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Timbers roar again

Stoppage-time goal beats San Jose 1-0 for record win
July 5, 2015

PORTLAND - The Portland Timbers will not be denied on their home field.

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury registered the game-winning goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time and the Timbers tied an MLS-club record with their fifth consecutive home win, 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in front of a sellout crowd of 21,144 fans on Sunday night at Providence Park.

The Timbers (9-6-4, 31 points) outshot San Jose (7-6-4, 25 points) 23-7, including 7-2 on goal, while earning their fifth consecutive home win at Providence Park since May 27.

The five-game streak equals the team’s streak of five straight home wins from April 14-May 21, 2011, the team’s first five home matches in the inaugural MLS season in 2011.

In stoppage time, midfielder Diego Valeri delivered a free kick from the left edge of the penalty box that found midfielder Gastón Fernández in front of goal. Fernández’s first touch popped the ball into the air on the left side of the goal and Jewsbury was in position to loft a left-footed effort over goalkeeper David Bingham from a tight angle for the winning goal. The win marked Portland’s sixth victory in their last seven regular-season matches and moved the side to within one point of the top spot in the Western Conference standings.

Controlling the flow of the match, the Timbers maintained 61 percent of the possession, while completing 85 percent of their 454 total pass attempts – compared to San Jose’s 70 percent passing accuracy on 291 attempts. For a second consecutive match, Portland attempted more than 20 shots as Valeri finished with a team-high six attempts, including three shots on goal. Defensively, the Timbers registered their eighth clean sheet of the season, and fifth shutout in their last six home games at Providence Park. Portland has conceded just one goal at home since May 2.

Looking for the early opening goal, defender Jorge Villafaña had a low drive parried away by Bingham in the 19th minute and Valeri saw a well-struck volley from distance smothered in the 27th minute. Nearing the end of the first half, Valeri got in behind the San Jose defense and put a shot into the back of the net, but the goal was called back as Valeri was in an offside position when he received the initial pass. Moments later, midfielder Will Johnson fired a long-range shot just wide of the right post.

As Portland pushed for the late game-winner, defender Norberto Paparatto delivered a solid header on goal off a corner kick, only to see Bingham catch the attempt in the 81st minute. With three minutes remaining in regulation, the Timbers appeared to have tallied the game-winning goal as Fernández deposited a header into the back of the net off a pinpoint cross from defender Alvas Powell, but the goal was disallowed as Fernández was judged to be offside.

Next up, the Timbers take to the road to face the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, July 11, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.; kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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.

Highlighting the Timbers' stretch run

It's a time for tension to make the 2012 roster, but not everyone feels it
Sept. 28, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

With four games left on their schedule, the Portland Timbers are out of the MLS playoff hunt, but they still have plenty to play for starting with the Cascadia Cup.

The Timbers return to action Saturday night when they play host to DC United at Jeld-Wen Field at 7:30 p.m.

The two teams have played through very different seasons: DC (15-10-5, 50 points) is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference and has won its last three games, while the Timbers (7-15-8, 29 points) will be seeking their first win in nearly a month.

Portland last scored a W and collected three points in the overall standings on Aug. 31, with a 1-0 victory over Colorado.

While they haven't won since August, the Timbers have shown the kind of resilience that might make supporters hopeful for a significant turnaround next season, which is even showcased in the MLS Power Rankings. Tuesday, the Timbers were ranked No. 15 of the 19 teams, having escaped the bottom spot where they were located in August. DC, despite being in the playoff race, is ranked No. 11.

After Saturday, Portland closes the season at Seattle, Oct. 7, at Vancouver, Oct. 21, and at home against San Jose, Oct. 27.

The team's players head into Saturday's game with three themes: stay poised to win the Cascadia Cup (Seattle and Vancouver play Saturday), get a win, and expose themselves to the coaching staff as the offseason approaches. It's a different view for each player.

Portland's roster is filled with young players - 20 of the 32 players on the current roster are 25 or younger - and want to grab valuable playing time as the offseason approaches.

Jack Jewsbury, one of the team's most experienced players, said that while keeping an eye on maintaining a roster spot for next season is part of the stretch run, getting a win is the more valuable element and the energy the younger players have shown is helpful to that.

