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Ned Grabavoy and John Strong | Episode 409

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NBC Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong checks in to talk about Portland Timbers and the rest of the league. In the second segment, RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy discusses life with twins, NHL playoffs and his goal celebration.

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SBI MLS Best XI (Week 7)

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Real Salt Lake continues to be the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, and a big reason for that is the continued outstanding form of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to help RSL post a 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.

The SBI Show: Episode 133 (Recapping MLS Week 7, Talking American Abroad, and more)

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The SBI Show is back after a brief hiatus, and there was no shortage of topics to discuss after an eventful week in Major League Soccer.

Episode 133 of The SBI Show took a look back at MLS Week Seven, which featured Real Salt Lake's latest victory against the Portland Timbers, as well as several comebacks.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 7)

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Even last year's Western Conference Champions were no match for this year's Real Salt Lake

For the second straight week, RSL is topping this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after vanquishing the Portland Timbers last Saturday, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ned Grabavoy scored his side's goal late but the clean sheet was preserved by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nick Rimando, keeping the Timbers off the board.

Real Salt Lake Slides Past Timbers 1-Nil

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In a year where times have changed for some teams the Real Salt Lake team simply hasn't.

Even with a new Head Coach the system continues to work as RSL continued their winning ways against the Portland Timbers.

How you might ask? Nick Rimando full stop.

When Caleb Porter indicated his team had done everything he asked he was pretty much telling you the truth.

Rimando shines in RSL win over Timbers

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SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers developed quite a rivalry last season. They played each other a total of six times but RSL dominated the series never losing once. Their meeting Saturday was a chance for the visiting Timbers to break the trend but not without RSL having something to say about it.

MLS Match Week Seven: SBI Live Commentary

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A trio of key Eastern Conference clashes kick off the day's proceedings as MLS Week Seven features a full slate of nine matches on the day before Easter.

The Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo are two teams struggling as they face off at PPL Park. Both teams got off to promising starts to the season, but they each have slumped since and will be desperate for a win today.

Chivas USA rookie McNamara to undergo surgery for torn ACL

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Chivas USA midfielder Thomas McNamara has seen his impressive rookie season cut short after it was revealed he suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee during last Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.

MLS Week 7: A Look Ahead

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The winless Portland Timbers hit the road this week to take on Real Salt Lake in the highlight of MLS Week Seven.

RSL are coming off a tough 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union but they should be boosted with the return of Luis Gil to the lineup from injury.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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The Rookie of the Year race is turning into a one-man show in MLS, with Harrison Shipp once again displaying the qualities that have him looking very much like the best first-year pro in Major League Soccer.

Shipp turned in another solid performance for the Chicago Fire last weekend, proving to be a handful all match in a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Impact.

Soccer News: Portland’s Caleb Porter explans the draw in soccer

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Monday's soccer news starts with Portland coach Caleb Porter and moves onto MLS, the Premier League, and Atletico Madrid. Read More

Late Torres goal helps Chivas USA earn draw in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore.-For the second consecutive week, the Portland Timbers gave up a lead late at home, as Chivas USA used a Erick Torres goal to earn the 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Providence Park.

Will Johnson scored early for the Timbers, but they were unable to notch their first victory of the season, settling for their fourth home draw of the season.

MLS Match Week 6: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Western Conference is shaping up to be a competitive dogfight in 2014, and the team that has jumped out to the early lead in the West faces a very tough test from another top West contender.

FC Dallas rolls into today's meeting with the Seattle Sounders boasting the best record in the league (4-0-1).

MLS Week 6: A Look Ahead

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FC Dallas have continued their flying start to the season but one of Major League Soccer's most talented teams stands in their way of staying undefeated.

Oscar Pareja's side welcomes the Seattle Sounders and their full compliment of Designated Players to Toyota Stadium for a showcase that should bring out the best in both sides.

Portland and Seattle raise the MLS game

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Portland and Seattle set a new standard for MLS games on national cable in week 5. Why don't we see better games on national TV? Read More

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Clint Dempsey

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The beginning of Clint Dempsey's time in Seattle was, by most accounts, underwhelming.

Despite the lofty price tag, the American international failed to live up to his paycheck in his opening campaign. Scoring just one goal in his first nine matches was ruled unacceptable.

Dempsey’s hat trick leads Sounders comeback in wild draw vs. Timbers

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PORTLAND, Ore.- Some rivalry matches fail to live up to the hype. Saturday's match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders was not of them.

In a game that saw lead changes, long-distance goals, a hat trick and a brace, numerous shots off the woodwork, and seven yellow cards, the Timbers and Sounders dueled to a 4-4 draw in front of a sold-out Providence Park, with Seattle overcoming a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes.

MLS Week Five: SBI Live Commentary

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It is rivalry week in Major League Soccer this week, as many of the league's most intense match-ups are on the schedule, led by the Seattle Sounders' visit to take on the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers are still searching for their first win of the 2014 season as they take on the same Seattle side they eliminated from the MLS playoffs last year.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders, First Cascadia Cup Of 2014 Season: Open Thread

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Who: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where:Providence Park, Portland
What time: 3pm ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

The first Cascadia Cup of the 2014 season kicks off today with Portland Timbers hosting Seattle Sounders in MLS action.

MLS Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Dark green clouds of smoke billowing from the Timbers Army section of Providence Park will greet fans across the country tuning in to the first Cascadia Cup match of the season.

The struggling Portland Timbers are hoping to put their early-season problems behind them when they face their arch-rival Seattle Sounders.

The Portland Timbers Are A Mess

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The Portland Timbers Are A Mess - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I'm disappointed in Caleb Porter.

Not because the Timbers are losing. That happens. Teams slump. The good ones break out of slumps, and we'll figure out soon whether the Timbers are one of those good teams.

