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Short Scouting Report: Portland Timbers

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Fortunately, Portland had a friendly against Man City at some point so I could get a picture of them, albeit in their old school non MLS kits.
Fortunately, Portland had a friendly against Man City at some point so I could get a picture of them, albeit in their old school non MLS kits.

The Portland Timbers have never played an MLS game before in their fairly long history - this is of course only long in the terms of the fairly recent American soccer movement - and they will be welcomed to the league by none other than the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday.

Portland helped the Rapids out this offseason during the expansion draft, picking young left back Anthony Wallace from Colorado and then immediately trading him back. Their squad is actually fairly potent and despite being an expansion team, Timbers fans are optimistic that they will have a decent season and maybe even battle for a playoff spot with the new system of Wild Cards and the weak Eastern conference possibly only putting their top three in.

The Timbers certainly have some talent, with #2 overall pick Darlington Nagbe looking good in preseason and guys like Jack Jewsbury that they've brought in from other teams. They should be a fun team to watch in their inaugural year. Welcome to MLS, Timbers fans!