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.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers MLS love ‘em & hate ‘em

The Portland Timbers drew in their final contest of the 2012 MLS Season against the San Jose Earthquakes. (Photo: oregonlive.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his love ‘em and hate ‘em from Portland’s draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. Portland was horrendous at times during the 2012 MLS Season. A terrible June, July, and August paved the way for the Timbers becoming the laughing stock of the MLS. Nice 67th minute goal by Bright Dike, love that name. Hope 2013 brings better results. Cheers Timbers Army!

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

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

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. And, after all things were said and done, the Timbers walked away with the Cascaida Cup trophy as they vanquished the Whitecaps by a score of 1-0.

Portland can still claim Cascadia Cup glory

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Portland Timbers and the Cascadia Cup. The Timbers must win this game, they cannot settle for a draw. Though a draw would give them nine points in the cup chase to tie the Sounders, the drubbing they received in Seattle was enough to give the Sounders an advantage in goal differential over the Timbers.

Portland Timbers: What went wrong in Seattle?

Portland fell victim to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night in front of 66,000+ at CenturyLink Field, walking away without the Cascadia Cup. (Photo: Portlandtimbers.com)

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the Timbers’ loss to the Sounders on Sunday night. Greeted by over 66,000 ravenous fans at CenturyLink Field, the Timbers failed to convert any of their opportunities as they lost to Seattle by a score of 3-0.

MLS Matchup report: Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake

The last time Portland and Real Salt Lake met, Alvaro Saborio had quite the night. Photo credit: sbnation.com

NWSB Editor and Writer previews tomorrow’s matchup between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. The Portland Timbers will be heading to Salt Lake to take tomorrow to take on a Real Salt Lake team that finds themselves tied for the third position in the MLS Western Conference. Matchup to Watch: Alvaro Saborio vs. Portland Defense.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids MLS love ‘em & hate ‘em

The Timbers fell to the Rapids 3-0 for the second time on the road this season. Photo: Oregonlive.com

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s latest 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rapids. Costly errors coupled with the fact that Portland could never conjure any great opportunities in the final third of the field ultimately resulted in a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Colorado, a drubbing that all but sealed the Timbers’ fate this season as they begin to embark on the hardest part of their 2012 MLS schedule.

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 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.

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