Real Salt Lake's attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.
For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.
Victor Ulloa was a difference maker for FC Dallas against the Portland Timbers when they met last weekend, as the guys from the Rose City Soccer Show talked about in this week's episode. Hopefully the Timbers can rebound this weekend...
The Portland Timbers are on the road for today's midweek match as they take on Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa in CONCACAF Champions League play. With their eyes set on the top of the group, a result here for the Timbers will go a long way toward that goal.
Coming into this match, the Timbers have not shown much of their hand as they manage a busy week, including last Saturday's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, tonight's match against Saprissa, and a league clash on Saturday against Eastern Conference visitors the Philadelphia Union.
The Portland Timbers are finding their form at just the right time, and have created some space in the MLS Western Conference standings as a result.
Fanendo Adi slotted home a shot off a deflected Darlington Nagbe blast, and Jake Gleeson made that goal stand up with a plethora of excellent saves to help the Timbers earn a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night.
This time of year any three points are three big points.
But Saturday night's three points were absolutely imperative. The Portland Timbers have been as hapless on the road in 2016 as they have been stellar at home. And with six games remaining coming into Saturday evening -- three home and three away -- the Timbers were in a position in which they needed to be close to perfect at Providence Park is they want to make the playoffs.
The Portland Timbers are back home and in need of a win if they want to continue their run to the playoffs, but standing between them and three points are the second place side in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.
"While the match ups on the wings are somewhat concerning for the Timbers, at the top of the formation, Fanendo Adi should be primed for a good match as RSL are missing both of their first choice center backs: Jamison Olave to suspension and Aaron Maund to a broken toe.
The Portland Timbers have returned home after last weekend's loss to the league leaders, FC Dallas, and are set to play host to another one of the top teams in the West as Real Salt Lake come to town. In two meetings this year the Timbers and RSL have tied twice, both ending 2-2, but shared points will not do for the Timbers this time as they need to set the pace in the run in to the playoffs.
Going into Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake the Houston Dynamo had never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake were undefeated at home in 2016 and the Dynamo had only won one game on the road in 2016. After Saturday's game the Dynamo had a win at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL had their first home loss and Houston had their second road win of the season.
We spoke with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox to talk about the upcoming match and Craig Waibel!
The Houston Dynamo are in last place in the league and their host, Real Salt Lake, is unbeaten at home. Things aren't looking good for the Dynamo, but the two have split their games with the home side winning in the first two meetings by just a goal.
The Dynamo are on the road looking to get a win over fourth place Real Salt Lake.
The Houston Dynamo are on the road this weekend to Salt Lake City to take on Real Salt Lake. Real is undefeated at home this season while the Dynamo have managed to win only on game on the road this season. The Dynamo have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium going 0-4-2 since the stadium opened in 2009.
SEATTLE Two touches. That's all it took for Nicolas Lodeiro to provide a goal and an assist on Sunday. And that bit of class gave the Seattle Sounders a desperately needed 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in front of 39,491 at CenturyLink Field.
Lodeiro opened the scoring in the 24th minute, collecting a short pass from Andreas Ivanschitz and slapping a one-touch shot past goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 12 yards out.
Even before Saturday's record-breaking win, Nick Rimando was considered among the best goalkeepers ever to play in MLS. For 17 years, Rimando has defied expectations while accomplishing virtually everything a player could in MLS.
No matter how you spin it, Rimando is one of the greats, but is he the best goalkeeper to ever ply his trade in MLS?
BMO Field has always been kind toTosaint Ricketts.
Eight of Ricketts' 12 international goals have been scored inside that stadium,so it was only fitting that he opened his MLS account in the same building to give Toronto FC a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
The Olympics in Rio 2016 kick off their games on Wednesdaywith women's soccer, even before the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch. However, the day is set to be chock full of plenty of club team action as well.
Olympic hosts Brazil face off against China in the first round of games.
14 goals so far this season and 5 more matches to add to the total. Yeah, he's had a pretty good season in 2016. Thank you, Fanendo!Portland Timbers For a look back at match highlights and more thoughts about the...
While the Portland Timbers have struggled on the road, they've been fabulous at home. Portland battled a game Real Salt Lake side in a very intense match at Providence Park, and they were able to make a Fanendo Adi 12th minute strike stand up for the victory in front of their 100th consecutive sell out crowd.
If Seattle wins out they finish 6th at worst. Winning out isn't likely, but destiny is still in the Sounders hands (or feet).
Seattle drew in San Jose in a match that did less to improve the Sounders chances as it did to hurt San Jose's to get into the playoffs. While Portland and Vancouver each picked up wins, the majority of teams drew and left the door open for the Sounders.
A win Friday night over the Colorado Rapids was a big accomplishment for Real Salt Lake, but the night was even more significant for two of its biggest stars.
Despite missing two penalty kicks, RSL came away with the 2-1 win thanks to a two-goal performance from Yura Movsisyan. Colorado's Shkelzen Gashi stayed hot with a goal in the match, his third in the last five games.