Portland Timbers backup forward Jose Valencia has left the team to return to Colombia to be with his ailing mother, according to Timbers coach Caleb Porter.
The Portland Timbers (7-1-9) announced that midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Diego Chara, forward Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had all agreed to contract extensions, keeping them in Portland for at least a little while longer.
The Timbers just keep on rolling. Their 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday afternoon moved them to the top of the table in the Western Conference and pushed their club record unbeaten streak to 15 straight games.
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is quite content with his team's defense, a unit that hasn't received nearly as much praise as their offense that leads the MLS with 25 goals scored in 16 games.
The Portland Timbers displayed just how far they’ve come this season through the first 60 minutes of the game in Chicago on Saturday. Despite running out to a two goal lead through 58 minutes, the Timbers resorted back to 2012 ways, allowing the Chicago Fire to equalize over the last third of the match.
The Timbers put aside any doubt of any early exit from the US Open Cup on Wednesday night. Frederic Piquionne recorded a hat trick within the first 34 minutes of play in Portland’s 5-1 win over USL PRO team the Wilmington Hammerheads at Jeld-Wen Field.
The Portland Timbers once again were forced to dig themselves out of a late game deficit on Saturday as they traveled north of the border to face their Cascadian rival, the Vancouver Whitecaps. A Futty Danso red card in the 81st minute seemed to be a sign that the franchise best 9-game unbeaten streak would come to an end, but Portland once again showed that things are different in the Rose City this season.
The Portland Timbers made the decision to end its contract with defender Hanyer Mosquera on Wednesday afternoon. The 26-year old Columbian recorded game time in 26 matches in 2012 and had one assist during his only year in the Rose City.
The MLS has brought down its ruling on Timbers' head coach Caleb Porter and has issued him a fine.
Atticus Lane-Dupre, a cancer survivor, had his wish granted of playing against the Portland Timbers. Watch this heartwarming story here.