Portland Timbers

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Rose City Forecast Four: Crew SC vs PTFC

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Welcome to a fourth prediction thread!

Last Saturday, the Portland Timbers returned home to take on the Houston Dynamo, a Western Conference Rival that had also started the season strong with two wins. And at halftime, with a score of 2-1, it looked like their record would remain unblemished while the Timbers fell.

What you missed in the third week of MLS

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Key results, highlights, and standings from around the league.

Welcome to the world where Seattle Sounders discovery list players dominate for teams that are not called the Seattle Sounders. Miguel Almiron had an assist in Atlanta United's 4-nil win over the Chicago Fire. Sebastian Blanco went 90, but it was Adi and Valeri who powered the Portland Timbers in their come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers Final Score: Dynamo falter in second half, fall to Timbers

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Houston fall 4-2 on the road against Portland.

The hype leading up to Houston's first game on the road against the Portland Timbers was pretty big almost too big to live up to. Almost. The two teams combined for 29 shots and a lot of back and forth action early on. While it wound up being a bit of a weird one, a game that included two goals off of handball calls, both teams found time in front of the net but only one team found themselves dominating possession.

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

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Houston is on the road for the first time this season.

Who

Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers

What

It's on to week three and Houston are looking good with back to back wins. This week they are on the road for the first time this season to take on the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are also undefeated three weeks into the season.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are back in action this evening, taking on one of the few other teams with a perfect record through two weeks: the Houston Dynamo. To get the low down on last year's last place finishers in the West, we turned to Derek Stowers of our sister site, Dynamo Theory to get our questions answered.

Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers Preview: Dynamo Make First Road Appearance

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Plenty of potential for more goals as the Dynamo travel to Portland.

Two out of the remaining four undefeated MLS squads will face up this Saturday in Portland when the Dynamo face the Timbers. The Dynamo are starting off 2-0-0 for only the second time in their history and another win will be new territory for the club.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the Portland Timbers

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Who's in your starting XI?

The Houston Dynamo embarks on its first game on the road and they head towards inhospitable waters as they make their way towards Portland, Oregon to take on the Timbers. The Timbers are the lone team above them in the Western Conference standings and a win over them in front of their incredible fan base would certainly cause other MLS clubs to take notice of the new-look Dynamo.

The Peel Episode 23: Looking at the win over Crew SC and next test the Portland Timbers

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The guys cover the Dynamo's biggest test against the Timbers

The guys from The Peel are back at it again following the Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC last Saturday. Josh and Justin discuss the win and how the team has gotten off to a hot start claiming 6 points out of 6 points to begin their 2017 MLS campaign.

Plenty of encouraging signs in Sounders’ season-opening loss

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Joevin Jones' starring performance and Clint Dempsey playing 90 minutes two huge positives.

Of all the ways the Seattle Sounders hoped to begin their title defense, I think it can safely be said that the first half of Saturday's game was not one of them. The Sounders were roundly outplayed, looked sluggish and frankly like a team that wasn't quite ready to play meaningful matches.

Major League Soccer

MLS Look Ahead: Week 4

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The international break only slows down MLS, it rarely ever shuts it down for a weekend. That's the case for Week 4, as three matches take place on Saturday at a trio of Eastern Conference venues.

Among the small slate of matches in MLS is a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup and a crucial match for a team that fired its manager earlier in the week.

Best of MLS Week 3: Larin, Timbers and more

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We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.

The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.

Timbers remain perfect with four-goal outburst vs. Dynamo

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There's no stopping the team with Major League Soccer's best record at the moment.

Caleb Porter's Portland Timbers moved on top of the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings with an electric 4-2 victory over the Houston Dynamoat Providence Park on Saturday night.

Diego Valeri, the catalyst of almost every host streak the Timbers have been on in recent years, struck twice for goals in the 11th and 58th minutes.

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [7:30]

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Week three of the Major League Soccer season is here and the Portland Timbers are set to host the Houston Dynamo in a clash of two-win teams in the West.

Previews

Match Preview: "On the back line, Liam Ridgewell remains out after picking up a foot sprain following the Timbers' week one win over Minnesota United FC.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 7-12, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday again saw huge viewership increases on ESPN2 and FS1 when compared to last season. Minnesota United’s snowy home opener against fellow expansion side Atlanta United was watched by 278,000 viewers on ESPN2, up 41% from 197,000 for New York City FC’s home opener in 2016, also on ESPN2.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for March 7-12, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday again saw huge viewership increases on ESPN2 and FS1 when compared to last season. Minnesota United’s snowy home opener against fellow expansion side Atlanta United was watched by 278,000 viewers on ESPN2, up 41% from 197,000 for New York City FC’s home opener in 2016, also on ESPN2.

