Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #15: Sal Zizzo

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2012 got off to a slow start for Sal Zizzo as worked his was back from the ACL tear that brought his 2011 season to an unfortunate end. His first appearance last season wasn't until the May 15th match against the Houston Dynamo, the same team the Timbers were playing seven months earlier when Zizzo sustained the injury.

MLS Spotlight: Zizzo shining for Timbers after overcoming injury

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Sal Zizzo chuckled at the notion but nonetheless knew it was true. For the Portland Timbers midfielder, the circumstances surrounding his torn ACL last October were about as ideal as could be.

Zizzo, first off, knew what he was up against.

MLS Recap: Week 27

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Article by Pedro Gomes

Although it might have been Labor Day Weekend around America, MLS teams were putting in plenty of hard work to secure Playoff Spots heading into the post season. Let's take a look back and enjoy the action across the league as the post season contenders and post season pretenders are becoming clearer each game.

With Porter In, Kris Boyd Cedes Starring Role to Darlington Nagbe

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Late in the Portland Timbers' match at Toronto FC, Darlington Nagbe, playing on the right wing in place of subbed-out Sal Zizzo, saw the chance to do something he hadn't done in five months. He snuck in behind the Toronto defense and got himself on the end of a perfectly chipped cross from Steven Smith.

Recap: Moving on up Edition

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Quick Recap:

The Portland Timbers put cross after cross into the box in the first half but no Timber was able to get on the end of them. Then in the 45th minute Portland finally got on the end a cross as Bright Dike put the ball in the back of the net. In the second half Portland fell back into bad habits and sat back more than they should have but they were still able to see the game out for the 1-0 win.

Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings: Cascadian Glory Edition

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Welcome to yet another player ratings! I'm happy to report that, well, we have something happy to report this week as the Portland Timbers put in an overall valiant effort in securing three much needed points in this year's Cascadian Cup competition. While the regular MLS season remains dismal, at least the Timbers are looking like a strong candidate for taking home the regional cup.

Quotes, Stats, and Links: New York Away Edition

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Portland Timbers Quotes

Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson

On New York's controversial second goal:
I'm in trouble however I answer this aren't I? You saw what I saw. We're not allowed to comment on the referee's performance but that second goal summed it up.

Pearce game winner helps cap Red Bulls rally, keeps RBNY unbeaten at home

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With the final minutes of the first half ticking away on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls looked like they just might suffer their first loss at Red Bull Arena this year. Two early goals by the Portland Timbers had the Red Bulls on the ropes and looking ripe for defeat.

The Red Bulls had other ideas.

Portland Timbers Control Game in Scrimmage With Oregon State

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The Portland Timbers reserves won their match up against the Oregon State Beavers today with a score of 2-1. All three goal scorers were Timbers with Brent Richards and Franck Songo'o scoring for the Timbers while U23's product Emory Welshman got on the board for OSU.

The Timbers played two very different games in the first and second halves.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview and Match Thread [6:00 PM]

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Last Sunday the Portland Timbers faced a huge test against their northern rivals the Seattle Sounders and they came out on top. It wasn't a pretty game. It wasn't an overtly dominant performance by the Timbers, but they dragged out a 2-1 victory... and that's what really matters, especially against a rival such as Seattle.

Timbers Vs. Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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That did not go as planned. For the first time in the MLS era, the Seattle Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers. I wouldn't say the Sounders were outplayed, but I don't know that I'd say they were clearly outplayed in many of these seven games that they've failed to win.

Rather, this was a hugely frustrating continuation of an incomplete game being followed by a substandard result.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v Some Team From Oregon | Gamethread

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The Portland Timbers squad brought north is primarily deep roster players, with a handful of names you'll recognize. Brian Rowe will be their keeper as he joins from the MLS keepers pool, left back Brett Evans is also new to Portland as of today. Timbers traveled only 15 players, including Brent Richards.

Sakiewicz To The Goalkeeper 'Belen Fight "Not A Big Deal," Real Madrid To Return To Philly, More News

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AD Belen had the first word on the team's fight with the Philadelphia Union last week, but it won't have the last word.

Nick Sakiewicz, the Union's Operating Partner and CEO, told the Goalkeeper that the fight was the result of consistent fouling by Belen and that Philadelphia thinks very little of what happened in Costa Rica.

Portland Timbers Practice Quotes and Notes: The Eye of the Boyd

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Following Kris Boyd's official introduction, the Portland Timbers held a closed practice beneath cloudy skies at Jeld-Wen Field. Boyd joined the team for his first practice as a Timber and seemed to fit in right away during the team's warm-up sessions. From the moment the team was on the pitch Boyd looked at ease and spent time chatting with Eric Brunner as the team did their early running.

Will Franck Songo'o Push Darlington Nagbe into a Striker Position?

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Last week we all got our wish in Franck Songo'o being officially signed by the Portland Timbers. Given his youth and European experience combined with an impressive display of control and skill during pre-season it wasn't really a huge surprise, but it was a welcome bit of news nonetheless. However, his signing does raise one question in what exactly will happen to Darlington Nagbe's usual position in the midfield?

