Don Garber

It’s Time For Major League Soccer To Open Up Their Books

Major League Soccer is in the midst of an unprecedented surge of popularity. Attendance numbers continue to rise, games are being placed in more and more prominent television slots, and the overall quality of play on the field has never been better. But to continue this growth and engage more fans, MLS must become more […]

Merritt Paulson

Portland Timbers Already Reshaping Roster For 2016

While it seems like just yesterday that we were all watching the Portland Timbers celebrate their first MLS Cup, the Timbers brain trust of owner Merritt Paulson, General Manager Gavin Wilkinson, and Head Coach Caleb Porter have been hard at work re-shaping the roster in anticipation of the 2016 season. The team has already made […]


2016 MLS Player Combine Rosters Set – Four Portland Timbers U-23s Included

For the upcoming MLS Player Combine in 2016, the teams have been expertly chosen. The event will be held in Florida from January 7th until the 12th. Sixty soccer players from colleges have been divided up into four groups of 15. Still to be announced is the signings of Generation Adidas along with additional international […]

Portland Timbers forward Lucas Melano, left, of Argentina,and forward Fanendo Adi, of Nigeria, raise the trophy after defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 in the MLS Cup championship soccer game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

MLS Champion Portland Timbers Join Long-Standing Rose City Tradition

There is a curious, and long standing trend among Portland-based sports franchises, and leagues without representation in the Pacific Northwest may just want to take a hard look at the Rose City for their next franchise. Every major and minor league sports team that has landed in Portland has won a title inside of their […]


Pictures And Videos From The Portland Timbers’ Championship Parade

Portland has waited 38 years for an event like this, so of course it had to rain. But, to the fans and players celebrating the parade that ran through downtown Portland on Tuesday afternoon, it might as well been 80 degrees, blue sky and sunshine; the atmosphere was festive and joyous as any summer’s day […]

Timbers Fans

Soccer In Portland, What’s Next?

Portland, Soccer Town USA and its suburbs, are full of the same people. They grew up when field hockey was the only PE sport for girls, when Title 9 and gender equality were just around the corner. They went to college, traveled, found someone special enough to have kids with, someone who understood the connection […]


Portland Timbers’ Title Run Keyed By Depth, Defense

The Portland Timbers earned their first-ever MLS Cup Championship after defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday, much to the delight of the 2,000+ Timbers faithful who made the journey with the team and the hundreds of thousands more here in Portland watching from the Crystal Ballroom, any number of sports bars in the area, […]


The Portland Timbers – The MLS Club Fans Love To Hate?

Let the name-calling begin.  By making it to the MLS Cup, the Timbers have earned a lot of national attention this week.  And some of it isn’t so stellar.  As can be expected, the Timbers have been called a “hipster” club, begging a more creative attempt at an insult by everyone in the Portland area, […]


Portland Timbers Owner Merritt Paulson Announces That Atticus Will Attend MLS Cup

If you are a Portland Timbers fan, you will know about the Green Machine and Atticus Lane-Dupre. For those of you who have not heard of him, he is youngest who plays for the Green Machine in the youth league and was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Thanks to the Make A Wish Program, the Green […]


Rip City Warning – The Timbers Are Coming

For the last 40 years, Portland has been a Blazer town.  From its infantile stage, to its sole championship.  From the Memorial Coliseum, to the Moda Center.  And from Walton, Drexler, and Kersey, to Roy, Aldridge, and now Lillard, the Blazers have been a one-trick-pony in a one-trick-town.  But in the midst of an untimely […]

Portland Timbers

11 Moments That Led The Portland Timbers To The Brink Of A Title

The Portland Timbers are on their way to their first-ever MLS Cup finals after a 2-2 draw in Dallas on Sunday that earned them a 5-3 aggregate win after their 3-1 victory in Portland last week. In the final, the Timbers will travel to Eastern Conference champion Columbus Crew for a one-game, winner-take-all match next […]

Portland Timbers

Gratitude, Grit And Gravy

What a weekend to be a sports fan in the great Pacific Northwest.  Nothing cures a turkey coma like cheering for your team in the Oregon and Washington cross-state rivalries, right? (I get why Washingtonians call it the Apple Cup, but what’s the story behind the “Civil War” nickname, Oregonians?) Wouldn’t it have been fun […]

Portland Timbers vs Chivas USA during the MLS competition at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland Oregon, April 7, 2012.  The Portland Timbers were defeat by Chivas USA 1-2.

Virtual Reality And The Customer Experience In MLS

Professional sports front offices have a handful of goals each season: procure new talent, hang onto the veteran talent, etc.  Two of the most important goals are win and generate a loyal fanbase. Today’s sports franchises are operating as successful marketing businesses as much as they are sports teams, and Major League Soccer’s teams are […]


Portland Timbers Western Conference Finals Preview – Will Johnson’s Final Stand?

The Portland Timbers begin their Western Conference Finals home-and-home matchup against FC Dallas this Sunday at Providence Park. This series is easily the most important Portland has played since the 2013 Conference Finals matchup against Real Salt Lake, and could serve as a springboard to the city’s first male professional sports championship since 1977. According […]

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The Portland Timbers And Why We Love Sports

I have written a great deal about the Portland Timbers this season, and have made an honest attempt to do so from a dispassionate point of view.  But to attempt to pretend that the game against Sporting Kansas City wasn’t one of the most thrilling, exhausting, and ultimately rewarding experiences of my life as a […]

iPhone Apps

MLS Playoffs – How To Keep Your Fan Flag Flying The Mobile Way

I love to watch soccer.  Especially the MLS.  One problem: I don’t have TV.  Let me rephrase.  I only have streaming TV, and I’m not creative (or sneaky) enough to fool the apps on my TV into thinking I live elsewhere other than Idaho, so I just have to deal.  This becomes especially difficult around […]

Portland Timbers'  Fanendo Adi (9) celebrates his goal by jumping the fence and holding up the chainsaw for the fans during the second half of an MLS Soccer game in Portland, Ore., Sunday June 28, 2015.  Portland beat Seattle 4-1. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

MLS Western Conference Playoff Preview And Predictions

The Portland Timbers capped off a wonderful ending to their regular season on Sunday by beating the Colorado Rapids 4-1, which secured Portland third place in the Western Conference and a home playoff date with Sporting Kansas City. Even with Portland’s star Diego Valeri suspended for the game (yellow card accumulation), the Timbers’ offense continued […]

Portland Timbers

Standing (And Flying) With The Timbers Army

Last week, there was only one thing I could have told you about the Portland Timbers.  If you wear Timbers gear, you get priority boarding on Alaska Airlines flights to Portland.  I fly on Alaska pretty frequently and I’ve only ever seen a couple of people take advantage of this.  But late last Sunday night […]