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Melia Shows Why He Deserved First Rose in Rose City Draw

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Earlier this week, Sporting KC did a spoof on the Bachelor where Peter Vermes handed out roses to players that would be making the trip to the Rose City to take on the Portland Timbers. During that it was said that Tim Melia had already received his rose and would be going to the Rose City. Last night against the Timbers, Melia proved why he'd been the first rose recipient as the KC goalkeeper came up with seven saves as KC ended their three game losing streak with a 0-0 draw in Portland.

Kimura, Alexander set for Rose City return with RBNY

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UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Playing at JELD-WEN Field under normal circumstances is intimidating. Playing there in a season opener is even worse.

The New York Red Bulls have the honors (or bad luck) of having to play out the second scenario, as they visit Caleb Porter and the new-look Portland Timbers on Sunday in their first game of 2013.

The Portland Timbers Win the Cascadia Cup

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The Boys in Green finally got a win on the road in the most satisfying of circumstances, holding their opponents to just a single shot on the frame and bringing the Cascadia Cup back to the Rose City.

First half

The first few minutes of the game were slow for both teams, with neither side looking confident on the ball.

United vs. Portland: United extends unbeaten run to four with 1-1 draw in the Rose City

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D.C. United earned a hard fought 1-1 draw tonight in Portland with a dogged defensive performance. The draw keeps United firmly in 4th place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with hard-charging Houston and Columbus just behind.

Chin to Chicago (maybe), Columbus finally falters and the return of World Cup qualifying: It's Hat Trick and Question of the Day Time!

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This is where I typically open up with some witty paragraph introducing the article and making a brief note about the state of the site. Well, I've got nothing, folks. Let's get straight to the important stuff:

1) Chin to Chicago?

This won't do much to quell those who believe I'm a closet Sporting Kansas City supporter, but SKC commentator Callum Williams recently tweeted about how Orlando City striker Dennis Chin is currently on trial with the Fire.

The Uphill Battle of the Montreal Impact

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Article by Nate Sulat
If history is any indication, the Montreal Impact is facing an uphill climb in its first MLS season.
With the exception of the Seattle Sounders – who made the MLS Cup playoffs and won the US Open Cup in 2009 – the seven teams that have entered the league since 2005 are a combined 48-121-53 in their maiden campaigns.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Pollyanna had a hand in writing this one. You know, the girl with the constant optimism? Over the last 6 weeks I have been pretty much depressed every Saturday night, except for the week of the Sporting KC Game. However with the help of the community here I got through it and now I want to help everyone else.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes And Notes: First Practice Back, So Far

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The Portland Timbers were welcomed home to the Rose City by a slight drizzle and some short field, 9v9 scrimmaging. New signing Franck Songo'o was on display, looking dangerous as a left midfielder and sporting bright orange shoe laces that could probably be seen from space while Charles Renken got his first taste of training in Portland.

Timbers Release 2012 Billboards

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The Portland Timbers have released a few billboards across the Rose City. I have to say, most are on par with last year's bunch. Check the rest out here.

Kenny Cooper Appreciation Thread (w/ poll)

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As we near the beginning of the second MLS campaign in Portland Timbers history, we find ourselves saying goodbye to one of the most unintentionally polarizing players from our first season in MLS: Kenny "F-ing" Cooper.

Please use this thread to share your memories, both positive and negative, of Coop's time in Portland.

Portland Timbers Preseason Details Released in Full

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We've already known a bit about the preseason details including the upcoming pre-season tournament with Chivas USA, the San Jose Earthquakes and AIK of Sweden, but until today we didn't know too much else. Well, today's that has all changed with the Timbers releasing almost everything we could have asked for.

Portland Timbers learn opponent for opening match before unveiling new third kit

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The Portland Timbers officially revealed their third kit that honors the legacy of the club from previous eras. It also appears that the team could finally be ready to announce some upcoming player signings in preparation for their home opener in March. The Timbers did learn that it will be the Philadelphia Union that will be visiting the Rose City to play the Timbers on March 12 on ESPN2.

What the TA was Chanting During Goals

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DemonJuice compiled a list of all home Timbers goals (and goals against) and figured out what chant was going on.

Looks like Onward Rose City was a wash and Tetris was a +2.

