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Timbers slice up Minnesota in opener

Portland pounds the expansion club 5-1 before home crowd
Staff report

PORTLAND - The Portland Timbers are going to need a bigger log if Friday's season opener was any indication of the season ahead.

Sparked by a goal in the 14th minute, and capped by three goals in the final 11 minutes of play, Portland beat expansion Minnesota United 5-1 in the season opener for both teams Friday at Providence Park.

Newcomer Lawrence Olum scored first for Portland, and Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi each talled twice as the Timbers pounded the visitors before yet another raucous, sold out crowd. The Timbers edged Minnesota 13-11 in shots, but had a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.

Both of Adi's goals were in extra time.

Portland returns to action Sunday at Los Angeles against the Galaxy, and returns home March 18 to play the Houston Dynamo.

 

 

 

Timbers have high expectations

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Is there anything close to a dynasty brewing for the Portland Timbers?

That’s one of the things fans of the team can dream about after the franchise won the Major League Soccer title in only its fifth year of play.

And, it’s brought the teams’ fans bragging rights throughout the Northwest in regards to league results. Neither Seattle or Vancouver, their Cascadia Cup rivals, have even played in the league championship since it began in 1996.

When the 2016 season begins, not only will defending the title be among dreams of fans, but winning more than just one will as well.

Looking at the history of the league, three franchises: D.C. United, Houston and the Los Angeles Galaxy have won back-to-back titles, but none has won three straight. That will be among the thoughts of fans when the team begins play March 6 with its season opener at Providence Park against the Columbus Crew, its opponent in the league finale.

US ready for playoff revision

MLS needs to finish Americanization of global football
Nov. 11, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Does anyone remember the Miracle at Providence Park? It was just two weeks ago, but the MLS Playoffs have essentially buried the excitement of the Portland Timbers' shootout victory over Kansas City in the first round of the league playoffs.

Fans owe that to the global soccer version of playoffs, which allows for each team to play a home game.

It's used across the world, and in the U.S. At least for part of the playoffs. It's time for the U.S. to complete its revamping of the world's playoff structure and ditch the home-home system.

Just play of game each round, and get to the championship game, which could be played Sunday if the league wanted.

That's a U.S. playoff system - one game with the winner moving on. U.S. football uses it, and MLS does to, at least for the first round, and then the final. The conference semis and finals are the problem, with each team getting a home game in each round. All it truly does is extend the playoffs and make them less exciting.

Get to the championship game - that's the point of the playoffs, especially with all the inter-league and national team matches going on.

If the Timbers eventually do reach the MLS Cup, it'll be nearly six weeks after the win over Kansas City because of the home-home series, and a week off for national team play. From the start of the season til the Cup, the Timbers will have played nine months starting March 7. Not even baseball, which has a 162-game regular season, plays that long.

MLS already has a U.S. version of regular season play, which separates the league into two conferences rather than one full table. And, there's no relegation/promotion with the next level league. So, it's a U.S. version of soccer. The playoffs are the final step to Americanizing the global game, which the league needs to do to capture the excitement of games like Portland's win at Providence Park, Oct. 29, 2015.

 

 

Timbers right in playoff hunt

After a home draw with KC, Portland remains among to six in the West
Sept. 10, 2015 / Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - With a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City Wednesday, the Portland Timbers remained tied for fifth place in the Western Conference and within striking distance of the league's top record.

They just need to score some goals for that to happen.

Portland continued its season-long struggle to score with the outcome, which combined aggressive offense with determined defense. The Timbers outshot the visitors 18-8 on the night and had eight on target, but KC goalkeeper Tim Melia had a career-high seven saves in the match with one shot being stopped by a defender. Portland finished with an 8-2 edge in shots on goal with much of the offense being sparked by midfielder Diego Valeri.

Overall, the Timbers improved to 11-9-8, 41 points, entering a game Sept. 20 at Providence Park against the New York Red Bulls, who lead the East with 45 points and 45 goals.

Portland is last amongst the 12 current playoff teams in both conferenses, with just 29 in 28 games. The other 11 teams have each scored at least 34 goals. Only one team: the Colorado Rapids; have scored fewer goals - 26. The Rapids are last in the West.

The Timbers remained last in the league in first-half goals with just seven.

San Jose sits just two points behind both Portland and Kansas City with 39 points.

Vancouver leads the league with 48 points with six games remaining.

 

Thorns can use a boost

Portland hasn't won in a month heading into home match
June 19, 2015

In spite of having one of the top rosters in women's club soccer, the Portland Thorns are mired in the thrill of the World Cup.

Having a top roster has been a challenge for the team as its top players have been called up to national team duty, and are central figures on each of their squads as they play against one another in group action that began Friday.

Christine Sinclair, Nadine Angerer, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan - all gone from the Thorns' roster. In their place, Portland has resorted to a relatively untested squad, including amatuer players in a number of matches.

The result has been a winless streak that began April 25 with a 2-all draw at Chicago. The following five matches included two draws and three losses, and the team has scored just one goal in its past four matches. With the results, the Thorns sit in eighth place in the nine-team National Women's Soccer League after eight of their 20-game regular season.

The good news for Thorns fans is the team sits just two points out of third place, and they have outshot opponents in most of their matches.

Portland (2-3-3, 9 points) plays host to Kansas City (2-4-1, 10 points) tonight at Providence Park.

The Thorns' last win came April 18 at home against Western New York, and the team is 2-1-0 in home matches. Three of their next four matches are at home.

