A day after trading for midfielder Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA sent Jorge Villafana and the No. 2 overall pick in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft to the Portland Timbers in exchange for centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No.
The Union selected former Wake Forest and Chicago Fire midfielder Corben Bone in this afternoon's MLS Re-Entry Draft. Bone, 25, has played sparingly for Chicago in his 4 seasons in Major League Soccer.
With the sixth pick in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Union selected former Generation Adidas midfielder Corben Bone.
Before hosting the Major League Soccer All-Star game or their first regular season game of the 2014 calendar year, the Portland Timbers will be hosting their third-annual preseason tournament, the Rose City Invitational.
Between Feb. 23 and Mar. 1, the Timbers will face the San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Jamaican club Portmore United in friendly matches at Jeld-Wen Field prior to their MLS regular season home opener on March 8 against the Philadelphia Union.
Even though they haven't hired a head coach for the 2014 Major League Soccer season, the FC Dallas front office are plenty busy constructing next season's team.
The team announced on Monday that they picked up the options of 14 players and signed former MLS SuperDraft pick Ryan Hollingshead, but one player that they'll have to replace for next year is forward Kenny Cooper, who they acquired ahead of this past season from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money.
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THE OPPONENT: PORTLAND TIMBERSJELD-WEN FIELD - Portland, Oregon THE TOWN: Long before being the hippest town in America was popular, Portland, Oregon was "America's Hippest Town".
Donovan Ricketts resumes his reign as top goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.
With the edge in club votes and player votes, respect from his colleagues has earned Ricketts his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
The Jamaican international guided a still-developing Portland Timbers back line under first-year coach Caleb Porter with poise, displaying the leadership of a veteran and making big saves along the way.
No real shockers in the 2013 MLS Best XI. The league announced the list of the best players from this past season today during a Google Hangout online.
This year MLS players, club leadership, and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards to the Best XI, listed below in alphabetical order within each position:
I am guilty of getting bogged down in a the formation a team presents pregame.Alignments display an organizing principle around a team's ambition, a road map to victory. When the opening whistle blows the structure of a formation will maintain and dictate an element of play.
The Portland Timbers have a monumental task tonight, but they'll face it in a home stadium with arguable the best home-field advantage in MLS as they face Real Salt Lake in the second leg of their Western Conference Final (9pm, ESPN).
RSL comes in off a 4-2 victory in the first leg, meaning Portland has to win by two goals to force overtime, or win by three goals to advance to the MLS Cup Final.
Tonight features the second leg of Western Conference Championship between Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. For viewers in the United States, the live broadcast begins at 9pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
What It Means For Portland, 2-1-0 #1 Seed in the Western Conference
The Portland Timbers' 2013 has been one of the most remarkable seasons in MLS history, as the Timbers climbed from the Western Conference cellar to the top of the league with panache, heart, and guts.
On this week's podcast: We have in "studio" special guest and regular contributor to the blog Jay (@rescindedred). He takes us on a MLS tour de force. We touch on the playoffs, Orlando City, further expansion, TV ratings, promotion and relegation, and few other loosely related tangents. In addition Dan gushes over his recent phone conversation with former professional soccer player, current ESPN color analysis and all around cool guy Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman).
The Major League Soccer playoffs get restarted after a lengthy hiatus. There are two games this weekend, with the Portland Timbers hosting RSL at 9:00 Eastern on ESPN. On Saturday night at 7:30, NBCSN will host its last match of the season live from Kansas City. Both games will also have Spanish language broadcasts.
For the second time in three years, Real Salt Lake finds themselves in the Western Conference finals, just two games away from what would be an incredible appearance in the MLS Cup final, based on the preseason predications.
Standing in their way is Caleb Porter and his gritty yet highly clinical Portland Timbers, who won the season series, 2-1-0, though RSL did defeat Porters side in the U.
Pictured: Bobby Boswell and Omar Cummings celebrate the overtime goal that eliminated the #1 ranked Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday (MLS via Twitter). The goal was the second overtime goal for Omar Cummings in two consecutive matches, after coming off the bench to score in both playoff matches against RBNY.
With a 1-0 win tonight and a 5-2 win on aggregate, Real Salt Lake booked themselves a trip to Kansas City for the MLS Cup final on December 7th. Salt Lake had a dominating effort over two legs and took out the Western Conference's top seeded Portland Timbers.
The two teams will meet for the second time this season.
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One team MyGameFairPlay had a huge week and displaced marmots at the top of the SBI league.
The excitement of the addition of MLS's 21st franchise comes at a time when four teams remain in the hunt for the 2013 MLS Cup. Still in play are Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers in the West, and Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo in the East.
SANDY, UT. Portland scored the early goal but it was Real Salt Lake that ended the night as the team in control.
The Timbers shocked the home side with an early Will Johnson free kick goal, but RSL rattled off four straight goals from four different players before securing the 4-2 first-leg victory at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The top two teams in the Western Conference square off tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium when the Portland Timbers pay a visit to Real Salt Lake in the first leg of their conference final series (9pm, ESPN2).
The Timbers come in off a resounding victory against the Seattle Sounders, looking thoroughly dominant in beating their arch-rivals.
Previous years, a win tomorrow would see Sporting KC book their place in the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League. But there had been rumors for the last few weeks that a change was coming to the way the CCL spots were designated by the USSF. Today the league finally confirmed that the changes had been submitted to CONCACAF.