"It's a good thing to have those players that you can look at and say 'hey in a few years they going to be some of the best players in the league," he said, "but in this business it's also about right now, and what we've been doing as of late, the way we've been dominating games, is good to see."

David Horst, one of the team's older players at age 26, said the tension that might surround a team of younger players hasn't materialized.

"When you get too much tension on a team, guys start getting after each other a little bit, but I haven't seen much of that at all with this team," he said. "Despite out record, the team's had great chemistry. I've seen teams that when they have a season like we're having they fall apart completely, but our team hasn't.

"It's definitely a positive. A lot of guys have matured, their games have matured ... it makes every single one of us better for next year."

Assistant coach Sean McAuley said this week that the level of experience isn't going to be that much of a factor in determinining the lineup for Saturday.

"I don't care whose name is on the back of the shirt," he said, "I care about what's on the front of the shirt and that the guys we have on the field are giving their maximum effort so we can get the result we want."





Timbers finally occupy the goal, draw 1-1

Jewsbury gets a slice against Dallas to end scoreless streak
Aug. 5, 2012

It might have taken a scortching day to warm up the Portland Timbers, but it finally happened Sunday at Jeld-Wen Field.

Jack Jewsbury powered home a shot in the 79th minute to help Portland forge a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in 90-degree heat.

The win boosted the Timbers to 5-12-5, 20 points, with their first goal in four games and first point in six contests.

A goal by Dallas forward Scott Sealy in the 51st minute – beautifully assisted by midfielders Brek Shea and David Ferreira – had Dallas in line for their second consecutive victory over Portland before a Zach Loyd red card gave the Timbers a man edge for most of the second half.

After a dour first half that didn’t see much except some rough challenges and one sterling save each from Troy Perkins and Kevin Hartman, things came to life just on the other side of halftime.

After Julian De Guzman fluffed a perfect look two minutes in, Ferreira, Shea and Sealy combined to give the visitors the lead four minutes later. Shea, making his first appearance since July 18, snuck past a flat-footed Portland backline to get onto the end of Ferreira’s perfectly-weighted through ball. He then squared for Sealy, who had a simple tap-in for his second goal of the season.

Less than 60 seconds later, however, FCD were down to 10 men when Loyd was send off for dragging down Portland’s Franck Songo'o, his second yellow of the game. At that point, it became the Kevin Hartman show.

The veteran ‘keeper posted a series of highlight-reel saves in the second half, turning away Songo’o in the 62nd, Bright Dike in the 68th and Danny Mwanga in the 78th minute. But the Timbers continued to press, and Jewsbury was in the right place at the right time to get onto the end of a Hartman punch-out, lacing a left-footed volley that evened the score in the 79th.

The result allowed Dallas to inch ahead of Colorado and into a tie with Chivas USA for sixth place with 26 points from 24 games. FCD host Colorado next Saturday.

Portland remains in the conference cellar with 20 points from 23 games, but snapped their five-game losing streak. They’ll have next weekend off before traveling to Toronto on Aug. 15.

Another No. 1 bites the dust

Timbers beat another top-ranked team, this time San Jose, 2-1
July 3, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

For the second time this season, the Portland Timbers showed off they can play with the best teams in the league - at home, and beat San Jose 2-1 Tuesday night at Jeld-Wen Field.

Danny Mwanga, brought in for his scoring just a month ago, and Jack Jewsbury, moved from midfield to the backline earlier in the year, both scored to highlight a dazzling effort from a team that got pounded at Colorado just three days earlier.

The win gave Portland (5-7-4, 19 points) three much-need points in the Western Conference against a San Jose team (11-4-3, 36 points) ranked No. 1 in the MLS Power Rankings and coming off a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy played before more than 50,000 fans.

"They're the hottest team in the league, so this is a great win for us," Portland coach John Spencer said. "Playing at home, in this environment puts so much energy in our guys. It really makes a huge difference in our play."

Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on April 21 when KC entered No. 1 and the Timbers had just lost 3-1 at Los Angeles to fall to 1-4-1.

