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 Western Conference finals. Now, ...   More
 
Saturday, June 7, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

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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 May turning their fortunes around, playing five games without losing one and notching two big road wins against the New York ...   More
 
Saturday, May 31, 2014 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.In terms of the standings, LA ...   More
 
Friday, May 9, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Timbers Preview: Portland vs. DC United

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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 at home on Saturday at Providence Park against ...   More
 
Friday, May 2, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Yellow Card

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


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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

WW Liveblog: Timbers at Real Salt Lake

Portland needs a win to jump start its season, but it's up against the team lest likely to cough up three points.

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Welcome to the liveblog of today's game. It goes live at 6:30. Refresh for the latest updates. This game is live on network television in Portland, but I haven't found a legal stream for it, perhaps because no such thing exists. If you have questions, comments or abuse, e-mail me or get me on Twitter @atomchak. I am desperate for feedback.PREAMBLE: This is literally the match of Portland's nightmares. ...   More
 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 by 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 1-7-3 against the team. RSL ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

WW Liveblog: Portland Timbers v. Chivas USA

Portland tries for its first win of the season against the sick man of MLS

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 If you have questions, comments, abuse, funny pictures or anything else, e-mail me or reach me via Twitter @atomchakPREAMBLE: This week's live blog is dedicated to Andrew Jean-Baptiste, the former Timber starting out of position at left-back for Chivas USA tonight. Portland's right-sided pair of Kalif Alhassan and Alvas Powell will try to cause Jean-Baptiste problems, but the Timbers could still ...   More
 
Saturday, April 12, 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) rediscovered the poetry and fluency ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

WW Liveblog: Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders

Portland 4-4 Seattle (Chara 10', 55', Valeri 14', Urruti 57'; Cooper 3', Dempsey 24', 85', 87'P)

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To see the latest updates, refresh and scroll to the bottom. The game starts at noon on Saturday, Apr. 5. If you have thoughts or comments on the game, please email me or tweet @atomchak.PREAMBLE: Soccer derbies — games between regional rivals — are all about emotion and sentiment and lumps in the throat. Let's dedicate this one to a uniquely verklempt figure: ex-Timbers and current Sounders striker ...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 by Alex Tomchak Scott

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