Kris Boyd

Timbers road blues continue in Los Angeles

Chivas USA gets an early goal and holds on for 1-0
July 18, 2012

Better effort. Same result.

in their first road game under coach Gavin Wilkinson, the Portland Timbers once again failed to score and lost 1-0 to Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Miller Bolanos tapped in a cross in the 16th minute for Chivas and the home team's defense produced a shutout for the third consecutive game, which started a four-game swing for the Timbers against the team directly ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

Portland (5-10-4, 19 ponits) plays at FC Dallas (4-10-7, 19 points) on Saturday.

The Timbers went scoreless for the seventh time in nine road contests, having last scored on the road on April 14 in the first half of a game with the LA Galaxy. Leading 1-0 in the second half, Portland faltered and lost 3-1. The past two road games, the Timbers lost 3-0.

Portland lost to the Galaxy 5-3 on Saturday.

Following Saturday's game at Dallas, Portland has home games with both Dallas and Chivas. First, the Timbers play a friendly with Aston Villa of the English Premier League on Tuesday.

The goal for Bolanos was his first career score and only the team's 12th goal of the season, which remained the league's fewest goals. But, it boosted Chivas to 6-7-5, 23 points in their first-ever day game during the week. In their past four games, Chivas is 2-0-2 and has given up just one goal. Chivas, which moved into sixth place in the Western Conference, plays the Galaxy Saturday. A win would move it just a point behind the Galaxy in the race for fifth place and a playoff spot.

Portland countered by firing off 14 shots - 14 more than their loss at Colorado two weeks ago, and two on goal, both of which were easy saves by Dan Kennedy. The team had several chances that missed the net by less than a yard.





Beckham blowout at Jeld-Wen

LA Galaxy roll through Portland, 5-3
July 14, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,


The event fans came to see happened Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field, it just didn't have the outcome most were hoping for.

In their first game under coach Gavin Wilkinson, the Portland Timbers gave up four goals in the opening 35 minutes and eventually lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS action.

International superstar David Beckham scored twice after Portland had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick and Robbie Keane scored two goals for the Galaxy.

The five goals were the most Portland has given up this season.

Kris Boyd scored twice, and Kosuke Kimura scored his first goal in his second game in a Timbers uniform and first at Jeld-Wen and a sold-out crowd of 20,438..

The loss dropped Portland to 5-8-4, 19 points, and kept them from moving to within a points of the Galaxy in the race for fifth place in the Western Conference and a playoff berth. The Timbers take to the road for games Wednesday at Chivas USA in Los Angeles and then to Dallas Saturday.




Another must-win greets Timbers, fans

Portland gets a visit from league-leading San Jose Tuesday
July 1, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Don't call it a comeback, unless there is a comeback - which is where the Portland Timbers seem to be again with their season.

Following a disastrous, 3-0 loss at Colorado, Portland returns to the friendly confines of Jeld-Wen Field to face San Jose Tuesday night, with San Jose entering the stadium as the top team in Major League Soccer.

Portland is 4-7-4, 16 points, and has scored 14 goals this season. San Jose is 11-3-3, 36 points, has scored 35 goals, and is coming off a 4-3 win over the LA Galaxy that's being touted as one of the league's best-ever matches.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Portland has faced a must-win scenario before, and performed beautifully. On April 21, the Timbers played host to Kansas City, then ranked No. 1 in the league, just a week after a disastrous 3-1 loss at Los Angeles and won 1-0 - only their second win of the season at the time.

Then, on June 24, Portland hammered Seattle 2-1, a week after an uninspiring 1-0 loss at Los Angeles.

At 16 points, the Timbers are eighth in the Western Conference, ahead of just FC Dallas. But, they're just three points behind Chivas USA and six points behind fifth-place Colorado, and have a game in hand over every team in the West.

And, Portland is 4-2-2 at home and enters the game at 2-1-2 in its last five contests. San Jose is 4-1-0 over the same span.


Timbers pull off a stunner at Jeld-Wen

After a month of disappointment, Portland beats Seattle 2-1
June 24, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

In another must-win game at home against an imposing foe, the Portland Timbers pulled off an unforseen 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders in an MLS match Sunday at Jeld-Wen Field.

Having lost to an amatuer team in U.S. Open Cup play three weeks ago, and then to the LA Galaxy last week to fall into last place in the Western Conference, the Timbers outhustled their Cascadia Cup rivals from Washington through the opening 45 minutes, which ended with a 2-0 lead, then survived a foul-plagued second half.

Kris Boyd scored his fifth goal on the season and David Horst scored his first goals as the Timbers improved to 4-6-4, 16 points, with all four wins coming on their home turf.

"It was a tremendous performance, especially in the first half," Portland coach John Spencer said. "I'm very happy with the win and the three points."

Seattle, which got a goal from Eddie Johnson, dropped to 7-5-4, 25 points, and remained without a win in league play since May 9.

Portland plays at Colorado, 6-8-1, 19 points, Saturday. The Timbers moved out of last place in the West with the win.