View the full list

MLS 2011, Week 32: What To Watch For

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Luke Rodgers is calling for a victory tonight. (Getty Images)

It comes down to one final week for Major League Soccer. Week 32 is already underway after last night's 1-1 draw between DC United and the Portland Timbers. The team from the Rose City continues to fight on for another game while DC United sees their season and their playoff dreams come to an end.

Timbers roll past Revolution

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The Portland Timbers needed a win in the worst way and with the pressure of fighting for their playoff lives looming, the Timbers delivered a first-class performance that has fans in the Rose City dreaming of the post-season.

The Timbers rolled right through the visiting New England Revolution, scoring early and taking control of a match the Revs never seemed to have much of a chance in, as Diego Chara, Kenny Cooper and Darlington Nagbe scored goals in a 3-0 romp at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday night.

MLS Week 17: A Look Ahead

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Already considered one of the best atmospheres in MLS, Jeld-Wen Field seems poised to reach a whole new level Sunday afternoon.

That's when the historic Pacific Northwest derby between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders comes to the Rose City for the first time in league history.

Sliding Timbers looking to halt skid as Seattle derby looms

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C.J. Sapong's goal celebration in Saturday's 2-1 Sporting Kansas City win against Portland was nothin Timbers fans hadn't seen before.

Sapong's 15th-minute goal and subsequent stop-and-drop, as if to emulate a falling tree, was one of those numbers others have used at Jeld-Wen Field.

It's been announced that the Portland Timbers will wear their Rose City secondary kits this...

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It's been announced that the Portland Timbers will wear their Rose City secondary kits this Saturday against the Colorado Rapids in honor of the Grand Floral Parade.

It'll be nice to see them in person.

Match Thread: D.C. United @ Portland Timbers [2:00 PM]

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It was nice having the Saturday off from a Portland Timbers game. Not that Timbers games are "work" or any such thing, but I do enjoy getting the chance to watch as many weekend MLS matches as possible as it helps me figure out just how well the Timbers are doing overall, especially in terms of tactics.

Cascadia Cup: Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers - Gamethread

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While much of the region, much of MLS, much of the USA, North America, the WORLD will be focused on what happens in the stands. This is a game on the pitch, and the results matter. It is the first of the contests in the Cascadia Cup 2011, and both teams may look at this match as being one that determines their MLS Cup Playoff seeding.

Portland Gets an Top-Tier Team, Its Fans Get a Top-Tier Beer

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Photo Credit: Free Beer MovementOn April 14, 2011 the Portland Timbers made their smashing Major League Soccer debut. The American soccer world was blown away at the sights and sounds of the league's newest members. A renovated stadium, a supporters-fueled National Anthem, and a team that brought home a victory for the home fans.


MLS First Kick: The Off Season is finally over

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The wait if finally almost over and as Merritt Paulson put it "How can the shortest off-season in American sports seem so long?" Sure felt that way especially after the doldrums of December. Games start in earnest this Saturday and carry over all the way to Monday Night Football when 20,000 of our closest friends will be releasing all that pent up energy from the off-season.

Merritt Paulson Can't Stop, Won't Stop Signing Autographs

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Three takeaways from this clip of Timbers bankroller Merritt Paulson signing stickers for Portland fans.
  1. Portland may be about to sign someone big. That or they are F-ing us.
  2. Merritt Paulson has a little thug in him. Or at enough to listen to "Forever" at the office.
  3. Somebody in the Rose City understands the importance of "Helvetica.

Major League Soccer

Pitch Invasion Podcast: Episode 2

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Pitch Invasion Podcast: Episode 2

"The second episode of the monthly Pitch Invasion podcast, focused on North American soccer, features interviews with DC United General Manager Dave Kasper on the club's upcoming MLS season and general development, and a conversation with Jeremy Wright of the Timbers Army, discussing the growth and future of supporter culture in Portland and nationwide following the recent Independent Supporters Council conference hosted in the Rose City.

The Pitch Invasion Podcast Episode 2

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The second episode of the monthly Pitch Invasion podcast, focused on North American soccer, features interviews with DC United General Manager Dave Kasper on the club's upcoming MLS season and general development, and a conversation with Jeremy Wright of the Timbers Army, discussing the growth and future of supporter culture in Portland and nationwide following the recent Independent Supporters Council conference hosted in the Rose City.

