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Timbers continue winning ways

Portland has become the best road team in the MLS
May 27, 2013

Did anyone see this coming?

The Portland Timbers owning their competition ... on the road?

A year after rarely even scoring on the road, the Timbers are the best team in Major League soccer away from their home field after a 2-0 win in Washington, D.C., over DC United Saturday.

Will Johnson and Darlington Nagbe scored and the Portland defense again proved spectacular as the Timbers improved to 5-1-7 overall for 22 points in the MLS standings.

Of the teams' 13 games, its lone loss came to Montreal at home in the second game of the season. On the road, Portland is 2-0-5 and has scored 12 goals in seven road games. Portland scored just 10 goals in 17 road games in each of its first two seasons.

In terms of goal differntial in road games, Portland ranks first with a +3 rating.

The Timbers begin play in the US Open Cup Wednesday at home against Wilmington, Del.

 

 

Timbers salvage yet another draw

Portland ralllies from another two-goal deficit to tie Colorado, 2-all
March 30, 2013

Will Johnson scored twice in the second half, including one goal on a penalty kick, to help the Portland Timbers earn a draw with the Colorado Rapids Saturday at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

Portland went down 2-0 in the 48th minute when Colorado coverted a penalty kick, but responded with Johnson's header in the 55th minute and tied the match when Johnson converted the PK 16 minutes later.

Colorado fired off 18 shots in the match, but only three were on target. Portland had nine shots, with two on goal.

 

PORTLAND 1, SEATTLE 1

Another second-half score helped the Portland Timbers avoid a loss before 40,000 fans at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.

But, it still wasn't a win.

Rodney Wallace scored on a header in stoppage time to earn the Portland Timbers another point in the MLS standings, and the opening game of the Cascadia Cup.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste sent a ball into the box that an unmarked Wallace directed to the back of the net to tie the score.

Portland (0-1-2, 2 points) has a week off before playing host to the Colorado Rapids March 30 at Jeld-Wen Field.

Wallace became the fourth different Timber to score this season.

 

 

Portland Rules Cascadia!

Jewsbury's first-half goal beats Vancouver and secures the Cascadia Cup
Oct. 21, 2012

The Portland Timbers sucked all the drama they could out of their fans Sunday before allowing them to unleash a giant sigh of relief followed by massive celebration.

Needing a win to secure the Cascadia Cup, the Timbers beat Vancouver 1-0 before 21,000 fans to secure the Cup with their first and only road win of the season.

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury scored the decisive goal in the first half and the Timbers' defense kept goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from needing to make no more than one save in the game.

The Timbers entered the match needing a win to the secure the cup, and they found the eventual game-winning goal in the 39th minute on Jewsbury’s 30-yard strike into the top right corner of the goal. Portland’s defense played well throughout the match and held Vancouver without a shot on goal during the second half to preserve the lead and secure the club’s first Cascadia Cup as an MLS side.

The Cascadia Cup, a supporters-based cup contested between Portland, Vancouver and Seattle Sounders FC, returns to the Rose City for a third time in four seasons. The Timbers won the Cascadia Cup as a second-division club in 2009 and 2010; Seattle won the Cascadia Cup in 2011.

Jewsbury scored his third goal of the season, midfielder Franck Songo’o logged his fifth assist and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made one save to earn the shutout, helping the Timbers (8-16-9, 33pts) earn their first road victory of the season in their final away contest of the campaign. The win ended an 18-match winless run on the road for the Timbers dating back to the 2011 season.

Midfielder Barry Robson and forward Camilo combined for five shots and goalkeeper Brad Knighton made two saves in the loss for Whitecaps FC (11-13-9, 42pts), who would have secured MLS’s final playoff berth with a victory.

Vancover reached the playoffs later in the day when Dalls lost to Seattle.

Jewsbury provided the heroics six minutes from halftime. Defender Steven Smith played the ball in from the left side to Songo’o with his back to goal. Songo’o laid the ball off into space just beyond the penalty area and an on-rushing Jewsbury blasted a shot from distance into the top far corner of the goal.

