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Timbers move forward

Assertive 3-1 win over Dallas puts team closer to MLS final
Nov. 22, 2015

PORTLAND - The Portland Timbers received goals from defenders Liam Ridgewell and Nat Borchers, while midfielder Dairon Asprilla added a goal and an assist to power a 3-1 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the MLS Western Conference Championship Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.

Taking a two-goal lead on aggregate, Portland will travel to face FC Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 29, in the decisive second leg at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas; kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Pacific) with a live national broadcast on ESPN.

After several close chances in the opening few minutes, including a shot inside 30 seconds by midfielder Lucas Melano that was saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, Portland got on the scoreboard first as Ridgewell converted at the far left post off a corner kick in the 23rd minute for his first postseason goal for the Timbers. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe delivered the corner before Asprilla rose above the crowd to head the ball to Ridgewell at the far post for the go-ahead goal.

Asprilla doubled Portland’s advantage in the 53rd minute, intercepting a pass before firing a long-distance strike that hit the underside of the crossbar before settling in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute as forward David Texeira converted a glacing shot from inside the penalty box off an assist from defender Je-Vaughn Watson.

Borchers helped Portland regain its two-goal lead in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, poking in a rebound off a Timbers corner kick. Following up the initial shot from defender Norberto Paparatto, Borchers was in position to convert the rebound following a save from Gonzalez.

The Timbers registered a 13-11 advantage in total shots, including a 7-5 edge in shots on goal during the match. Portland also maintained 54 percent of the possession and pushed its unbeaten run to seven straight games (5-0-2) since Oct. 14 during the regular season, including a mark of 2-0-2 during the postseason. Additionally, Portland improved its home record against FC Dallas to 5-0-2 overall in all competitions since 2011.

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 miss out on chances

Portland gets second half sparks, but Seattle finishes 1-0 win
April 26, 2015 / Staff Report

SEATTLE, Wash. - Fanendo Adi's insertion into the Portland Timbers line-up turned into a goal almost within seconds in the Cascadia Cup duel with Seattle Sunday night.

But, a flick-on missed, then another shot went off the crossbar just moments later, and the Sounders scored a 1-0 win at CenturyLink Field on Clint Dempsey's 77th minute tally.

Dempsey tapped in a loose ball that Portland keeper Adam Kwarasey had stopped, but was attempting to gather control of after it slipped behind him - just in front of the goal line. With Kwarasey on his back reaching for the ball, Dempsey raced to the ball and connected with it first.

Portland had a goal called back due to the lone offsides call of the match midway through the second half.

The loss dropped the Timbers to 2-3-3, 9 points, while Seattle improved to 4-2-1, 13 points.

Portland plays host to Vancouver Saturday in the second Cascadia Cup meeting between the clubs this season. The Whitecaps won 2-1, March 28 in Vancouver.

In the Cup standings, Vancouver and Seattle are tied with both having a win over Portland.


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