The Lost Boys

Only a miraculous turnaround can save the Timbers’ season. It’s not likely to happen.

Troy Perkins was tired of getting shelled. At the Portland Timbers’ practice July 16, the team ran a succession of Bugatti-quick six-on-six scrimmages. Perkins, the Timbers’ goalkeeper, trie   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

A is for Adams

From ax-wielding to zemblanity, the things Portland’s controversial mayor has done right.

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Give Mayor Sam Adams some credit.  We are. Finally. Perhaps no media organization has been tougher on Adams during his term as Portland’s mayor than WW—and for good reason. Weeks afte   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 COREY PEIN

Wide of the Net

With the Timbers’ offense gone sterile, fans debate John Spencer’s future.

The chants rose from Jeld-Wen Field’s Section 107 like steam.  On the field, an amateur soccer team from California had come to town and was in the process of beating a Major League Socce   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Timbers Preview: The Portland Dry Spell Continues as the Chicago Fire Come to Town

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The Portland Timbers have spent 427 minutes since they’ve last found the back of the other team’s net—notwithstanding an own goal by Sporting Kansas City on April 21. In that time, the defense has compensated considerably; three of the past four games have been shutouts, and the Timbers defense has currently gone 206 minutes without allowing a goal.But to put it bluntly, if you don’t score, ...   More
Saturday, May 19, 2012 Matthew Korfhage

Timbers Preview: The Columbus Crew Is Another Team Portland Should Beat, But.....

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The Columbus Crew (2-4-1, 7 points) is a team that the Portland Timbers can and should beat May 5 at Jeld-Wen Field. The Crew are coming off a four-game losing streak and will likely be down two forwards, blunting an offense that has already gone nearly scoreless on the road. Of course, the Montreal Impact was also a team that Portland could have beaten, and should have beaten. Portland lost 2-0 to ...   More
Friday, May 4, 2012 by Brent Walth

Timbers Preview: Major League Soccer's Best Team Come to Town

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A win against unbeaten Sporting Kansas City (7-0-0) this Saturday (JELD-WEN field, 7:30 pm) would arguably be the most important victory the embattled Portland Timbers (1-4-1) could achieve this season, following a four-game losing streak and a lot of shaken confidence. It will also likely be the toughest team that Portland will face all year. In many respects Sporting Kansas City is a nightmare for ...   More
Friday, April 20, 2012 by Brent Walth

How The Timbers Lose

The late collapses of last season return, dimming Portland’s hopes for a winning season.

After an optimistic start this season, the news is grim: The Portland Timbers have staked undisputed claim to Major League...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

In a Heartbreaking Loss, Bright Signs for the Timbers

Five Encouraging Things About Saturday's Last-Minute Loss to Real Salt Lake

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Obviously, few people in Portland are happy with the final result of the game, so it may be easy to overlook that the Portland Timbers’ gut-punching, literally last-minute 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake at Jeld-Wen Field this past Saturday was perhaps the best all-round game of soccer that the Timbers have played this season.And they played it against one of the toughest opponents in the league—a team ...   More
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

New Bag Of Kicks

After a hopeful first season, the Portland Timbers field a roster of players to watch.

Let’s get the niceties out of the way: The Portland Timbers’ first season in Major League Soccer was a qualified success.  The Timbers missed the playoffs and turned in the 12th-best reco   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Michael Orr, The 1975 Portland Timbers

Ouch, my groin.

It seems like no one played soccer in Portland before 1975. The next year, kids crowded parks and fields to try this undiscovered sport. My middle school was unprepared for the onslaught. “We    More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 BRENT WALTH


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