US Open Cup 4th Round
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 - 3 Portland Timbers after extra time
Maybe Portland was never going to lose this, but they made it a lot harder than they had to. Portland were the beneficiary of two penalties, which Nagbe bagged for a brace. Fort Lauderdale's first goal was scored when a cross found Aly Hassan with plenty of space. Their second goal was scored when Agbonifo made an ill-advised backpass, which Mark Anderson intercepted and converted into an easy goal, forcing Portland to suffer the ravages of extra time. It looked like the match would go to a penalty shootout, but German prospect Yannik Schulze found David Moreno in the box with a nice pass, and Moreno shot it into the net from the top of the box, giving Portland the much-arduous victory.
Player of the Match: Darlington Nagbe
Injury Update: Darlington Nagbe will miss 3 to 4 weeks with a twisted knee, a huge blow for Portland since he's their only right winger.
Carlos Rodriguez Traded to Philadelphia
June 6: Portland has announced that they have traded left back Carlos Rodriguez to the Philadelphia Union for their 2015 1st round Superdraft pick. This trade accomplishes three things: It gets value for a player that wasn't being used much, since Philadelphia is currently at the bottom of the table they have a good chance of having the 1st overall pick in 2015, which would give us that pick three years running, and the trade gets Rodriguez out of the Western Conference.
Bryan Constant signed by Portland
June 6: In what may be later described as a magnificent capture if all things go right, Portland have signed 20 year old OGC Nice right winger Bryan Constant on a free transfer. Since Constant is under 24, Portland has to pay Nice $1.6 million. Constant has been signed to a four year, $350,000 (maximum non-Designated Player) contract, and the transfer will go through June 27. Darlington Nagbe's injury has exposed the lack of depth in right wing in Portland, and this should help that.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - 1 Portland Timbers
It wasn't the greatest result, but with the squad weakened by injuries and international call-ups, it was a decent one. Kenny Miller's well-placed finished forced Portland to play from behind. Portland's movement looked lackluster, but they finally got something together late and Teal Bunbury had a nice well-timed close range finish to equalize.
Player of the Match: Edson (Portland)
Injury Update: Alonso Herrera suffered strained ankle ligaments and will be out 6-7 weeks. He has been placed on the disabled list, his roster spot is freed up and he will be unavailable for six matches.
Bjorn Kringe Loaned
Portland's Bjorn Kringe has been loaned to the Puerto Rico Islanders for the rest of the season.
Houston Dynamo 1 - 2 Portland Timbers
Portland has a 14 game unbeaten streak going, but Houston had an 11 game unbeaten streak of their own. Portland took the lead with great close-range finishes from Kevin Barmby and Teal Bunbury. Houston pulled one back when Giorgi Makaridze allowed Bobby Boswell to score a nice header off of a corner kick. In the 60th minute, Mica apparently fouled a Houston attacker in the box, but the referee said play on, disregarding Houston's protests.
Player of the Match: Teal Bunbury (Portland)
Teal Bunbury Injured
Portland striker Teal Bunbury suffered a groin strain while running during practice, he will be out for 3-4 weeks. The injuries are really piling up for Portland, but thankfully they're relatively minor.
Portland Timbers - FC Dallas
Despite Portland playing defense by possessing the ball over 70% of the time, they found FC Dallas's 4-1-4-1 incredibly hard to break down, until Kevin Barmby found a bit of space to knock away an 81st minute goal that proved to be the winner.
Player of the Match: Leanderson (Portland)
Injury Update: Will Johnson suffered a damaged elbow and will be out 2-3 weeks. Well, that's all our AMR depth obliterated, at least for the short term.
US Open Cup Quarterfinal
DC United 0 - 1 Portland Timbers
The pre-match predicted it would go to penalties, and it was a very defensive match. Conor Shanovsky's second yellow card after a foul in the attacking penalty area both stopped a potential DC attack and got him sent off, which might have been the nudge needed to give Portland the win in regulation. Jose Valencia got the late winner with a nice header off a corner kick.
Player of the Match: Timothy Agbonifo (Portland)
Chivas USA 1 - 2 Portland Timbers
Bobby Burling is usually a quality defender for Chivas USA, but he had a terrible performance against Portland. After Sammy Ochoa scored Chivas USA's first goal, Burling made a mistake that Kevin Barmby took advantage of for Portland's first goal. Jose Valencia got space in the penalty box and scored the 82nd minute goal to take the lead outright. Chivas USA had a corner kick, which Nagbe pulled down and ran free from extremely deep, Chivas USA having pulled all its men forward. Nagbe fluffed the finish though. Burling took a boneheaded red card in the 90th minute when committing a professional foul on Kevin Barmby.
Player of the Match: Jose Adolfo Valencia (Portland)
Hail to the kings of MLS!