Portland Timbers Face Seattle to Clinch the Cascadia Cup

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The Portland Timbers' (7-15-9, 30 pts.) game against the Seattle Sounders (13-7-10, 49 pts.) on Sunday at 6 pm, is likely the the single most important match the team plays this year.An early scoring drought dimmed the Timbers' chances to make the Western Conference playoffs. A long losing jag at midseason—and the team's embarrassing 1-0 loss to an amateur outfit, Cal FC—may have ...   More
Sunday, October 7, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Timbers Name New Coach As Part of Reconciliation With Fans

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As has been rumored, University of Akron head coach Caleb Porter was named the new head coach of the struggling Portland Timbers (6-13-6, 24 pts.) today. He will be the third coach in the team's troubled two-year history, following John Spencer, who was fired on July 9, and Timbers' general manager Gavin Wilkinson, who has served interim head coach since.Porter will finish out his season ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Exclusive Interview: Former Timbers Goalkeeper Troy Perkins

Says Timbers fans "deserve a lot better than they're getting"


It's not just the thousands of Portland Timbers fans who are still scratching their heads over the team's decision to trade away goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Perkins is, too.Perkins was often the most reliable player on a team that has proven a disaster this season. After John Spencer was fired in July as head coach, Timbers general manager and interim coach Gavin Wilkinson cited Perkins as one of the ...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Timbers Fire Spencer


Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson fired coach John Spencer today, ending the tenure of the team's first Major League Soccer coach after a season dotted inconsistency and embarrassment. The Timbers (5-8-4, 19 points) have spent the entirety of this second season in or near the cellar their conference. They've shown themselves able to beat some of the best teams in the league at home (Sporting ...   More
Monday, July 9, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

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

Portland Timbers Bust the Union 3-1 in 2012 Home Opener


Portland likes to live up to its sodden reputation on the season home openers, apparently. As in last year's victory over the Chicago Fire, Portland's 3-1 defeat of Philadelphia Union was rain-slicked and windblown.Behind a redemptive goal by Andrew Jean-Baptiste and scores by Kris Boyd and Kalif Alhassan, the Timbers pushed the Union around all night. Philadelphia’s early lead after a dull and scoreless ...   More
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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