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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 12

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The New York Red Bulls went into Yankee Stadium and thrashed Hudson River rivals New York City FC on Saturday, whilethe Portland Timbersand Orlando City SC each earned important victories in front of their home fans. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

The Philadelphia Union scored a late winner on Friday night to secure a 1-0 win over D.

Timbers pull out wild affair against Whitecaps

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The defending champions were struggling mightily heading into Sunday's Cascadia clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the home side picked up a massive three points with a little help from Pa Modou Kah.

The Portland Timbers capturedan important win against the rival Whitecaps, 4-2, at Providence Park, giving the Timbers a lift in the Western Conference standings.

MLS Weekend, How to Watch MLS is Week 12. TV and Streaming Listings

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Rivalry week in MLS including a Cascadia match and the California Clásico. Three Big Storylines, TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Week 11 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. It is Rivalry Week in MLS. Apart from being a chance for MLS to sell the rights to a weekend to a corporate sponsor, that means that generally MLS schedules traditional rivals to play each other all in the same 10 match weekend.

Most-watched live soccer games on US TV for week of May 13-18, 2016

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During the past week, Liga MX and the English Premier League have been monopolizing the headlines with their record TV ratings as can be evidenced below.

Elsewhere, the English Championship had their best numbers of the season with several of the playoffs producing decent viewing figures. The anticipation is now building for the Championship Playoff Final on May 28 between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday to see which of these Yorkshire clubs will be promoted to the Premier League next season.

Most-watched live soccer games on US TV for week of May 13-18, 2016

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During the past week, Liga MX and the English Premier League have been monopolizing the headlines with their record TV ratings as can be evidenced below.

Elsewhere, the English Championship had their best numbers of the season with several of the playoffs producing decent viewing figures. The anticipation is now building for the Championship Playoff Final on May 28 between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday to see which of these Yorkshire clubs will be promoted to the Premier League next season.

MLS Week 12: A Midweek Look Ahead

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A full slate of MLS matches will take place over the weekend, but the midweek tilt includes two important fixtures on Wednesday.

Wednesday's action features a pair of Eastern Conference clashes. New York City FC looks to extend their four-match unbeaten streak when they travel to Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC, while the New York Red Bulls host the Chicago Fire.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 11)

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While the ramifications of the Kei Kamara trade were felt throughout MLS, the two teams involved in the deal for the star striker earned positive results in their first games since the transaction was completed.

Utlilizing Kamara for the first time, the New England Revolution toppled the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Saturday, while the Crew emerged with a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

Actually, Samantha Yarock has the Best Job in MLS

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According to Samatha Yarock, while Jake Zivin may think he has the best job in MLS, it turns out he just has a pretty good job. Continuing with our series on the Timbers' media personalities, Samantha and I chatted about her awesome job, Fanendo Adi's rise, and her dangerous fondness for sushi.

While Jake Zivin and Ross Smith are up in the broadcast booth describing the action on the field, Samantha Yarock, the Portland Timbers' Broadcast Reporter/Producer, is hard at work behind the scenes, looking for the back story, finding out what makes the Timbers tick.

New York City FC revival gathers pace as Timbers felled

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Los Angeles (AFP) New York City FC defeated MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers 2-1 as Patrick Vieira's resurgent side marched towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Goals from former Spain international David Villa and American midfielder Tommy McNamara secured a third consecutive victory for City after Portland's Fanendo Adi had equalized.

New York City FC revival gathers pace as Timbers felled

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Los Angeles (AFP) New York City FC defeated MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers 2-1 as Patrick Vieira's resurgent side marched towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Goals from former Spain international David Villa and American midfielder Tommy McNamara secured a third consecutive victory for City after Portland's Fanendo Adi had equalized.

MLS Week 11: A Midweek Look Ahead

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MLS returns to the schedule with a busy night of midweek action, as five games populate Wednesday's schedule.

Headlining Wednesday's action is a clash of contenders from opposing conferences when the Philadelphia Union host the surging LA Galaxy.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 10

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The Colorado Rapids continued their shocking run atop MLS, while the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew combined to provide one of the season's most action-packed matches. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:

Orlando City played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in a match with a combined eight yellows and on red card.

Pair of second-half goals lead Whitecaps past Timbers

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Heading into halftime, the Vancouver Whitecaps saw themselves trailing yet again, but an inspired second half performance was enough to lead the Canadian club to victory over Cascadia rivals.

Second-half goals from Masato Kudo and Christian Bolanos proved enough to push the Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday at BC Place.

Darlington Nagbe

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 4-2 Win Over Vancouver

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The Portland Timbers badly needed three points on Sunday afternoon, and they got them.