Most observers expected the Timbers to lose Tuesday night, especially after Saturday's loss that dropped the team from No. 16 to 18 in the league rankings, ahead of only FC Dallas.

"We knew coming in that we had some things to prove, and we needed to show that on the field," Jewsbury said. "It feels great to have played the way we played and got a win over such a strong team."

Next up, Portland plays at Real Salt Lake, which is second in the Western Conference standings at 10-6-2, 32 points, and ranked No. 4.

Mwanga, acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, scored off an assist by Frank Songo'o in the 29th minute, ending a scoreless streak of more than a year for the former Jefferson High and Oregon State standout.

Jewsbury added a score in the 59 minute, finishing a wild play in front of the San Jose goal that started off a Portland free kick.

San Jose got a score from Alan Gordon in the 74th minutes, but could not get another quality shot toward Portland keeper Troy Perkins.

The Timbers improved to 5-2-2 at home, where they've scored 14 of their 16 total goals this season.

Timbers might need 'Captain Jack' on defense

Portland's defense seems ready for Jewsbury; women's soccer emerges
May 2, 2012

There's more line-up changes headed for the Portland Timbers roster, most likely because of injury.

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins is unlikely to play as is defender Steve Purdy.

That sets up reserve Joe Bendik to start in goal, and Jack Jewsbury possibly moving from midfield to right back if news from Thursday's closed practice becomes a reality.

Jewsbury, who has not played defender in Portland, praticed at right back, according to at least one reporter who was able to view the practice.

If Jewsbury does move to the backline, he would be the ninth player to start on defense.

In addition, striker Mike Fucito, a recent acquisition from Montreal, is a possible starter on the frontline.

Portland plays host to Columbus Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Timbers will be looking to not only score on offense for the first time in five halves, but score in both halves of a game for the first time this season.

The Timbers (2-5-2, 7 points) enter the game at No. 18 in the MLS Power Rankings of the league's 19 teams. Columbus (2-4-1, 7 points) is No. 17.

In other news, the Timbers have agreed to support a women's team in Portland.

The Portland Rain, which has been in Portland for four seasons, will return to the WPSL this summer with support from the Timbers.





Lead doesn't stand up again for Timbers

Portland finally scores first, but Chivas USA rallies in the second half for 2-1 win
April 7, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Heading into something of a must-win Saturday night, the Portland Timbers got the result they were looking for - for about 20 minutes.

Forward Kris Boyd put home his second goal of the season in the 16th minute, to not only make good on his record as a goal scorer, but also break the trend of the Timbers falling behind.

After that, though, Chivas USA, one of the league's lowly teams, dominated the match and left Jeld-Wen Field with a 2-1 win, handing the Timbers their third straight loss, and second consecutive loss at home.

"We just seemed to play nervous," Portland coach John Spencer said afterward. "Even when we went up 1-0, we still seemed nervous. We just didn't have enough guys standing up and doing what they need to do as professionals to win. That's very disappointing."

The Timbers dropped to 1-3-1, 4 points and play at the defending league champion LA Galaxy (1-3-0, 3 points) on Saturday in a battle to escape the Western Conference cellar.

Portland entered Saturday's game having lost to Real Salt Lake 3-2 last week, giving up two goals in the final 3 minutes of official time. RSL leads the West at 5-1-0, 15 points, having lost only to Chivas USA.

Boyd's goal came after Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy crashed into a teammate while trying to pull down a long pass and the ball landed in front of Boyd for an easy follow to the goal. The goal was the team's first first-half goal of the season and first time it had led 1-0.

But, Chivas began to rally thereafter, and effectively took Portland apart in the second half after Ryan Smith entered at midfield at the start of the second half. He delivered the pass to teammate Alejandro Moreno, who beat Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins to tie the game at 48 minutes. The goal was only the team's second of the season, the first having come during a 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake.

Chivas scored the winner off another assist by Smith, who found Nick LaBrocca with cross that he finished in the 82nd minute, a goal that stunned the Timbers crowd.

Chivas earned three yellow cards during the match, including one on Smith for a foul and one on James Riley for time wasting in the 89th minute. The cards didn't stop the team from improving to 2-3-0, 6 points.

