Timbers NYCFC

Portland Timbers – The Good And The Bad So Far This Season

On Sunday, the Portland Timbers traveled to New York to pay a visit to expansion side NYCFC and came away with a 1-0 victory on the strength of a 79th minute goal from Darion Asprilla. Unfortunately, many of you were unable to see the game, as Fox preempted the game on its originally scheduled channel […]

MLS Officials

Major League Soccer – “Major” Is Merely Fantasy Until The Officiating Improves

Don Garber Commissioner Major League Soccer New York, NY Mr. Garber: I’ve been a fan of MLS for some years now, particularly since my hometown Portland Timbers joined the league in 2011. I’ve watched with some pride as an American league slowly takes its place as a growing force in the soccer world. While that’s […]

Timbers Orlando

Portland Timbers Lose 2-0 To Expansion League Team Orlando City

The Timbers fell to Orlando City 2-0 on Sunday, dropping their first home game of the 2015 season. Portland picked a hell of a time to put up what is easily their worst performance of 2015 thus far. Not that there is necessarily any “good” time for a performance like this, but coming off a […]

Timbers Dallas

Portland Timbers Running Diary – Portland 3, FC Dallas 1

Pregame: Adi and Uruti starting together up top again, with Fochive starting next to Chara in the holding midfield. After last week, I’d have been happy to see Asprilla given another shot at the start, but Porter must be taking the “not broken, don’t fix” school of thought. Which would be a lot better if […]

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Still Winless, And I’m Tired Of The Excuses

A season removed from a season of disappointment, your Portland Timbers appear to be repeating the pattern that led to just that. The Timbers lost 2-1 to rival Vancouver last Saturday, and in the process stood pat on the 3 points they’d amassed over their previous 3 games.  But in spite of a second year […]

Vancouver Whitecaps

Three Thoughts On The Portland Timbers’ 1-2 Loss To The Vancouver Whitecaps

The Portland Timbers fell to Vancouver on the road 2-1 on Saturday evening, continuing a distressing pattern of outplaying opponents for large stretches while consistently dropping points. George Fochive gave up a soft foul outside the box in the 15th minute that Vancouver midfielder Nicolas Mezquida placed just over the wall and just outside the […]

Timbers Galaxy

Portland Timbers Give Up Late Goal, Drop Points At Home For Second Straight Week

What a funny game soccer is. A week after failing to score despite numerous chances and dominating the run of play against Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers once again ended up splitting the points with the visitor, albeit under completely different circumstances. This time around, this was not a toothless Real Salt Lake, consistently […]

Timbers RSL

Portland Timbers Draw Opener, Provide Flashes Of Better Things To Come

Portland and Real Salt Lake battled to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night, with the Timbers certainly feeling unlucky not to come away with a win. While RSL did hold a 55/45 edge in total possession, Portland dominated the run of play for huge stretches and had the far better scoring chances throughout the match. […]

Portland Timbers

Bumps And Bruises Will Define Portland Timbers’ Early Slate

Now that the owners and players have found enough common ground to avoid a work stoppage, it’s time to turn our focus to the upcoming 2015 season. The Portland Timbers kick off the 2015 campaign Saturday night at Providence Park against Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Real Salt Lake. Unfortunately for Portland, things don’t get […]

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. […]