Timbers Army Blogs

  • The Morrison Report: Faltering Flexibility Edition

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    April 18, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The Portland Timbers are behind the eight ball.  That the results have been poor thus far is beyond debate.  But more fundamental problem for the Timbers is how easily opposing defenses have blunted the once-incisive Portland offense. For the first five games of the season, opponents dropped their lines deep to keep the Timbers from breaking ...

  • Hey Mr. DJ!

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    April 12, 2014
    Andrew Brawley

    I say we double down and add a few more slow numbers to our chant catalog. What say ye?

  • Timbers CONCACAF Champions League Travel Possibilities

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    April 11, 2014
    John Holden

    Despite the slow start to 2014, the Timbers still have a chance to win all four major competitions they’re a part of this season. With CONCACAF Champions League that fourth competition (apart from MLS Cup, US Open Cup, and the Supporters’ Shield), why not get up to speed on where the Timbers may be traveling internationally, ...

  • Just a Guy With the Keys to a Blog Musing

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    April 7, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    So where are we at? Five games, 3 draws and 2 losses. I’m not quite ready to toss the towel in yet and repeat 2012. We have definitely had some problems. Our inability to defend set pieces is troubling considering that was a problem last year going into it and nobody bothered to address it ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Catch Fire; Crash and Burn

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    April 6, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    Progress isn’t always a pretty process.  And Saturday afternoon, the Timbers showed significant signs of progress before crashing to a disappointing 4-4 draw against the Seattle Sounders. Signs of hope weren’t the first thought that crossed the Timbers faithful’s mind.  Rather, it was an old foe; set piece defending.  After Seattle earned an early third minute ...

  • The Actually Pay Attention Blog 4

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    April 4, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Weekly roundup of hits. Expand your knowledge.

  • One Seat + One Scarf

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    April 3, 2014
    Mike Coleman

    Saturday is a big day, and, as with any derby match, emotions will be running high. We cannot directly control what happens on the pitch, but we can control what happens in the terraces. One of the biggest areas of contention within the TA the past few years has related to seat saving. The Timbers Army ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Play Little D in Big D

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    March 31, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The Timbers offense is a mess.  Sure, there is plenty of on-ball talent in the Timbers attack, but no amount of quality can compensate for an offense’s failure to function off the ball.  Until Saturday, the only thing keeping the Timbers in games was the Timbers’ imperfect, but still solid defense.  Until Saturday. Portland’s backline broke ...

  • The Actually Pay Attention Blog 3

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    March 28, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    This week’s recap follows the Timbers and other moves around the league as well as the world. Your weekly update of readable info with an angle is here.

  • Our Next Big Community Project Revealed!

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    March 27, 2014
    Mike Coleman

    It just seems like yesterday we announced successfully funding the largest project the 107 Independent Supporters Trust and Timbers Army had undertaken to date: Bless Field. It was a remarkable moment in our organization and one that would not have happened without you. However, the demand for places to play the beautiful game in Soccer City ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Can’t Catch a Break in Colorado

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    March 24, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The last thing the Timbers needed on top of their tepid form was bad luck.  While the Timbers were less than overwhelming on Saturday, bad luck is exactly what they got from the linesman’s flag, the referee’s whistle, and even Mother Nature herself. In subzero temperatures with occasional snow flurries, the Timbers’ high-speed offense was asked ...

  • The Morrison Report: Absolutely Wrong Edition

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    March 22, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    Mark Geiger got the red card on Donovan Ricketts absolutely wrong.  The correct call was a yellow card on Deshorn Brown. After Dillon Powers played a 68th minute ball over the top in the direction of Deshorn Brown, Ricketts and Brown were placed on a collision course to the ball.  The first bounce in unkind to ...

  • The Actually Pay Attention Blog 2

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    March 21, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    These are some highlights from MLS for the week. Enjoy.

  • Match Report: Timbers Limp Out of the Gates and Into Another Draw

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    March 16, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The wait for the Timbers to find their offensive mojo continues for another week.  In a game of two distinct halves, the Timbers sleepwalked out of the gates in the first half to fall behind then rediscovered some of their form in the second to earn a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire. The Timbers’ best ...

