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Timbers rebound in big way

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 7:51pm
Portland overwhelms LA Galaxy 5-2 to end skid Staff Report

The Portland Timbers washed away two weeks of struggles in just 30 minutes Wednesday night, scoring three times on the way to a 5-2 win over the LA Galaxy at Providence Park that secured a playoff spot.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored in the sixth and 19th minute and Diego Valeri sent home a penalty kick in the 30th minute for a 3-0 lead that helped the cause of erasing the memory of two consecutive late-game goals that turned wins into draws tucked behind a 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake.

Portland improved to 10-5-5 for 35 points in the Western Conference standings, tied for second with Seattle with three games left in the regular season.

The scoring outburst was in line with what the team did at the start of the month, destroying the Galaxy 6-3 on the road directly before a 3-0 win over San Jose. It moved the Timbers to the top of the league in scoring, tied a 44 with LAFC.

Portland's 1-all tie with LAFC, Oct. 18, followed by a 1-all draw with Seattle Thursday both came about from opponent goals in extra time at the close of the match. 

Eryk Williamson and Andy Polo added second-half goals for the Timbers.

Cristian Pavon scored both goals for the Galaxy, which remained at the bottom of the West at 5-11-3, 18 points. The team is likely to miss the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

The Timbers return to action at home Sunday against Vancouver at 7 p.m.



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Timbers don't win/lose again

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:06pm
Portland gives up extra-time goal, settles for 1-1 draw with Seattle Staff Report Andres Flores works against the Seattle defense Thursday. AP photo

It happened again.

For the third time this season, and second in five days, the Portland Timbers gave up a goal in extra-time and settled for a 1-1 draw, this time with rival Seattle at CenturyLink Field Thursday.

The Timbers got a goal in the 10th minute from Andres Flores, and it held up for more than 80 minutes before Will Bruin scored in the 93rd minute to cause the draw between the teams atop the Western Conference standings. Bruin's shot was the only one on goal for the Sounders who outshot the visitors 15-8. Seattle held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks as well.

Portland moved to 9-5-5 overall with 32 points, and remained tied with the Sounders. But, they missed out on moving three points ahead of their rivals due to the late goal.

LAFC managed a 1-1 draw with the Timbers Sunday with a goal in the 93rd minute at Providence Park, where the team settled for a 4-4 draw with Real Salt Lake, Aug. 29, when the visitors scored in extra time as well.

Portland has nearly a week off before facing the LA Galaxy Wednesday at home.



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Thorns make slick roster move

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 4:30pm
Portland throws money at Seattle for national star Crystal Dunn Staff Report AP photo

The Portland Thorns made national news Thursday when they announced the addition of midfielder Crystal Dunn from OL Reign in exchange for allocation money, an international roster spot for the 2021 season and its natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft.

Tacoma, Wash.-based OL Reign will receive $150,000 in allocation money upon execution of the trade.

“We are delighted to add a world-class player to an already talented group,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer. “Crystal has proven herself on the international level and been a dominant player in the NWSL for many years. Her professionalism and presence will reinforce and add to the strong culture we have in this club.”

The 2021 season will mark Dunn’s seventh season in the NWSL.

Dunn, 28, began her career with the Washington Spirit (2014-16) and played the last three seasons (2018-2020) with the North Carolina Courage. She also played with Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League in 2017.

Individually, Dunn won the NWSL MVP in 2015 along with the Golden Boot, scoring a league-best 15 goals, earned NWSL Best XI accolades in 2015 and 2018, and NWSL Second XI honors in 2016 and 2019.

During her NWSL career, Dunn has appeared in 89 games (81 starts), recording 32 goals and 20 assists.

“Crystal is a game-changer, and with her intelligence, dribbling, passing and finishing ability, she can unlock a game in a split second, while her defensive qualities and work rate make her as impactful off the ball as she is on it,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She has a winning mentality, a contagious personality full of positivity and the desire to be the best and make people around her the best.”

Dunn has made 104 appearances for the U.S. Women's National Team, tallying 24 goals and 17 assists. She was part of the team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, starting and playing 90 minutes of six of the team’s seven matches.

Dunn was also part of the US team that won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2012.

She was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft after playing at North Carolina.

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Thorns top NWSL Fall Series with Sinclair brace

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:56pm
Portland's 2-1 win at Seattle is third win in four matches Staff Report

A late-season scoring surge by team legend Christine Sinclair helped the Portland Thorns play into the NWSL Fall Series Supporters Shield Saturday with a 2-1 road win over Seattle’s OL Reign.

Sinclair scored twice on penalty kicks to give her six goals in four matches.

Portland won three of its four matches and tied the other in the Fall Series, which the league created after its mid-year tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Sinclair led the league in scoring during the fall season.

Houston won three of its four matches for nine points and finished second.



Portland 2, OL REIGN 1

UTAH ROYALS 1, Portland 1

PORTLAND 4, OL Reign 1

PORTLAND 3, Utah Royals 0


Thorns 1, UTAH ROYALS 1

Christine Sinclair continued her scoring surge with a goal that helped the Thorns settle for a draw at Utah, Oct. 3.

Portland dominated possession (60 percent to 40), but managed just five shots on goal. But, the outcome helped the team continue its hold on the league lead lead with seven points through three matches.

Trailing 1-0, Sinclair put home a loose ball in front of the Utah goal in the 59th minute for the equalizer.


Christine Sinclair put her emphatic stamp on Wednesday night's game with Seattle's OL Reign with a hat trick, leading the Portland Thorns to a 4-1 victory at Providence Park.

Sinclair scored on a penalty kick and put two other balls into the net off solid passes. 

First-year teammate Rocky Rodriguez scored her first goal of the season with a highlight finish on a cross from Lindsey Horan. 

The Thorns play at Utah on Saturday continuing the NWSL's Fall series, which will be the team's third match in seven days.



Sophia Smith made her debut for the Portland Thorns as memorable as possible in a 3-0 victory over the Utah Royals as part of the NWSL Fall Series Sept. 20.

Smith, the top overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, scored in the 72nd minute off an assist by Meghan Klingenberg to boost Portland to a 2-0 lead. The Thorns, who got on the board in the 35th minute off a goal by Simone Charley, added the closing score in the 81st when Lindsey Horan put one home unassisted.

Portland continues the Fall Series Sept. 30 with a home match against the Seattle Reign.

The Thorns dominated much of the match starting with possession - 62-38 percent. They also featured nine corner kicks to just three for Utah.

The three goals surpassed the total the team managed in five matches during the Challenge Cup in July, when it scored just twice altogether.


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