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MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.

One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.

The Best of MLS Week 30: Manotas, Morris, Bedoya and more

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

Portland Timbers Lose 3-1 to Houston Dynamo, Remain Winless on the Road

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The Portland Timbers kept their road losing streak alive, dropping a 3-1 result to the Houston Dynamo and losing vital ground in the playoff race.

The Dynamo broke the deadlock in 34th minute after a closely fought first half. A mis-placed pass from Alvas Powell across the back line was picked up by the home side deep in the Timbers' half and sent into the box from near the end line.

Dynamo play spoiler again with win over Timbers

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The Houston Dynamo may not be in the playoff race, but they're doing their best to influence it.

After earning four points against Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC in their prior two matches, the Dynamo robbed a contender of points yet again on Saturday in a 3-1 win overthe Portland Timbers.

Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers: How to watch, lineups and more

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Houston host the Portland Timbers.

Who

Houston Dynamo vs Portland Timbers

What

The Portland Timbers are looking to make a playoff push while the Dynamo are hoping to spoil their playoff hopes. The Dynamo's once growing injury report seems to be shrinking as they have more players back from injury.

Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [6:00]

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The Portland Timbers can't afford to look back right now if they want to hold on to their current playoff spot. Instead, the side are facing forward toward tonight's opposition, the Houston Dynamo.

Previews

Match Preview: "Of course, the Timbers have yet to win on the road in 2016 and have lost their last four matches away from Providence Park (five if you count their CCL loss to Saprissa), so even in a match against the Dynamo, who have only won four times at home this season, there is a certain level of apprehension surrounding the match.

Portland Timbers at Houston Dynamo Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers are in the Lone Star State and are set to take on the Houston Dynamo in today's match. With the Timbers looking to hold off the pack and finish above the red line in the race to playoffs, a result against Houston would go a long way toward securing a playoff berth for the side.

Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers Preview: Dynamo Look to Play Spoiler

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Can Houston keep Portland winless on the road?

Coming off their second road win of the season the Dynamo will play the Timbers at BBVA this weekend. As the regular season is winding down Portland is in good position for postseason play but they'll need to keep it tight in their final four games to secure a playoff berth.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the Portland Timbers

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The Dynamo return home to face the Portland Timbers. Who do you want to see in the starting XI? When does the youth movement happen?

The Houston Dynamo will return home to face the Portland Timbers Saturday in a game in which the Orange can hopefully get redemption following the last meeting between the two sides.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 30

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With only five weeks left in the MLS regular season, the race to the playoffs is heating up.

A battle between first and second place in the Eastern Conference highlights the action this weekend, with Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 29

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There is a full slate of games this weekend in MLS following the international break,and an American soccer legendcould return to the pitch on Sunday.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy after announcing that he is coming out of retirement to finish the 2016 season in light of the injury problems at the club.

The Path to the Playoffs: Six Games to Go

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The Portland Timbers did not do themselves any favors in Saturday's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas, failing to bring home a road point for the 14th time this season and losing control of their playoff destiny. Of course, a road loss to the best team in the league comes as no surprise, and looking at the remainder of the Timbers' schedule, reaching the playoffs still looks like a very attainable goal.

concacaf champions league

CCL Rewind: Nagbe stunner keeps Timbers alive, Red Bulls advance

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The New York Red Bulls sealed their spot in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round, but it was a Portland Timbers star that stole the show in Tuesday night's action.

Darlington Nagbe scored a stoppage time free kick to seal a Timbers win over El Salvador's CD Dragon, keeping the reigning MLS Cup champions alive as the group stage heads towards a close.

Portland Timbers vs. CD Dragon: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [7:00]

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The Portland Timbers continue this week's long, difficult road trip with today's CONCACAF Champions League match against Salvadoran side CD Dragon. The Timbers come into this one banged up and in need of a road result if they want to advance out of their group.

How Do the Timbers Advance?

