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Chara goal boosts Timbers to first

Portland tops Vancouver 1-0 entering final week
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Yimmi Chara followed a historic game of passing off goals to scoring one Sunday, leading the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 victory over Vancouver and to the top spot in the Western Conference with just two matches remaining in the regular season.

Chara, who tied an MLS record with four assists in a 5-2 win Wednesday over the LA Galaxy, smashed home a cross from Jorge Villafana in the 61st minute and the Timbers survived a late surge from the Whitecaps to move atop the Western Conference just ahead of Sporting Kansas City.

Portland improved to 11-5-5 for 38 points, and to 1.81 points per match which the league moved to determine which eight teams would qualify for the playoffs as every team will not finish with the same number of matches due to COVID-19 issues causing postponements. Kansas City sits at 1.80 and 36 points, but having played 20 matches - one less than Portland.

The Seattle Sounders sit in third with 35 points and 1.75 per match, but also with 20 matches.

Portland plays host to Colorado Wednesday, then plays at LAFC Sunday, when the regular season will wind down.

Vancouver entered Sunday's match having scored just 24 goals in 21 matches, and averaging a league low eight shots per match. The defensive nature of the match kept Portland from many scoring chances until the hour mark when a build-up on the right side switched to the left and Villafana scorched a cross from the end line to Chara, who powered home a shot for his fourth goal of the season. Villafana's assist was his fifth of the year.

The Whitecaps finished with a 12-11 edge in shots, but only two of them needed a save from Portland's Steve Clark, and he earned his fifth shutout of the season and second over Vancouver.

 

 

 

Timbers rebound in big way

Portland overwhelms LA Galaxy 5-2 to end skid
Staff Report

The Portland Timbers washed away two weeks of struggles in just 30 minutes Wednesday night, scoring three times on the way to a 5-2 win over the LA Galaxy at Providence Park that secured a playoff spot.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored in the sixth and 19th minute and Diego Valeri sent home a penalty kick in the 30th minute for a 3-0 lead that helped the cause of erasing the memory of two consecutive late-game goals that turned wins into draws tucked behind a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake.

Portland improved to 10-5-5 for 35 points in the Western Conference standings, tied for second with Seattle with three games left in the regular season.

The scoring outburst was in line with what the team did at the start of the month, destroying the Galaxy 6-3 on the road directly before a 3-0 win over San Jose. It moved the Timbers to the top of the league in scoring, tied a 44 with LAFC.

Portland's 1-all tie with LAFC, Oct. 18, followed by a 1-all draw with Seattle Thursday both came about from opponent goals in extra time at the close of the match. 

Eryk Williamson and Andy Polo added second-half goals for the Timbers.

Cristian Pavon scored both goals for the Galaxy, which remained at the bottom of the West at 5-11-3, 18 points. The team is likely to miss the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

The Timbers return to action at home Sunday against Vancouver at 7 p.m.

 

 

Timbers don't win/lose again

Portland gives up extra-time goal, settles for 1-1 draw with Seattle
Staff Report

It happened again.

For the third time this season, and second in five days, the Portland Timbers gave up a goal in extra-time and settled for a 1-1 draw, this time with rival Seattle at CenturyLink Field Thursday.

The Timbers got a goal in the 10th minute from Andres Flores, and it held up for more than 80 minutes before Will Bruin scored in the 93rd minute to cause the draw between the teams atop the Western Conference standings. Bruin's shot was the only one on goal for the Sounders who outshot the visitors 15-8. Seattle held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks as well.

Portland moved to 9-5-5 overall with 32 points, and remained tied with the Sounders. But, they missed out on moving three points ahead of their rivals due to the late goal.

LAFC managed a 1-1 draw with the Timbers Sunday with a goal in the 93rd minute at Providence Park, where the team settled for a 4-4 draw with Real Salt Lake, Aug. 29, when the visitors scored in extra time as well.

Portland has nearly a week off before facing the LA Galaxy Wednesday at home.

 

 

Timbers drop opener, 2-1

Blanco scores, but Savarese era starts with road loss
Staff report

The Giovanni Savarese era started quietly Sunday night - with a loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Portland gave up a pair of first-half goals in the span of less than three minutes, and lost 2-1 at the StubHub Center.

Sebastian Blanco scored Portland's first goal of the season in the 66th minute off an assist by Fanendo Adi, and the team worked newcomer Samuel Armenteros into the line-up to create offense in the final 30 minutes.

Portland returns to action Saturday in New York City against the Red Bulls, who will be playing their season opener.

The Timbers closed the game with seven shots on goal to just three by the Galaxy, and had a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.