Ricketts recorded his only save of the match on an early shot by Camilo, a header from the top of the six-yard box off a chipped pass from Robson on the wing, in the fifth minute. The Timbers backline held Whitecaps FC to one shot on goal during the entire match, a new season low by a Timbers opponent in 2012.

The Timbers conclude their 2012 MLS season Saturday as they play host to the San Jose Earthquakes, the 2012 Supporter’s Shield winners, at JELD-WEN Field at 3 p.m.

Timbers lose big, begin prep for Vancouver

The Cascadia Cup remains in reach for Portland with a solid result in two weeks
Oct. 7, 2012

SEATTLE - Portland's grasp on the Cascadia Cup loosened Sunday with a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, but that only increased the drama for the series finale at Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 21.

Seattle's win gave it three points and a one-point lead in the annual fan-based competition between the three Northwest rivals from the NASL days.

Portland needs a win, which would be its first road victory of the season, to win the Cup.

The Timbers dropped to 7-16-9, 30 points with the loss.

Seattle, which was aided by an own goal from the Timbers, improved to 14-7-10, 52 points with the win before more than 66,000 fans.

Vancouver is 11-2-9, 42 points and holds the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. FC Dallas is at 38 pooints with two games remaining.

Following the Vancouver game, Portland finishes the season at home against San Jose, Oct. 27. The Earthquakes lead the West and are close to winning the Supporters Shield.

 

The salvation of 2012 is upon the Rose City

NO PITY CITY sets a pre-celebration event Tuesday night
Oct. 2, 2012

If ever there were a way to make a bad season better, Sunday's game in Seattle is opportunity No. 1 for the Portland Timbers.

Despite being tied for 15th in the 19-team MLS standings, the Timbers can secure the fan-based Cascadia Cup with a win or draw against the Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Portland leads the Cup standings, thanks to a win over both Seattle and the Vancouver Whitecaps to start their cup action. Since then, they've secured a draw twice against one loss.

With three games left in their season the Timbers are 7-15-9, 30 points, which puts them at eighth in the Western Conference. Seattle is 13-7-10, 49 points and ranked No. 7 in the latest MLS Power Rankings.

Sunday's game will be televised on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m., attracting national attention for being the top rivalry in Major League Soccer, something not likely to change quickly. A win or a draw would cause Seattle to hand the Cup over to Portland.

Tuesday night, the cast of No Pity City, the weekly live webcast on oregonsports.com will assess Sunday's game and the many forms of celebration fans of the Timbers may choose following a positive result Sunday.

Portland pays a visit to Vancouver Oct. 21 with another chance at securing the Cup should Sunday's game be a loss. Seattle can still maintain the Cup with a win Sunday and Portland suffering a loss at Vancouver.

Bringing the Cup to Portland would be a first for the Timbers when they've played both Seattle and Vancouver at the same level since the series began in 2004.

PAST CHAMPIONS

2011  Seattle

2010  Portland*

2009  Portland*

2008  Vancouver

2007  Seattle

2006  Seattle

2005  Vancouver

2004  Vancouver

The Cup rules are as follows:

  • Greater number of points in all Cascadia Cup matches.
  • Greater number of points earned in matches between teams tied on points.
  • Greater goal difference in matches between teams tied on points.
  • Greater number of goals scored in matches between teams tied on points.
  • Reapply previous three criteria if two or more teams are still tied.
  • Greater goal difference in all Cascadia Cup matches.
  • Greater number of goals scored in all Cascadia Cup matches.


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Timbers keep control of Cascadia with draw

Portland's Rodney Wallace strikes to salvage a 1-1 result with Seattle
Sept. 15, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The Portland Timbers' drop on the Cascadia Cup loosened significantly for about 21 minutes Saturday before Rodney Wallace scored to salvage a 1-all draw with Seattle at Jeld-Wen Field.

