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10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 9 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. A Star is Born in Portland

Some six years and a handful of weeks ago, Jake Gleeson started the Portland Timbers' MLS home opener as a fresh-faced 19-year-old. Those were heady days for the New Zealander, who got the call in Troy Perkins' stead near the beginning of that debut season.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9 of the 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 9 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. A Star is Born in Portland

Some six years and a handful of weeks ago, Jake Gleeson started the Portland Timbers' MLS home opener as a fresh-faced 19-year-old. Those were heady days for the New Zealander, who got the call in Troy Perkins' stead near the beginning of that debut season.

Diego Valeri nets game winner for second consecutive week as Portland Timbers defeat Montreal Impact

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The Portland Timbers were hoping to continue their winning ways on the road against the Montreal Impact, but like in many affairs this season, they fell behind early. After taking the lead before the halftime break, Portland had to rally with a second half goal by Diego Valeri to win 3 to 2 for their second consecutive victory.

Fantasy Focus: Capped Off

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Things return to normal this week, as just three teams are on bye, and nobody plays more than once. This round we have a tie at the top of the leaderboard between Futbol5 and Bayern Neverlusen on 118 points. Both teams captained Camilo (VAN, $8.0M), who rewarded them by scoring 50 points on 3 goals and 2 assists.

Timbers Notes- Ricketts shining in goal, Kah to train Thursday, and more

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PORTLAND, Ore.-It has been 390 minutes since the Timbers have conceded a goal in front of the home fans and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is one of the major reasons why Portland is enjoying its best run of form since joining MLS in 2011.

The Jamaican International arrived in Portland last August in exchange for fan favorite Troy Perkins.

Portland Timbers versus Montreal Impact (photos and video)

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The Timbers fell behind by two goals for the second time in seven days but, despite applying pressure to the Montreal defense in the second half, were unable manufacture a repeat of the Season Opener and salvage a point.

Portland Timbers Passing Matrix

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I was reading the review of Portland's 2012 season posted on the MLS website and saw they had a look at the Opta stats. In the Opta stats article they had a link to download the Timbers' passing matrix, and so I did. I wanted to show you some observations I found and see what everyone else thought about the matrix.

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #18: Donovan Ricketts

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Donovan Ricketts started his MLS career with the LA Galaxy in 2009. Having spent five years with League 1 side Bradford City, the lanky Jamaican quickly established himself as one of the best keepers in the league, winning the league's Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2010.

But after spending much of 2011 injured and being spelled by the capable Josh Saunders, the LA Galaxy sent him to Montreal in exchange for allocation money.

Portland Timbers 2012 Player Rankings #19: Joe Bendik

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Joe Bendik was the Timbers' number two keeper for most of the 2012 season and saw the field five times thanks to injuries suffered by Troy Perkins and his upgrade, Donovan Ricketts. Bendik came on as a substitute twice and started three times, allowing eight goals, two of which were penalty kicks, and making eleven saves.

Portland Timbers 2012 Player Rankings #22: Jake Gleeson

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At the beginning of the 2011 season, both the first- and second-string keepers Troy Perkins and Adin Brown picked up injuries and Jake Gleeson, suddenly the team's only healthy keeper, was called on to start a few games early in the season, including the home opener. In that time, Gleeson endeared himself to the fans and made some thoroughly impressive saves.

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Timbers Prepare for Familiar Foe as Camp Opens

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We meet again.

The Portland Timbers exorcised a lot of demons in their 2015 MLS Cup run. And at their first training session on Saturday morning it was clear that the Greed-and-Gold are still carrying with them a great deal of confidence from their trophy-winning campaign.

But among the foes that remain for this team is one that should have been vanquished long ago: March wins.

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #10: Troy Perkins

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Acquired from DC United in exchange for allocation money and goalkeeper Steve Cronin, Perkins was seldom out of the starting lineup during his tenure with the Portland Timbers.

Perkins was known for his awareness in front of goal and the quick reaction saves that kept the Timbers' chances alive.

Portland Timbers Postmortem: Gavin Wilkinson as Interim Head Coach

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On the morning of July 9, Timbers fans were whipped into a frenzy of anticipation, as news started to leak that head coach John Spencer would be fired later that day. That anticipation abruptly turned to, well, something else entirely at about 10am, when Geoffrey C Arnold reported that Gavin Wilkinson would be serving as interim head coach until a replacement could be found.

