While the Timbers still have one more match in the regular season they were recently eliminated from the playoffs with New York beating Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Still Portland’s first year in the league was a good one, as they were in the playoff race until the end of the season and ESPN MLS Power Rankings, which you can check out here, has the Timbers at #11.
The Timbers will finish their first ever MLS season facing Real Salt Lake on the road. In their first match of the season facing Real at home they beat them 1-0, which was Real Salt Lake’s first loss of the season. While the match means nothing to Portland since they are out of the post-season Real will play at full strength, as they must, at least, match the result of FC Dallas vs. San Jose match if they are to avoid a wild card game
In their last match, which kept them in the playoff picture until New York won, the Timbers played to a 1-1 hard fought draw with DC United in the Nation’s Capital. Portland got on the scoreboard first in the 24th minute, before DC United knotted the score at 1-1 in the 73rd minute. Timbers G Troy Perkins made a couple of saves at point-blank range in stoppage time to preserve the draw.
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OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion), DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture), FW Eddie Johnson (concussion), MF Darlington Nagbe (R knee), FW Spencer Thompson (R knee), MF Sal Zizzo (L knee strain).
PROBABLE: DF David Horst (L groin strain), GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness), FW Jorge Perlaza (lower back soreness).
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Timbers in the Community
The inaugural season for the Timbers has been a success with their fan base being one of the best in all of the MLS and what has also been a success is the Stand Together program. The mission of the Stand Together program is to improve the quality of life for children and families in the Portland community.