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. […]

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 […]

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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 […]