It’s not going to get any easier for MLS referees

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced their Week 2 decisions on Wednesday afternoon. The release, as is too often the case, was highly anticipated. This particular week it was the expectation that the DisCo would address a pair of high profile fouls in the match between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers.

Chara fined, Torres suspended by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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The controversy that took Major League Soccer by storm during Week 2 and after the conclusion of play last weekend was settled by the league's Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday evening.

Portland Timbers enforcer Diego Chara was fined an undisclosed amount for simulation/embellishment for the 31st-minute incident on Sunday at StubHub Center that led to Jelle Van Damme's first of two successive yellow cards.

MLS: LA Galaxy Publicly Mock Portland Timbers Midfielder Diego Chara For His Wimpish Diving (Video)

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LA Galaxy took the unusual step of mocking an opposing player on social media after losing out to Portland Timbers at the weekend.

For better or worse, Diego Chara proved the difference for the Timbers, scoring the only goal of the game as well as dabbling in the dark arts to helpreduce Galaxy to ten men early in the game.

MLS Week 2: The SBI Breakdown

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The second week of MLS play was supposed to be headlined by a clash between expansion sides but, while one of them brought the attacking heat, it was quite apparent that it was the cold that would take center stage in the teams' sophomore efforts.

Winter conditions affected several MLS matches, with the most obvious coming in New England as the Revolution canceled their match with Orlando City.

Early Chara strike powers Timbers past Galaxy

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A moment of pure brilliance in a match that flaunted grit and controversy gave the Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday at StubHub Center.

The Galaxy played down a man for nearly two-thirds of the match, but improved after Jelle van Damme's ejection, and nearly snatched a late draw, only to have Jake Gleeson deny Jose Villarreal with a stunning late save.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 2

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The most talked about topic heading into Week 2 is the weather, and it will continue to be talked about all weekend as cold slams the Northeast. One match, the New England Revolution's home opener against Orlando City, has already been postponed to September 2, and the games in Philadelphia, New York and Minnesota will be played in frigid conditions.

Diego Valeri wins MLS Player of the Week

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Portland Timbers midifelder Diego Valeri is the MLS Player of the week for Week 1 of the 2017 season. Valeri had two goals and an assist in Portland's 5-1 win over expansion club Minnesota United. Valeri had the second assist on Portland's 14th minute opener, heading in their second goal in the 47th.

MLS opener between Portland-Minnesota scores disappointing TV ratings on FS1

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The opening game of the 2017 MLS season between Portland Timbers and Minnesota United scored a disappointing viewing audience of 235,000 across FS1 and FOX Deportes combined, according to Sports TV Ratings.

The game ended in a 5-1 scoreline to the Timbers on a rainy night in Oregon.

MLS opener between Portland-Minnesota scores disappointing TV ratings on FS1

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The opening game of the 2017 MLS season between Portland Timbers and Minnesota United scored a disappointing viewing audience of 235,000 across FS1 and FOX Deportes combined, according to Sports TV Ratings.

The game ended in a 5-1 scoreline to the Timbers on a rainy night in Oregon.

MLS Week 1: The SBI Breakdown

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They say to never underestimate the importance of a first impression. There's no more important moment than an introduction, the instantwhere you announce to the world who and what you are. It's an impression that lingers, one which is hard to erase from memory until time has worn on and on.

The Best of MLS Week 1: Valeri ,Godoy and more

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The opening weekend of the 2017 Major League Soccer season delivered adecent amount of surprises with wins by the Houston Dynao and San Jose Earthquakes over the Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact, respectively. Some of the league's top franchises also made statements with impressive victories over the last three days.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

Timbers fell Minnesota in MLS debut

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The Portland Timbers handed Minnesota United FC a rude welcome to Major League Soccer with a 5-1 thrashing of the expansion side as the 2017 season kicked off.

Goals from Lawrence Olum, Fanendo Adi (2) and Diego Valeri (2) sealed all three points for the 2015 MLS Cup champions, who are desperate to atone for a disappointing defence of their title last season when they failed to reach the playoffs.

Valeri, Adi score twice as Portland breezes past Minnesota

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The unit some have hyped as the best front six in the league showed plenty of brilliance in the Portland Timbers' 5-1 win over Minnesota United at Providence Park on Friday night. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi bagged a pair of second-half braces to propel the Timbers to their first three points of the season.

Major Link Soccer: And, we're back!

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It's already time for games, and we are so ready. Just about everyone has predictions for the season, and they're probably all wrong. Also, some CONCACAF Champions League action happened.