 

 

 

 

Timbers flattened at home

Orlando City's energy ends up in a 2-0 victory over Portland
April 12, 2015 / Staff report

PORTLAND - An ugly game turned into an ugly result Sunday as the Portland Timbers lost 2-0 to expansion Orlando City at Providence Park.

The Timbers, who hadn't lost at home in seven consecutive games, gave up a goal in each half - the second coming on a penalty kick by Kaka.

With the result, Portland dropped to 1-2-3, 6 points on the season, with a road game at the New York Red Bulls next Sunday, followed by a Cascadia Cup match at Seattle, April 26.

Orlando City improved to 2-2-2, 8 points.

Cyle Larin scored in the 30th minute to put Orlando City up a goal, and then Kaka added the PK after Portland keeper Adam Kwarasey was called for a penalty in the box. Kwarasey initially blocked the attempt, but Kaka was given a second attempt after two Timbers were ruled to have been in the penalty box before the kick went off.

Portland led the game in time of possession, shots, shots on goal and even crossing passes, but was widely viewed as being far less energetic than the visiting side.

 

Timbers finally break into win column

Portland's 3-1 win over Dallas shows off offense, defense, resiliency
April 4, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - Like an oil well awaiting to be discovered, the Portland Timbers finally found their way into the win column with an explosive 3-1 win over FC Dallas Saturday night before a sold-out crowd at Providence Park.

Nat Borchers, Maximiliano Urruti and Diego Chara all scored for the Timbers, who had one loss and three draws in their previous MLS regular season games. Portland's record defied its offensive play in particular as it was the league leader in chances created and second in shots on goal entering the game.

"The weight's been lifted," Portland coach Caleb Porter said afterward. "Now we can work on accumulating points and go on a run."

The Timbers (1-1-3, 6 points) have a week off before playing at home against Orlando City, April 12.

Dallas dropped to 3-1-1, 10 points.

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Borchers, who had souvenir handouts with his head on them showing across the stadium, opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a header off a corner kick by Jorge Villafana.

Dallas responded six minutes later with a goal by Tesho Akindele.

Urruti boosted Portland back in front in th 62nd minute, taking a cross from Dairon Asprilla and flicking it just past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

The Timbers added an insurance goal on a viscous counterattack by Chara, who beat Seitz in a one-on-one duel at the Dallas 20.

 

 

West leading Dallas just what the Timbers need

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:33am
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PORTLAND - After four games the Portland Timbers are just three points shy of the third spot in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. Trouble is, that's a big three points as it equates a victory.

So far, the Timbers have been victory-challenged, turning in four solid performances that turned into three draws and a frustrating loss at Vancouver Saturday.

Portland has scored three goals during the season, and given up four, but two of those were in the 90th minute or stoppage time, including Saturday's game-winner.

Vancouver won 2-1 in the first of six games that make up the Cascadia Cup between the Timbers, Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.

A victory this week would be a huge lift as Saturday's opponent is Dallas FC, which leads the Western Conference with 10 points in four games.

Dallas has scored six times, and given up a league-low one goal amongst teams that have scored at least one goal. Colorado has given up no goals, but also scored none, settling for three draws.

Saturday's game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Portland's offense has been centered around forward Fanendo Adi, who has all three goals, which has him tied for first in the league with four other players. One of those players is Blas Perez of Dallas.

The Timbers appear ready for a breakout game offensively. They lead the league in corner kicks with 26, and are second in shots-on-goal with 18, trailing only Vancouver with 20.

Timbers open season with draw

Portland dominates the stats, but can't score against Real Salt Lake
March 7, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The Portland Timbers showed they will be a team with plenty of heart and hustle in their season opener Saturday night. Now, they just need to show off they can score and win.

In an entertaining, but eventually frustrating performance, the Timbers finished in a 0-0 tie with Real Salt Lake in the Major League Soccer opening round before another sold-out crowd at Providence Park.

Portland outshot the visitors 18-9, had an 11-0 edge in corner kicks and played defense that allowed goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey to stay upright the entire evening.

“I love how we played,” Portland coach Caleb Porter said afterward. “That’s why it’s so frustrating that we didn’t win.

“I don’t know how we didn’t win that game.”

Both teams managed a point, and face each other again Aug. 15 in Salt Lake City.

Portland returns to action March 15 at home against the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy.

Both teams showed some midseason emotion in the first half, when there were three yellow cards handed out. The Timbers had three solid chances to score, including a header by Aspirilla that missed wide by only a foot in the 29th minute.

But no goals.

Portland dominated most of the second half with its energy and solid passing - leading 12-3 at one point in shots. Midfielder Rodney Wallace played a significant role in the offense with four shots, two more than starting forward Fanendo Adi.

Kwarasey made two saves.

Portland finished last year with 13 draws out of 34 games, one of five teams to finish with more draws than wins. Only one of the teams, Vancouver, reached the playoffs, and they were fifth in the Western Conference.

 

Ridesharing arrives in Portland

LYFT offers free rides throughout metro area

While traditional transportation companies battle to preserve their market, the future of door-to-door cab service simply won't be the same regardless of how much taxi companies revolt.

The reality of getting a cab simply by opening an app on a phone and requesting a ride is too hard to deny as the way of the future.

Both Uber and Lyft have landed in Portland in 2015, and are working with the City Council to remain in the metro area.

While Uber, the more established company - having started in San Francisco in 2009, reached Portland first, opening its service in April, Lyft is working to expand its marketshare, primarily promoting a $20 free ride for first-time riders, who install the Lyft App and use the promo code MRLYKF as payment for the first ride.

 

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