I'm disappointed in Caleb Porter, the wunderkind second-coming MLS Coach of the Year, because he's not saying anything insightful, constructive, or interesting.

FC Dallas stay tops in West after beating Timbers

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FC Dallas continued their hot start to the season, beating the Portland Timbers in a bizarre match Saturday night that featured an off-the-ball double red card, an own goal, and a late game-winner for the home side.

Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez found the score sheet for FC Dallas, while a Matt Hedges own goal was Portland's lone tally in Dallas' 2-1 victory in front of 16,045 at FC Dallas Stadium.

Freedom Kicks for 27 March 2014: Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for OKC

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Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for Oklahoma City: It's a very martial morning for your daily Freedom Kicks.

As my Freedom Kicks often do, there is a smattering of lower-division news to go along with MLS suspensions, the US men's national team, and soccer's Pig War. Let's jump in!

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Toronto FC's Jackson, Portland Timbers' Donovan Ricketts for one game | MLSsoccer.

Two penalties in two minutes lead Rapids past Timbers

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The Portland Timbers saw their hopes of a road result disappear as the Colorado Rapids scored twice in a three-minute span to beat their Western Conference foe on a cold, snowy Saturday afternoon.

Vicente Sanchez and Deshorn Brown scored the goals, while Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was sent off as Colorado defeated Portland, 2-0, in front of 15,135 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

On The Fire Soccer Radio #24: Road Show!

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Relive OTF Radio's inaugural Chicago Fire watch party at Rock Island Public House in Blue Island!

Brian and Scott took their show on the road to beautiful old historic downtown Blue Island, IL for OTF Radio's inaugural Chicago Fire watch party at Rock Island Public House! Listen in on the day's action, as the Men in Red were able to pull a point out of Portland despite a number of setbacks.

Timbers Notes: Facing another early deficit, Fernandez impresses, and more

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PORTLAND, Ore,- In 2013, the Portland Timbers started the season with two home matches, falling behind in both and leaving a bitter taste in the players' mouths. The 2014 season has seemed to start very similar for the Rose City.

Another Fernandez equalizer helps Timbers salvage point vs. Fire

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PORTLAND, Ore.- For the second consecutive week, an Eastern Conference team struck first against the host Portland Timbers. And for the second consecutive week, the home side was able to earn a draw courtesy of a Gaston Fernandez goal.

Philadelphia Union

A matter of perspective

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The Union's offseason went about as well as anyone could have hoped. The actual season has been a disappointment ... so far. Can John Hackworth turn things around? Only time will tell.

Preview: Union vs. Revolution. The Home Opener.

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Week 2 sees the Union start their home schedule hosting I-95 rival New England Revolution. Can Philadelphia build on the promise shown in Portland and catch a vulnerable Revs side?

The first home tilt of 2014 features the Philadelphia Union, coming off of a heart-breaking last-minute-goal to share the points, versus conference foe New England Revolution, who were pummeled at Houston four goals to nil.

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Portland Timbers 4, Seattle Sounders 4: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and videos)

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Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders took their supporters on a ninety minute roller coaster ride as they fought to a 4-4 draw in the first match of the 2014 Cascadia Cup.

Portland Timbers 1, Chicago Fire 1: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and videos)

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For the second time in two matches the Timbers came from a goal down to salvage a point late in the match.

Colorado Rapids

Match Day 4: Looking for Road Points

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Over 700 Sporting KC fans are descending on Colorado tonight ahead of tomorrow's game against the Rapids. Sporting KC head into the game looking to pick up their first road points of the season. They dropped one point in their only other road game in stoppage time in Seattle on the opening weekend of the season.

The SBI Show: Episode 125 (Talking MLS Week 3, Americans Abroad, and more)

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The 2014 MLS season is off to a surprising start, with some expected powerhouses stumbling out of the gate, and some surprise teams emerging to enjoy good beginnings to new eras.

In Episode 125 of The SBI, we discuss MLS Week Three, which featured the latest strong showings for the unbeaten Columbus Crew and FC Dallas, who are a combined 5-0-1 to start the new season.

Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Two

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If you can't beat 'em, hack 'em (photo: dailyemerald.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 16.6/19 (+0.8 from last week) MLSsoccer.com(16)

"Message sent to the vets, maybe?

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Two

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A better Sega = A better Fire (photo: dailyemerald.com)

This week, OTF's second group of roundtablers share what's on their respective Chicago Fire minds...

Brian Battle

"Would you rather have unlimited money, or impeccable taste?" I was once asked. It's a good question, and one with a super easy answer: If you had enough money, you could pay someone to give you taste.

Breakdown: Fire at Timbers

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Let's get physical, physical (image: Squakwa.com)

OTF's Mark Rogers pulls some numbers out of Sunday's gritty, determined Chicago Fire draw in Rip City...

The first thing that caught my attention during Chicago Fire's invasion of Portland was how high the squad pressed to start the game.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at Portland Timbers (1)

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Big Red converts the penalty (photo @ChicagoFire, Twitter)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey reflects on the Chicago Fire's first point of the 2014 season...

It would be wrong to characterize manager Frank Yallop's decision to change up the line-up for the second match of the season as a ‘shake-up.

On The Fire Soccer Radio Live! Fire at Timbers

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We're taking the show on the road! Mark your calendar and join us at the RIPH for great beer, savory pies, and Chicago Fire Soccer!

Join Brian, Scott, and the OTF Radio Army next Sunday afternoon at one of the Chicago Southland's premier beer pubs, Rock Island Public House in Blue Island, as they do it live for Chicago Fire at Portland Timbers, featuring award-winning savory pies from Pleasant House Bakery in Bridgeport!

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Match Photos: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

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Once again here are Matt Visinsky's excellent game photos.