The Portland Timbers finish off their time in Tucson, AZ today with a preseason friendly against Real Salt Lake. In the wake of the Timbers' 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders, a game that saw the Timbers' first team play sixty minutes as a unit, expect things to get switched up in this one as the second team gets a longer run out and different personnel potentially get a chance to work together.
The Portland Timbers won their first preseason game of 2015 on Saturday, logging a 2-1 win in Tucson over the Seattle Sounders. And coming off a strong first-half performance against the Houston Dynamo earlier in the week, a dominant performance by the Timbers starters came as little surprise on Saturday.
The Portland Timbers went with their first team side for the first sixty minutes of tonight's match against the Seattle Sounders, but it was the second unit that produced the fireworks, scoring twice in the final half hour of the match to get the win.
For much of the first half the Timbers were in control, generating chance after chance but failing to find the back of the net with any of them.
The Portland Timbers' preseason continues tonight as the team takes on their arch-rivals, the Seattle Sounders, in their third match of 2016. There has never been a match between the Timbers and Sounders that has failed to capture the enmity between the two sides, so expect a bit of a spark in this one, no matter how far away the regular season might be.
At this time Celaya FC is Seattle's only Mexican opponent. This second division team will probably only send a few of its starters. The Sounders have some experience playing teams from south of the border, but it's been several months and they only get in a couple games a year.
This match is all about getting ready for Club America, a match that is just two weeks out.
When Jordan Morris was signed with much fanfare, one of the reasons the Seattle Sounders said they weren't worried about it all going to the 21-year-old's head was that he was naturally humble. And if that wasn't enough, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey joked, Morris' brother would be there to slap him back to earth.
The Portland Timbers are back in preseason action today, taking on their hated rivals, the Seattle Sounders. Like the Timbers, the Sounders have strived to keep the core of their side intact over the offseason, but have made a few significant changes along the way.
The match will mark the fourth time that the two sides have met in the preseason since the Timbers joined MLS, starting with 2011's Cascadia Summit.
USA wins 1-0, with Jozy Altidore scoring the game's lone goal in the 89th minute.
In a fairly tepid friendly, in which the United States Men's National Team had numerous chances against Canada but failed to capitalize on them until late on, Seattle Sounders' homegrown player Jordan Morris started and played nearly the entire match in Carson, California.
Jordan Morris gets his first full cap as a profession as the United States wins 3-2.
Steve Birbaum scored the late winner over Iceland. The 3-2 win between two reduced sides was at times sloppy, but there were strong qualities from a couple of Seattle Sounders players. In the first half Brad Evans was probably the third best player.
Amidst all the cameras clicking, all the microphones being shoved into his face and the questions being asked, Jordan Morris wore a calm smile. He joked about how he "used to be so bad at interviews," talked about how he'd be living with his family in their Mercer Island home for the immediate future, reminisced about following the Seattle Sounders in their USL days and spoke glowingly of the emotions and energy he felt when he attended the team's first-ever MLS match.
The first weekend of February was filled with preseason friendlies and scrimmages, but most of the buzz surrounded D.C. United, which released its new jersey and is reportedly close to signing a new Argentine.
D.C. United is reportedly nearing a deal to add 21-year-old, 5-foot-3 Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors.
In his three seasons with the Portland Timbers, head coach Caleb Porter has made the Timbers one of the most consistent teams in Major League Soccer, not to mention guiding the team to it's first MLS Cup win last season. In the wake of the team's triumph, it is not surprising that the Timbers announced today that Porter has been given a "long-term" contract extension.
One side is looking for depth at the goalkeeper position, while more signings have been made on a busy Tuesday around MLS.
Goalkeepers Tally Hall and Josh Ford are reportedly training with the Seattle Sounders. Hall appeared in over 20 matches in 2015 for Orlando City SC, while Ford spent last season with NASL side Carolina RailHawks.
The Seattle Sounders' formational shiftis a work in progress, but so far so good.
The Sounders have switched things up this preseason, practicing in a 4-3-3 formation rather than the 4-4-2 that they have used in recent years. Part of the idea behind the tactical switch is to get more of the club's talented forwards on the field at once, which makes sense given that it boasts Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Nelson Haedo Valdez and Jordan Morris.
Zach Scott will be back in a Seattle Sounders uniform for a 15th season, after all. The Sounders announced that the 35-year-old has been re-signed, a couple months after they had declined his option and it appeared as though the center back would retire. Scott is the Sounders' last remaining player from their USL days and one of just three players left from their inaugural MLS season.
It was pretty easy to miss, what with all the attention being paid to the Seattle Sounders' new announcers, but single-game tickets also went on sale Wednesday. Usually, this is a pretty unremarkable event. This year, though, there were a handful of interesting bits.
1. Welcome to dynamic pricing
In years past, tickets cost what they cost no matter what and it didn't really matter who the Sounders were playing.
With about two weeks left until the Seattle Sounders play their first competitive match of the year, it appears as though CenturyLink Field's new FieldTurf has been installed. There are likely still finishing touches to be made, but this photo appears to show a glistening new turf that's just about ready to use.
This will be the first time in the Sounders' MLS history that they'll have a dedicated radio voice.
There will be at least two new announcers joining the Seattle Sounders broadcast team this year as the decision has been made to split play-by-play duties between TV and radio, Sounder at Heart has learned through sources familiar with the Seattle radio scene.
As if the whole Marco Pappa-was-stabbed-by-a-beauty-queen story couldn't get any weirder, TMZ has now managed to get photos and a copy of the 9-1-1 call that surrounded the former Seattle Sounders midfielder's trip to the hospital. Notably, the report confirms the stabbing incident occurred on Dec.
The USL's 2016 schedule was officially released today. With heavy rivalry matches, a 4 game road trip to start and more, the Toros will have an exciting inaugural campaign.
It's finally here! The Houston Dynamo hybrid affiliate RGVFC's 2016 schedule is now out. The road will not by easy as the Toros start out with four road contests before finally hosting LA Galaxy II at home on 4/30, most likely to ensure the new stadium will be ready to go for the home opener.
The massive Panamanian centerback didn't have time to show much, but what he showed was impressive.
It happened right as the secondary transfer window was closing. It took a couple days after the window closed, but eventually Roman Torres was a Sounder. The club got their man. He seemed a bit of an extra as Seattle Sounders already had three-time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall and fringe USMNT CB Brad Evans.
Competitive games start in just five weeks. This is your cheat sheet to how Garth Lagerwey reloaded for the 2016 season.
It seems like a long, long time since the Seattle Sounders failed to advance past a plucky FC Dallas team in the Western Conference semifinals. Besting the LA Galaxy in those playoffs was a long time coming for Seattle, but it didn't do anything to satisfy the singular stated goal of the front office since taking home the Supporters' Shield in 2014: Win the MLS Cup.