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The Sad Tale Of Steve Zakuani’s Ailing MLS Career

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The question was only asked because there was nothing else to talk about. The press conference lasted all of 50 seconds.

The Portland Timbers had just crushed Guyanese side Alpha United 6-0 in front of one of their smallest home crowds ever since joining MLS in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League respite from the furious MLS playoff race with a team of backups.

MLS Record Watch: October 2014 Edition

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When Landon Donovan found Robbie Keane for the Irishman's second goal of Sunday's 4-0 romp of the New York Red Bulls, he tied Steve Ralston's career MLS assist record with 135 for his career.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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Toronto FC rookie defenderNick Hagglund stepped up in a must-win game for his club.

The rookie defender scored a pair of goals, the first two of his MLS career, as TFC topped the Portland Timbers, 3-2, Saturday to keep the club'splayoff hopes alive.

SBI Weekend Rewind: Brooks demoted by Hertha; Johnson out for Timbers’ season; and more

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John Brooks' season with Hertha Berlin may be done. The U.S. Men's National Team defender was reportedly dropped down to Hertha's reserve squad after falling out of favor with coach Jos Luhukay. It appears now that reports Brooks had been cut altogether are wrong.

Meanwhile, there is no question that Will Johnson's season with the Portland Timbers is over.

MLS Ticker: Defoe returns to training, Sounders keen to sign Morris, and more

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Toronto FC are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but they could soon getjust the boost they've needed.

Defoe is back in Toronto after having returned to England to receive treatment on a groin injury and torn adductor muscle.

Major League Soccer teams enjoying a successful CONCACAF Champions League, thus far

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The Portland Timbers could be the first Major League Soccer team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final since 2009, and they could be the first MLS team to win the CCL, if they stay healthy.

CONCACAF Champions League: Sporting Kansas City and Portland win

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Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers won in the CONCACAF Champions League with both teams in position to advance to the knockout round. Read More

Analysing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

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There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.

MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Diego Valeri

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

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Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.

Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.

Timbers trounce Whitecaps again, jump into playoff spot

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PORTLAND, Ore. In a battle between teams fighting for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers had their way with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday afternoon, moving the home side above the red line.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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With just over a month remaining in the MLS regular season, playoff races are tightening league-wide.

Out west, the battle for the Supporters Shield heats up between the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy, who take on the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively.

Timbers romp past Olimpia in first home CCL match

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PORTLAND, Ore. In their inauguralhome CONCACAF Champions League match, the Portland Timbers did not disappoint a home crowd, defeating C.D. Olimpia of Honduras, 4-2, Tuesday night at Providence Park.

CONCACAF Champions League wins for DC United and Portland

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DC United and the Portland Timbers both won their Champions League games, with United taking a major step toward the next round. Read More

CCL Preview: D.C. United and Portland face tough tests in quest to reach knockout round

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The U.S. Open Cup final isn't the only big non-MLS fixture today, as both D.C. United and the Portland Timbers look to solidify their position in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

D.C. is down Jamaica today for an 8 p.m. match against Waterhouse F.

US Open Cup Preview: Philadelphia Union vs Seattle Sounders

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The Philadelphia Union play the Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday (7:30pm - GolTV). Read More

Timbers edge closer to Whitecaps after tying Rapids

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Two teams that currently sit on the outsideof the Western Conference playoffs matched up Saturday night, but neither the Colorado Rapids northe Portland Timbers could find a winner at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

MLS players stepping up this season

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Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is one of several MLS players trying to turn 2014 into an MVP season. Read More

MLS Ticker: Eales tabbed as MLS Atlanta president, Copa Centroamericana call-ups, and more

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MLS Atlanta isn't in the market for players yet, but theyjust made a big acquisition.

The league's 22nd franchise announced on Wednesday that they signed Tottenham executive director Darren Eales to become the club's first president another move that demonstrates owner Arthur Blank's ambition to succeed in MLS.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.

Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:


Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

Timbers and Earthquakes draw after barnburner in Portland

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In a match befitting of Portland's 2014 season, the Timbers dominated at times while also having major defensive lapses before salvaging a result late.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers played to a 3-3 draw, Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.

Timbers’ Paparatto receives one-match ban for dangerous elbow

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced today a one-game suspension doled out to Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto for a 39th-minute elbow during last Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders.

Portland Timbers Fans Perform Enormous ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Tifo Against Seattle Sounders (Photo & Video)

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They may have lost the actual game 2-4, but Portland Timbers got their MLS clash against their main rivals Seattle Sounders off to a flyer by unfurling an astounding 'Wizard of Oz' themed tifo before kick-off which showed Dorothy traipsing away from the Emerald City (i.

Champions League wins for Portland, DC United, and Montreal

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Portland, DC United, and Montreal picked up group stage wins in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League with Sporting Kansas City getting a point. Read More

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Will Johnson undergoes surgery for broken leg

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If the Portland Timbers are going to make the playoffs in 2014, they will do so without captain Will Johnson.

The Timbers announced Sunday that the Canadian midfielder is out for the season after suffering a broken leg in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Toronto FC.

Passing the biggest test of 2014 Toronto FC 3 Portland Timbers 2

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This one snuck up on me.

The week prior to this game was packed with distractions.
The invite to season seat holders to see the expansion plans for the stadium.
(So pleased to have missed it. Accounts of the evening indicated that posters were up, information was scarce and a lot of cheese was offered.