  • The Actually Pay Attention Blog

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    March 15, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    I’m going to try to do this at least once a week during the season. It’s going to be full of stuff you should probably pay attention to as a fan of the mighty Portland Timbers.

  • Help Make the 107ist Lending Library, Booked!, a reality

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    March 12, 2014
    Mike Coleman

    Hey Timbers Army supporters! The official soccer library of the TA, Booked!, is collecting footballing books and other media (mags, vids, dvds,…) at the fanladen before the match this Sunday (3/16) and before the 4/3 match vs the fishing village to the north. Lending for 107ist members will begin 4/12 before the Chivas USA match! We will also have ...

  • Match Report: Same Problems, Improbable Savior

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    March 10, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    Sometimes preseason performance is indicative of early regular season performance.  Just as the Timbers dominated the ball, controlled much of the game, and came away disappointed against San Jose and Vancouver, Portland failed to earn a result despite an on-paper advantage and dominating possession against the Philadelphia Union. Like Vancouver, Philadelphia put on a performance at ...

  • The Morrison Report: Attackers Preview Edition

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    March 8, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The Timbers play jazz.  Most of MLS plays classical. In the Portland Timbers’ system, the distinction between the various midfield positions and forward is largely one of degree, perspective, and circumstance.  Will Johnson is the perfect example.  In any given game, he can sit in front of the backline, step up centrally to join the attack, ...

  • The Morrison Report: 2014 Crystal Log Edition

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    March 7, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    This time of year, the forests of the Pacific Northwest are shrouded in mist, and a dense layer of grey covers the skies of Portland.  But here at The Morrison Report, the clouds obscuring our vision into the 2014 Timbers have parted, and the Crystal Log has revealed its secrets. March 8 – Philadelphia Union Timbers 3, ...

  • Time is Ticking

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    March 6, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Counting down the hours to the start of the season is always a bit rough. On one hand the offseason is really short and on the other it’s been too long since the intensity of a game that matters has coursed through your veins.

  • 107ist to Donate $50,000 to Operation Pitch Invasion to be Used Towards Bless Field

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    March 5, 2014
    Garrett Dittfurth

    The 107 Independent Supporters Trust is pleased to announce a donation of $50,000 to Operation Pitch Invasion on behalf of the Timbers Army towards the completion of Bless Field. Bless Field will be a youth-sized all-season soccer pitch for the children who live in Portland’s New Columbia Housing Project. A check presentation from Tyler Segel ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Lack Finishing Instinct to Conquer Caps

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    March 2, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    For the second time in a week, the Portland Timbers first team had control at the Rose City Invitational but failed to come away with the result.  After jumping into the lead with an early goal, the Timbers couldn’t make the advantage stick in their 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Portland found its goal in ...

  • The Morrison Report: Defenders Preview Edition

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    March 1, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    Looking across the Timbers backline heading into the 2014 season, there aren’t a lot of surprises.  Barring injury, the opening day starters on the back line will be Michael Harrington, Pa Modou Kah, Norberto Paparatto, and Jack Jewsbury.  And even further barring injury, it’s a good bet that those four will makeup the closing day ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Rattled By Quakes’ Set Pieces

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    February 25, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    The Portland Timbers opened the Rose City Invitational on Sunday evening looking to put on a good performance and give their supporters a taste of the success to come in 2014. While in many respects the boys in green delivered a solid outing, a lack of finishing quality and the old Achilles heel of set ...

  • The Morrison Report: Goalkeepers Preview Edition

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    February 16, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    A team returning the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year generally does not have too many questions between the wickets at the start of the new season.  And without question, Donovan Ricketts is the Portland Timbers’ first choice goalkeeper by quite some distance entering 2014. But it isn’t the top spot that furls some brows in ...

  • Looking for Timbers tickets?

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    February 14, 2014
    Andrew Brawley

    They might not be “Wonka Golden Ticket” status yet, but sometimes it can kinda feel like that.

