Portland Timbers News

Timbers Talk: Portland Dominate in 3-0 Win

The Portland Timbers delivered a dominant performance on Sunday, May 11 when they defeated Chivas USA 3-0 in front of their home fans at Jeld Wen Field.

The Timbers are now unbeaten in their last nine games and have sole possession of second place in the MLS Western Conference with 18 points.  Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts recorded his 4th clean sheet of the season. The Timber have not lost a match since the second game of the season, a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact on March 9th at Jeld Wen. Read More

Timbers Talk: Timbers Earn Another Draw in Dallas

The Portland Timbers went toe-to-toe with the best team in the MLS Western Conference on Wednesday, May 8 and came away with another result.

The Timbers and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw in Dallas, as the Timbers stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games.  The Timbers are currently in third place in the Western Conference with 3 wins, 1 loss and 6 draws.

The Timbers and Dallas played an exciting match with up and down the field play, several excellent scoring opportunities for both clubs, and stellar goalkeeping. Read More

Timbers Talk: Timbers and Revolution Draw 0-0

The Portland Timber and the New England Revolution played to a scoreless draw on Thursday May 2nd at Jeld-Wen Field.  The Timbers remain unbeaten in 7 straight games.

The Timbers dominated the game, firing off 22 shots and recording  a 73%-37% advantage in time of possession.  But the Timbers were unable to find the back of the net, largely because of some outstanding goalkeeping by Revolution netminder Bobby Shuttleworth, who recorded 9 saves on the evening, and a stingy New England defense.  It was the first time the Timbers had been shutout this season through 9 games.

The Timbers next travel to Texas to play FC Dallas  in a midweek match up against the Western Conference leaders on Wednesday, May  7th.  The Timbers return home to face Chivas USA on Sunday, May 12th. Read More

Timber Talk: Timbers Win First Road Game; Defeat KC 3-2

UnknownThe Portland Timbers battled back twice on Saturday April 27 against Kansas City, before Rodney Wallace grabbed the game winner for the Timbers in the second half, giving the Timbers their first away win of the season.

It was an explosive first half at Sporting Park, which saw Sporting KC take a very early lead forty seconds in when Chance Myers headed a long throw into the lower corner past a frozen Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

The Timbers Diego Valeri almost equalized in the 4th minute when Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen deflected Valeri’s  close range shot off the cross bar.

Nielsen wasn’t as lucky in the 24th minute when Ryan Johnson found a well placed Valeri cornerkick, and skied over two defenders and powered the ball into the net to tie the game 1-1.

Sporting came right back to grab the lead for a second time when Myers scored his second goal of the game in the 29th minute after a brief scamble in front of the Timbers net.

Darlington Nagbe equalized it again for the Timbers in the 33rd minute  when Valeri sent a long ball down the left flank ahead of Johnson, who ran on to it and found Nagbe racing into the goal mouth.  Nagbe awkwardly deflected the ball past Neilsen to tie the game at 2-2.

Wallace got the game winner in the 58th minute after Diego Charra stole the ball in the Timbers offensive half of the field, fought off a defender and sent a beautifully weighted diagonal ball to a streaking Wallace who calmly slipped the ball past Neilsen.

The Timbers defense did the rest, bunkering down and protecting the lead.  Timber’s keeper Ricketts came up with another huge save in  stoppage time to preserve the victory.

Game Notes:

After defeating Sporting KC, who held first place in the MLS Eastern Conference bofore the Timbers came to town, the Timbers face the New England Revolution on Thursday May 2 before traveling to take on the current Western Conference leading  FC Dallas on May 8th.

The Timbers group of offensive players, Johnson, Nagbe, Wallace and Valeri created and found space all night and looked continually dangerous against a tough KC defense.  Previously Sporting had only conceded 5 goals in 8 games.  The Timbers racked up 3 in one night.

Valeri was once again the maestro in midfield for the Timbers, delivering a perfectly placed corner kick on the first goal, sending Johnson into space that led to Nagbe’s goal and playing beautiful little passes with teammates throughout the game.

Although he conceded two goals, Ricketts was instrumental in the victory for the Timbers.  Rickett’s save last week against San Jose on Chris Wondowlowski was named MLS Goal of the Week, the third time he has won the award this season.  His quick reaction, one-handed stop on a glancing header in the second minute of stoppage time is sure to garner a nomination again this week.