Timbers head for key point to early season

It's only Game 5, but a visit from Chivas USA is a must-win
April 5, 2012 / By Mike Donovan, oregonsports.com

There are no such thing as must-win games five games into a 32-game season. However, a Portland Timbers victory versus Chivas USA on Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field would right a ship that appears shaky after two straight defeats.

In all four games this season, the Timbers have conceded the first goal and failed to score in the first half. The team has also given up at least one goal in every match its played this season.

To turn things around against the Goats, Portland will need to pester a surprisingly tough Chivas defense, which has allowed just three goals in its four matches. Darlington Nagbe, who received votes for both MLS player of the week and player of the month, has been a star when playing in the center of the field and could be the catalyst that breaks Chivas hot defensive start.

Chivas USA is led by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who is tied for the league lead in saves with 16. Other key players for Chivas USA are former Sounder James Riley and rookie forward Casey Townsend, who has scored the lone goal this season for the club.

Former league MVP Juan Pablo Angel is listed as doubtful with concussion symptoms and has been held out of previous matches in Portland due to his dislike of turf fields.

Despite a poor scoring rate for Chivas to start the season, the Timbers will need to solidify a backline that has appeared shaky at times this season. Whether it is due to skill or lack of communication, Portland has given up quite a few preventable goals in 2012.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste has stepped in gamely as the second centerback, however none of the four starting defenders have been without faults to start the season.

The Timbers will look to repeat some of their defensive results from last season that saw goalkeeper Troy Perkins earn a MLS-career high nine shutouts.

The Timbers starting lineup will likely depend on the health and game fitness of Franck Songo’o and Kalif Alhassan. If either is ready to start on Saturday, it is likely that Nagbe will start at striker. If not, look for Nagbe to start the game on the wing and maybe switch with center midfielder Diego Chara during the course of the game.

In addition to players that were injured prior to last week’s loss to Real Salt Lake, the Timbers will likely be without usual substitute James Marcelin, who has a hamstring strain.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 on Saturday.

Check out OregonSports.com and NoPityCity.blogspot.com for coverage of the match. For in-game coverage, head to twitter.com/TheMikeDonovan

Portland plans to rain on Union

Timbers Army readies for harsh weather as MLS Opener hits Soccer City USA
March 12, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

A year after opening their Major League Soccer home schedule in a constistend downpour, the Portland Timbers and their loyal fanbase might get another challenge from Mother Nature.

Wind and rain are expected tonight at the Timbers play host to the Philadelphia Union at Jeld-Wen Field.

The game, set for a 6:30 p.m. start, will be televised by ESPN2.

Portland played its expansion home opener on April 11 last year, beating Chicago 4-2 in a game that began with the Timbers Army singing the National Anthem. The Timbers Army is expected to sing the anthem again tonight.

Portland's roster has been bolstered by a number of off-season signings, led by the Scottish Premier League's all-time leading scorer, Kris Boyd, in February. Boyd scored just seven minutes into his first preseason game last week,

Portland had been viewed as an underdog to reach the 10-team league playoffs, but moved up considerably according to Sports Illustrated columnist Grant Wahl following preseason results. Wahl had Portland picked for sixth just two weeks ago, but moved the Timbers to fourth in the Western Conference on Friday.

Philadelphia, Wahl write, is picked for eighth in the Eastern Conference.



Countdown to opener begins with rain

Timbers players get into groove for Monday's game with Philly
March 10, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

With the Major League Soccer season set to begin in Portland on Monday, the weather at Jeld-Wen Field shifted to remind those involved with the team about the team's opener last season.

"Yes, I remember that pretty good," Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury said following a light workout. "You don't get to play in weather like that too often."

Portland beat Chicago 4-2 in a constant rain on April 14, a game that started the team toward a playoff run that came up just short in the final two weeks. Along the way, the Timbers fanned the flames of the community's passion for the game and will face Philadelphia Monday at 6:30 p.m. with the goal of playing into the playoffs and beyond.

Several international additions, most notably Kris Boyd from Scotland, have bolstered the roster as the team's second season readies to start.


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