  • Theater and Pints

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    February 11, 2014
    Mike Coleman

    One man.  Two sides.  And a World Cup soccer match that could change everything… Portland’s new Irish theatre company proudly presents smash hit tour de force A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER by internationally acclaimed Belfast playwright Marie Jones (author of the long-running Broadway and West End hit STONES IN HIS POCKETS, among others).  In the divided community ...

  • Alexi Lalas – Ginger Troll, or Trolling Ginger?

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    January 24, 2014
    Andrew Brawley

    Are you bored right now? Does ESPN not have enough work for you to do right now? Did you clear out your inbox early enough that you’re looking to create more work?

  • (Re)Join the 107ist Now and Shop at the Nike Employee Store in February

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    January 15, 2014
    Mike Coleman

    One of the amazing benefits of being a member of the 107ist are the discounts you get from dozens of merchants in and around Portland every day. However, we’ve got a special opportunity that’s only available to our membership for a limited time. Anyone who is a member of the 107ist today, or (re)joins before 1/26, will be ...

  • The Morrison Report: Spending Wisely Edition

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    January 5, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    As long as they’ve been in MLS, the Portland Timbers have played in the designated player market.  The Timbers signed their first DP, Diego Chara, on April 13, 2011, less than one month into their first MLS campaign.  Like many teams around the league, Portland’s record with DPs is mixed – with one fabulous success ...

  • The Morrison Report: Caleb’s Kids, Caleb’s Club Edition

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    January 4, 2014
    Chris Rifer

    At the dawn of 2013, one of the few bright spots for the Timbers was its promising collection of young talent.  And in 2013, each piece of that preexisting talent took – to varying degrees – steps forward on their path to development. Darlington Nagbe turned his considerable talent into considerable production.  Andrew Jean-Baptiste contributed several ...

  • The Morrison Report: Overlooked Legend Edition

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    December 23, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Ask Timbers supporters about Jack Jewsbury and a few phrases come up frequently.  Professional.  Workmanlike.  Leader.  Salty dog. Without a doubt, these capture a good portion of what Jewsbury brings to the Timbers.  For three years, Jack has given steely professionalism and quiet leadership to a club that until 2013 struggled to consistently produce a product ...

  • The Morrison Report: Asking the Question Again Edition

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    December 8, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    With awards season in the rear view mirror, and a number of Timbers’ mantles freshly adorned with individual awards, it’s hard to recall a time where there was doubt about the Timbers’ fortunes in 2013.  But remember that as the dust settled on the Timbers’ regular season opener, there were significant questions about whether this ...

  • The Morrison Report – Answering the Call Edition

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    December 1, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    As has become tradition here at The Morrison Report, with the Timbers 2013 campaign in the books, it’s time to talk who from the Timbers will be in green come March and who will be plying his trade elsewhere.  In the past, this has been a fun – albeit humbling – experience for The Morrison ...

  • Volunteer Opportunity: End of Season Tree Planting with Friends of Trees

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    November 26, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    107ist partners with Friends of Trees and the PTFC to plant Trees for Goals in SE Portland on Saturday, December 7th. 2013 has been a truly special season for the Portland Timbers.  Over the past year we have seen the Timbers go from our beloved perennial underdogs to one of the strongest teams in the top ...

  • Match Report: RSL Runs Away; Timbers Promise To Be Back

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    November 26, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    There were countless storylines created at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday night.  Real Salt Lake deservedly advanced to the MLS Cup Final.  The Portland Timbers clattered out of the playoffs, getting beat convincingly by an RSL team that was simply better.  Jason Kreis has his team in the Final in what looks more and more like his ...

  • 2013 Election Results

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    November 25, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    First, many thanks to the 13 individuals who threw their hats in the ring this year. Our organization only grows because of the work of hundreds of volunteers, and the current board really appreciates your willingness  to be at the forefront of those efforts. Also, the board would like to thank our election committee members: Basmah ...

  • The Morrison Report – Leg Two Tactics Edition

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    November 24, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    With just hours to go before the Portland Timbers try to climb the mountain that is their two-goal deficit to Real Salt Lake in Leg Two of the Western Conference Final, there are a few tactical questions that remain unanswered.  Below, I look at the three biggest decisions Caleb Porter has had to make this ...

