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.

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.

Portland Timbers vs. Toronto FC: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Portland and Toronto played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. Photo: The Canadian Press

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC last night. Sal Zizzo started the scoring in the 21st minute when he put home a pass into the back of the net. Despite surrendering two consecutive Toronto goals to Eric Hassli and Luis Silva, the Timbers bounced back late on a goal by Darlington Nagbe in the 82nd minute.

MLS Matchup report: Portland Timbers vs. Toronto FC

Sounders vs. Timbers

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson previews today’s Timbers match against Toronto FC. The Portland Timbers will be taking on Toronto FC North of the border today at 4:30 pm PST. This will be the only 2012 meeting between Portland and Toronto and pits the two lowest ranked teams in the MLS. Key matchup includes Donovan Rickets, Portland’s newest goalie.

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Portland broke their losing streak as Jewsbury found the back of the net. Photo: CBS

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the Timbers’ game against FC Dallas. Instead of giving up five goals (including an own goal), the Timbers surrendered just one in front of yet another boisterous crowd at JELD-WEN field. While Frank Songo’o did not receive a red card by any means, he will be suspended.

MLS Matchup report: Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas

Kris Boyd

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Sunday’s game between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers. When Kris Boyd gets going and plays well the entire Portland team plays well. Boyd has been nothing short of impressive this year and will likely contend for MLS newcomer of the year come the end of the season. Kickoff: August 5, 2012 7:00pm EST.

MLS gambling report: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers handicapping

Portland will be looking to avenge a 5-0 loss to FC Dallas this Sunday. Photo: AP/Dallas Morning News

NWSB Writer Matt Martz gives betting predictions for the Timbers game against FC Dallas on Sunday.The Portland Timbers will host FC Dallas at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday, as the two sides meet from the second time in as many weeks. Needless to say, Portland is looking for a different result in this one. Kris Boyd and Brek Shea are players to watch.

MLS Matchup Report: Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas

Portland will be looking to avenge a 5-0 loss to FC Dallas this Sunday. Photo: AP/Dallas Morning News

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about tonight’s game between FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers. Tied together in last place in the Western Conference with 19 points, this evening’s battle will be a competition to stay out of last place. With temperatures hovering 105 degrees, this match is sure to be one of the biggest endurance testers for both teams.

Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Portland lost for the 7th time on the road this season. Photo: mlssoccer.com

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about his love ‘em and hate ‘em from the Timbers’ loss to Chivas USA in Los Angeles, California. Trying to come up with their first road win of the season, the Timbers could not muster decent attacks and threats on goal. Chivas, looking to distance itself from the bottom of the MLS ranks and ascend to playoff contention, scored their only goal in the 16th minute.

MLS Matchup Report: Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA

Kris Boyd

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson previews Wednesday’s MLS game between the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA. After conceding five goals to the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 5-3 loss at JELD-WEN field, the Portland Timbers will once again hit the road when they take on Chivas USA in The Home Depot Center.

LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Los Angeles Galaxy

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about his love ‘em and hate ‘em from last night’s Timbers 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy. There was a goal in the third minute, four goals in nine minutes by one team, three players with two goals each, goals from penalty kicks, goals from set pieces, all bottled up in a stadium that provides for one of the best atmospheres. Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, David Beckham, and Kris Boyd were on form.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: What to expect tonight

Kris Boyd

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about what to expect between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers as they clash in Rio Tinto Stadium tonight. The Timbers, who are now tied for 8th place in the Western Conference with plenty of room for advancement, will be looking to play spoiler to a Real Salt Lake team who sits in second in the conference with 33 points. Keys include differing styles of game play and Kris Boyd.

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