With their loss to Saprissa two weeks ago, the Timbers find themselves needing a win over the Costa Rican champions if they want to make it to the CCL's elimination rounds next year.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls and FC Dallas look to join Whitecaps in quarterfinals

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The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas are both teams in the thick of the MLS Supporters' Shield race, but they each have another task in focus this week: securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The Red Bulls need just a draw against Salvadoran side Alianza on the road on Tuesday night to secure their place in the knockout rounds, and to extend an MLS-best 16-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

CCL Rewind: Red Bulls win late, Whitecaps advance and more

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FourMLS teams took the field in CONCACAF Champions League play this week, but only two emerged victorious.

While the Vancouver Whitecaps toppled MLS rivals Sporting Kansas City, the New York Red Bulls took down Alianza FC on a late winner from Sacha Kljestan.

Major League Soccer

Dortmund draws Real Madrid, Red Bulls advance in the CCL

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Christain Pulisic helped ot make the difference for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Loss at Houston

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Another day, another road defeat.

At this point there really isn't a whole lot more of it to say than that. Regardless how impressive the Timbers' home form appears or how modest their opponent is, the Portland Timbers are terrible on the road.

And they were again on Saturday.

Here are three questions from the Timbers' loss in Houston:

1.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/20/16

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Philadelphia Union News

Sapong's striking problems loomed large in Union's loss
It's been the elephant in the room: CJ Sapong has been in a long slump.

Vote Chris Pontius in AT&T Goal of the Week
At least there's Chris Pontius, whose goal was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, go vote!

This Is Jack Jewsbury’s Last Season: Savor It

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Jack Jewsbury is retiring.

The Old Salty Dog is hanging up his boots after the 2016 season, the Portland Timbers' club captain announced at Sunday's Stand Together Banquet.

In a fourteen year career in MLS, Jewsbury, 35, notched over 350 regular season and playoff appearances in the league, including 163 for the Timbers over the club's six seasons since joining Major League Soccer.

Philadelphia Union

Game changers: A visit to the woodshed

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Defensive miscues and bad fouls sunk the Union against Portland.

1.) Ensuring domestic tranquility - The Portland Timbers had a Wednesday match against Saprissa in Costa Rica that was supposed to leave the club drained and softened up before the match against the Union. Caleb Porter rested a good portion of the Timbers starters against Saprissa, taking a 4-2 loss to make sure he had a rested lineup against the Philadelphia Union.

Analysis and Player Ratings: Timbers 2-1 Union

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Philadelphia Union became too narrow and too stretched, but they still had chances to take points in a difficult environment in Portland.

Union Struggle Chopping Down Trees: Portland Timbers 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union got plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, but plenty of opportunities did not a victory make.

Entering Portland and playing a strong Portland Timbers side, the Philadelphia Union kept the match competitive but unfortunately simply competitive was not enough to overcome the home side.

Match report: Portland Timbers 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri were both on target as the Timbers edged the Union 2-1 in Portland.

Portland Timbers Beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Two Darren Mattocks Assists

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The Portland Timbers ground out a close first half against the Philadelphia Union before scoring a pair of quick goals off assists from Darren Mattocks in the second to earn a 2-1 win.

In a back and forth first half, both sides created chances and it was the Timbers who looked to have the better of the match but the Union who came closer to opening the scoring, nearly getting the better of the Timbers on two occasions early on.

Timbers top Union to keep pace in Western Conference race

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The goals came fast and furious in Saturday's clash between the Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union but, when all was said and done, the reigning MLS Cup champions stood victorious.

A trio of goals within the first seven minutes of the second half provided plenty of excitement at Providence Park as the Timbers escaped with a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers are back in the Rose City and set to take on their final Eastern Conference opponents of the season, the Philadelphia Union. With the Timbers still just above the red line it is vital that thy keep all three points from this match.

Coming off a tough, mid-week trip to Costa Rica where the Timbers lost 4-2 to Deportivo Saprissa on Wednesday, Portland must bounce back quickly against a rested Union side.

Portland Timbers at Deportivo Saprissa: How to Watch, Match Chat [7:00]

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The Portland Timbers are on the road for today's midweek match as they take on Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa in CONCACAF Champions League play. With their eyes set on the top of the group, a result here for the Timbers will go a long way toward that goal.