  • The Morrison Report – BFD Edition

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    November 24, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Pending expected CONCACAF approval, the Portland Timbers have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League. Confirming a November 6th report by Prost Amerkia, the MLS website revealed Friday evening that a CCL berth will be awarded to the regular season conference winner that does not win the Supporters’ Shield, guaranteeing that each regular season conference champion will ...

  • The Morrison Report – MLS Awards Edition

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    November 17, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Who knew how hard this was going to be?  A week off between legs of the Conference Finals, it turns out, is torture. So, to help pass the time, The Morrison Report presents its league-wide awards for the 2013 regular season. MVP – Mike Magee.  I wrote this initially for Tim Cahill, but Magee’s statistical contributions to ...

  • When Stupid Just Doesn’t Cover It There Is Always Facepalm

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    November 15, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    When stupid just doesn’t cover it. There is always facepalm.

  • Match Report: Timbers Down, But Not Out

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    November 11, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It was never going to be as easy against Real Salt Lake as it was against Seattle.  But for a brief moment on Sunday, it appeared as though the Timbers fortunes had changed against the opponent that has been their Achilles heel in 2013. After Chris Wingert gave the Timbers a free kick in the 14th ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Stick a Fork in the Fish

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    November 8, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    One team was focused on Thursday night.  The other was not.  One team was determined on Thursday night.  The other was not.  One team was desperate for victory on Thursday night.  The other was not. The Portland Timbers are into the Western Conference Finals.  And they got there in dominant fashion. From the opening whistle on Thursday, ...

  • Call for Candidates – 2013 107ist Board of Directors Elections

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    November 8, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    While there is still work to be done on the pitch, and in the stands, it’s also time to make sure that the 107ist can continue to grow in the future. To that end, we would like to announce the call for candidates for the 107ist board of directors. We have four board positions open this year, and ...

  • Paint the Town in Green and Gold

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    November 5, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    What’s the last thing you can do? Paint the town Green and Gold on Thursday. For those of you breaking out your paint rollers put them away because that’s not what I mean. Wear your Portland Timbers gear to work and out on the town Thursday. Let everyone know what’s happening that night.

  • Match Report: Timbers Rope-a-Dope the Sounders

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    November 3, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    No Porterball, no problem.  The misunderstood, misbranded style of play that the Timbers were typecast into played absolutely no role in the Portland Timbers biggest win of the 2013 season to date, as the Timbers used their high pressure to funnel the Sounders offense into the teeth of their defense, and furiously counterattacked when Seattle ...

  • The Morrison Report – The Morrison Awards Edition

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    October 29, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Most Valuable Player – Diego Johnson.  Okay, so that’s not a person.  But the numbers speak for themselves.  When Diego Chara and Will Johnson started, the Timbers were 12-1-13, resulting in 49 points, an average of 1.88 points per game, and scoring 43 goals while only conceding 18.  That’s all fine and good, but you’re ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Gut the Goats and Win the West

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    October 27, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    On Saturday night, the Timbers went to the Stub Hub Center, won 5-0, and won the MLS Western Conference regular season title.  No part of that sentence was fathomable a year ago. A team that twelve months ago had a habit of pitying themselves and others personified the their supporters’ mantra on Saturday evening, showing Chivas ...

  • More Cascadia Kits Available! Get yours now.

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    October 25, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    Due to high demand the allotment of Cascadia Kits has been expanded by 150. Some of the additional kits are already spoken for but there are still 131 remaining. The order had to be placed so sizes are limited but this is what I have remaining as of Friday, October 25th: XS 7 S 7 M 31 L 50 XL 21 XXL ...

  • Match Report: Playoff Berth Clinched, Portland Can’t Finish RSL

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    October 21, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Qualifying for the playoffs is one thing.  But with each monster the Timbers slay and isle Portland escapes on their odyssey from mediocrity to excellence, the next demon poses a greater challenge than the one before. No challenge has been greater for Caleb Porter and the Timbers to date than Real Salt Lake, one of only ...

  • Will Johnson: 2013 Supporters Player of the Year

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    October 19, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Results are in. Votes are tallied. Your 2013 Supporters Player of the Year is none other than team captain Will Johnson. Please stick around after the match today for belt presentation. Come on you Timbers!

