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World Cup 2014 Scouting Report

The cast of characters in soccer’s biggest free-for-all.

The World Cup starts with two weeks of utter chaos. Called the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Each group plays a round-robin tournament. There are always multip   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland Vs. Real Salt Lake

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If the Portland Timbers can't finally beat Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, they should just stop trying. 
Real Salt Lake is the Timbers' bete noir, the team they can never seem to overcome. Portland (3 wins, 4 losses, 7 draws, 16 points) won the first meeting between the two, at home in 2011, but since then it has not won a match against Real, including in last season's Wester...   More
Saturday, June 7, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps


A month ago, things looked so hopeless for the Portland Timbers that I was penning what felt like a premature eulogy for their season. Eight winless games into 2014, the Timbers' post-season possibilities looked somewhere between remote and hopeless. 
But the Timbers spent ...   More
Saturday, May 31, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. Columbus Crew

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Portland Timbers midfield lynchpin Diego Chara gave teammate Ben Zemanski a dramatic early birthday gift May 11. 
In the Timbers' 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chara broke his wrist, and the injury means Zemanski, his understudy who turned 26 the following day, will get more playing time and might start Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Provid...   More
Friday, May 16, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. LA Galaxy

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Fresh off their first victory of the season, the Portland Timbers will face a severe test on Sunday: arguably the league's most talented side, the LA Galaxy. Like Portland, the Galaxy was eliminated in the playoffs last year by Real Salt Lake. Coach Bruce Arena appears to have reacted to the setback by remodeling his team in the image of the team from Sandy, Utah.I...   More
Friday, May 9, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. DC United


Two winless months into the season, the Portland Timbers finally hit rock bottom after last weekend’s draw in Houston.

A tie with the Dynamo left the Timbers at the foot of the league table after fellow strugglers, the Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes, picked up their first wins to climb above Portland.

Now, the Timbers are desperate for a win...   More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Yellow Card

It’s not too soon for a warning: The Portland Timbers, absent big change, are headed for trouble.

The Portland Timbers are supposed to be one of the dominant teams in Major League Soccer. The 2013 campaign saw the team soar to the Western Conference final after an abysmal performance a year    More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

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Even in the best of times, there is no harder match for the Portland Timbers than Real Salt Lake.

With the Timbers six games into the season and still winless, the game in at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday feels like little more than another opportunity for disappointment. Portland (0-2-4, 4 points) has only ever beaten RSL once, with an all-time record of 1-7...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. Chivas USA

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More than tactics or skill, the emotional state of the Portland Timbers will determine whether the winless club can beat Chivas USA when the two teams meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Park.
On an emotional level, last week's 4-4 draw with the Seattle Sounders on April 5 felt worse than a loss, because it came suddenly just as the Timbers (0-2-3, 3 points) rediscover...   More
Friday, April 11, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. Seattle Sounders

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The Portland Timbers’ successful 2013 season was made all the sweeter for the team’s fans by the fact that it came so ostentatiously at the expense of the Seattle Sounders. The Timbers trounced their bitterest rival in the 2013 playoffs, the high point of the season.

Portland always feels like the underdog against Seattle, with its bigger supply of money, its larger sta...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 by ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT
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