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Lahoud for Restrepo, notes from Curtin and Stewart teleconference, Lloyd the best, more

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SI's Brian Strauss reports Lahoud on loan to Cosmos as part of Restrepo deal. Curtin and Stewart on Union's draft plans. Carli Lloyd named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. More.

Edu deal official, draft previews, Diskerud signs with NYCFC, Altidore-Defoe swap, Solo charges dismissed, more

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Edu deal announced. Diskerud joins NYCFC. Reports of Altidore-Defoe swap. Domestic violence charges against Hope Solo dismissed. More.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 2-1 Impact

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Video of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and locker room interviews with Danny Cruz, Sebastien Le Toux, Zac MacMath, Ethan White and Sheanon Williams. Also postgame quote sheet, including remarks from Jack McInerney.

Montreal Impact

Sebastien Le Two: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Montreal Impact

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I came up with this headline all by myself. I am proud of me.

Needing a victory to stay in the thick of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Union delivered Saturday night with a 2-1 victory against a Montreal Impact side they had previously struggled against this season. The victory moved the Union to 5th place in the Eastern Conference and they have now gone unbeaten in their last five matches.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers match versus Montreal Impact

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Long time rivals from the lower divisions of soccer meet in Canada this weekend, as the former A-League/USL/USSF D-2 members Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact meet for the third time in MLS history. While the Timbers have some confidence after a home win and some key players returning to health, Montreal is on a four match losing streak and the entire team is trying to find some answers to their troubles.

Kansas City Sweep Montreal

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Sporting KC allowed a goal against the Montreal Impact for the first time this season, but it wasn't enough to keep Kansas City from sweeping the season series last night in Montreal. Sporting KC got a pair of goals from Dom Dwyer, his fourth and fifth against the Impact this year.

Dwyer got Kansas City going very early.

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Johnson, fines Berhalter

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Outside of scoring his first goal of the Major League Soccer season against the Montreal Impact over the weekend, it sure has been a rough going lately for DC United forward Eddie Johnson.

After being left off Jurgen Klinnsman's 2014 World Cup roster last week, MLS suspended Johnson on Tuesday for what MLS called a "reckless challenge" against Montreal goal keeper Troy Perkins.

Know Your Enemy: Montreal Impact

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Un classique de Canadian humor.

OTF's Stephen Mangat is a multi-lingual hater...

Hoo boy. Two teams without wins but with playoff potential. A former managerwho inspires mixed emotions due to his legendary (?) status as a player, but a crap coach. Desperate fan bases that teeteron the verge of optimism and anger.

Neagle anchors Sounders’ win over Impact

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Apparently you can go home, even if you show up a day late.

Lamar Neagle, whose promising career with the Seattle Sounders has bookended a mostly forgettable 2012 season with the Montreal Impact, keyed the Sounders' 2-0 road win over his former team.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Montreal Impact (2)

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Two out of three for Magia Miguel (AP Photo/Chicago Fire, Brian Kersey)

OTF's Shane Nicholson laments another blown chance by the Men in Red and wonders if they've checked their calendars lately...

Six from 18.

The Fire just went through a month in which their season was in their hands, and they took six points out of a possible 18.

SBI MLS Save of the Week: Troy Perkins

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D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire lineup: U.S .Open Cup semifinal edition

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As we have been harping on for months now, the U.S. Open Cup is D.C. United's last chance to salvage anything on the field this season. The next step towards the final comes tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. But after United's 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact, there are questions at two key positions.

Episode 325: Troy Perkins and Grant Wahl

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Goalkeeper Troy Perkins offers candid thoughts about how trades affect family members and discusses the Impact's current form. In the second segment, Sports Illustrated and FOX Soccer reporter Grant Wahl calls in to talk hats, Gold Cup and MLS.

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RELATED: Read Grant Wahl's recent article on Major League Soccer's playoff and regular season schedule.

Oduro leads injury-hit Crew to shock win over first-place Impact

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The Columbus Crew came into Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown vs. the Montreal Impact looking like a team poised to fall apart.

After losing their second starter in the past three weeks to a torn ACL (Glauber joined Eddie Gaven on the season-ending injury), and suffering a U.