Portland Timbers Roster Analysis: Midfielders

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It is that time of the year to start speculating on exactly what the Portland Timbers' roster needs are for the next year. For starters we need to take a look at the most used formations by John Spencer and the Timbers and then fill in what the Timbers still have on the roster.


The Timbers employed a 4-4-2 for almost the first half of the season.


Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Valencia Trains With the Team Edition

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The Timbers held their first practice in Portland in more than a week today, returning from their two game road trip against Toronto and New York. It was perfect training weather at the team's Beaverton training facility as next year's designated player, Jose Adolfo Valencia, trained with the Timbers for only the second time since joining the team and the first time since undergoing surgery to repair the cartilage in his left knee.

The Darlington Dilemma Revisited [Poll]

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At the beginning of the season we asked where Darlington Nagbe belonged. Now, twelve games in to the season, the question is being raised once again.

This season the Timbers have lined up with Nagbe in three different positions: as an outside midfielder, second striker, and, most recently, attacking midfielder.

Portland Timbers Training Notes & Quotes: Playoff Confidence Edition

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After a light regen training on Monday and a day off Tuesday, the Timbers got back to the usual intensity today in training at Jeld Wen Field.

It was a shorthanded practice, with Diego Chara, James Marcelin, Steve Purdy, Brian Umony and Futty Danso all with their national teams. The only other player missing was Freddie Braun, but his absence was not injury related.


Portland Timbers @ New York Red Bulls Player Ratings: Zizzo Edition

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I'm doing something a little different with this week's player ratings. Instead of adding my own, I'll be using just my fellow editor's opinions. The unfortunate truth is that I'm in my last week of classes at PSU and I just don't have the usual hour-hour and a half or so it takes me to craft these articles what with all my looming projects coming up.

Meanwhile, midfielder Sal Zizzo was jogging with Nagbe around the playing field during the game....

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Meanwhile, midfielder Sal Zizzo was jogging with Nagbe around the playing field during the game. Zizzo, who suffered a torn ligament in his left knee during the team's home game against Houston last season, is progressing quickly and will likely begin training sometime after the team returns to Portland.

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Too Much Energy Drink and Portland returns home with a headache

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Let's get this out of the way first, Portland lost because of Portland and not because of the Ref. The Ref sucked and should have made New York Take the PK instead of blowing the whistle and then saying he didn't blow the whistle. Also the first yellow was on Chara? Not the late tackles and reckless tackles from McCarty and Tainio?

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes Reserve Match Player Analysis

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I was able to catch the reserve match in San Jose this morning, and I decided to do a short write up.

Timbers: Bendik; Casal, Taylor, Purdy, Kawulok, Richards, Braun, Chabala - C, Renken, Rincon (Zizzo), Dike

Bendik - Extremely vocal and active. He played well, and had great control of the pitch

Casal - Seemed to be forcing it a little bit, but showed good strength and speed at times.

John Spencer

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Ready, Aim, Fire Edition

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The Timbers held a full practice today after yesterday's light regeneration session as they prepare to face the Chicago Fire on Sunday. Today's closed session at Jeld-Wen saw only one change in personnel from yesterday.

Troy Perkins returned to the pitch to practice with the rest of the team after doing his own work out yesterday.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: We Are All Getting Dike'd Edition

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Bright Dike practiced with the Timbers today in what could be his final appearance with the team in 2012. Word from practice is that Dike will go on a season long load to the LA Blues of the USL Pro division as was rumored on twitter yesterday. Dike will still take up a spot on the Timbers roster and will be able to be recalled to the team if necessary.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: No Positives

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An interesting mix of guys played a half-field scrimmage today. After the full squad warmed up and most of the starters went back inside for their regen workouts, the players who did not start Saturday's match took to the field. Interestingly, Kris Boyd and Eric Alexander joined the players who didn't start, and Andrew Jean Baptiste was on the field as well, in spite of having also played over 60 minutes on Saturday.

4-4-2: Spencer's formation of choice

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The season is just over a month away and the roster is almost completely set. Of course there is still the possibility of adding a few more pieces or dropping a few of the newer players. For the most part the Timbers have the core of their starting line-up signed. With all the changes to the roster will John Spencer go away from the 4-4-2 formation or will he go with a different formation?

Portland Timbers Training Notes & Quotes: Lamenting the Lost Points

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"Please be careful of Eddie Johnson," Coach John Spencer announced just before a 7v7v7 scrimmage at Jeld-Wen Field, as Johnson laughed sheepishly and shrugged. "You touch him, he bleeds."

Indeed, Eddie Johnson did make his triumphant return to the training pitch on Tuesday, wearing protective headgear as a precaution after the concussion he suffered earlier in the year.

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.

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Sal Zizzo to become official Portland hipster, open food cart

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Sal Zizzo to become official Portland hipster, open food cart

Up next: Tattoos, sideburns, fixed gear bike riding.

Portland Timbers Training Notes And Quotes: Playoff Weather Edition

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Today's practice took place at Jeld-Wen Field under overcast skies. By the end of practice the crisp breeze blowing through the stadium would be supplemented by just the slightest sprinkling of rain. As Captain Jack would later tell us, it was the kind of weather that lets you know it is time to do or die.