The Timbers fell into last place primarily because other teams passed them, namely the defending league champion Galaxy. Portland, once rated No. 18 of the league's 19 teams, had seemed to have its season back on a positive track after going 2-1-3 beginning with a 1-0 win over league-leading Kansas City, April 21, at Jeld-Wen - the first of its must-win games.

But, after a 1-1 draw with Vancouver, May26, the Timbers fell 1-0 to Cal FC, an amatuer club, in U.S. Open play - at home - and then struggled mightily at Los Angeles last week, causing plenty of commentary all week about the level of effort from players in support of their coach. They took care of those comments from the opening kick, simply outhustling the Sounders across the field for 45 minutes.

"It's part of playing for a club that expects results," said Boyd, who came to Portland prior to the seaosn as the all-time leading scorer in Scotland's Premier League. "I've been in that environment my whole career and it's no different here.

"We definitely didn't want to be isolated at the bottom of the league, so we needed the three points and needed to put forth the effort to make that happen."

Portland took the lead in the Cascadia Cup standings with the win with four points, which leads the Souders and Whitecaps by two points.

The teams combined to make Sunday's game entertaining from the outset with Seattle firing off 15 shots, while Portland had 13. Of the 28 shots, 17 were from inside the penalty box.

Both teams had a player sent off in extra time at the end of the second half. Fredy Montero of Seattle, then Lovel Palmer of Portland were sent off by referee Ricardo Salazar for fighting.

Seattle, which won five straight games earlier and led the Western Conference on May 19, has not scored twice in a game since the 2-all tie with Vancouver, May 19. In their last seven games, the Sounders are 0-4-3.

"Seattle can talk a good game, like anyone, but they're in the a pretty tough situation," Boyd said. "They haven't won in six or seven games.

"It feels good to win a big game like this, but it's over and now we have to look forward to preparing for Colorado."


One point never hurt so good

Portland ties Vancouver, but misses a big opportunity
May 26, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

A month ago, a tie with Vancouver might have seemed like a favorable outcome for the Portland Timbers, but it wasn't Saturday night.

The Timbers scored on the field for the second-straight game, but gave up a goal in the final six minutes and settled for a draw before 20,438 fans at Jeld-Wen Field.

Kris Boyd scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year in the 67th minute to give the Timbers a 1-0 lead, and Jorge Perlaza appeared to have drawn a foul in the penalty box a short time later, but there was no call and Vancouver survived and achieved its fourth draw of the season.

"This is a very frustrating outcome because I feel like we were the better team," Portland coach John Spencer said.

Portland scored a draw for the fourth time this season, which finished its first month in Major League Soccer without a loss. Portland is 3-5-4, 13 points, and is 1-0-3 in its last four games. The Timbers have scored just three goals in that span, but solid defense has not only moved the team from last place in the Western Conference, but into a tie for seventh after FC Dallas lost to Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Vancouver is fourth at 5-3-4, 19 points.

The match was the first for Portland int he Cascadia Cup, the annual competition run by fans in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle. Vancouver tied Seattle 2-all last week. The Timbers have three weeks off from MLS games before playing at Los Angeles, June 17, and then plays host to Seattle, June 24.



Timbers finally get on board goal train

Brunner's goal, Boyd cross lift Portland past Chicago 2-1
May 20, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

The 2012 season changed dramatically for the Portland Timbers with just one goal Sunday.

Defender Eric Brunner popunded home a loose ball from 5 yards out in the first half and Portland scored again in the second half for a 2-1 victory over Chicago in MLS action at Jeld-Wen Field.

Brunner's goal ended a streak of nine halves without a score for the team, which has sat in the bottom of the Western Conference standings for weeks. But, Brunner's goal, coupled with an own goal scored by Fire midfielder Logan Pause off a searing Kris Boyd header in the second half, moved the Timbers past the Los Angeles Galaxy and within reach of the middle of the pack in the West.

"This was a huge win for us, especially with some of the results from around the league this weekend," Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins said. "With this win, and some good results in the next couple games, we're right back in the thick of things."

Portland improved to 3-5-3, 12 points, heading into a home game with Vancouver Saturday. Vancouver, which moved up to MLS last year along with the Timbers, is 5-3-3, 18 points after a 2-2 tie with Seattle Saturday.

The Timbers play a friendly with Spanish club Valencia C.F. Wednesday.

Chicago dropped to 4-3-3, 15 points.

Brunner found the net in the 20th minute, which set off an explosive celebration at Jeld-Wen from the Timbers Army. The goal was the team's first since the first half of a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles, April 14, and the first at home since April 7.

Die-hard fans had resorted to everything from eating odd meals to prayer circles in order to inspire the team to break its scoreless streak.

Brunner's goal came off a corner kick and had assists from Boyd and Hanyer Mosquera. The goal was the first for the team at the South End of Jeld-Wen this season, and gave the team only its fifth different scorer.

Chicago answered in the 39th minute when Jalil Anibaba took a short pass from Marco Pappa and scored from 10 yards out past Perkins, who hadn't given up a goal since Los Angeles.

