WASHINGTON SPIRIT VS PORTLAND THORNS: PREVIEW, TIME, AND TEAM NEWS

The Washington Spirit’s final game at Segra Field this season will be against the league leading Portland Thorns. While Portland’s performances have placed them firmly at the top of the table — level on points with San Diego Wave but with a game in hand — the Spirit, for a multitude of reasons, have struggled to find their stride all season. Portland have scored the most goals in the league (34) and allowed the second fewest (13), and golden boot leader Sophia Smith has scored in her last five NWSL starts, including a brace in three of her last four. Finding any semblance of a stride versus this opposition is a daunting task.

However a few things are working in the Spirit’s favor. Portland played Friday, as did Washington, but had a cross country flight and multiple time zones to contend with. Also, since the Spirit’s players on USWNT duty returned they have scored four goals in two matches. Most impressively has been the connection between Ashley Sanchez and Trinity Rodman, who appear to be back to their thrilling and unpredictable best. Continue reading ”             WASHINGTON SPIRIT VS PORTLAND THORNS: PREVIEW, TIME, AND TEAM NEWS”

NYRB SIGN CASTILLO ON SHORT-TERM DEAL

MLS football giants New York Red Bulls (NYRB) have signed New York Red Bulls II defender Juan Castillo ahead of the MLS football clash with Charlotte FC this weekend.


New York Red Bulls have signed young defender Castillo to a short-term loan deal in time for him to feature against Charlotte FC. Hosts Charlotte are at home to New York Red Bulls in the MLS football match scheduled to take place on Saturday. Continue reading “NYRB SIGN CASTILLO ON SHORT-TERM DEAL”

                         STATS PREVIEW: PORTLAND TIMBERS VS ORLANDO CITY

How good does it feel to get back to winning ways? Especially when you achieve a 0-1 shutout victory over 2,500 away from home at LA Galaxy. With Orlando City SC achieving their first ever MLS win in Carson, Oscar Pareja‘s side are bouncing into their second West Coast game in just two weekends – this time at Portland Timbers.


Memories of that frustrating 1-2 home loss to FC Cincinnati have now faded. Especially considering that Facundo Torres scored his first Lions goal last Saturday. Heading home Ercan Kara‘s first Orlando City SC assist in only the ninth minute, City hung tough in the Southern California sunshine. Facing 19 LA Galaxy attempts in total, Antônio Carlos was colossal in a backs to the wall encounter.
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REPORTS: JONES COULD MOVE TO THE MLS THIS SUMMER

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has joined his teammates Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata as potentially likely candidates to transfer to the United States Major League Soccer this summer, according to a lot of reports from various sources. The former England international central defender, prior to his return to the United first team, had been out of action for several months as a result of a major injury he suffered in 2020. The injury opened a path to other further injury problems and they all combined to stop him from playing football for quite a long time. However, with the help of Olé Gunnar Solksjaer and the United team of doctors, he was brought back to full fitness and was re-instated into the first-team as a result.

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Of course, since then, he has not done enough to displace Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane in the starting eleven whenever they are fit, but he has always done a lot to remain on standby just in case his services are called upon. His return from injury and to football action has earned him some suitors who have shown interest in acquiring his services as early as in the summer transfer window. It was earlier reported that some clubs in the English Premier League and in the Championship had started showing interest in signing him but the reports stated that those clubs were waiting for the summer transfer window to open proper for business.
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TIMBERS SEAL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SPOT

Portland Timbers sealed a place in the Western Conference final thanks to the slender victory over Colorado Rapids in the semi-finals. Timbers booked a final spot thanks to the 1-0 away win over Rapids when the two teams met at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Thursday.

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LarrysMabiala scored the only goal at the end of the game to propel Portland Timbers to the Western Conference final where they will meet the winner of the other last four meeting between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.
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