of the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake stays alive with win over Timbers

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Real Salt Lake is still in the playoff hunt thanks to a win over a Western Conference contender.

Goals from Albert Rusnak and Jefferson Savarino were enough to stave off a record-setting goal from Diego Valeri in RSL's 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday. With the win, RSL temporarily moves up above the red line in the West, although FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo have games in hand.

Sporting Kansas City

Timber Cruise: New York City FC 0, Portland Timbers 1

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Well that weekend couldn't have gone much better for the Portland Timbers.

Not only did the Timbers earn an improbable 1-0 win at inevitable Eastern Conference runners-up New York City FC, but nearly every other result went their way, too: The Sounders dropped points against the Galaxy at home, FC Dallas got burned by Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City took only one point from their two-game Eastern swing, and the Houston Dynamo lost to the Colorado Rapids at home (?

Storylines: NYCFC vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers travel to the city that never sleeps

The Story So Far

With the international break over, we can return to our regularly scheduled programming. The last time we saw the boys in green and gold was the derby with Seattle that finished in a 1-1 draw, a decent result on the road in a hostile environment.

The Rest

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 37

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Jamie and Chris take to the microphone to discuss the Portland Timbers' 4-0 win over D.C. United, revel in the Portland Thorns' NWSL title, and look ahead to some crucial offseason decisions facing Mark Parson, Gavin Wilkinson, and the Thorns front office.

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PRO’s officiating will get someone hurt if it hasn’t happened already

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Something has to change

In the midst of D.C. United's loss to the Portland Timbers, a play occurred that led to the 4th and final goal that we wanted to vent about, specifically Jeremy Ebobisse's challenge on Steve Birnbaum:

So, let's put aside the nature of whether or not Ebobisse's challenge was dirty (I don't think it was).

Portland Timbers versus Orlando City: Full Coverage

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Portland Timbers Football Club hosts Orlando City Soccer Club at 5 PM on Sunday afternoon. Despite these two teams being in very different positions, (the Timbers are battling for a first-round playoff bye while the Lions are unlikely to make the playoffs at all) this should be an exciting match as OCSC's strike duo of Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin continue to figure each-other out and PTFC return home after a difficult, yet largely successful road spell.

Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are back home after a long stretch of road games that saw the team rise to first place in the Western Conference before slipping back into second as the Vancouver Whitecaps surged up the table. Now the Timbers are set to host struggling Eastern Conference side Orlando City SC in a match that could see the side make up ground on the ‘Caps or open the door to Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders as all three teams compete for a bye in the playoffs.

Darren Mattocks provides key boost for Timbers in Adi's absence

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Diego Valeri is earning all of the plaudits for the Portland Timbers, and they're most certainly deserved. With Fanendo Adi out of action, the Argentinian star has stepped up in a big way, scoring seven goals in as many games to lead the Timbers to the top of the Western Conference.

Portland Timbers at New York City FC Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are halfway across the world this weekend and set to take on the newer and bluer side of the Big Apple, New York City FC. With just six games to go in the regular season and teams packed in close in the Western Conference, every point counts for the Timbers.

To get an idea of what the Timbers will be facing in New York on Saturday, we spoke with Jake Gofman of Hudson River Blue and he answered some of our questions about NYCFC.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Toronto FC

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Last year's MLS Cup finalists stood out among the pack throughout the month of August but, unlike last winter's finale, it was Toronto FC that emerged as the front-runner thanks to a fantastic month.

Toronto FC won four games while drawing another to increase the club's stranglehold atop the Eastern Conference.