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

Portland Timbers: Late Handball Foils Offensive Outburst and Lets the New York Red Bulls Slip Away with 3-3 Draw


The Portland Timbers’ Sunday night match against the New York Red Bulls featured a little bit of everything -- literally. A red card. An own goal. A costly handball. Two penalty kicks -- one missed, one made. And six goals. In the end, the Timbers let the Red Bulls slip out of town with a 3-3 tie after building a two-goal lead and outplaying their opponents in the second half. “It was a cruel ...   More
Sunday, June 19, 2011 by

Portland Timbers: A Viewer's Guide to Sunday's Match Against the New York Red Bulls


The Portland Timbers’ recent three-game slide has forced the club within a hair of the Major League Soccer Western Conference basement. Fans are still blaming last week’s reffing fiasco for a late loss to the reigning MLS Cup champions, but the team’s performance has to get a lot better—and fast.No team to visit Jeld-Wen Field so far has had quite the star power the New York Red Bulls will ...   More
Friday, June 17, 2011 by

Portland Timbers: Late Goal Lets Rapids Escape, 1-0


Notoriously slow starts have been a general concern for the Portland Timbers. But one game in particular—a 3-1 blowout by the Colorado Rapids in their MLS debut—was fresh in everyone’s mind entering Saturday’s rematch. The Timbers marked their entry into the league by allowing three goals in the first 30 minutes of that March contest. On Saturday night, at home and away from the elevation ...   More
Saturday, June 11, 2011 by


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