Man of the Match:  There were certainly a lot of heroes for the Timbers in this match who should get consideration:  Ryan Johnson, who got the first equalizer, assisted on Nagbe’s second goal and battled gamely all evening with one of the leagues top defenders Aurellien Cullen; Diego Valeri, who orchestrated the Timbers offense and picked apart one of the top defenses in the league; Diego Charra who was everywhere in defensive midfield  and had the steal and assist on the game winning goal; Darlington Nagbe, who is starting to show flashes of brilliance and is capable of more than any other player, and showed some of it in this match.  But in the end the award this week goes to Rodney Wallace who not only coolly beat Neilsen on the game winning goal, but also had a great shot that Neilsen had to save that lead to Valeri’s corner and the first tying goal.  Wallace is really settling in to his role as the winger/forward on the left side in Caleb Porter’s system and continues to step up and create huge chances for his team.


Timbers Talk-Timbers Tie San Jose 1-1

The Portland Timbers let 3 points slip away in San Jose on Sunday April 21, when they gave up a  stoppage time goal and had to settle for 1-1 draw.

It was the second time in two weeks the teams had met.  The Timbers won the opener of the home -and-home series 1-0.

The Timbers took the lead in the 58th minute on a Diego Valeri goal but were unable to secure their first road victory of the season when Adam Jahns hit the equalizer in the final seconds for play.

Valeri’s goal came after a nice combination of passes from Diego Chara to Valeri who passed the ball off to Darlington Nagbe, who sent Ryan Johnson through on goal.  The ball was deflected away from Johnson by the San Jose defense, but popped in the air directly to the onrushing Valeri who hit a hard volley into the net.  It was Valeri’s second goal of the season.

The Timbers held off the Earthquakes and looked to have locked up the win when San Jose sent a long goal kick to the top of the Timber’s  box.  The ball bounced around and fell to the feet of Chris Wondolowski, who touched the ball back to Jahns who slammed it past a helpless Donovan Ricketts in the Timber’s goal.

Game Notes:

Valeri returned to the Timbers lineup after missing the previous matchup with San Jose last week.  Valeri had concussion symptoms after receiving an elbow to the head two weeks ago.

San Jose’s rough and tumble style of play disrupted the Timbers flow all evening.  The Timbers, who had a 64% rate of possession at home against San Jose, only recorded a 51% rate of possession and were outshot by San Jose 12-7.

Donovan Ricketts was outstanding in the nets for the Timbers making a huge kick save in the early moments of the game on a shot by Steven Lenhart and later holding his ground and swatting the ball away when  Chris Wondowlowski found himself all alone  in front of gaol with the ball at this feet.  Ricketts recorded 4 saves on the evening and saw his two game shutout streak come to an end.

Although the Timbers were unable to secure their first win on the road, they remain the only team in MLS that is unbeaten on the road, with 3 draws.

The Timbers are tied for 4th place with Chivas  in the Western Conference with 10 points.

Man of the Match 

Donovan Ricketts kept the Timbers in the game with some huge early stops and shut down the potent San Jose attack until the final seconds.  There wasn’t much he could have done on the tying goal either.  Although the tie, and the way the Timbers let a win slip through their fingers,  will sting, Ricketts still stood out and gave his team a chance for the victory.

Timbers Talk: Timbers Grind Out 1-0 Win Over Earthquakes

The Portland Timbers defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Sunday April14, 2013, on a 78th minutes free kick goal by captain Will Johnson.

Following the win the Timbers leapfrogged all the way to third place in the MLS Western Conference with nine points after six games.

The match was hard fought and saw referee Hilario Grajeda issue four yellow cards, including two to the Quakes Alan Gordon, leading to a red card and his ejection in the 69th minute following a hard elbow that bloodied the mouth of Timbers defender Mikael Silvestre.   Gordon was also involved in an altercation earlier with the Timbers Johnson in which he used a homophobic slur which was captured by television cameras.  Gordon was suspended by the league for three games following a review of the incident. Read More

Timbers Talk-Timbers Tie Seattle 1-1

UnknownThe Portland Timbers rescued a point on the road In Seattle on March 16 when Rodney Wallace got away from his defender in front of the goal and powered home a header  in the 90 minute.  Wallace’s goal leveled the game for the Timbers who went down  1-0 to their Cascadia Cup rivals, the Sounders, on an Eddie Johnson goal in the 13 minute.  After falling behind early, the Timbers defense controlled the Seattle attack allowing for Wallace’s late game heroics.

The Timbers are off this week and return to action on March 30 in an away match against the Colorado Rapids at 3:00 PM.  The game can be seen on the ROOT Sports Network.  The Timbers next home game will be April 6  against the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 PM.

