The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.
The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.
John Brooks' season with Hertha Berlin may be done. The U.S. Men's National Team defender was reportedly dropped down to Hertha's reserve squad after falling out of favor with coach Jos Luhukay. It appears now that reports Brooks had been cut altogether are wrong.
Meanwhile, there is no question that Will Johnson's season with the Portland Timbers is over.
There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.
MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.
Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.
Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.
PORTLAND, Ore. In a battle between teams fighting for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers had their way with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday afternoon, moving the home side above the red line.
Two teams that currently sit on the outsideof the Western Conference playoffs matched up Saturday night, but neither the Colorado Rapids northe Portland Timbers could find a winner at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
MLS Atlanta isn't in the market for players yet, but theyjust made a big acquisition.
The league's 22nd franchise announced on Wednesday that they signed Tottenham executive director Darren Eales to become the club's first president another move that demonstrates owner Arthur Blank's ambition to succeed in MLS.
September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.
Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:
DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced today a one-game suspension doled out to Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto for a 39th-minute elbow during last Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders.
Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Wednesday:
CASSAR KEEPS HIS WORD
Former FCD goalkeeper and keepers coach Jeff Cassar, who is in his first year as the head coach for Real Salt Lake, truly is a man of his word. Of course, this is far from news to anyone who knew him from his time here in Dallas.
PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Timbers had little trouble with Alpha United Tuesday night, defeating theGuyanese side by a comfortable 6-0 margin at a soggy Providence Park.
Defender Norberto Paparatto led the way with two goals while Jack Jewsbury, Gaston Fernandez, Michael Nanchoff, and Fanendo Adi addedgoals for Portland, which maintained its place at the top of Group 5in the CONCACAF Champions League with one match yet to be played.
Sporting Kansas City will have had a full two weeks off from MLS action when it heads into a key home game against the New England Revolution this Saturday. In the meantime, Peter Vermes' squad is hoping to seize control of their CONCACAF Champions League group.
Portland Timbers conceded four goals at home to Seattle Sounders for the second time this season but could only reply with a late brace from substitute Fanendo Adi and lost 2-4 as Obafemi Martins tore apart the Timbers back line, scoring two goals and assisting Clint Dempsey.
The week prior to this game was packed with distractions. The invite to season seat holders to see the expansion plans for the stadium. (So pleased to have missed it. Accounts of the evening indicated that posters were up, information was scarce and a lot of cheese was offered.
On the heels of MLSE's momentous BMO Field expansion announcement earlier this week, we thought we'd treat you dear reader to a glimpse into the future. The future you say? Yes - the future. All the way to the year 2019. Using science and stuff. Math we guess? Sure... math. We bring you this match report as Toronto Ford Motors FC host Portland Timbers on September 27, 2019 in a crucial match as TFMFC strive for their first ever playoff appearance.
TORONTO VS. PORTLAND BMO FIELD - SATURDAY 1PM ET TV: TSN 4 MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The Craft Brew Cup" FACTS* AND STATS** TORONTO FC - Splinters: The Timbers-related injury Defoe is likely to pick up - "Mo": What you can't spell momentum without - 3: The phase of BMO Field expansion where it all goes wrong - "Day-To-Day": Current listed condition of the TFC bandwagon - If TFC can beat Portland they move to 2nd in Cascadia Cup standings PORTLAND TIMBERS - 30: Average waist in inches of Timbers supporter skinny jeans - Portland mascot Timber Joey and his log have been detained by Canada Border Services on a number of logging charges - Will Johnson and Michael Bradley are set to have the league's greatest tantrum battle - Portland defender Pa Modou Kay has won the prestigious "MLS Player Who Sounds Like a Star Wars Character" trophy - Despite the result, Portland Timbers are in a can't lose situation as they would simply tell their fans that a loss to TFC would be "ironic" *Possibly **Maybe
When the Portland Timbers began the year on an eight-match winless streak, there were very real doubts about whether they would be able to climb out of that early-season hole and still be a factor in the playoff race in the tough MLS Western Conference.
On Saturday, the Timbers completed their climb from the West basement into a playoff position after posting a 3-0 drubbing of the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road at BC Place.