Despite statistical advantages, Portland Timbers can’t overcome Montreal defense in 2 to 1 loss at home

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The Portland Timbers were hosting the Montreal Impact in the hopes to gain some needed points at JELD-WEN Field before traveling in their next two matches. The Impact had other ideas after getting a win in Seattle last weekend, and they scored goals in the 30th and 60th minute to take a two goal lead.

The Lowry Lowdown: An inside look at player trades and transfers in football

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SWOL's own Peter Lowry on the pitch for the Portland Timbers (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Let me start off by saying I've never been traded. I was expansion-drafted by Portland, which is an entirely different story, but I've been almost traded a half dozen times that I know about.

New England Revolution 1 Montreal Impact 0

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Defender A.J. Soares scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a career-high seven saves to notch his second straight shutout as the New England Revolution closed the 2012 season with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.

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Fantasy Focus: Are you tired of Robbie Keane?

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With 87 points, n00bius led all teams in scoring this week. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.0M) was the vice captain and (Mauro Diaz?!) notched 2 goals and an assist for 30 points. Both Erick Torres (CHV, $7.4M) and Javier Morales (RSL, $9.3M) scored 12 points - Torres with 2 goals, and Morales with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Fantasy Focus: Back With a Vengeance

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Our own Handsome Boys SC scored 75 points to lead the league this round. Nathan Sturgis (COL, $4.7M) captained the side and scored 14 points. His Rapids teammate Dillon Powers ($6.3M) scored a goal and earned an assist to score 12 points. Three other players scored seven points -- Chris Klute (COL, $5.

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Fantasy Focus: Dallas and Chivas Players Star -- Seriously.

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Week 4 is in the book, and we have a new overall leader in the league, as well as a new addition to the weekly leader list. Allie's Awesome Team scored 77 points, with midfielder Patrice Bernier (MTL, $8.0M) leading scoring with 18 points as captain, followed by defenders Josh Williams (CLB, $5.3M) and Matt Hedges (DAL, $5.

Fantasy Focus: One Week Does Not a Season Make

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MLS week one is in the books, and we're either patting ourselves on the back or cursing ourselves and sobbing gently in the corner. We begin with a nod to Killer Angels, whose 85 points set the B&RU pace, with the key move being making Graham Zusi the captain, and reaping the benefits with 28 points.

The Rest

Sounders add two ex-MLS players to academy coaching ranks

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Troy Perkins decides to retire after long pro career, while Wade Webber joins club from Washington Premier FC.

The Seattle Sounders added a pair of former MLS players to their academy coaching ranks on Monday, with Troy Perkins become the goalkeeping coach and Wade Webber becoming the head coach of the U15 team.

Marco Pappa, Zach Scott among notable Sounders to have options declined

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Andy Rose and Andy Craven remain out of contract, but have been offered new deals.

There weren't a ton of big surprises as the Seattle Sounders released their updated roster situation on Wednesday. Nine players had their options for 2016 declined, and while there were several notable names the only one who qualifies as anything approaching a big surprise would be Marco Pappa.

Fantasy Focus: Deep Impact

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MLS returns with a full slate, and four Montreal players lead the charge.

To kick things off we have Bayern Neverlusen leading the way this week with 97 points. Captaining the ship was Montreal's Jack McInerney ($8.2) with 28 points while playing twice, scoring two goals, and should probably get bonus points for scoring what will probably be goal of the year against Houston.

Opinion: Why is Troy Perkins so Popular with the Timbers Army?

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"Perkins, Perkins! Give us a wave!" The loud booming chant by the Timbers Army was heard well enough by Troy Perkins as he wandered over to his net by the Timbers Army. After about 15 seconds, Perkins glanced over his shoulder and gave a small wave... From my view in section 108, I would say that Perkins' wave was almost reluctant.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Lineups: Playoff Edition

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Troy Perkins, Bryan Namoff, Bobby Boswell (Devon McTavish, 59), Greg Vanney, Marc Burch (Rod Dyachenko, 41), Ben Olsen, Christian Gomez, Clyde Simms, Fred, Luciano Emilio (Nicholas Addlery, 65), Jaime Moreno. These were the D.C. United starters and substitutes that took on the Chicago Fire five years ago tomorrow in what was, until now, the team's last playoff game.