Portland Timbers 2014 News and Updates
7/18/14 - After falling in U.S. Open Cup play to their Cascadia rivals from Washington state, the Portland Timbers found themselves back in Seattle for another match – this one counting in the Major League Soccer standings – with Sounders F.C. And just like the earlier match, this one would go the Sounders’ way, as the Timbers fell 2-0. The Timbers held on for most of the match until the Sounders’ Clint Dempsey, in his first club match since World Cup duty, broke the scoreless tie. The best chance for the Timbers came earlier in the second half, when Steve Zakuani – a former Sounder – let fly from a few yards outside the penalty area with a shot that went right at the Seattle goalkeeper. The Timbers, eighth out of nine teams now in the Western Conference and two points behind Chivas USA, face Colorado this weekend, then are off until July 27.
7/14/14 - After an Independence Day draw with Los Angeles, the Portland Timbers headed to their Cascadia rivals in Washington state for a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal tie against Seattle, which required extra time before Sounders F.C. could prevail 3-1 to knock the Timbers out of the Open Cup tournament. Against the Galaxy, the Timbers got an equalizing, then go-ahead goal just minutes apart, as Diego Valeri and Jorge Villafana found the back of the net; however, an own goal left the Timbers earning just a single league point instead of three. A few days later, the Timbers gained an equalizing goal with just seconds remaining in regulation stoppage time from Darlington Nagbe to force extra time, but the Timbers could not keep Seattle down. However, the two teams will face off once again this weekend, this time in league play at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
6/23/14 - While the senior side for future Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City S.C. was battling Colorado in the U.S. Open Cup this week, the Lions’ under-23 squad was also in action, a little farther west, where the Portland Timbers recorded a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory in their own USOC matchup at Providence Park. The Timbers’ Gaston Fernandez recorded a pair of goals, his first coming just 11 minutes into the match with a strike from just outside the penalty area that beat the Lions’ young goalkeeper; in the 36th minute, Fernandez converted a penalty kick awarded when Orlando’s keeper brought down Maximiliano Urruti. Taylor Peay, a rookie making his first ever appearance for the Timbers, closed out the scoring in the 68th minute with a goal taken from a difficult angle on the right flank. The Timbers will head to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. on June 24 to face Sporting Kansas City in the next round of the Open Cup; SKC comes to Providence Park just days later, on June 27 for the team’s next MLS contest.
6/11/14 - After starting out the 2014 season extremely slowly, the Portland Timbers have experienced a marvelous reversal of form coming up on the World Cup break, moving from bottom of the Western Conference table to just two points behind the fifth-place Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Through the first eight games of the campaign, the Timbers’ offense had managed just nine goals – but now, with 15 games under their belt, almost half the season, the team has the second highest total of 26. The Timbers even nailed down a first in team history, picking up a valuable road win at Real Salt Lake last weekend, thanks in no small part to forward Fanendo Adi’s second two-goal game in as many opportunities. With the forwards scoring, this has created opportunities for players like midfielder Diego Valeri, who has moved into first place in the league in assists. After a midweek tilt against F.C. Dallas, the Timbers are off until June 17, when they take on Orlando City S.C.’s U-23 amateur squad in U.S .Open Cup play. After that, the Timbers face off against Sporting Kansas City when they resume MLS play on June 27, also at Providence Park.
5/27/14 - Even though they’re at the bottom of the Major League Soccer Western Conference table (with company – San Jose and Chivas USA are level on points as well), the Portland Timbers are finally showing some signs of life, with a win and two draws in May, all at the friendly home of Providence Park. Their last game, a 3-3 draw with visiting Columbus Crew, saw the Timbers have a player sent off midway through the first half, yet come from behind twice late in the second half to salvage the single point. Will Johnson, in the 80th minute, then Gaston Fernandez five minutes later, provided the heroics for Portland, extending the Timbers’ unbeaten string to four games in total. Next up is a date in New Jersey with the New York Red Bulls, who are in the midst of a tight Eastern Conference race.
Portland Timbers 2014 Season
The Rose City of Portland, Oregon has a team they can definitely be proud of in the Portland Timbers. In just three seasons of MLS competition, the Timbers have established themselves, along with their Cascadia rivals in Seattle and Vancouver, as one of the league’s elite sides. It starts with head coach Caleb Porter, who made a name for himself in American soccer circles as coach at the University of Akron. In Porter’s first season at the helm of the Timbers, Portland topped the Western Conference table and nearly made it to the MLS Cup finals, being eliminated by Real Salt Lake in the conference finals by a 5-2 aggregate. Returning for the 2014 campaign are leading scorer Diego Valeri, a designated player from Argentina; African midfielders Darlington Nagbe (Liberia) and Steve Zakuani (Dem. Rep. of the Congo); and goalkeeping stalwart Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica). Look for Timber Jim to rev up his chainsaw many more times in 2014.
10/22/13 - The Western Conference is so tight this season that the Timbers could finish in fourth or first place in the standings with just one regular season game left. Portland will travel to Los Angeles to play CD Chivas USA; a win could give the team their first Conference title. Portland has clinched a MLS Cup Playoffs berth as have their rivals Seattle Sounders. The team is also guaranteed a home game at JELD-WEN Field in the MLS Playoffs which will certainly prove to be advantageous considering they’ve won 15 games in a row at home this season. Considering Portland Timbers tickets were the most expensive entering the 2013 season, we’d expect prices for MLS Cup Playoff tickets to be no different. After finishing next to last just a season ago, excitement is high for this Portlandia team.