One of the best environments in North American soccer is about to get better.
The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that the club is going forward with an expansion of approximately 4,000 seats at Providence Park. The project, which is set to cost $50 million, will be privately funded and it will expand the east side of the stadium.
Each and every week, MLS play leaves plenty to ponder. The league is notoriously wacky, and this past weekend was no exception.
It was a weekend filled with stunning goals, lopsided wins and long-awaited returns. It saw a perennial contender thumped on home turf and a recent punching bag beaten back after seizing an early lead.
The first Cascadia Cup showdown of the season on Saturday will be without a star forward due to a suspension from a Week 7 incident.
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi was handed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday for violent conduct in the 26th minute of the loss to Sporting Kansas City.
The Portland Timbers are sitting on top of the Western Conference, but if they want to prove themselves to truly be the top dogs in the West — and hence in all of Major League Soccer — they will need to get a result this weekend against the only remaining undefeated team in the league: FC Dallas.
Jamie and Chris return to recap the Portland Timbers' Cascadia Cup victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, to opine on the Timbers' Providence Park expansion plans, and to discuss whether the Portland Thorns can and should make a serious run at Mallory Pugh.
Points are great. And the Portland Timbers took all three points from their Cascadia showdown with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon.
As a result, the Timbers still sit atop the MLS standings and it's hard to complain too much from the top.
Yet the Timbers' performance on Saturday against a Whitecaps team that's been in the midst of a serious road slump left a fair amount to be desired, as Portland's shorthanded attack struggled to keep control of a game that they led 2-0 at halftime.
The Portland Timbers are at the top of the league, but with the pack breathing down their necks getting three points from today's Cascadia Cup clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps will be vital. Missing Fanendo Adi and recovering from a rough match against Sporting Kansas City last weekend, the Timbers will need a comprehensive performance against this surging Whitecaps side if they want to get back on track.
The Portland Timbers were knocked for a loop by the physical defense of Sporting Kansas City last weekend, but now the side have a big opportunity to bounce back in their first Cascadia Cup match of the year when the Vancouver Whitecaps come to town tomorrow.
While the Timbers remain at the top of the West on points earned, the Whitecaps are working their way up the table after a slow start to the season that saw the side bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League and landing below the red line in MLS.
Week six of the MLS regular season is in the books, and it brought some shakeups to this week's power rankings.
Several teams at the top struggled, as just three of the top ten managed to earn victories this weekend, while the likes of New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo, and the Columbus Crew all lost to lower-ranked opposition.
Calls for Curtin's job ring out after another winless week.
After yet another loss, this time to the Portland Timbers at home, Philadelphia Union fans have had a whole week to stew. And rightfully so! This team has been pretty terrible this season. No one in the organization—from the players, to Jim Curtin, to Earnie Stewart—has been spared from criticism recently, and you'll see that again in the questions down below.
The additions to the game day experience aren't the cause of the Union's woes, it's the bad on-field product and poor player selection.
The Philadelphia Union have revamped a lot about the game day experience over the past couple of seasons, however the fans in the stands are less concerned with that then they are with seeing a winning product on the pitch.
Chris and Jamie return to the microphone to examine the Portland Timbers' 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, run down the Timbers' injury situation before their matchup with Sporting Kansas City, and look ahead to the Portland Thorns' season opener against the Orlando Pride.
The best game of week six was Toronto versus Atlanta. Draws can be fun, especially when they involve other teams.
Toronto FC and Atlanta United had all the action, even if their match ended in a 2-2 draw. Giovinco is back to MVP form with a goal on his seven shots. The ATL continue to look like an East contender, plus they are fun to watch.
The Portland Timbers are back to their winning ways.
After two consecutive games in which the Timbers dropped points in the final ten minutes, Caleb Porter's side made sure that wasn't going to happen again. Up a goal heading into the final minutes, Darren Mattocks drew a penalty and Fanendo Adi broke the club record for all-time goals-scored with the resulting finish.
The Portland Timbers stormed Talen Energy Stadium for three points on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Union's last win came on August 27th of last year. In that time, they've gone 13 games without a victory, taking only four points out of a possible 39. Their latest loss came tonight to the Portland Timbers, who scored three goals to the Union's one.
Throughout the first month of the MLS season, the Portland Timbers fired goal after goal with Diego Valeri leading the charge. On Saturday, the Timbers could muster just two finishes, but it was Valeri who once again set up what turned out to be the decider.
A solid first half by the Union against the first place Portland Timbers
The Philadelphia Union returned home for the first time since March 11th to take on Portland Timbers. With a returning Richie Marquez and Ilsinho, Philadelphia went into halftime all square with Portland, 1-1.
Philadelphia had the first legitimate shot on net when CJ Sapong backheeled a pass toward goal for Fabinho, whose shot was kicked away from close range by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
The Portland Timbers are in the City of Brotherly Love today to take on the Philadelphia Union. The Timbers are looking to reestablish themselves as a top team in the league after going winless in their last two matches, but in order to do so they will need to get through a team in Philadelphia that have their backs up against the wall and have yet to win a match.
After yesterday's wind storm, things are a little crazy atound these parts. But, MLS waits for no man and the Portland Timbers are on the East Coast, set to take on the Philadelphia Union late this afternoon.
Who is in?
Today could see the return of Vtyas to the Timbers' lineup after missing several weeks due to calf soreness.
The second act of today's PTFC doubleheader comes at 7:30 when the Portland Timbers will host Sporting Kansas City in this evening's Western Conference clash. With the Portland Thorns having already taken three points in their midday match, the pressure is on for the Timbers to crack Sporting's defensive shell and take three points of their own.
Josh Smith was drafted 75th overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, a spot that made him a long shot to earn a roster spot, let alone start. Despite this, the rookie has already made two starts in four games. More impressive is the fact that he's fit in just fine.
Smith made his professional debut on the road against the Portland Timbers.
The Portland Timbers on Wednesday released renderings of the long-awaited proposed expansion of Providence Park. The proposal would expand the stadium by approximately 4,000 seats and raise the capacity of Providence Park to approxomately 25,000 perhaps as soon as the beginning of the 2019 MLS season.
Another week, another game, another Rose City Forecast!
Last week, the Portland Timbers managed their second road win of the season - one of the few times they've won in the eastern timezone, and one of the few times they've won a road game by multiple goals. This attack continues to be prolific.
The Portland Timbers have a new all-time leading goalscorer in Fanendo Adi after his 88th minute penalty kick conversion yesterday against the Philadelphia Union. In just over three seasons, Adi has scored 46 regular season goals for the Timbers, breaking the record set by club legend John Bain in 1982.