The Rodney Wallace Conundrum

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Rodney Wallace is fast. He is good with ball at his feet. He has a wicked shot. He crosses well. He gets into dangerous positions. He is occasionally out of position on defense. His passing is not always on target. He occasionally loses his man.

Does he belong in the midfield or manning the defense?

Portland Hosts Philadelphia – Friday 9:00 pm FSC

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From the Timbers Insider The Timbers finish up a three match home stand on Friday as they welcome the Philadelphia Union to the Rose City for a 9:00 p.m. game at JELD-WEN Field. The match will be shown live on FOX Soccer as they debut the new "Soccer Night in America."

The match also marks the first homecoming for the 2010 #1 SuperDraft pick Danny Mwanga.

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Portland Timbers Training Notes & Quotes: Food Carts & Former Clubs

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The news that Sal Zizzo is planning to open a food cart spread like wildfire last week, and everyone wanted to talk about it after the training session on Monday. Among the other topics of conversation were Houston's long awaited return to the Rose City and what special significance that has to Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer.

Portland Timbers 3–3 New York Red Bulls: Notes From Cascadia

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Now I haven't checked my Soccer Gods Handbook yet but I do believe there is a provision in there that states that the home team is not allowed to concede a goal in stoppage time, on Father's Day, when I'm at the game. Right? For the second straight week that's what happened at JELD-WEN field in Portland as the Timbers again didn't capitalize on their chances and ended up denying themselves some extra points in the standings.

Catching up on MLS Round 9: Donovan, Danso and more

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You can find the full report on everything you need to know about MLS Week 9 later today when the men behind the big computers at central work-up and pretty-up my weekly Five Things You Need to Know recap. (Update: find it here now) Until then, here's your super-fast weekend report:


Chivas USA: Robin Fraser is doing it with duct tape and safety pins.

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Rapinoe for Mayor

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U.S. WNT and former Portland Pilot stars Stephanie Cox visited Town Hall on Wednesday to give a few gifts to local politicians and receive a proclamation (see below) from the Mayor and the city of Portland proclaiming a Day of Recognition for the U.S. WNT. That's one of many things we love about Portland.

Electric Night in KC

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Abby tallies in the 10th minute from the penalty spot

The U.S. WNT played its first match since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup last night at the fantastic LIVESTRONG Sporting Park (the best medium-sized stadium in the country? Could be....) and while the Americans showed some flashes of dynamic soccer, there was also some rust to be shaken off, and probably the best part of the night was the crowd.

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Rapids Face Koz And The Timbers

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Hopefully a good metaphor for the Timbers after the game
The Rapids head for the Rose City on Friday night to face the Timbers, a team they have never lost to. Portland, of course, is where long-time Rapids fan favorite Kosuke Kimura was traded to and I'm sure he's going to want to show Colorado what they're missing.

Road Warriors: What Portland needs to do to win this Saturday

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We all know about the road woes of Portland in the 2011 season and almost every "expert" on the interwebs pointed to this very fact and pointed out that if Portland wanted to make some noise come play off time they would need to make some strides on the road. Winning on the road all comes down to mentality, meaning you have to be mentally prepared to receive no support from anyone besides someone in Timbers Green or Rose City Red.

First Training in Portland

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What a beautiful day it was for soccer (or pretty much anything else) today in Portland as the U.S. WNT held its first training since arriving in the Rose City on Sunday night. Pia turned the squad over to the folks at Nike, who ran the players through the Nike Elite Training 2.0, which consists of various physical and soccer tests, or more accurately:


Jeremy Hall Appreciation Thread

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For the second time this inaugural season, we say goodbye to another member of the Timbers family. Today's departure: D/M Jeremy Hall, who is now moving on to FC Dallas. Luckily, we will not see them until next season, so Hall will not be able to flame us like our previous departure (Moffatt) did.

Surf Cup-date

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Sodium wins opener on McKayla's second half heroics 1-0!

Nice job ladies, get some rest, hydrate and get ready for #2 at 3pm vs FCX.

Sending good vibes from the Rose City!