Major League Soccer

The 2017 MLS season kicks off tonight, with the Portland Timbers hosting newcomers Minnesota United FC, although of course we have to wait until tomorrow for our Sounders fix.

Mix Diskerud out at NYCFC, 2017 MLS Season starts tonight: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/3/17

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Weekend links are almost here.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Alejandro Bedoya fit and ready for Sunday's season opener
Pretend for a moment that you're a Europe-based soccer player who's moving to MLS in the summer.

Depth makes Union optimistic
Union coach Jim Curtin finds himself in an interesting situation.

MLS 2017 starts tonight, CCL delights, and more: Friday Freedom Kicks

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A big change in the NWSL, Mix Diskerud, and a story about selling pants are all included

We've had four CCL games as the appetizer, but tonight the MLS season really gets started. The Portland Timbers host Minnesota United on Fox Sports 1. Finally, I can stop chipping away at my DVR backlog of shows and movies and get back to forgoing all popular culture in favor of soccer, soccer, and more soccer.

LA Galaxy

Major Link Soccer: LA v Portland twitter beef is one sided

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Portland anarchists repair streets and news that's actually related to soccer

Seattle

107.7 The End put together a Seattle Music XI. I have serious questions about Mix's ability to play right back. The centerback pairing is perfect. Much respect to Det making the bench.

MLS

The LA Galaxy twitter feud with the Portland Timbers started with a video.

Portland Timbers Win on the Road, Beat LA Galaxy 1-0

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Today, the Portland Timbers got their first away win since bringing home the MLS Cup in 2015, beating the LA Galaxy 1-0 thanks to a Diego Chara goal.

The Timbers started things off with a bang, opening the scoring the 8th minute on a beautiful break down the pitch. Off a Galaxy corner, it was Sebastian Blanco who corralled the ball, taking a look down the pitch and hitting an inch-perfect outlet to the head of Diego Chara making an end to end run down the pitch.

Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [4:00]

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The Portland Timbers come into today's match against the LA Galaxy riding high on the back of their big season opening win last week, but they will need to dig deep to sustain their momentum if they want to officially put their road woes in the past and get a win in Carson. Getting points at the StubHub Center will be made all the more difficult by a spate of injuries to the Timbers' back line, with Vytas out and both Liam Ridgewell and Powell questionable coming into today's match.

Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Match Preview

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The Portland Timbers came out of the gates on fire last weekend in their 5-1 season-opening win against Minnesota United FC. Now the Timbers head to California to face the LA Galaxy in their first road match of the year as well as their first test of the side's depth.

While the Timbers' front six is intact from last week, it is their back line that is in question; three of the side's four starters on defense went down with a knock this week.

The Rest

Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew SC Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are back on the road this weekend and set to take on Columbus Crew SC in their first cross-conference match of the year. With two wins in the book against the Crew in the last two years, the Timbers will be looking to extend that streak and keep their record unblemished through week four of the 2017 season.

Portland Timbers 2 2017 USL Preview

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The USL season kicks off this weekend and Portland Timbers 2 will start off 2017 by hosting Real Monarchs SLC at Providence Park on Saturday. To get ourselves ready for the season, we have joined our fellow SB Nation blogs in previewing the local USL side.

Year Founded: 2015

Affiliation: Portland Timbers

2016 record, place in conference standings: 12W, 4D, 14L (40 pts), 9th place in Western Conference

2016 playoffs: Missed playoffs on goal differential tie breaker

Key Additions: Michael Amick, Tomás Granitto, Harold Hanson, Shaquille Jimenez

Key Departures: Kharlton Belmar

Projected Starting XI (4-4-2): McIntosh; Jimenez, Clarke, Amick, Bjornethun; Brett, Granitto, Mohamed, Bijev; Ebobisse, Williams

T2 narrowly missed the playoffs last season, missing out on mere goal differential with Orange County.

Romell Quioto Added to MLS Team of the Week; Up for Goal of the Week

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Romell Quioto is already getting some national attention for his performance against Seattle

Romell Quioto isn't just impressing fans in Houston as his performance against the Seattle Sounders put him on the MLS Team of the Week. Quioto attacked the Sounders with his speed and with his dribbling while providing support to Cubo Torres and pressuring Seattle's backline.

Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [6:30]

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After four long months, it is finally time for the Portland Timbers to get back on the pitch and play a meaningful match.

The Timbers open the 2017 MLS season today, hosting new expansion side Minnesota United FC at Providence Park. The Timbers return eight starters from last season, but will sport a new look as they take on the Loons, bringing a possession-oriented style to the pitch after briefly moving away from the "Porterball" of old.