Portland got the game winner in the 52nd minute also off a corner, when Sal Zisso powered the ball directly at Boyd, who flicked the ball off the right side of his head into the center of the goal mouth, where Pause was located. Boyd, who hasn't scored since Los Angeles, celebrated the goal, although it went into the books as an own goal - the second scored by a Timbers opponent this season. Both own goals were created by Boyd - Sporting Kansas City having scored off a Boyd cross in their April 21 game at Jeld-Wen.

The second goal broke a streak of 16-straight games in which the Timbers hadn't scored in both halves.





Timbers struggle in loss at Montreal

A week later, Portland plays nothing like it did against KC
April 28, 2012

With a two-game win streak just waiting for the taking, the Portland Timbers floundered mightily in Montreal and lost 2-0 to the expansion Impact in an MLS game Saturday afternoon.

Montreal, which had just one win in 10 meetings with the Timbers during their days in the United Soccer Leagues, scored twice in the final 14 minutes to score only its second win in nine games.

Montreal's win, though, moved it to 2-5-2, 8 points, which is right in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings.

Portland, which beat MLS leader Sporting KC last week 1-0, fell to 2-5-1, 7 points, good for last place in the nine-team Western Conference. The Timbers were shut out for only the second time this season, both games on the road against teams they were expected to beat.

The Timbers got just two shots from starting forwards Kris Boyd and Jorge Perlaza and had only 46 percent of possession during the game.

Montreal scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute and on a beautiful pass fromDavy Arnaud to Sinisa Ubiparipovic in the 84th minute.

Bioth goals were scored on back-up keeper Joe Bendik, who entered in the 63rd minute after starter Troy Perkins took a cleat to the face while chasing a loose ball.

Portland plays host to Columbus Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Timbers, fans find relief in 1-0 win over KC

Jeld-Wen's magic shows up as Portland upsets league leaders
April 21, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

A victory the Portland Timbers basically had to have happened Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.

Behind an own goal on a cross set up by forward Kris Boyd, the Timbers handed Sporting KC its first loss of the season and ended a four-game winless streak of its own.

The win improved the team to 2-4-1, 6 points, with a game at expansion Montreal next Saturday.

"This is a big relief," Timbers coach John Spencer said afterward. "We've had some bad luck in games, but we have a lot of talent on this team and we showed that.

"We're a very good team when we play like we can."

Portland's win also ended a streak of three consecutive games in which it lost after taking a lead, and was the first shutout for goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who had nine last season.

The goal continued the team's streak of only scoring into the North End net.

Kansas City, which beat Vancouver on Wednesday 3-1, fell to 7-1-0, 21 points.

Frustration adds another chapter for Timbers

Portland carries fight to LA, only to lose its fourth straight
April 14, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Another lead, another loss.

After staking themselves to a 1-0 lead, the Portland Timbers gave up three unanswered goals from the biggest names in Major League Soccer and fell 3-1 to the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center Saturday.

Landon Donovan scored his first goal of the season, Juninho scored the game winner in the 83rd minute and David Beckham added an insurance goal in extra time for the Galaxy, which avoided a three-game losing streak.

The goals overcame a goal from Kris Boyd in the 23rd minute, which gave the Timbers a 1-0 lead.

Portland has led in its last three games, and lost all three.

The Timbers scored first against Chivas USA only to lose 2-1 last week, a week after scoring twice in the second half for a 2-1 lead against Real Salt Lake, which scored twice in the final five minutes for a 3-2 win.

The loss was Portland's fourth straight, its longest streak since joining Major League Soccer last year.

Portland fell to 1-4-1, 3 points heading into a home match with Sporting Kansas City, which improved to 6-0-0 with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake in a battle of conference leaders.

Saturday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field.

Portland, with a revamped line-up, controlled much of the first half with short passes and attacked through the middle of the field. Boyd took advantage on by narrowly avoiding an offsides call to score his third goal of the season from 10 yards under LA goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

Boyd challenged the Galaxy throughout the match before being replaced by Perlaza in the 79th minute. After his goal, though, he struggled with being onside numerous times, including one that negated a goal and a 2-0 lead.

Portland had LA's line-up of international stars bottled up until the 44th minute, when Robbie Keane freed himself of defender Eric Brunner, who slipped and fell, and fed Donovan with a perfect pass that he powered past Portland keeper Troy Perkins to tie the game heading into halftime.

LA controlled much of the second half and finally took the lead when Juninho overpowered a Portland defender for a loose ball just outside the visitors' penalty box and fired a rocket from 25 yards out under Perkins.

Beckham took advantage of Portland's defense being significantly out of spacing and fired a shot above a diving Perkins, just under the crossbar for his first goal of the season.

LA, the defending league champion, improved to 2-3-0, 6 points.

Despite a solid performance from the Timbers, the outcome reflected the statistics of the match. LA outshot Portland 17-8, with 11 of the shots on goal. LA also held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks and controlled possesion 53 percent of the match.

The Galaxy scored its final two goals after Portland coach John Spencer had replaced midfielder Jack Jewsbury in the 74th minute with defender Lovel Palmer, and Boyd with striker Jorge Perlaza, who has yet to score this season, in the 81st minute.

Sporting KC will enter Jeld-Wen having outscored opponents 9-1.



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,

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.

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