Jake Gleeson started in goal.

 

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.

 

West leading Dallas just what the Timbers need

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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 in need of some points

Portland readies for home test against West leading Dallas
April 2, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

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 starting to draw a pattern

Portland settles for its third tie of the season at Kansas City
March 21, 2015 / Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Several things almost happened in Saturday night’s game. Two important things didn’t.

Nobody scored in the match in Kansas City, and neither Sporting Kansas City nor the Portland Timbers managed to pick up their first win of 2015.

Portland’s Adam Kwarasey and Sporting’s Luis Marin were able to pick up clean sheets for their respective clubs, which provided some solace.

The Timbers managed to stay unbeaten with their third draw in as many outings, while Sporting failed to score for the first time this year and saw their winless streak – dating back to October 2014 – reach seven matches across all competitions.

On the positive side for Portland, three points in three games has the team only a point out of fourth place with the top five of 10 teams reaching the playoffs.

It didn’t shape up like a scoreless draw in the early going, though, especially with speedy Colombian winger Jimmy Medranda making his first start of the year for Sporting while Krisztian Nemeth was out with a knee sprain sustained in training this week.

With Medranda active in ball-winning and pushing hard down the flanks, Sporting came out pressing hard and high. They were nearly rewarded for it in the ninth minute, only to see center back Ike Opara’s powerful header off a corner kick sent inches wide of Kwarasey’s left post.

Paulo Nagamura smashed a left-footed shot just wide in the 24th minute, as the hosts continued to create opportunities in and around the Portland 18. Nagamura had a second shot in the 39th minute saved and then cleared out of danger by Kwarasey.

That was the only shot on goal for the hosts in the first half, despite a 9-4 advantage on overall attempts before the break.

It was the same story in the second half as well, with promising possessions for Sporting coming to nothing – such as Graham Zusi’s twisting, weaving run through the defense in the 61st minute, followed by a block of Bernardo Anor’s shot from distance.

Portland showed flashes of danger themselves, as when Fanendo Adi forced a save from Marin in the 62nd minute, but struggled to assert themselves in the buildup as Sporting kept a tight defensive presence on speedy midfielder Darlington Nagbe.

Opara had another solid chance in the 77th minute, when he found himself in space near the back post, but headed Marcel de Jong’s cross over the bar. In the 79th, Jalil Anibaba’s header – this one off a Zusi corner kick – flashed right over the goal.

Both teams are away next Saturday as Sporting visit expansion side New York City FC and the Timbers meet their Cascadia Cup rivals in Vancouver.

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.

 

Busy week for Timbers

The expansion draft keeps the potential 2015 roster in play
Dec. 9, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With the Major League Soccer expansion draft for Orlando City and New York City FC upcoming Wednesday, it's a big week for teams to sign, trade and protect players.

And, unprotect players, too.

Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was among the players left unprotected by the Portland Timbers in advance of the expansion draft, established to stock the two clubs that will join the 19-team league in spring.

Three of the team's six international players: Fanendo Adi, Liam Ridgewell and Maxi Urruti; were protected, as were franchise fan favorites Diego Chara, Will Johnson and Darlington Nagbe. Also on the 11-player list were Nat Borchers, Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace, Ben Zemanski and Alvas Powell.

Ricketts, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year in the league, and Gaston Fernandez were notables to not be protected, which allows them to be selected by either of the two expansion teams. The other players are Jack Jewsbury, Pa Modou Kah, Rauwshan McKenzie, Danny O'Rourke, Norberto Paparatto, Jorge Villafana, George Fochive, Bryan Gallego, Jake Gleeson, Michael Nanchoff, and Andrew Weber.

The position of goalkeeper became highly interesting when the team announced it had signed Ghanaian international goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey to a long-term contract.

Among other moves, the team exercised the purchase option on Powell’s contract from Jamaica’s Portmore United and he was signed to a new, long-term deal after originally joining Portland on loan in 2013. Defender Villafaña, who was out of contract, was also re-signed by the Timbers.

The Timbers are in further contract discussions with forward Fernández.

Four players’ contract options were declined and two players from the club’s 2014 roster are out of contract.

The Timbers declined the 2015 contract options on midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Steven Evans, and defenders Bryan Gallego and Pa Modou Kah. Alhassan is eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Additionally, the club announced that forward Jose Valencia was sold to Argentina’s Club Olimpo Bahía Blanca, while Evans has signed a contract with T2.

Defenders Rauwshan McKenzie and Danny O’Rourke are out of contract and have not been extended bona fide offers. Both players will be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

On Monday, the league also introduced what the new game ball will look like:

 

 

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