NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 16, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge, as we recognize his acceptance into his third All-Star Game. There were also two games against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. LA averaged 18.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG in the two contests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin debates whether or not Nicholas Batum is the solution to all of Portland’s woes or if they should think about trading him. Nicolas Batum—the current incumbent—is sitting on a four year, $45-$50 million, offer from Minnesota. Portland seems fully prepared to match. However, Minnesota is determined, reportedly exploring multiple sign-and-trade opportunities.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the firing of Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer. Though it should not come as a shock to Timbers supporters around the nation, the firing of Spencer highlights what has become a disappointing and frustrating atmosphere in the city of Portland. Disappointing results and play from players fostered the environment needed to fire Spencer.
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.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about tonight’s matchup between the Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes. What has been a roller coaster ride of a season, the Timbers once again find themselves in the dumps heading into yet another tough test as they face the Western conference leading San Jose Earthquakes. Players talked about include Kris Boyd and Mike Fucito.
NWSB Editor and Portland Timbers writer Chris Anderson brings us his report card for the Portland Timbers during the first half of the MLS season. Despite winning their first game of the season over the Philadelphia Union 3-1, the Timbers would only scratch out two more victories in between their opener and June 17, leaving them in last place and wondering where so much promise for a young and talented team went. MVP for Portland so far is Scotsman Kris Boyd.
NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.
NWSB Insider and Portland Timbers blogger Chris Anderson stops by today to give you his favorite Timbers go to websites when he needs team coverage, press conferences, breaking MLS news and more. Chris lists websites he is sure will give you a variety of up-to-date information as well as articles that will keep you full of Timbers info.