  • Volunteers Needed for Tifo

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    October 17, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Dates: Thursday, Oct. 17th and Friday, Oct. 18th at the Fanladen. Work sessions will begin ~5pm and we’ll work until we come to a convenient stopping point, or we finish things up completely. Even if you only have a couple hours to spare, any bit of help is appreciated.

  • First Annual End of Season Clearance

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    October 16, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    No Pity Originals will be having a sale this Saturday during the final match day against Salt Lake.

  • Match Report: Timbers Flip Script on Sounders

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    October 14, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Think back to August 25, 2013.  The Portland Timbers, in the midst of a rough stretch of play, headed to Seattle without Diego Chara, Will Johnson, and Ben Zemanski – their entire starting central midfield and first off the bench – for a huge showdown with the Seattle Sounders.  Portland played well for stretches of ...

  • 2013 Supporters Player of the Year

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    October 14, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Each year we allow Timbers fans to vote for the Supporters Player of the Year. The voting is now open for the 2013 Portland Timbers Supporters Player of the Year. This can be whomever you feel is the best player, best in the community, or you feel who wears the badge with the most humbleness ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Face First Playoff Test; Need Improvement

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    October 8, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In one very important way, Sunday’s match against Vancouver was a dress rehearsal for the second leg of a playoff series.  Portland has proven over the past several weeks that they can go toe to toe with playoff-quality opposition and come away with the result they need. What this Timbers team hadn’t faced, however, was an ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Escape Galaxy, Enter Race for Universal Supremacy

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    October 1, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    As summer turned to fall, Caleb Porter began to talk more and more about grinding out results in tight games.  Throughout much of August, however, the Timbers showed a knack for leaving points on the table – passing the eyeball test, but failing on the scoreboard. In two weeks, however, Portland has fulfilled their coach’s wish ...

  • The Morrison Report: Ride the Horse That Brought You Edition

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    September 23, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Barring a catastrophic collapse from the Timbers, Caleb Porter should and will be MLS Coach of the Year.  Jason Kreis is the only other coach whose name reasonably should be on the ballot, but considering the Timbers’ cupboard was almost entirely bare a year ago, Porter is the clear choice. So it goes without saying that ...

  • Match Report: Real Points, Not Style Points

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    September 21, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The Timbers have earned a lot of style points in 2013.  Throughout much of the season, they’ve looked to the naked eye like one of the best teams in MLS.  And yet, coming into Friday’s match against Colorado, Portland sat in fifth place in the West with playoff qualification hanging in the balance. So, if you’d ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Leave Points in Los Angeles Again

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    September 15, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The StubHub Center continues to be a hullabaloo for the Portland Timbers.  Winless in seven tries at the house shared by Chivas USA and L.A. Galaxy, the Portland Timbers disappointingly drew the Goats in a disjointed Saturday evening affair. The Timbers were out of synch from the gun on Saturday, as eight minutes in an inexplicable ...

  • The Morrison Report: Master Plan Edition

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    September 14, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In August of 2012, the Timbers’ cupboard looked bare.  John Spencer had been fired, the club was mired in the midst of a horrible run of play, and any young talent the Timbers once had was showing little sign of developing into anything but unfulfilled potential.  Then, against Dallas on August 5th, Bright Dike came ...

  • Represent Cascadia, pre-order your Cascadia kit now!

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    September 6, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    As of 10:00AM September 7th the kits are sold out! Volunteers from each of the three Cascadia supporters group have come together to produce a limited-edition Cascadia kit. Here is some information from Kelly Dews on how to get yours: —————– The kits will are being produced by Looptworks from Portland using upcycled material. They will sell for ...

  • The Morrison Report: End of the World Edition

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    September 2, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It was easy on Friday night to watch the Timbers get crushed in Salt Lake and conclude that the sky may be falling on a 2013 campaign that once harbored so much promise.  Indeed, the Timbers haven’t put in a performance that flat, that disorganized, and that utterly inferior since August of 2012. But consider that ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Squander Surge in Seattle

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    August 26, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It was always going to be difficult for the Timbers in Seattle without Will Johnson and Diego Chara.  But for forty-five minutes on Saturday, the Portland Timbers were dominant, carving their way through the Seattle midfield with ease.  But as has become a habit in big road fixtures, they failed to capitalize.  And when Seattle ...

