Portland Timbers’ Foolish Play Costs Them in Montreal

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Things were looking good for the Portland Timbers heading into Saturday’s match in Montreal. They had their optimal starting eleven in for the first time since opening night. All of their key pieces, including Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri, were back and as healthy as could be. Everything was lining up for a big road […] READ MORE


Detroit City FC Friendly a Sign of Cooperation with MLS Expansion

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I received an email yesterday from Detroit City FC announcing an international friendly against Italian side Venezia on June 18. Le Rouge are no stranger to European opponents, they played FC United of Manchester last season and will take on Glentoran of Northern Ireland over Memorial Day weekend this year. The club taking on a […] READ MORE


Portland Timbers Defense Report: Roy Miller Solid in Start Against Atlanta United

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Caleb Porter must have read my article from last week, because he decided to give Roy Miller the start at center back over the older and slower Lawrence Olum against Atlanta United. Unfortunately for both myself and the Timbers manager, Miller didn’t have his best performance of the year on Sunday afternoon. He wasn’t awful, […] READ MORE



MLS Predictions and Early Stories are Meaningless

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Remember back in the days of yore (this past March), when Minnesota United¬†was outscored 11-2 over their first two games of the season? Yeah, they were the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. The general thought was they would be the worst expansion franchise ever and fans would avoid TCF Bank Stadium […] READ MORE


International Champions Cup Match is a Litmus Test for Soccer in Detroit

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Italian giants AS Roma will take on French champions Paris-Saint Germain in an International Champions Cup match at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit on July 19. It will be the first time the stadium is hosting a soccer game and the first top tier soccer event in the city since the USA took on Canada […] READ MORE


A Look at Slow Starting 2016 MLS Cup Playoff Teams

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There are four defending 2016 MLS Cup Playoff teams that are crashing and burning early on. This happens every season in a league defined by parity. Both conference champions got off to slow starts and ended up missing the playoffs last year and the eventual champion Seattle Sounders were bottom feeders until a coaching change […] READ MORE



MLS TAM Increase is Great, but Not Enough to Bring the League to the Top

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MLS owners are reportedly discussing an increase in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the 2018 season.¬†This is far from a bad thing. Giving teams more money to spend on players will keep the current lot happy and help attract more talent to the league as a whole. However, as MLS continues to give the teams […] READ MORE


Nagbe Golazo Helps Timbers Win in Cascadia Cup Clash With Vancouver

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PORTLAND, OR (April 22, 2017) – The Portland Timbers started their Cascadia Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Providence Park. A goal of the year candidate from Darlington Nagbe and a Darren Mattocks finish on a quick counter attack made sure Freddy Montero’s rebound off a missed penalty did no […] READ MORE