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 5 Round-Up

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Martin Zuniga: still CCL's top scorer after five rounds of the group stage (mediotiempo.com)

Upset ahoy! CCLlost its first favoritein round five of 2014-15's group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up...

It is the traditional time of the tournament to talk about whether this might be "the year of MLS".

Timbers dominate Alpha United to move closer to CCL knockout stage

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PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Timbers had little trouble with Alpha United Tuesday night, defeating theGuyanese side by a comfortable 6-0 margin at a soggy Providence Park.

Defender Norberto Paparatto led the way with two goals while Jack Jewsbury, Gaston Fernandez, Michael Nanchoff, and Fanendo Adi addedgoals for Portland, which maintained its place at the top of Group 5in the CONCACAF Champions League with one match yet to be played.

CCL Preview: Timbers, Sporting KC look to take control of group

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Sporting Kansas City will have had a full two weeks off from MLS action when it heads into a key home game against the New England Revolution this Saturday. In the meantime, Peter Vermes' squad is hoping to seize control of their CONCACAF Champions League group.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America's Martin Zuniga (pasionaguila.com)

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15's group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions...

After four rounds of group play, there are five teams officially eliminated and three (Municipal, Real Estelí and Waterhouse) clinging to a set of improbable hypotheticals.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 2 Round-Up

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Be cool, Marco: you're the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

The second round of the CCL 2014-15 group stage brought the tournament's first major upset. Austin Fido looks back at the week that was in CONCACAF...

It is a little too early to start with predictions for the quarterfinal seedings,although we do already have a major potential upset on the cards: defending champ, six-time regional tournament winner and three-time CCL finalist, Cruz Azul is no longer in control of its destiny in Group 6, after losing to Chorrillo FC in Panama.

Timbers ax Alpha United in first ever CONCACAF Champions League match

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Despite a long-distance midweek trip and less-than-stellar playing conditions, the Portland Timbers opened their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on a positive note.

With head coach Caleb Porter opting for a more subdued lineup in preparation for this weekend's tilt against the Seattle Sounders, the Timbers coasted in a 4-1 victory over Alpha United in Guyana via goals fromSteve Zakuani, Maximiliano Urruti, Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell.

CONCACAF Champions League: A Look Ahead

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The Portland Timbers have a big weekend ahead, but before a rivalry game at home against the Seattle Sounders they'll have to make the long flight to Guyana a tiny nation just off of South America for the Timbers midweek CONCACAF Champions League game as one of four MLS teams in action.

Obafemi Martins

Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders 4: Three things from Portland's loss (photos and video)

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Portland Timbers conceded four goals at home to Seattle Sounders for the second time this season but could only reply with a late brace from substitute Fanendo Adi and lost 2-4 as Obafemi Martins tore apart the Timbers back line, scoring two goals and assisting Clint Dempsey.

Visiting Sounders blow past the Timbers

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PORTLAND, Ore.- Despite coming into the match with three losses in their last five matches, the Seattle Sounders made a statement Sunday afternoon as they trounced the Portland Timbers in front of a sellout Providence Park.

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AFTER 90: In the year 2019

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On the heels of MLSE's momentous BMO Field expansion announcement earlier this week, we thought we'd treat you dear reader to a glimpse into the future. The future you say? Yes - the future. All the way to the year 2019.
Using science and stuff. Math we guess? Sure... math. We bring you this match report as Toronto Ford Motors FC host Portland Timbers on September 27, 2019 in a crucial match as TFMFC strive for their first ever playoff appearance.

THE MATCHUP: Momentum before it was cool

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FACTS* AND STATS** TORONTO FC - Splinters: The Timbers-related injury Defoe is likely to pick up - "Mo": What you can't spell momentum without - 3: The phase of BMO Field expansion where it all goes wrong - "Day-To-Day": Current listed condition of the TFC bandwagon - If TFC can beat Portland they move to 2nd in Cascadia Cup standings
PORTLAND TIMBERS - 30: Average waist in inches of Timbers supporter skinny jeans - Portland mascot Timber Joey and his log have been detained by Canada Border Services on a number of logging charges - Will Johnson and Michael Bradley are set to have the league's greatest tantrum battle - Portland defender Pa Modou Kay has won the prestigious "MLS Player Who Sounds Like a Star Wars Character" trophy - Despite the result, Portland Timbers are in a can't lose situation as they would simply tell their fans that a loss to TFC would be "ironic"
*Possibly **Maybe

Portland Timbers 3, San Jose Earthquakes 3: Three things from Portland's draw (photos and video)

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Portland Timbers came from behind twice against fellow playoff contenders San Jose Earthquakes to share the points in a 3-3 draw.

Timbers trounce Whitecaps to move into playoff position

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When the Portland Timbers began the year on an eight-match winless streak, there were very real doubts about whether they would be able to climb out of that early-season hole and still be a factor in the playoff race in the tough MLS Western Conference.

On Saturday, the Timbers completed their climb from the West basement into a playoff position after posting a 3-0 drubbing of the Vancouver Whitecaps on the road at BC Place.

The Warm Up: #NEvCHV

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Following a disappointing 1-1 draw to the Portland Timbers last weekend, theRevolution will be looking for more at both ends of the pitch when theyhost Chivas USA on Saturday.

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro.

Scheduled kick-off: 7:30 p.