  • Match Report: Timbers’ Lapses Let Salazar Take Spotlight

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    August 23, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In hindsight, it should have been predictable.  Coming into Wednesday, there was every reason to believe we’d see two quality teams put on a classy performance.  Rather, on Wednesday night at Jeld-Wen Field the Timbers Army was treated to two good teams playing disjointed soccer, and a referee with aspirations for stardom. For a while, however, ...

  • Don’t. Steal. The. Flags.

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    August 22, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    It seems strange that his even needs to be said, I mean we’re all adults here (except for the kids, they’re kids). But, alas, it appears it does need to be said: Don’t steal the flags. They’re not a Darlington Nagbe face or a set of Alaska Airlines pins or a House of Pane shirt – ...

  • Presented without comment

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    August 20, 2013
    Andrew Brawley

  • The Morrison Report: Rewriting the Rulebook Edition

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    August 19, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Over the course of the last several weeks The Morrison Report has thrown a good number of stones at the MLS and its Roster Rules.  While the Rules’ secrecy has been the primary target of our criticism, the events of the past several weeks have also exposed some of the convolution within the current MLS ...

  • Match Report: Valeri Runs Hoops Around Dallas

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    August 18, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It’s nice to have this feeling again in the Rose City.  Looking out over Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday evening, with the Timbers Army in full pregame voice, and Portland and Dallas warming up below, it was impossible to escape the feeling that this game carried significant consequences.  Win, and the Timbers would look poised to ...

  • The Morrison Report: Midsummer Moves Edition

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    August 16, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It’s quiet on Morrison Street.  Some would say too quiet. In a summer stocked with major MLS moves, each seemingly tabbed as the next big sign of the League’s maturation, the Portland Timbers have stayed uncharacteristically quiet. Michael Nanchoff went off on loan.  So was Jose Valencia.  Then he wasn’t.  Then he was.  Then he wasn’t. The Timbers ...

  • Announcement: BOOKED!

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    August 16, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Announcing the 107 Independent Supporters Trust Lending Library and Literary Outreach Project.

  • Match Report: Timbers Slump Out of the U.S. Open Cup

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    August 8, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It was inevitable that at some point this season the results would not come as easily as they did in the euphoric early going.  On Wednesday night in Sandy, Utah it became official – the Timbers are in a slump. It isn’t that Caleb Porter’s crew is playing poorly.  Indeed, in many respects they’re playing as ...

  • Seattle Away Information

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    August 7, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    So you want to go to Seattle for the now sold out match on 8/25/2013, but you want to know details. We’ve got it. We were trying to firm up buses for the trip and that’s why it has taken so long. As it stands now there are 750 tickets available for the bus and ...

  • The Morrison Report: Growing Up Edition

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    August 4, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In many respects, Seattle’s signing of Clint Dempsey to a four-year, $32 million contract with a reported $9 million transfer fee on top is a sign of significant progress in MLS.  For years, Dempsey – fueled by a sour experience with the League’s structure in his first MLS go-round – has been one of the ...

  • The Morrison Report: Coming ‘Round the Mountain Edition

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    July 22, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Another Monday.  Another rumor about Jose Valencia debunked.  Another snarky rebuke from Timbers leadership. Surer that the arrival of the train in “Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” the rumors of Trencito’s departure on loan took another cyclical turn on Monday, as the day came and went with the young Colombian still in the Rose City. But the rumors ...

  • Volunteer Opportunity: North Portland Sunday Parkways, July 28th

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    July 15, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    While we have volunteered as a group for these events in the past, it’s all hands on deck for the Timbers Army to staff McCoy Park with “Intersection Superheroes.” Located just around the corner from the future site of Bless Field, this is an excellent opportunity to show the residents of this enclave who ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Find A Way Through the Galaxy

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    July 14, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Even elite teams don’t dominate every match.  Over the course of a 34-game season, every team will have a certain number of games where they come out flat, experience some bad luck, or match up against a good team playing well. The latter happened to the Portland Timbers Saturday night, and in a good omen for ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Come Undone Early in Columbus

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    July 8, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Several times in 2013, the Portland Timbers have used pluck, opportunism, and a little luck to climb out of holes they’ve dug on the road.  On Sunday in Columbus, the Timbers summoned the pluck again, but ran out of opportunism and luck in a 1-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew. The first twelve minutes undid the ...

