Timbers start to the season: bittersweet

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NWSB Insider and Portland Timbers’ blogger Jeff Budke gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em to the start of Portland’s 2013 MLS season. Saturday had a completely different feel to it. The consistency of the Timbers Army was the extent of the consistency inside Jeld-Wen Field as Portland failed to string together consistent attacks (despite majority possession) and lost to Montreal Impact 2-1.

Five expectations for the 2013 Portland Timbers

The Timbers took home the Cascadia Cup in 2012, can they repeat the effort in 2013? (Photo: portlandtimbers.com)

NWSB Insider Jeff Budke gives you 5 expectations for the 2013 Portland Timbers’ MLS season. With quality play to build on from this long season, how will Merritt Paulson and the gang turn disappointment into success in the Rose City? A prediction. Last year’s first round pick only played in a few games, but the physicality Andrew Jean-Baptiste brought could really develop with a full offseason.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers love ‘em & hate ‘em

Frank Songo'o propelled the Timbers to victory with a goal over the Whitecaps off a set piece.

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the Portland Timbers’ victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. After putting together a series of impressive performances without being rewarded with a victory, the Timbers edged the Whitecaps 2-1 in front of an outstanding crowd a JELD-WEN field. Portland took the lead in the 41st minute on a goal by Darlington Nagbe. Kenny Miller equaled for the Whitecaps. Franck Songo’o won it.

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls love ‘em & hate ‘em

Portland blew a two goal lead to the NY Red Bulls on Sunday evening with a final score of 3-2 in favor of the Red Bulls. Photo: SBnation

NWSB Writer and Editor Chris Anderson talks about the Timbers loss to the NY Red Bulls on Sunday evening. Not only did the Timbers, who find themselves with just 21 points this season and in last place in the Western Conference, have to play on the road yet again, but they would have to face a New York team that had put up stellar numbers throughout the year en route to being placed in 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

MLS Matchup Report: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

David Chiumiento, Vancouver FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with his matchday preview between your Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers. Vancouver needs to pull together a much tighter display for this match. Davide Chiumiento will likely make a return to the starting lineup, as will Omar Salgado. Expect a 2-1 loss to a solid Portland team.

Portland Timbers Player Profiles: Darlington Nagbe

The globetrotter himself, Darlington Nagbe (photo bloo.it)

NWSB Insider and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Darlington Nagbe. Nagbe was born in Liberia and after moving from country to country, he finally came to America at age of 12. After going pro after his junior year, and a national championship with the University of Akron, Nagbe was selected second overall by the expansion Portland Timbers.

Game Day Preview / Keys to the match! Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers

KC vs. Portland

NWSB Insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas reports on the matchup Saturday between Sporting KC and the Timbers. Did you know Missouri-native and Portland captain Jack Jewsbury spent eight years with Sporting KC, making 195 appearances while scoring 14 goals and 20 assists.

Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles Galaxy love ‘em & hate ‘em

Timbers vs Galaxy

NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers lost 3-1 to the LA Galaxy on Saturday. Forward Kris Boyd emphasized that the loss to reporters that the team must stay positive and stick together. Truer words could not have been spoken more than those in Carson.

Chivas USA vs. Timbers FC Love ‘em and Hate ‘em

Chivas USA vs. Portland Timbers

NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to Chivas USA on Saturday. Everyone in the building knew that Portland would need more than a handful of shots on Kennedy in order to beat Chivas. Troy Perkins extended the misery of Portland fans by allowing two more in the loss.

2012 MLS Insight: Portland Timbers season preview

Kris Boyd

NWSB insider Jason Green brings us news from the MLS this week and his 2012 Portland Timbers season preview. There is a lot of promise this season in the midfield for the Timbers with the likes of Darlington Nagbe, Diego Chara, and Jack Jewsbury. The big news up front is the addition of striker Kris Boyd. What do you think 2012 holds in store for the Timbers FC?

Timbers Next to Fall to Portland’s Knee Injury Curse

Timbers Header

NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us news from the MLS injury front this week specifically the Portland Timbers. Newly acquired Columbian forward Jose Adolfo Valencia, who will be sidelined for 6-to-12 months following Monday’s knee surgery to have damaged cartilage in his left knee repaired.

Portland Timbers: 2011 Year in Review

Portland Timbers Weekly Notebook | October 18

NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us the year in review for the 2011 Inaugural season for the Portland Timbers. This season saw a stunning upset over the eventual champions as well as some highlight reel moments from Darlington Nagbe and Troy Perkins. Rookie Deigo Chara shone while veteran Jack Jewsbury helped guide the Timbers squad.