Playing on national television, the Timbers were poised to claim the fan-based trophy with a win, but instead settled for a tie that keeps them atop the standings that involves games between Portland, Seattle and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Wallace scored off a corner kick from Jack Jewsbury in the 78th minute to counter a Freddy Montero goal for the Sounders in minute 57 of the hard-fought game played in intense sunlight. Midfielder Diego Chara, apparently dehydrated, left the game in the 86th minute, which caused the Timbers, who had used all three substitutes, to finiish the game with just 10 players.

One of Portland's substitutions involved starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who was injured early in the second half.

Portland has road games remaining at Seattle and Vancouver with a win in either giving the team the cup for the first time when all three teams have played at the same professional level. Seattle, though, can now claim a share of the Cup with a pair of wins, regardless of what the Timbers do in their road game with Vancouver.

The Timbers improved to 7-14-8, 29 points, while Seattle is 13-6-10, 49 points and sits in second place in the Western Conference.

A win might have given the Timbers a glimpse of fifth place and a playoff spot, but Saturday's result made that a fairy tale to a season of turmoil. Portland has six games remaining - all against teams bound for the playoffs, and four of them are on the road, where it has not won.

Portland returns to action Wednesday at San Jose, which leads the West, and then Saturday at Real Salt Lake, which is battling Seattle and the LA Galaxy for second in the West.

 

 

 

Where's 'GW Out Crew' after Colorado loss?

The Timbers might not make the playoffs, but the Cascadia Cup is close
Sept. 6, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

   Imagine if the Portland Timbers had won Wednesday's game in Colorado. 

   At 30 points, with seven games, left, there might actually have been some considerable excitement about the team maybe squeezing into the playoffs, especially with one game left against Vancouver - the team in fifth place.

   And, the winless streak on the road would have been history.

   All gone.

   So the Timbers are back to where they've been all season on the road - seemingly somewhere else.

   General Manager Gavin Wilkinson had some momentum on his side entering the game with those eight points in August, having named an incoming head coach, and sending an inspired line-up onto the field game after game, regardless of the status of Kris Boyd.

   All the grumbling about GW being replaceable, just like anyone else, seemed like an early pounce on the team's savior. Calm down, Armed ones!

   What now?

   What's all that momentum matter without a win?

   So, the GW Out crew has reason to show up in force Sept. 15 when the team returns to Jeld-Wen Field for a crucial Cascadia Cup match against Seattle, a win that would wrap up the Cup for Soccer City USA.

   That's going to be a challenging game for the GW Out crew. On one hand, a Timbers win would be fantastic because it would secure the Cup. On the other hand, a loss would be great fodder for sending GW to another post in the organization, or, perhaps, another organization.

   That's going to be an entertaining game on and off the field, more than usual.

 

Is Seattle win or loss better for GW Out?

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 12:52pm
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   Imagine if the Portland Timbers had won Wednesday's game in Colorado. 

   At 30 points, with seven games, left, there might actually have been some considerable excitement about the team maybe squeezing into the playoffs, especially with one game left against Vancouver - the team in fifth place.

   And, the winless streak on the road would have been history.

   All gone.

   So the Timbers are back to where they've been all season on the road - seemingly somewhere else.

   General Manager Gavin Wilkinson had some momentum on his side entering the game with those eight points in August, having named an incoming head coach, and sending an inspired line-up onto the field game after game, regardless of the status of Kris Boyd.

   All the grumbling about GW being replaceable, just like anyone else, seemed like an early pounce on the team's savior. Calm down, Armed ones!

   What now?

   What's all that momentum matter without a win?

   So, the GW Out crew has reason to show up in force Sept. 15 when the team returns to Jeld-Wen Field for a crucial Cascadia Cup match against Seattle, a win that would wrap up the Cup for Soccer City USA.

   That's going to be a challenging game for the GW Out crew. On one hand, a Timbers win would be fantastic because it would secure the Cup. On the other hand, a loss would be great fodder for sending GW to another post in the organization, or, perhaps, another organization.

   That's going to be an entertaining game on and off the field, more than usual.