  • Cascadia Supporters Groups and Major League Soccer Reach Agreement in Principle on Cascadia Cup Trademark Issue

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    July 5, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    Portland, OR, Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA — Ahead of this weekends Cascadia Cup match between the Sounders and the Whitecaps, the supporters groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and Major League Soccer are pleased to announce we have reached an agreement in principle regarding the Cascadia Cup Trademark Issue. The agreement in ...

  • The Morrison Report: Trophies for Friendlies Edition

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    July 2, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In light of the Timbers’ successful six-game, eighteen-day stretch over the past few weeks, it is understandable that Wednesday’s friendly match-up with Monarcas Morelia has not been on the receiving end of much of the perpetual buzz following the Timbers this season.  Nonetheless, on Wednesday, the Timbers will inaugurate the Copa Verde – an annual ...

  • The Morrison Report: John the North End Evangelist Edition

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    June 24, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The best homegrown talent in Portland is moving on to bigger and better things.  Along with losing a tremendous broadcaster and universally admired good guy, however, the Timbers will be losing one of their best ambassadors when John Strong moves to NBC Sports Network this week. Strong’s departure isn’t exactly a revelation, as John’s promotion has ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Dominant without Dominating

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    June 24, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Winning when a team isn’t playing its best soccer is a good thing.  A team crushing a playoff-contending opponent while not playing its best soccer is another thing altogether; downright scary. The Portland Timbers didn’t play their best soccer on Sunday.  And yet, they beat the Colorado Rapids – two points out of playoff position – ...

  • The Morrison Report: Tactical Tweaks Edition

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    June 22, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    A lot has been made about “Porterball” this year.  Perhaps “Porterball’s” defining feature, however, has been that the commentators and pundits using the phrase have not always been consistent about what it actually is. As the Timbers have repeatedly shown lately, however, one of Portland’s best attributes has been their tactical flexibility.  Without a doubt, Caleb ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Take a Step Toward Greatness in L.A.

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    June 20, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    In many respects, the Portland Timbers were far from great on Wednesday.  They were shut out.  They failed to connect on any number of promising plays in the attacking third.  They did very little to bother the vulnerable Carlo Cudicini. And yet, Wednesday’s result marks the first time I’ve thought this team has the potential for ...

  • Help us prepare for the US Men’s National Team Gold Cup game

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    June 19, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    As you  know the 107ist is all about supporting soccer from the grass roots to the highest level. With that in mind we’re partnering with the American Outlaws Portland chapter to ensure that the experience at Jeld-Wen field is as good as it gets when the US take on Belize as part of the Gold ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Top Toros in Instant Classic

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    June 16, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    It doesn’t get any better than that. With league-leading FC Dallas coming to town, commentators throughout the week were asking whether Portland could win games against elite opponents.  They won’t be musing about that next week. In one of the most thrilling games in Timbers’ MLS history, Darlington Nagbe’s 52nd minute wonder goal was the difference between ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Win and Advance

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    June 12, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The Portland Timbers’ “simple goal is to win and advance” in the U.S. Open Cup, as Caleb Porter put it after Wednesday night’s game.  And that is exactly what Portland did in their U.S. Open Cup fourth round fixture against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Timbers took control early and never looked seriously in danger of ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Swallow a Bitter Pill in Bridgeview

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    June 9, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Throughout 2013, the Portland Timbers have repeatedly found ways to earn a result on the road.  Multiple times – at Seattle, Colorado, and Vancouver – the Timbers found a way to earn a point from a game in which they easily could have come out empty handed.  Recently, however, the Timbers had increasingly shown their ...

