The Portland Timbers trained today at their Beaverton training facility, hitting the pitch for the first time since Sunday's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. Practice was a short, sparsely attended affair with several players missing from the warmup. The Timbers held a quick team huddle on the pitch before starting warmups, which they ran for several minutes then closed practice.
Injuries and Absences
Diego Valeri was not at practice today during the warmups. Caleb Porter said that Valeri was still suffering from the soreness that kept him from starting the last two games.
Darlington Nagbe was not with the team during warmups today. Nagbe took a beating at the hands of Seattle, getting fouled five times by the Sounders! but did practice today according to Porter.
Ben Zemanski, who was a late game substitute on Sunday and who played the first half of Monday's reserves match against Seattle, was also not at practice today. We did not have a chance to ask about Zemanski before Porter wrapped up his post-practice comments.
Maximiliano Urruti, who came out of Sunday's game with an injury in the 84', was on the sidelines of practice today as the team kicked the ball around before starting practice, but went indoors after a brief team huddle. Porter refused to give specifics on Urruti's injury after practice.
David Horst was also on the sidelines before practice began and also went indoors as the team began their warmups. Horst was confirmed by the Timbers' twitter account to be out for two weeks following a knee injury with the reserves on Monday.
Ryan Miller, who is recovering from a broken leg, rode a bike on the sidelines of practice today. He was joined there by Brad Ring.
Mikael Silvestre was again at practice, warming up with the team and doing some running after the rest of the Timbers had left.
Alvas Powell, Ryan Johnson, and Rodney Wallace are all expected to be back in town today and to practice tomorrow after concluding their time on international duty. Powell and Johnson both came in as substitutes for Jamaica in last night's qualifying match, while Rodney Wallace was once again kept on the bench by Costa Rica.