On a day in which the Timbers' performance was not quite complete and fortune finally turned in the Timbers' favor, the most important takeaway was the three points. And after a week in which there was palpable concern in the Rose City about the red line starting to get away, the Timbers now sit only three points beneath the playoff-qualification line with 20 games yet to play.

Darlington Nagbe, Jermaine Taylor Called up for Copa America

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Despite the notoriously fickle nature of Jurgen Klinsmann, it should come as a surprise to nobody that Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe was called up to the United States Men's National Team yesterday to be a part of the team's Copa America side.

This year's edition of the Copa America will feature teams from North and South America and will run from June 3rd to June 26th, although the US have already started their pre-tournament camp and friendlies.

Portland Timbers Lose 2-1 Again, This Time to New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers lost their third match in a row, going down 2-1 to New York City FC in a frustrating match that saw the side's injuries continue to mount.

Things took an unfortunate turn in the 12th minute as Darlington Nagbe and NYC fullback RJ Allen came together along the Timbers' left touch line.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Portland Timbers Snap Skid with 4-2 Win Over Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers scored first and scored last as they got back to winning ways today with a 4-2 win over their Cascadia rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Timbers have made a habit of scoring early in recent matches and this one was no different. After some high pressure in the 4th minute caused the Whitecaps to cough up the ball, the Timbers looked to find Jack McInerney on the run through the Vancouver box.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [1:30]

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The Portland Timbers are hosting their first Cascadia Cup match of the season today as the streaking Vancouver Whitecaps comes to town.

With the Timbers having lost their last three matches and the Whitecaps having won theirs, including a 2-1 win over the Timbers in Vancouver, it is clear who the team on form is in this match.

Stumptown Breakdown: The Contrasting Performances of the Timbers

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Since the transformation of the Portland Timbers' lineup and formation last year, there have been some incredible games where fans have witnessed movement and passing that few teams can match in the MLS, just like we saw against Toronto FC on May 1st at Providence Park. Unfortunately, on the flip side, we have also seen the Green and Gold struggle with teams who compact the midfield and defense, just like the Vancouver Whitecaps did on Saturday.

Portland Timbers Give Up Lead, Lose 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Portland Timbers went up in the first half but could not hold on through the Vancouver Whitecaps' second half assault, ultimately losing 2-1 under a 26 shot barrage from the home side.

In the early going the match was wide open, with both teams bursting quickly down the pitch looking to catch their opponents off balance.

Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [2:00]

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The Portland Timbers kick things off early today as they face off against the Vancouver Whitecaps up in British Columbia. With both sides below the red line so far this season, both the Timbers and the Whitecaps will be looking to move up the standings today.

More than just moving up the table, however, this is a Cascadia Cup match between two rival sides.

Fanendo Adi

Stumptown Preview: What Fanendo Adi means to the Portland Timbers

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33 goals in 69 appearances. 26 goals since the start of the 2015 season. Fanendo Adi has consistently been one of the best forwards in the MLS since his arrival in 2014. The young Nigerian fits in so well with the surrounding pieces; offering a large target for the skill players like Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri to find and combine with, while also offering wingers like the Rodney Wallace of old and the Lucas Melano of new a target on their whipped in crosses.

Three Questions from the Timbers’ 2-1 Loss to NYCFC

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The revenge of 2-1.

The scoreline used to be a favorable one for the Portland Timbers. They won MLS Cup by that margin. And they defeated the Columbus Crew in a season-opening rematch by that number.

Well, 2-1 has come back around, as the Timbers have lost three gut-punch games by that scoreline in the last eight days.

New York City FC

Stumptown Breakdown: Building from the Positives Against New York City FC

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Despite the third loss in a row for the Portland Timbers, Sunday's performance against New York City FC, especially the first 60 minutes, was one of the best that the team has put together this season. Last week, we discussed here a team that looked out of sync in the attack. Against Vancouver and Dallas, runs were poorly timed, passing was not crisp, and the decision-making was not up to the usual standard that we hold the team to.

Frank Lampard closes in on NYCFC season debut

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Criticism and skepticism have surrounded New York City FC's acquisition of Frank Lampard since his arrival last summer, but it appears that the former Chelsea midfielder is on-track to make his season debut this week.

During NYCFC's 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night, head coach Patrick Vieira revealed to Fox Sports 1's Julie Stewart-Binks that the 37-year-old is nearing a return and could be in the squad against Toronto FC on Wednesday night and three days later against the New York Red Bulls.

Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC Preview Interview

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After a rough pair of 2-1 road losses, the Portland Timbers are returning home to the cozy confines of Providence Park today to take on Eastern Conference side New York City FC. The visitors are coming to town on a three game undefeated streak and have outscored their opposition 5-2 in their last two matches.