  • The Morrison Report: Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred Minutes Edition

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    May 30, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    One year ago today the Portland Timbers hit rock bottom.  While there were more embarrassments to come in 2012, five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes ago the Portland Timbers lost to Cal FC.  Given where the Timbers stand today, second in the West on 22 points, coming off a 5-1 U.S. Open Cup 3rd ...

  • Match Report: Piquionne’s Head Hammers Wilmington

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    May 29, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The 2013 U.S. Open Cup opener for the Portland Timbers couldn’t have been more different from 2012’s humiliating loss to Cal FC. The Timbers scored early and often on Wednesday night, as Portland cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro. The party started in earnest in the second minute, when Will Johnson’s ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Cruise Past Inept United

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    May 26, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The only measure of quality that matters in soccer is that relative to a team’s opponent on game day.  On Saturday, the Portland Timbers were vastly superior to D.C. United, even if that conclusion was less about the Timbers than it is about Ben Olsen’s incoherent side. Sequestered at the bottom of the table, D.C. came ...

  • The Timbers Army will be marching in the Portland Pride Parade! Join Us!

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    May 23, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    As many of you know on May 12 the Timbers Army showed our support for the International Day Against Homophobia by doing a large-scale display. Reactions to the display have been overwhelming. One photo set on Tumblr has been reblogged over 20,000 times. Additionally, we’ve received hundreds of comments in various online forums commending us on ...

  • Week 12 Meta Power Rankings – What to do with the Timbers edition

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    May 22, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    Note: you can click on any graphic to make it larger and more readable Welcome back to the latest installment of the power rankings. Each week I look at a bunch of power rankings, and amalgamate the results here. Typically I look at six reports, but this week its only 5 (ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Erase Disadvantages in Vancouver

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    May 18, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Now it’s a home and home.  Obviously thinking of the team’s effort to retain the Cascadia Cup, that was the sentiment from Caleb Porter in the postgame press conference.  Any number of times on Saturday, however, the Timbers could have found themselves chasing the race for the Cascadia Cup.  As they have done over and ...

  • International Day Against Homophobia

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    May 17, 2013
    Garrett Dittfurth

    The following is a guest post that comes to us from one of those involved in creating the anti-homophobia display in the stadium prior to the dismantling of Chivas USA. The Timbers Army joins many other supporters groups around the world in our opposition to homophobia.

  • The Morrison Report: Meaning What You Say Edition

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    May 15, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    The opinion expressed here is that of the author alone, and does not necessarily represent the views of any organization, including 107ist or the Timbers Army. I had hoped this whole ordeal was over Wednesday morning after the Disciplinary Committee gave Mario de Luna a one-game suspension in addition to the match he will miss due ...

  • Week 11 MLS Meta Power Rankings – Cascadia Surge Edition

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    May 14, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    Note: you can click on any graphic to make it larger / more readable Welcome to Week 11′s MLS Meta Power Rankings, MMPL ™. I take rankings from six different sources (Soccer By Ives, ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, MLS, and The Oregonian) and average them out. Additionally, I also look at the standard deviation between ...

  • Match Report: Timbers Blank the Rojiblancos

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    May 12, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Good teams beat the opponents they’re supposed to.  Very good teams leave no doubt. Right now, the Portland Timbers are playing like a very good team.  And facing a reeling Chivas USA side on Sunday, the Timbers left absolutely no doubt. There was never a question who the superior side was on Mother’s Day, as Portland dominated ...

  • Match Report: Guzman Gives Dallas a Texas-Sized Gift

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    May 9, 2013
    Chris Rifer

    Under normal circumstances, a point away to the top team in the league isn’t a bad deal.  But for an unconscionable penalty given by Juan Guzman, however, Wednesday could have been so much more. It didn’t look like three points were a possibility in the first fifteen minutes, however, as Dallas came out dominant. After a bad ...

  • MLS Meta Power Rankings – Week 10

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    May 7, 2013
    Mike Coleman

    Note: You can click on any graphic below to make it larger (and, hence, more readable). Well there were some positive comments, and a few people read this last week so I decided to do it again. I’ve compiled the power rankings from MLS, Soccer By Ives, Sporting News, Bleacher Report, ESPN, and OregonLive (I looked at ...