Coming into this match, the Timbers have not shown much of their hand as they manage a busy week, including last Saturday's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, tonight's match against Saprissa, and a league clash on Saturday against Eastern Conference visitors the Philadelphia Union.

Jim Curtin

Philadelphia Union press conference recap

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Union head coach Jim Curtin spoke with the media about the draw with Montreal, the upcoming match in Portland, and why the turf in Portland is better than anywhere else (but it's still not grass).

With a tough three-game road trip on the horizon, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin fielded questions from media on Wednesday afternoon.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/12/16

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Monday's are not fun, but links are fun.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin disappointed in draw, but looking at road ahead
Here's Jim Curtin's thoughts on the game from Saturday.

Portland Timbers Grind Out 1-0 Win Over Real Salt Lake
Union's next game is Saturday all the way out in Portland, let's see how their last game was.

Real Salt Lake

Adi goal, Gleeson's heroics help Timbers edge RSL

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The Portland Timbers are finding their form at just the right time, and have created some space in the MLS Western Conference standings as a result.

Fanendo Adi slotted home a shot off a deflected Darlington Nagbe blast, and Jake Gleeson made that goal stand up with a plethora of excellent saves to help the Timbers earn a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 1-0 Win Over Real Salt Lake

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This time of year any three points are three big points.

But Saturday night's three points were absolutely imperative. The Portland Timbers have been as hapless on the road in 2016 as they have been stellar at home. And with six games remaining coming into Saturday evening -- three home and three away -- the Timbers were in a position in which they needed to be close to perfect at Providence Park is they want to make the playoffs.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [7:30]

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The Portland Timbers are back home and in need of a win if they want to continue their run to the playoffs, but standing between them and three points are the second place side in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.

Match Preview

"While the match ups on the wings are somewhat concerning for the Timbers, at the top of the formation, Fanendo Adi should be primed for a good match as RSL are missing both of their first choice center backs: Jamison Olave to suspension and Aaron Maund to a broken toe.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers have returned home after last weekend's loss to the league leaders, FC Dallas, and are set to play host to another one of the top teams in the West as Real Salt Lake come to town. In two meetings this year the Timbers and RSL have tied twice, both ending 2-2, but shared points will not do for the Timbers this time as they need to set the pace in the run in to the playoffs.

The Rest

Postgame Pontifications: Jordan Morris has arrived

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Sounders rookie puts on a monster display.

A performance like this was coming. You could feel it, over the last couple months, but especially in the last few games. It really started in earnest with Jordan Morris' rampaging runs against the Portland Timbers, probably the first game of his professional career where he didn't factor into the scoring but still managed to make a significant impact.

Major Link Soccer - Pulisic Makes Champions League Debut

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Dempsey returns to practice, Pulisic earns and assist, and Megan Rapinoe considers her protest options.

Seattle

The big news of the day for Seattle was of course that Clint Dempsey is back in training.

We also have fan post from our community with conjecture about the possible diagnosis.

Soccer TV: Saprissa vs Portland

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Saprissa and Portland meet in the Champions League in CONCACAF and the group stage continues in UEFA's version.

NASL Notes: Racial slur investigation, Klute, Strikers and more

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The NASL announced that it will take no disciplinary action as a result of aninvestigation into allegations of a racial slur being used against Puerto Rico FC's Chris Nurse in an Aug. 28 match with FC Edmonton. In a statement Wednesday, the league said that "While the NASL in no way questions the validity of the claim, upon finishing its in-depth investigation, the league was not able to find conclusive evidence to corroborate the claim.

Soccer Made in Portland 2016 Episode 36

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' most recent 3-1 bellyflop on the road; hot take that athletes are, in fact, humans and should be regarded as such; look at The Oregonian's findings in its controversially-named series on Portland's standing as a soccer market in the United States; and recap the Portland Thorns' 5-1 romp over the Boston Breakers.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 3-1 Loss at Dallas

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We've been here before.

The Portland Timbers were run off the field by FC Dallas on Saturday. There really aren't many other ways to put that.

Here are three questions from the Timbers' most recent capitulation on the road:

1. Could the Timbers build some momentum from last week's win over Seattle?