The Portland Timbers won their first preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, logging a 2-1 win in Tucson over the Seattle Sounders. And coming off a strong first-half performance against the Houston Dynamo earlier in the week, a dominant performance by the Timbers starters came as little surprise on Saturday.
The first weekend of February was filled with preseason friendlies and scrimmages, but most of the buzz surrounded D.C. United, which released its new jersey and is reportedly close to signing a new Argentine.
D.C. United is reportedly nearing a deal to add 21-year-old, 5-foot-3 Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors.
The first official preseason game for the Houston Dynamo is in the books and with it a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Each half had entirely new starting XI's for both teams and different results in each half.
Giles Barnes wore the captain's armband as part of the starting XI for Houston.
With a different XI playing in each half of today's friendly against the Houston Dynamo, it is no surprise that the Timbers were not able to hang on to their early 1-0 lead, eventually tying the Dynamo 1-1 at the end of regulation. Following a strong first half from the Timbers' first-choice XI, the youngsters deployed in the second half struggled against a more experienced Dynamo.
Houston kicks off their 2016 preseason against the Portland Timbers in Arizona. The team will spend much of their preseason in the desert. This will be the first chance for fans to see Houston's new signings in action and how the new defensive players may stack up again the reigning MLS Champs.
The Portland Timbers went with their first team side for the first sixty minutes of tonight's match against the Seattle Sounders, but it was the second unit that produced the fireworks, scoring twice in the final half hour of the match to get the win.
For much of the first half the Timbers were in control, generating chance after chance but failing to find the back of the net with any of them.
The Portland Timbers' preseason continues tonight as the team takes on their arch-rivals, the Seattle Sounders, in their third match of 2016. There has never been a match between the Timbers and Sounders that has failed to capture the enmity between the two sides, so expect a bit of a spark in this one, no matter how far away the regular season might be.
The Portland Timbers are back in preseason action today, taking on their hated rivals, the Seattle Sounders. Like the Timbers, the Sounders have strived to keep the core of their side intact over the offseason, but have made a few significant changes along the way.
The match will mark the fourth time that the two sides have met in the preseason since the Timbers joined MLS, starting with 2011's Cascadia Summit.
Jack McInerney scored a second half brace to power the Timbers to a preseason win.
Though Darwin Jones opened the scoring in the match, the Seattle Sounders again fell due to a second half brace. The Portland Timbers got the win due to newly acquired Jack McInerney. Both goals he scored were not on Tyler Miller, who now sits with four goals given up in just two halves of play.
Jack McInerney's first day of work with the Portland Timbers was a difficult one, to say the least. Reporting for duty for his first preseason session with his new club, the forward had to watch his new teammates try on championship rings that represented one of the more crushing moments of McInerney's career.
The Portland Timbers don't play again until tomorrow, but you can still get a little bit of that Timbers flavor from tonight's match between the United States Men's National Team and the Canadian Men's National. With Darlington Nagbe, one of only four remaining 2011 Timbers with the side, and Will Johnson, the Timbers' captain until he was traded to Toronto FC over the offseason, both likely to see the pitch, this one is a must see.
Well, you didn't get to watch the Portland Timbers lose to USL PDL side FC Tucson to open the preseason, but you can still see one Timbers player in action today: Darlington Nagbe and the United States Men's National Team take on Iceland today at 12:45 p.m. on ESPN2 in an international friendly.
Now, Nagbe is not in the USMNT starting XI, so you might have to wait a little bit to see him on the pitch.
The Warrior, Rodney Wallace, has finally signed with a club and it is not the Portland Timbers. The MLS Cup goalscorerhas headed to Portugal to join first division side Futebol Clube Arouca, according to a post on the team's site.
Since joining the Timbers in 2011, Wallace played 129 league and post-season matches for the club, scoring 18 goals and adding 20 assists in that time.
Growing up in the American soccer scene, Zarek Valentin had heard all about the American dream of plying his trade in a European league. For years, Europe has been the promised land, a place where American players can make their name among the very best while earning a comfortable living playing a sport they love.
In his three seasons with the Portland Timbers, head coach Caleb Porter has made the Timbers one of the most consistent teams in Major League Soccer, not to mention guiding the team to it's first MLS Cup win last season. In the wake of the team's triumph, it is not surprising that the Timbers announced today that Porter has been given a "long-term" contract extension.
Darwin Jones is off to a great start this preseason, flashing some form that suggests his second year will be a marked improvement over his first. And while you never want to read too much into preseason performances, his goal against the Portland Timbers on Saturday is worth another look.
Running at his old college teammate Taylor Peay -- who it should be said was playing pretty well down the stretch last year -- Jones had his way.
Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 1-1 preseason draw with the Houston Dynamo in Tucson, the Timbers' transfer of George Fochive, and U.S. Soccer's preemptive lawsuit against the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association.
And mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 16th, and 7:00 p.
A club source tells Stumptown Footy that the Portland Timbers have transferred holding midfielder George Fochive to Danish side Viborg FF for an undisclosed fee. While a portion of the selling price will go to MLS, word around the club is that the Timbers will receive approximately $100,000 in allocation money as a result of Fochive's transfer.
After a week of training at their Beaverton practice facility, the Portland Timbers have headed to Tucson, AZ and are set to play their first game of the 2016 preseason: a closed match against hosting club FC Tucson.
Unfortunately, the match will not be streamed and isn't open to the public, so following along is going to take a whole lot of guesswork, some Twitter-scouring, and a healthy imagination.
The Portland Timbers come into the 2016 season with the weight of expectations on their shoulders. Whether it affects their play or not, the Timbers and their fans have tasted victory now and the team is going to need a new crop of players to step up if they want to continue their upward trajectory.
The Portland Timbers new Rose City Red away kits have been teased several times over the last few weeks, but now they are fully out in the open after Jack Jewsbury and Nat Borchers both posted pictures of the kits to their Twitter accounts this afternoon.
Showing off the kits, which are paired with black shorts and red socks on Borchers, and red shorts on Jewsbury, the photos reveal some details that were previously up in the air.
The Swope Park Rangers will kick off their inaugural season at home in 2016, hosting the Portland Timbers 2 at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday, March 26th. The game is one of two that will be hosted at CM Park for the Rangers in their first season, the second will be on August 21st when KC hosts Saint Louis FC in the fourth of four games against the Rangers cross state rival.
The Portland Timbers preseason continued today as the team put in their third day of training in 2016.
Working at the team's Beaverton practice facility, the Timbers kept up the steady pace of their early preseason, going through a series of agility and finishing drills to open practice, then moving to a series of five on five drills that had groups of attacking players going at groups of defenders, before finally wrapping up the day's training with a full eleven on eleven scrimmage using two thirds of the field.