Game Notes:

Once again the Timbers outshot their opponents, this time 13-7.  The Timbers also controlled Time of Possession, holding the ball for 55% of the game.

This match saw the return of Jack Jewsbury to the starting line up.  A fixture in past years, Captain Jack brought a steadying influence  to a Timbers squad that has struggled find it’s shape in the first two games. Jewsbury tends to not be spectacular on the field, unless he’s unleashing those long range bombs he’s known for, which is a nice weapon for the Timbers to have on the field.  Jewsbury return looked like it was just what the Timbers needed in a big away match and he delivered.

In addition to starting Jewsbury in place of Kalif Alhassan, Coach Caleb Porter made one other change to his starting line up, bringing on Ben Zemanski to replace Ryan Miller at right back.

The Timbers defense finally looks like it is starting to gel.  Andrew Jean-Baptiste had a solid game in central defense after an early mistake on the first Seattle goal.  After a bad giveaway by Diego Chara on the wing, Seattle’s Steve Zakuani sprinted down the sideline and crossed the ball right in front of the goal.  Jean-Baptiste lost track of Johnson who neatly banged the ball past a defenseless Donovan Ricketts in goal.  Jean Baptist held his own the rest of the game and earned the assist on the tying goal with nice ball into the goal mouth that found the head of Wallace.  Mikael Silvestre also looks to finally be settling nicely into the center of the Timbers back four.

Wallace was obviously the hero on the night for the Timbers.  Rodney has struggled during his three years in Portland, finding it difficult to establish his role on the team and earn regular playing time.  Twice this season he has come off the bench and effectively helped orchestrate a Timber’s comeback.  He is certainly making a case for himself for more playing time in coach Porters roster.

The Timbers Army was in full force as numerous bus loads made the trip to Seattle for MLS rivalry week.

Man of the Match:  None of the starters really stood out in this game, so the honor has to go to Rodney Wallace who did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done.

Timbers Talk-Timbers Lose to Montreal

UnknownThe Portland Timbers lost to the Montreal Impact 2-1 on Saturday March 9, 2013.  It was the second disappointing result in a row at home for the Timbers in front of their home town fans at Jeld-Wen Field.  The Timbers tied their season opener 3-3 to the New York Red Bulls.

For the second game in a row the Timbers dug themselves a hole giving up two goals and having to battle back in order to try to salvage a point at home.  Center forward Ryan Johnson scored his first goal of the 2013 campaign and  got the Timber within one goal in the 80th minute but the Timbers were unable to find the equalizer.

Game Notes:

Once again the Timbers dominated the run of play for much of the game.  They outshot Montreal 19-9, but only looked really dangerous on a couple of occasions.  Short, quick passes allowed the Timbers to keep possession of the ball, but they were unable to crack the Montreal defense until there was only ten minutes remaining. Read More

Timbers Talk~News From the Portland Timbers

TimbersTalkPortland-timbers-logoMarch 3~Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls

The Portland Timbers battled back to earn a well deserved 3-3  tie on a beautiful Sunday evening opening night game.  It was a nightmare start for new head coach Caleb Porter, which saw his team give up 3 goals in the first 30 minutes, two of those  on bad defensive mistakes.  But the Timbers settled down, took control of the game and completely dominated the second half, scoring two goals and almost grabbing the game winner in the final minutes.  New Argentinian central midfielder Diego Valeri was a revelation, scoring a fantastic early goal to bring the Timbers level after falling behind by one goal early. The Timbers showed heart, and determination in battling back to salvage the tie on a rebound goal by Darlington Nagbe and an own goal by New York, something that has often been missing in the first two MLS years.  The Timbers have won their previous two home openers in spectacular fashion, sending their fans home crazed with high expectations, only to see the team crumble as the season progressed.  Timber fans should take what they saw on Sunday with a grain of salt and wait to see whether the team can repeat the style, hard work and grit they showed against New York. Read More

Timbers Talk~News From the Portland Timbers

TimbersTalkPortland-timbers-logo2013 Season Preview

Soccer is a pretty simple game when you get down to the basics; you must score more goals than your opponent and give up less goals than your opponent in each game and throughout the season to be successful.  Last season the Portland Timbers did not do that.

In 2012 the Timbers scored 34 goals, second worst in the league, and conceded 56, third worst in the league.  It’s simple math.  A -22 goal differential left the Timbers at the bottom of the pack last season.  The Timbers needed to make some changes.  With some of the best fan support in the league, including the well known Timbers Army, everyone is hoping the new season will provide a different result. Read More