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  1. MLS 2014 Preview: Timbers look to pick up from last season

    Jeff Carlisle

    2013 recap: Manager Caleb Porter engineered an impressive turnaround, one that saw the Timbers finish atop the Western Conference. Portland did so in style, with Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe leading a dynamic, possession-based attack. Real Salt ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  2. Picking Don Garber's brain on MLS expansion, salary cap and Beckh...

    Jeff Carlisle

    The skies are gray outside the hotel suite of MLS commissioner Don Garber. But the league's future is as bright as it has ever been. Eight years ago, the league embarked on an expansion initiative that saw it chasing investors and suitable markets. N...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  3. Three Thoughts: Portland Timbers - Real Salt Lake

    Jeff Carlisle

    Real Salt Lake made sure there would be no miracle comeback for the Portland Timbers and now the club is headed to its second MLS Cup final. Robbie Findley scored an absolutely killer goal in the 29th minute, and with the central defensive duo of...

    Blog | November 24, 2013
  4. Salt Lake's edge to be tested by Portland's home advantage

    Jeff Carlisle

    The second leg of the Western Conference finals (9 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN and WatchESPN) looks to be a case study in reverse psychology. Real Salt Lake, winners of the first leg 4-2, is riding a wave of confidence. The return of Chris Schuler has d...

    Blog | November 23, 2013
  5. Portland proves it's not about the money

    Jeff Carlisle

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even in the parity-driven world of MLS, money can buy a lot of things. One only had to look at the Seattle Sounders roster ahead of the second leg of their playoff series against the Portland Timbers on Thursday to see how much tale...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  6. MLS Playoffs: Five burning postseason questions

    Jeff Carlisle

    A strong case can be made that the just-concluded MLS regular season was the most compelling ever. Granted, there were times when grinding through the campaign was like being asked to make 34 trips to an all-you-can-eat buffet, whether you wanted...

    Blog | October 29, 2013
  7. MLS Playoffs: Six under-the-radar players to watch

    Jeff Carlisle

    The MLS playoffs are usually the time for stars to shine. A look back through the history of MLS Cups reveals how players like Jaime Moreno, Tony Meola, Landon Donovan and Guillermo Barros Schelotto all stepped up when their teams needed them most. B...

    Blog | October 28, 2013
  8. Sounders falling flat as playoffs near

    Jeff Carlisle

    As meltdowns go, the Seattle Sounders haven't quite reached the level of Mexico's national team. After all, it's not as if Seattle owes its playoff qualification to the Portland Timbers. But it's a comparison that is close to the mark, uncomforta...

    Blog | October 21, 2013
  9. Young player retention an ongoing puzzle for MLS

    Jeff Carlisle

    The recent unveiling of's 24 Under 24 list highlighted what has been evident for some time, that MLS has become fertile ground for attracting and developing young players. Without question, the presence of budding stars like the Por...

    Blog | September 27, 2013
  10. Wage gap a new wrinkle to Sounders-Timbers rivalry

    Jeff Carlisle

    Rivalries thrive on all types of fuel. There's geographical proximity, not to mention dramatic matches with playoff or championship implications. But in the last few weeks, a different catalyst has been doing its work on the rivalry involving the...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  11. MLS transparency leaves something to be desired

    Jeff Carlisle

    Just prior to last week's All-Star Game, MLS executive vice president of competition and player relations Todd Durbin held a roundtable with reporters to discuss the league's roster rules as well as take questions about any player-related topics. One...

    Blog | August 08, 2013
  12. Jeff Carlisle's MLS Midseason Awards

    Jeff Carlisle

    Halfway through the 2013 regular season, it's clear that MLS has lived up to its reputation for unpredictability. The team with the most points per game, the Montreal Impact, not only didn't make the playoffs last year but has bucked a considerable s...

    Blog | July 08, 2013
  13. MLS Notebook: Alan Gordon vows to make amends

    Jeff Carlisle

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As Alan Gordon walked onto the San Jose Earthquakes' practice field Wednesday, he was equal parts repentant and eager. On the one hand, he still felt the shame of dropping a homophobic slur on Portland Timbers midfielder Will J...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  14. MLS Notebook: Change good for Johnson, Philly's evolving attack

    Jeff Carlisle

    Arriving at a new club isn't supposed to be easy, but the man on the receiving end of Alan Gordon's tirade, Portland midfielder Will Johnson, is making it look that way. Acquired during in an offseason trade with Real Salt Lake, Johnson has adapte...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  15. Chris Wondolowski earns a spot in the MLS record books

    Jeff Carlisle

    Chris Wondolowski has been tearing MLS defenses apart for three seasons now. But after scoring his 27th goal of the 2012 campaign in San Jose's 1-1 tie against the Portland Timbers, he has a spot in the MLS record books. Wondolowski tied the singl...

    Blog | October 27, 2012
  16. Are the Portland Timbers suffering from selective amnesia?

    Jeff Carlisle

    Caleb Porter isn't the first manager to have failed his most recent audition and still get hired to a new position anyway. But with Wednesday's announcement that the Portland Timbers had tabbed the Akron University coach to be their new manager, his ...

    Blog | August 29, 2012