Portland

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 20

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Jamie and Chris return to postmortem the Portland Timbers' loss in Dallas and disappointment against NYCFC, give hot takes on the future of Dairon Asprilla and just how big a deal the Portland Thorns' road trip was, and recap the Thorns' draw with the Seattle Reign.

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Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 19

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Jamie and Chris return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the growing concerns about the Timbers' leaky defense, whether major tactical changes lie in the Timbers' near future, and the Portland Thorns' draw with the Washington Spirit.

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FC Dallas

MLS Ticker: Drogba injury, Okugo, Dynamo-Sociedad friendly and more

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Several MLS teams made additions to their rosters on Monday, whileone big star will likely miss their next match due to injury.

Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba is expected to miss the team's upcoming match on Saturday against Orlando City SC.

Stumptown Breakdown: The Fading of the Timbers' Counterattack

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For the second time this year, the Portland Timbers lost to their Western Conference foe, FC Dallas, on Wednesday night. Over the past couple years, the two teams have emerged as some of the best in the MLS, capping with an exciting tie last year in the playoffs. The Timbers have not had nearly as much luck against FC Dallas this year, with the Texans winning both matches, and frankly, doing so pretty easily.

Defenders turn goalscorers to lead FC Dallas past Timbers

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After being shutout in each of their last three matches, FC Dallas was in need of an attacking spark. They got it on Wednesday with a pair of quick goals from an unlikely duo.

Defenders Walker Zimmerman and Ryan Hollingshead provided goals just two minutes apart to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Toyota Stadium.

Portland Timbers Grab Early Goal, Lose 2-1 to FC Dallas

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Fans of the Portland Timbers will have a strong feeling of deja vu tonight after the side went up 1-0 early on, but ultimately lost tonight's road match against FC Dallas 2-1.

The Timbers came out looking proactive in this match and the stratagem paid off early, getting on the board in the just the third minute.

Portland Timbers at FC Dallas: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [6:00]

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The Portland Timbers are on the road again today, facing off against the wounded but dangerous FC Dallas. Coming up against an FCD side that has lost three on the trot, the Timbers should be ready to pounce, but need to remain wary of their opponents, who are back on their home turf where they are still undefeated in 2016.

Preview Interview: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

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The Portland Timbers are still on the road following Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps and this time they are headed southeast, getting set to take on FC Dallas this evening in a midweek match. To get a good look at the Timbers' opposition, we talked to Drew Epperley of Big D Soccer and he answered a few of our questions coming into tonight's match.

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Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are mired in a three game losing streak, the team's longest under Caleb Porter, but they have a chance to turn things around tomorrow as they host the Vancouver Whitecaps in as close to a must-win match as you will see in May.

To get a better idea about the side that the Timbers will be facing, we exchanged questions with SB Nation's Whitecaps blog: Eighty-Six Forever.

Paid Their Dues: Amobi Okugo Signs for Portland

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The former Philadelphia Union midfielder signs with the defending MLS champions Portland Timbers.

We weren't sure if we would see Amobi Okugo in MLS this year after he was waived by Sporting Kansas City in February, but the defending MLS Champions Portland Timbers announced on Monday that they had signed Okugo.

Major Link Soccer: Sunderland to offer for Yedlin

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Bobby Wood moves up a division and it turns out the Old Trafford bomb hoax was super avoidable.

Seattle

Microsoft will be the founding sponsor of the Women's PGA Championship, taking place at Sahalee Country Club just down the road from Microsoft's headquarters.

DeAndre Yedlin has reportedly done enough to convince Sunderland to offer a permanent move for the young right back; the offer would be for a similar amount that Tottenham paid the Sounders at the end of 2014.

Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [4:30]

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The Portland Timbers are hosting New York City FC today, returning home after a pair of road losses last week took the wind out of their sails and looking to get back on course for a post-season berth.

Previews

Preview Interview: "In year two of the NYC FC experience, we have several players that are beginning to mesh well around a Villa-centric attack.

Portland Timbers Part Ways with Michael Seaton

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The Portland Timbers have waived forward Michael Seaton, giving the side an open roster spot going forward.

Seaton, 20, was with the team for less than a year, making only a handful of appearances for T2, the Timbers' USL side. A former D.C. United homegrown signing, Seaton was acquired from his hometown club late last season in return for Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

Portland Timbers at Vancouver Whitecaps Preview Interview

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With the Portland Timbers in British Columbia for today's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, we linked up with Bartosz Wysocki of our Canadian-Cascadian sister site, 86 Forever, for a quick peak at the opposition.

Outside of Pedro Morales, the Whitecaps have yet to identify a goal scorer that the team can depend on in the lean times.