Category: Portland Timbers

Borchers own-goal gives LA Galaxy 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers

Photo credit: AFP An own-goal by Portland’s Nat Borchers gave the listless Galaxy a 1-1 draw against the Timbers in Los Angeles in a clash of the last two MLS Cup champions. Fanendo Adi had given reigning title holders Portland the lead in the 52nd minute, taking advantage of Rafael Garcia’s hesitation to belt a low drive into the bottom right corner. But Borchers, who enjoyed an otherwise solid outing, handed an equalizer to the hosts in the 84th, diving in a bid to clear Sebastian Lletget’s cross but instead heading into his own net. Borchers’s miscue came after the ... Read more

2015 MLS Cup scores 874,000 total viewers for Columbus-Portland final

Despite recording the lowest-ever overnight rating in the league’s 20-year history, the final viewing number for the 2015 MLS Cup wasn’t as bad as some first feared. A total of 668,000 people watched the game on ESPN, while 206,000 viewed the game on Univision Deportes for a grand total of 874,000 people. As of press time, the viewing numbers for UniMas have not yet been released. In the first year of MLS’ mega TV deal with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision, the 2015 MLS Cup saw a 30% decline compared to the 964,000 who tuned in last year to watch Landon ... Read more

10 things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup final

Here are the ten things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup. 1. The Timbers are champions It wasn’t a beautiful final, but this year’s MLS Cup from MAPFRE Stadium was a classic for all the controversy, intensity, and insanity it had from start to finish. The Timbers, thanks to two goals in the first seven minutes, won it 2-1. In many respects, it was a tremendous performance – Portland limited Columbus to a single shot, and hit the post three times in a second half that they dominated even as the Crew pushed for an equalizer. This has been ... Read more

Timbers edge Columbus 2-1 to capture MLS Cup

Photo credit: AFP Portland’s Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace scored in the first seven minutes and the Timbers defeated host Columbus 2-1 Sunday to win the Major League Soccer Cup playoff final. It was the first time the Timbers had lifted the champion’s trophy, denying Columbus a second MLS title after their breakthrough in 2008. “This is special for us,” said Valeri, who was named the match’s Most Valuable Player. “I’m really thankful. I’m happy for myself and my teammates.” In only their fifth MLS season, the Timbers became just the third expansion club to win the crown, after the ... Read more

MLS Cup preview: Columbus Crew seek second MLS crown against Portland Timbers

Photo credit: AFP. With Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara providing the scoring spark and Michael Parkhurst anchoring the backline, the Columbus Crew bid for a second Major League Soccer crown Sunday against Portland. The Crew, whose lone title came in 2008, will host the Timbers in the MLS Cup championship match. Portland won their only meeting this season 2-1 at Columbus in September. SEE MORE: 5 must-see games on television this weekend. Kamara, 31, briefly played at Norwich City in England’s Premier League. He netted 22 goals this season to share the league scoring crown while US midfielder Ethan Finley ... Read more

MLS Cup: Similarities could become defining differences

A few things to keep in mind as you watch Columbus and Portland go after it Sunday in Mapfre Stadium, where the 20th MLS Cup will be decided: Nagbe and Trapp as the key midfield connectors Two men central to Sunday’s action had their international coming out party about a year apart, both in interesting ways, although in very different settings. Darlington Nagbe, the silky smooth Portland Timbers midfielder, earned his first US national team cap in St. Louis last month, and it really was quite a lovely moment. Nagbe, Liberian-born but having lived almost all of his 25 years ... Read more

Timbers’ route to MLS Cup forged memories that transcend soccer

When he was battling kidney cancer, going through chemotherapy, and losing his long, wavy hair in the winter 2012, eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre of Portland contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He wanted his soccer team, the Green Machine, to play a game against the Portland Timbers. Atticus would be cancer free by late spring 2013, and on an early May day that year, at 11:00 a.m., the Timbers granted him wish. They opened up what was then called Jeld-Wen Field to 3,000 members of the Timbers Army, who amassed in the stadium’s imposing North End to cheer on Atticus and the ... Read more

There’s a little Mourinho in Portland’s Caleb Porter

Caleb Porter has been one of US soccer’s rising stars ever since his days at Akron, and much of that promise has finally been fulfilled with this year’s Portland team. His Timbers have finally reached the MLS Cup final after the head coach’s false starts with the US under-23s in 2012, as well as with the Timbers last season. But despite his success, Porter has become one of the most divisive figures in American soccer; not for his style or tactics, but for his antics. From his very famous spat with Pep Guardiola during the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, to ... Read more