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Timbers show off to some degree

A frustrating 3-1 loss to Minnesota is plenty to talk about
Staff Report

The Portland Timbers opened the 2020 Major League Soccer season with a dazzling performance in front of their home fans at Providence Park - for a half.

But, the second half was a different story and without having scored in the first half, the Western Conference rival Loons took advantage of several defensive lapses and left town with a 3-1 victory in hand before another sold out crowd.

Portland got a score from Diego Valeri on a penalty kick, but Minnesota got a pair of goals from Kevin Molina and became the first road team to win in a season opener in Portland since the club joined MLS 10 years ago.

Luis Amarilla scored Minnesota's other goal in his first match since joining the team on loan from Argentinian squad Velez Sarsfield.

Portland put plent of pressure on the visitors and finished with 57 percent of possession, 14-10 edge in shots and passing advantage of 513-367. But Minnesota used an effective counterattack to score three times, finishing with a 22-18 edge in crosses and two thirds of their passes coming in the Timbers defensive half.

The match was the league opener for Portland forward Felipe Mora, who is on loan from Pumas in Liga MX, Yimmi Chara, who moved up from Athletico Miniero in Brazil and joined his brother Diego in midfield, and defender Dario Zuparic, who moved over from Croatian side HNK Rijeka.

Next up, the Timbers face expansion franchise FC Nashville, which opened its league existence with a 2-1 loss to Atlanta before a crowd of 59,069 fans at Nissan Stadium - home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

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Timbers get regular-season playoff preview

Portland's plays a series of matches against solid opponents
August 24, 2015

With eight games left in the regular season, the Potland Timbers are far from having wrapped up a playoff spot in the Western Conference. But, they're on that path and have an exciting final two months of matches that should help them to a run at the MLS title if it's going to happen.

That run starts Sunday with a game at Cascadia Cup rival Seattle.

The remainder of the regular season includes a match against league-leading Los Angeles, one against the New York Red Bulls (No. 3 in the latest MLS Power Rankings), two against Kansas City (No. 4), and one against Toronto (No. 6).

Portland enters the week at No. 7 in the rankings - produced by mlssoccer.com, and in fourth place in the West with a record of 11 wins, eight losses and seven draws. With 40 points, the Timbers are five points ahead of seventh-place San Jose and only six points behind the Galaxy.

The game at Los Angeles figures to be a huge playoff update as the last game in Los Angeles produced a 5-0 disaster on June 24.

The Timbers enter Sunday's match having no chance to reclaim the Cascadia Cup as a win would only tie them with Vancouver, which has a win and two draws in its three games against Portland. A win Sunday would keep the Sounders from claiming the Cup.

Sunday's game is set to be televised on ESPN at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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