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DC United wins, Portland loses in Champions League

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DC United won their Group 4 finale and the Portland Timbers exit the CONCACAF Champions League with a road loss. Read More

MLS: Portland Timbers 0 – Real Salt Lake 0

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The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake split the points in a game with MLS playoff implications for both teams. Read More

Diego Valeri | Episode 430

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MLS MVP candidate Diego Valeri on learning English, translating trash talk, living in Portland and where he keeps all his timber slices from Timber Joey.

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Diego Valeri wins MLS Player of the Week

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Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri wins the MLS Player of the Week award for week 31 with two goals against San Jose. Read More

MLS Scores: Toronto FC 0 – Houston Dynamo 1, Portland 3 – San Jose 0

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MLS week 31 started with a win that keep the playoff picture unclear for Toronto FC and Houston in the Eastern Conference. Read More

The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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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.

MLS Record Watch: October 2014 Edition

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By MIKE DONOVAN

When Landon Donovan found Robbie Keane for the Irishman's second goal of Sunday's 4-0 romp of the New York Red Bulls, he tied Steve Ralston's career MLS assist record with 135 for his career.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Toronto FC rookie defenderNick Hagglund stepped up in a must-win game for his club.

The rookie defender scored a pair of goals, the first two of his MLS career, as TFC topped the Portland Timbers, 3-2, Saturday to keep the club'splayoff hopes alive.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Brooks demoted by Hertha; Johnson out for Timbers’ season; and more

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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.

MLS Ticker: Defoe returns to training, Sounders keen to sign Morris, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Toronto FC are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but they could soon getjust the boost they've needed.

Defoe is back in Toronto after having returned to England to receive treatment on a groin injury and torn adductor muscle.

Major League Soccer teams enjoying a successful CONCACAF Champions League, thus far

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The Portland Timbers could be the first Major League Soccer team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final since 2009, and they could be the first MLS team to win the CCL, if they stay healthy.

CONCACAF Champions League: Sporting Kansas City and Portland win

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Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers won in the CONCACAF Champions League with both teams in position to advance to the knockout round. Read More

Analysing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

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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.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Diego Valeri

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Timbers trounce Whitecaps again, jump into playoff spot

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By MIKE DONOVAN

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.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just over a month remaining in the MLS regular season, playoff races are tightening league-wide.

Out west, the battle for the Supporters Shield heats up between the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy, who take on the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively.

Timbers romp past Olimpia in first home CCL match

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By MIKE DONOVAN

PORTLAND, Ore. In their inauguralhome CONCACAF Champions League match, the Portland Timbers did not disappoint a home crowd, defeating C.D. Olimpia of Honduras, 4-2, Tuesday night at Providence Park.

CONCACAF Champions League wins for DC United and Portland

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DC United and the Portland Timbers both won their Champions League games, with United taking a major step toward the next round. Read More

CCL Preview: D.C. United and Portland face tough tests in quest to reach knockout round

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The U.S. Open Cup final isn't the only big non-MLS fixture today, as both D.C. United and the Portland Timbers look to solidify their position in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

D.C. is down Jamaica today for an 8 p.m. match against Waterhouse F.

US Open Cup Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders

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The Philadelphia Union play the Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday (7:30pm - GolTV). Read More

Timbers edge closer to Whitecaps after tying Rapids

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By MIKE DONOVAN

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 players stepping up this season

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Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is one of several MLS players trying to turn 2014 into an MVP season. Read More

MLS Ticker: Eales tabbed as MLS Atlanta president, Copa Centroamericana call-ups, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

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.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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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:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

Timbers and Earthquakes draw after barnburner in Portland

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In a match befitting of Portland's 2014 season, the Timbers dominated at times while also having major defensive lapses before salvaging a result late.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers played to a 3-3 draw, Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.

Timbers’ Paparatto receives one-match ban for dangerous elbow

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By CARL SETTERLUND

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.

Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers 0, Real Salt Lake 0: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and video)

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Portland Timbers played Real Salt Lake to an exciting but ultimately frustrating draw at Providence Park.

FC Dallas Wednesday Wonderland – 10/15/14

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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.

Will Johnson undergoes surgery for broken leg

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By RYAN TOLMICH

If the Portland Timbers are going to make the playoffs in 2014, they will do so without captain Will Johnson.

The Timbers announced Sunday that the Canadian midfielder is out for the season after suffering a broken leg in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Toronto FC.

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 5 Round-Up

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Martin Zuniga: still CCL's top scorer after five rounds of the group stage (mediotiempo.com)

Upset ahoy! CCLlost its first favoritein round five of 2014-15's group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up...

It is the traditional time of the tournament to talk about whether this might be "the year of MLS".

Timbers dominate Alpha United to move closer to CCL knockout stage

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By MIKE DONOVAN

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.

CCL Preview: Timbers, Sporting KC look to take control of group

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By CARL SETTERLUND

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.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America's Martin Zuniga (pasionaguila.com)

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15's group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions...

After four rounds of group play, there are five teams officially eliminated and three (Municipal, Real Estelí and Waterhouse) clinging to a set of improbable hypotheticals.

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Portland Timbers 3, San Jose Earthquakes 3: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and video)

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Portland Timbers came from behind twice against fellow playoff contenders San Jose Earthquakes to share the points in a 3-3 draw.

Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders 4: Three things from Portland's loss (photos and video)

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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 Rest

Passing the biggest test of 2014 Toronto FC 3 Portland Timbers 2

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This one snuck up on me.


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.

AFTER 90: In the year 2019

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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.

THE MATCHUP: Momentum before it was cool

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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

Timbers trounce Whitecaps to move into playoff position

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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.