 

Finally! Timbers get a post-Spencer victory

Portland handles Vancouver 2-1 in Cascadia Cup match-up
Aug. 25, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The clouds of discontent that have covered the Portland Timbers franchise for the past six weeks finally cleared away Saturday night at the most opportune time and the team scored a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps before a sold-out crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.

Darlington Nagbe scored his third goal in three games and Franck Songo'o scored his first goal in an MLS game to snap an eight-game winless streak for Portland.

The victory is the first for the Timbers under interim coach Gavin Wilkinson, who added the role to his position as General Manager when the team fired coach John Spencer, July 9. The Timbers lost their next four games by a combined 12-3, including a 5-0 disaster at Dallas, July 21. But, recently, the team has become energized by a series of line-up adjustments that have included regualr time for forward Bright Dike, who replaced designated player Kris Boyd Saturday.

"It's a lot better than losing," Wilkinson said afterward. "We've been playing hard and have worked for this, so it's good to see we got the result we've been looking for."

Portland improved to 6-13-6, 24 points, with all of its wins coming on the home pitch. The team suits up again on Friday for a home game against Colorado, which sits one spot ahead in the Western Conference standings.

Saturday's win was even more important as it put the Timbers in the driver's seat within the Cascadia Cup. Portland is 2-0-1, seven points, with three games remaining in the fan-sponsored battle among Northwest rivals. The Timbers have three games remaining in the Cup, including a Sept. 15 home game with Seattle.

Nagbe's first-half goal continued a streak of positive results for the second-year player. His tally off assists from Jack Jewsbury and Eric Alexander in the 41st minute gave him six on the season, one behind Boyd.

After Vancouver tied the game in first-half extra time, Songo'o fired in a free kick at 55 minutes for the decisive goal.

Portland dominated much of the game, controlling possession for 53 percent of the 90 mintues and winning 57 percent of duels for the ball.

Vancouver dropped to 10-10-7, and remained at 37 points, which keeps it in the fifth and final playoff spot within the West.

The teams meet for the third and final time of the season in Vancouver, B.C., Oct. 20.

Progress without success for Wilkinson, Timbers

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It's been five weeks and seven games since Portland Timbers management fired coach John Spencer as part of a move to reinvigorate the team for a second-half run at a playoff berth.

All they've achieved, though, is a run to the bottom of the MLS standings.

Since July 14, when Portland replaced Spencer with general manager Gavin Wilkinson on an interim basis, the Timbers are 0-5-2 and lead only Toronto FC among the 19 MLS teams. They've fallen to last in the Western Conference, and have no chance at reaching the playoffs.

What's more (or less) they're at the bottom of the MLS Power Rankings, a showcase of the respect the team has generated among the league's observers.

The team traded popular goalkeeper Troy Perkins, and designated player Kris Boyd seems to play with less inspiration every game.

Can get season get worse?

Can the season get better?

If there is a better half of the season awaiting, it'll have to start Saturday when the team plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second meeting between the teams, and the third game within the Cascadia Cup, the fan-created trophy awarded to the team that scores the most points in games between Portland, Vancouver and Seattle.

With a draw against Vancouver, May 26, and a win over Seattle, June 24, the Timbers (5-13-6, 21 points) lead the chase for the Cup with two games remaining against each of the Northwest rivals.

Both Seattle (11-6-7, 40 points) and Vancouver (10-9-7, 37 points) appear headed for the playoffs, but claiming the Cascadia Cup would at least be salvaging something for the Timbers and their fans.

Taking the Cup from Seattle would be a first for Portland with all three franchises playing at the same professional level.

The recent two-game road trip to Toronto and New York produced four goals for Portland, the first time the team has scored twice on the road since it joined MLS last year.

Although the tirp produced no wins, the offense and some inspired play from across the line-up seem to show the Timbers aren't ready to simply roll up and wait for the season to conclude, although they really only have four meaningful games remaining on their schedule:

Saturday, Vancouver at Portland, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15, Seattle at Portland, 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 7, Portland at Seattle, 6 p.m.

Oct. 21, Portland at Vancouver, B.C., 6 p.m.

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