Pa Modou Kah

The Portland Timbers’ Chemistry Void

They absolutely love Pa Modou Kah in Vancouver. Doesn’t matter that he hasn’t played a competitive game for the Whitecaps yet. Probably helps, in fact. All bets are off once Kah steps onto the field. But for now, he’s beloved. In one short preseason, Kah has established himself as Vancouver’s director of morale, a kind […]

Timbers Fans

MLS Poised For Breakout Season … If Owners And Players Can Agree To Play

I, for one, cannot wait for this MLS season to get underway. There are so many compelling storylines…Can Seattle finally climb the mountain? How will Los Angeles handle Landon Donovan’s retirement? Will Orlando and New York FC look more like expansion teams or the superclubs they are hoping to be? What impact will international legends […]

Simple Invitational

Simple Invitational – What To Watch For From The Portland Timbers

The warning signs were going off long before the Portland Timbers’ 2014 early-season swoon was in full, devastating swing. You’re sick of this story by now, but the fact that it took the Timbers almost two full months to win their first game last season ultimately derailed not only the team’s playoff chances, but also […]

Caleb Porter

Caleb Porter, Year Three

Let’s be honest. 2014 was a bad year for Caleb Porter. His team badly underachieved, falling from first to sixth place in the Western Conference. They were knocked out in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. They couldn’t attack, then they couldn’t defend, and they could absolutely never get their act totally together. […]

Timbers Fans

Five Thoughts On The Portland Timbers’ Schedule

The day after the Portland Timbers were knocked out of the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake, the 2014 MLS schedule was announced. But after the 2014 Timbers’ season ended in Dallas on October 30th, almost two and a half months went by before MLS finally released its […]

Portland Timbers FAns

Portland Timbers’ Ten Greatest MLS Games

Below is my list of the Portland Timbers’ ten greatest MLS games. Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know. Some of the games on here were no-brainers, others required more thought. There are nine home games and just one away game. Darlington Nagbe and Jack Jewsbury both started eight, Futty […]

MLS: Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew

Portland Timbers’ 2014 Player Grades – Who Exceeded And Who Flunked?

It’s fair to say that the Portland Timbers have had two successful MLS seasons and two unsuccessful ones. The first year I did player grades for the Timbers after the season was 2012 – the first unsuccessful season, and a campaign so dire that I simply split the players up into two categories: Keep ‘em, […]

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

Portland Timbers’ Season Ends In Dallas

They were never meant to be, the Portland Timbers and the 2014 MLS Playoffs, especially after a fatal, unexpected Champions League knockout blow in Honduras just three days before Portland took the field in Dallas for the final game of the regular season. The Timbers took care of business – if there was one thing this […]

MLS: Champions League-CD Olympia at Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Hit Rock Bottom In Honduras

Just when things were going well, the Portland Timbers went down to Honduras to get a slice of respite from an increasingly futile MLS playoff chase and instead ripped the scab off the deep cut that has been the 2014 season. It was a capitulation. CD Olimpia 3, Portland 1. Just like that, the Timbers […]

MLS: Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers Get Back To Square One In Crazy Final Home Game

In many ways, it felt like the 2014 Portland Timbers’ home season was ending just how it started all the way back on March 8th against the Philadelphia Union. There was a terrific tifo display from the Timbers Army pregame, a light, but deceivingly persistent rain, and the home team in their throwback green and […]

Timbers Earthquakes

Portland Timbers Roll Over Earthquakes As Doomsday Nears

Wednesday night was a formality – even for the Portland Timbers. The San Jose Earthquakes only brought thirteen field players to Portland, and with a few goalkeepers, a lame-duck manager, and a lost season in tow, failed to register a single shot on target in 90 minutes of soccer. It was always a question of […]

Will Johnson; Mark Bloom

A Portland Timbers Catastrophe In Toronto

You have to give the Portland Timbers credit. They just keep finding new ways to make the impossible possible. This week, instead of coming out half asleep and playing themselves into a huge deficit which they have to furiously rally back from, the Timbers snatched the first two goals and then pressed the self-destruct button […]

Timbers Whitecaps

Portland Timbers 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 0 – That Was Fantastic, Huh?

The Portland Timbers, in the bright sunshine, operating with precision and purpose and playing a rival off the field at Providence Park. Everyone had rhythm and understanding. Everyone played their part. Back to front, front to back. No holes. Defense, offense, coaching. It was all there. For 90 minutes. For everyone who has lived the […]